One of the books I am reading has really given me good thoughts while also making me angry at the author. I was upset with another author in the past so this is not new. The last author was actually teaching a heresy – that God is not sovereign or in control. He taught that God needed man to get permission to do things on Earth. Oddly I was able to finish that book without much difficulty.
This current book on the other hand wasn’t too bad until I got about half way into it. He slammed some of my beliefs with poor arguments which was disappointing but then he slammed something I do not believe at all and I had to put down the book. Yes, this might sound odd but the manner in which he “discussed” this issue was frankly quite ridiculous.
I picked it back up a few days ago and got through that chapter. Now a chapter or two later and I have stumbled upon an idea about the church – the actual body of Christ, the body of believers. I asked in a previous post how people in churches (used in a broader since and not specifically a body of believers) could learn the truth if someone with the truth were not engaged in that church. The elect have to be engaged not only in the world but also with the religious. The elect have to infiltrate churches and show lost people the truth.
No, not everyone inside a church is lost but we know that there are many who profess faith in Christ who do not know Him at all.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’”
This passage is not one I look at lightly. Nor should any of us. We should all test our faith (2 Corinthians 13:5) and pray that we do not fail the test. This is why we strive, push, seek, ask questions, and much more. I want to never be satisfied with where I am in my desire to know God and my desire to be holy. The grace of God requires no less than 100%. (I could not resist!)
So we must do all we can. If this means we move to a church that teaches a false gospel so we can reach a few people with the true gospel, then we obey God and move. If this means we stay in a church that does the same, then we obey God and stay. Or if it means we seek out a church that teaches the truth, then again we obey God and seek. We must seek God’s will and obey.
Whatever you do, do for the glory of God.