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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Confessional Statement --- If you believe it, cast it in stone

Anyone that has two bits of sense knows that each month you can read this blog and do several things with it. You can ingnore it all together or give it the “once over” and forget it. You can give it a good read, ponder it a bit and walk away. Or you can go home, grab your Bible, and sincerely study the depths of it, and when you have understood the biblical discernment contained within these articles, you can glorify God with it by passing on what you have learned to others. The Lord has chosen to use this blog tremendously in my life to help those in need and to help those with a lack of true understanding.

But, beside glorifying God with it, do you know the two things I like best about these blog articles?

The first thing is that for each article I have to spend weeks or even months developing my thoughts, verifying my beliefs, substantiating my interpretation and corroborating my understanding scripturally.

The second thing is that it requires guts to put what I believe in writing. To cast my beliefs in stone! You see; I can’t take it back once it is in print. I can’t make corrections; I can’t deny that I said it; I can’t even blame it on extemporized thought, because it takes me weeks to prepare these articles.

And believe me, in the back of my mind I always remember the biblical warnings about leading people astray. The word millstone appears (5) times in the New Testament (KJV) and always in relationship to punishment and devastation. I can’t possibly swim with one around my neck, so I am always eminently aware of this danger. But Jesus was not asking when He commanded us to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” So if you are commanded to teach, but there is punishment for teaching wrong, you better know exactly what you believe and whether or not it jives with the Word.

So how is your faith? Is it a little weak and wavering? Is the wind blowing you from belief to belief? Have you ever considered writing your own Confession of Faith? A Confessional Statement if you will. You should try it. A solid foundation starts to solidify when you know exactly what you believe. It allows you to see where you are weak and to acknowledge God’s grace for where He has made you strong.

A friend of mine named Ryan Godsey once gave me an article he wrote. It was a very short article. It was awesome in content but short in words, it was a mere (17) or so paragraphs. But Brother Ryan said the words “I believe” (33) times in those (17) paragraphs. This is a man who knows what he believes, and has little to fear when he speaks.

Are you tired of listing this way and that, like a ship on the ocean? Does a solid foundation sound good to you? Then write down everything you believe from creation to eating off the tree of life with Jesus in Heaven. Then grab your Bible and find at least one Bible verse that, while read in context, verifies each of your beliefs. If you can’t find that verse maybe your faith needs a little work. But when you find out that your beliefs are grounded in the Word; becoming more and more biblically accurate, you will find yourself standing up straight for God in a world full of hunchbacks.

“Dear Jesus, we know that without You we are incapable of anything, but in You no one can stand against us. My almighty Lord and Savior, please examine each of our hearts. Look at us as You did when You turned and looked at Peter; and Peter remembered your words, and how You had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” And Peter went out and began to weep bitterly. Oh Lord let us likewise receive Your Godly sorrow that leads to repentance. As with Peter, restore us to a stronger faith that we might build a foundation that allows us to cast Your Word into stone, so that we might in Your power and for Your glory proclaim It from every available hill. In Your precious name, the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.”

Brother Terry Walker
Providence Baptist Church
Greer, South Carolina