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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Doing God's Will

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Many things in our world are done and taught in the name of religion that are not authorized by God. The passage found in Matthew 7:21-27 clearly teaches us that merely claiming to serve God does not make us God's servants. What I claim must match what I do. And what I do must match what the Bible teaches. Many come claiming to be servants of God. They even do a lot of good things. But they oppose the teachings of Christ. They change the Word of God to match their personal opinion or belief. Many religious leaders of today seek to teach what pleases the people. If it appeals to the masses and draws a crowd, somehow it becomes acceptable. They are building on sand. What they build will not survive for eternity.

Our foundation in spiritual matters must be the eternal truths of God's Word. We must not add to nor take away from the teachings of the New Testament. We are not authorized to "change" the pattern of the church. We are not authorized to "change" the pattern of worship found in the New Testament. We are not authorized to "change " the plan of salvation that was established by Christ, taught by the apostles and first century christians, and recorded in the New Testament by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
In every age, men come forth doing good things in the name of Jesus, but teaching the wrong things. They look good and sound good but what they teach is not good. Paul said,"13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (II Corinthians 11:13-15) We must prove teachers and preachers by how their message compares to the Word of God. If they teach us that we need to "change" the gospel for our modern age, then we need to mark them as false teachers. Changing the teachings of the Word of God leads to apostasy. It always has and always will. We need to be like the Bereans of Acts 17:10-12. We must search the scriptures daily to make sure we are being taught the truth. Then we must take the attitude of the apostle Paul in Romans 1:16, "16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."