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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stand Up

John 8 : 2 – 6, Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?" This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. NKJV
There’s a huge difference between having belief in the Bible as truth and standing on it as the truth. Jesus tells us in Acts 1 that we are to be witnesses of Him once we become His disciples. Paul tells us that all believers have been given the ministry of reconciliation. We are to lead people who are lost in their sin, into a relationship with the Father through Jesus, the Christ.
As Christians who have placed their faith in Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we will discover that our faith will place at odds with the world. First, they will ask you what the Bible says about a certain sin or another faith. After you give them chapter and verse, then they will do to you as the scribes and Pharisees did to Jesus that day in the temple. They will ask you, “But what do you say?” Take notice that they asked that question in an attempt to use it against Him if He misspoke. “They tempted Him.”
Recently, I watched an interview where the anchor was questioning the beliefs of a well-known pastor. In this particular discussion the host brought up the teaching found in John 14 : 6 about Jesus being the only way to the Father or heaven. This man was obviously concerned about this one verse, since he wasn’t a believer in Christ. The host asked the pastor if he believed that John 14 : 6 was true. The pastor answered very emphatically, that it was true and that no one could enter heaven except through Christ. After the host asked this question, he advanced the discussion in the same manner as the religious rulers did Jesus in the temple. He asked the pastor if he believed that people who rejected Jesus were going to heaven. To this, the pastor replied, “It’s not my place to judge who’s going to heaven and who isn’t.”
I only mention this scenario to bring out a very important point on the need for Christians to take a stand when the truth is being brought into question. The pastor was correct in that we aren’t the final authority who will determine who goes to heaven. However, he did miss a great opportunity to take a stand for the truth by telling this man, who had rejected Jesus as being the Christ, that he was lost.
Had the pastor told the man that without faith in Christ there is no hope for him it would have given the Holy Spirit the opportunity to convict his guilty conscience. Now look back at what Jesus did when the religious rulers tried to tempt Jesus with the same type question. He told the men who wanted to stone the woman, if they were without sin, they could throw the first stone. Jesus didn’t back down when they took the focus off of Moses’ law and placed it on HIM. He continued to tell the truth though it placed Him at odds with them. This allowed the Holy Spirit to convict every man that was holding a rock of their own sin and they dropped their rocks and walked away convicted.
If we don’t take a stand when our beliefs are brought into question by the world then the world will miss the opportunity to be convicted of their sin. It’s not easy and it can cause us a lot of trouble when we stand but we must stand anyway. What is more important, our well-being or people’s eternal souls? Jesus warns us in Matthew 10 if we seek to save our life then we will lose it but if we lose our life for His sake than we will keep it. We are to fear God who is able to destroy our body and soul in hell and not fear man who can only destroy our body. Have faith in God and take a stand for the TRUTH. The world is dying to hear it.
Preaching and proclaiming the TRUTH,
Pastor Asa Dockery

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