Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ehought For Today June 7th 2011

Thought For Today

What Is Faith

Faith is a complete trust, confidence and reliance in God. It is a firm belief without proof, a yearning from the bottom of one’s heart for God’s kingdom to come. It means absolute allegiance, loyalty and fidelity to God no matter under what circumstances.
We are justified by faith alone. But many confuse “faith alone” with “the faith that is alone.” They think that work is unnecessary, obedience is optional and one can be justified by an empty belief that results in no fruit. Their logic is that since we are not justified by works, we don’t even need to make any effort to do God’s work. By their doctrine, being unfaithful, lax, worldly or even submitting to sin will not affect one’s salvation. This widespread doctrine interprets “justification by faith alone” as “justified by faith plus nothing,” by which they mean one can be justified without a love for God, without a hatred for sin, without any effort to keep God’s commandments, without any desire to do God’s will, without any sense of responsibility to defend God’s truth. They teach that one can be as carnal as the world, as long as he had a moment of accepting the fact that Christ died for our sin and was raised up to heaven from death, he is justified. This false faith is a deception from Satan in man’s sinful heart. People who hold on to this false religion prove that they have an unsanctified heart and they do not belong to God. They will be condemned as ungodly and held guilty in the Judgment Day for their willingness to accept a lie rather than the truth, as God always looks into man’s heart.
In Romans Chapter 2 it is written: “God ‘will give to each person according to what he has done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” (Romans 2:6-8).

1 comment:

  1. Uncle Johnny, Your teaching today put me in the mind of something George Washington said in his Farewell Speech, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports....And let us indulge with caution the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles..." . Our founding fathers intended this nation's leadership and citizens to be guided by our Christian principles in the broader sense: moral leadership, righteous citizens, just society, and a fear of God. Let us pray that our leaders, citizens, and the worldwide community will one day come to know that the pursuit of this means is best for all. Love, Mary Agnes