To do whatever we imagine as worship is to
make the worship about us, not about God.
Reverence involves submissive, obedient
The concept of reverence has fallen on hard times. The idea is
foreign to us. In a society where nothing is sacred, reverence has
no place. Part of this is due to our American heritage and culture.
We became a country by throwing off the bondage imposed by a
sovereign king. This nation was established based on the concept
that all men are created equal; so we have no royalty, no one is
born to a higher position than anyone else, and we refuse to bow
before any man. Not that this is bad altogether. It was a great
step in civilization for men to achieve government that is of, by,
and for the people, rather than government that is imposed by
royalty. We are thankful to live in the greatest country
in the history of the world.
THE MEANING OF WORSHIP
Tragically, this concept has been carried far beyond its
original intent. One of the strongest philosophical forces that has
shaped our modern society is that of humanism. Humanism
does not claim that all men are created equal, it denies that men
are created at all. Humanism declares that each man is the measure
of all things. It teaches that no God has authority over us
each man becomes his own god. Just like our forefathers threw off
the rules and authority of King George, humanism throws off the
rule and authority of the sovereign God of heaven and earth.
And, if there is no God, nothing can be sacred. There is no
one before whom we should bow, no one who can tell us what to do,
no one who determines what is moral and what is immoral, and sadly,
no one for us to worship.
It is no wonder that modern worship is shaped by the whims
of men. It is not surprising that men feel they can offer whatever
they dream up as worship to God. What is surprising is
that men still attempt to worship God at all.
What Is Worship? There are five words in the Greek New Testament
that are translated worship:
IS ALL OF LIFE WORSHIP?
- Proskuneo to kiss the hand to (toward)
one. This is a token of reverence also shown by
kneeling or prostration. This is the word most
frequently used in the New Testament for worship.
John 4:24, God is a Spirit: and they that
worship him must worship him in spirit
and in truth.
- Sebomai to revere a deity. Acts 16:14,
And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of
purple, of the city of Thyatira, which
worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord
opened, that she attended unto the things which were
spoken of Paul. (Sebazomai is from the
same root is used in Rom. 1:25)
- Latreuo to serve. This is the idea of
rendering religious service. Philippians 3:3,
For we are the circumcision, which
worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in
Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the
- Eusebeo to act piously toward (Vines).
Acts 17:23, For as I passed by, and beheld your
devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO
THE UNKNOWN God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly
worship, him declare I unto you.
- Therapeuo to do service. Acts 17:25,
Neither is worshipped with mens
hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he
giveth to all life, and breath, and all
Care must be taken with these five words to determine their
meaning from the context in which they are found. While service to
God can (in some cases) be worship, and certainly all worship is
service to God, not all service we perform is worship. Failure to
recognize this has led to the false idea that everything we do in
life is worship. How ridiculous!
WORSHIP INVOLVES REVERENCE
To teach that everything we do in life is worship, is to
erase the line between the sacred and the common.
Tasks such as washing dishes, mowing the lawn, and changing diapers
are common they are mundane. They are not worship to God.
God-ordained worship is high, it is holy, it is coming into the
presence of God.
In Genesis 22:5, Abraham tells his servant that he (Abraham)
and Isaac will go yonder and worship. If all of
life is worship, then his statement was without purpose or meaning.
The major point from the definitions given above is the idea of
reverence. In worshiping God, we are not approaching an equal. We
are approaching One who is so high and powerful, so holy and pure,
so complete and perfect, that we cannot truly grasp his
magnificence and magnitude.
REVERENCE INVOLVES SUBMISSIVE, OBEDIENT HEARTS
Our very existence is due to him. Our continued existence is
dependent on him. For in him we live, and move, and have
our being... (Acts 17:28).
This reverence is seen in Psalms 95. O come, let us
sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our
salvation. 2Let us come before his presence with
thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
3For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all
gods. 4In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the
strength of the hills is his also. 5The sea is his, and he
made it: and his hands formed the dry land. 6O come, let us
worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
7For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Worship is coming before God to give him the honor and
praise that is his due. Psalm 29:2, Give unto the Lord the
glory due unto his name. To do whatever we imagine as worship
is to make the worship about us, not about God.
If we are determined to praise God, to give him honor,
reverence, and praise...
REVERENCE INVOLVES PRAISE
- Surely we can put aside our own preferences and
worship as He directs.
- Surely we will want to be present. Why does the
preacher have to remind and beg and shame people to
get them to come together to worship God?
- Surely we will not dress up to deal with
the public at work and dress down to come
- Surely we will not be consistently late.
- Surely we will avoid the distractions of cell-phones
I cannot remember where I first saw the comments below on 2
Peter 3:18. They are not my words, but they are appropriate as we
consider the reverence that is due to our heavenly Father.
To him be glory...
To him be glory, praise, honor...
- Who is creator of heaven and earth.
- Who is larger than this universe, but became a little
baby of a span long.
- Who was despised and rejected of men, a man of
sorrows and acquainted with grief.
- Who suffered on the tree, cried I thirst,
my God my God why has thou forsaken me, and
who was mocked while he died for our sins.
- Who burst the bonds of death, ascended up on high,
and led captivity captive, who is presently seated on
the right hand of God, and who someday will be our
To him be glory now, not someday...
- Wonderful counselor, mighty God, the everlasting
Father, the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6).
- King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim. 6:15).
- Our Savior, our Lord, Prophet, Priest and King.
To him be glory now and forever...
- To him be glory now!
- Obey him, worship him, shine his light to
- Never shall our praise cease.
- Whatever tomorrow brings glory to the Lord.
- When blessings come glory to the Lord.
- When we face hardships and tragedy and death
glory to the Lord.
- When trumpet sounds and this earth is burned up; when
multitudes are separated by the great shepherd; when
we walk on a street of gold and gaze at the face of
God himself glory to the Lord.
- When weve been there 10,000 years, we know we
will be safe and happy forever glory to the
A little reverence please. To fail to revere God is to fail
to worship him. This is God, not man. At his throne, before his
greatness, it is not only proper to bow, it is sinful to do
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WHAT CHRISTIANS DO ON CHRISTMAS DAY
Garland M. Robinson
The observance of Christmas as the
celebration and remembrance of Christs
birthday did not come about by anyone reading
and studying the Bible! It came out of
Webster defines Christmas as: Christ and Mass. An annual
church festival, kept on December 25 in memory of the birth of
Christ, celebrated generally by special gifts, greetings,
What should Christians do at Christmas time and on Christmas
Day? Nothing more, nothing less than what we are to be doing every
other day of the year living for the Lord and obeying HIS
commands, not OUR traditions and desires (cf. Matt. 15:8-9).
There is no Bible authority for Christmas Day to
be any greater or of any more significance than any other day of
the year. To make it so is to act without the authority of heaven.
Those observing it as Christs birthday, giving it some
spiritual significance, do so without command or example. Neither
is there anything implied concerning its observance. It is a
digression from the Lords Way. If you think not, give the
Scripture that authorizes it. The Good Book says, If any
man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God... (1
Peter 4:11; Col. 3:17).
Christians hold the Lords Day dear to their
heart, not an annual day called Christmas. The Lords Day is
the first day of the week, the day we call Sunday. On the first day
of the week Christians worship God as he has instructed. In the
Lords Day assembly of the saints, Christians: Sing
psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with their hearts and lips unto
God the Father (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19; Heb. 13:15); Pray unto
the Father in heaven in the name of Jesus the Son (Matt. 6:9; Acts
2:42); Preach Gods holy word, for it is the means of
our salvation (2 Tim. 4:2; Rom. 1:16); Eat the Lords
Supper for in it the Lords suffering and death is
remembered (Acts 20:7); and Give as they have been prospered
that his work may continue (1 Cor. 16:2).
The observance of Christmas as the celebration and
remembrance of Christs birthday did not come about by anyone
reading and studying the Bible! Instead, it is an example of what
we read about in Romans 10:2-3 where men ...have a zeal of
God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of
Gods righteousness, and going about to establish their
own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the
righteousness of God.
The Bible gives some facts surrounding Christs birth,
but says nothing about celebrating it or commemorating it in any
way. Therefore, we cannot observe it in his name, for we
have no authority to do so. We need to remember, ALL THINGS must be
done in his name by his authority (Col. 3:17).
The Bible authorizes a weekly memorial commemorating his
death in eating the Lords supper (1 Cor. 11:23-29). In his
death (not his birth) is where he paid the price of salvation for
all those who obey him (Heb. 9:11-17; 5:8-9). His death is
commemorated each first day of the week in the partaking of the
Lords Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:26).
Second Peter 1:3 says that God has given us all things that
pertain unto life and godliness. Since He did not give us any words
regarding an observance of the Lords birth, we understand its
celebration has nothing to do with life or godliness.
The observance of Christmas Day is of pagan origin and has
nothing whatsoever to do with the Bible for there is NO DIVINE
AUTHORITY for its observance. This day has no more special
importance than any other day. Our Lord put no religious
significance upon the celebrating of his birth and when we do so,
we go beyond that which is written and abideth not in the
doctrine of Christ (2 John 9). Our Lord has just as much
to do with the observance of the fourth of July as he does the
twenty-fifth of December! Paul asked the churches of Galatia,
Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the
truth (Gal. 4:16)?
The New Testament is filled with the duties of those who are
in Christ. The religion of Christ is a doing/working religion. It
is not passive. It is active. When any Christian fails to be
actively involved in living and doing the Lords will, they
have died spiritually. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that
faith without works is dead? ...Ye see then how that by works a man
is justified, and not by faith only.... For as the body without the
spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James
So, what are some of the things faithful Christians do?
We help the helpless (such as widows and orphans).
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is
this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and
to keep himself unspotted from the world (James 1:27). To
visit means to to look upon in order to help or to
benefit, to look after, provide for.
We abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is
good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in
honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in
spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in
tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the
necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which
persecute you: bless, and curse not...Recompense to no man evil for
evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men
(vs.11-14,17). Faithful Christians are the best employees. They
give an honest days work for an honest days pay.
Faithful Christians are to be kind, tenderhearted and
forgiving (Eph. 4:32). Husbands love their wives, show them honor
and provide for their families (Eph. 5:25; 1 Peter 3:7; 1 Tim.
5:8). Wives are in subjection to their own husbands, honor and
respect them and care for the children (1 Peter 3:1; 1 Tim. 5:14).
They have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph.
5:11). They are exhorted to exhibit no bitterness, wrath, anger or
evil speaking (Eph. 4:29-31).
The faithful seek the kingdom (church) first (Matt. 6:33)
and think on things that are true, honest, just, pure and lovely
(Phil. 4:8). They always press toward the mark for the prize of the
high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).
Shall we do what God wants or what we want? Will we do what
pleases God or what pleases us? When will men learn to humble
themselves under the mighty hand of God and do only those things
that please him? Jesus said, ...I do always those things
that please him (John 8:29). What do you say?
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WHY I LEFT THE MORMON CHURCH #12
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is driven
largely by a creed of thirteen Articles of Faith. To see
our ongoing examination of these Articles, go to
The eleventh Article of Faith declares, We claim the
privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of
our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them
worship how, where, or what they may.
A statement like this not only infers a belief of situation
ethics, but defies what the Bible explicitly teaches about the
command and nature of worship. Nadab and Abihu learned the
consequence of worshipping God according to the dictates of their
own conscience. While the Bible cannot control how man
worships or where his heart is when he does so, it does give
instruction regarding worship. Christ states, God is a
Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
truth (John 4:24). This is a far cry from allowing man to
worship how, where, or what they may.
In the transcript taken from a session of the LDS General
Conference, Robert D. Hales (member of the Quorum of the Twelve
...Each of us has agency to choose. As the eleventh
article of faith states, We claim the privilege
of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates
of our own conscience, and allow all men the same
privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they
may. In matters of personal belief, how do we
know what really is true? I testify that the way to
know the truth about God is through the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost, the third member of the Godhead, is
a personage of spirit. His work is to testify of
[God] and to teach [us] all things.
Mr. Hales cites John 14:26 as a reference for his statement.
Perhaps he should have acknowledged the verses surrounding it. John
writes (14:15-27), If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another
Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17[Even] the
Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth
him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with
you, and shall be in you. 18I will not leave you
comfortless: I will come to you. 19Yet a little while, and
the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall
live also. 20At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my
Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21He that hath my
commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he
that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him,
and will manifest myself to him. 22Judas saith unto him, not
Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us,
and not unto the world? 23Jesus answered and said unto him,
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love
him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word
which ye hear is not mine, but the Fathers which sent me.
25These things have I spoken unto you, being [yet] present
with you. 26But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all
things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have
said unto you. 27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give
unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your
heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Christ was discussing His departure from the apostles, but
not without a word of encouragement. His profound statement in
verse fifteen is an acid test. If a person loves the Lord, he will
obey Him. This includes obedience for all things, including
worship. Many claim to love the Lord, but will not do what it takes
to worship Him in truth or follow what the Bible says.
Jesus was going to return to the Father and prayed for perfect
unity among his disciples (John 14:20). He explains that He has
given them how to live, and that when He is gone, the Holy Spirit
will reveal to them what they needed to know.
Guy N. Woods writes, The statement of verse 25 puts in
contrast what the Lord had said to them while yet with them, and
that which would be revealed to them through the instrumentality of
the Holy Spirit in the days to come. ... Soon the Spirit would make
all these matters clear to them...Him the Father would send in the
name of Christ, i.e., in harmony with his will, and in keeping with
Mr. Hales not only sidesteps the context, but also avoids
the substance of the Article of Faith itself. He admits the need of
instruction from the Holy Spirit but at the same time attempts to
give a defense of the Article of Faith. In so doing, he forfeits
the claim of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates
of our own conscience.
There are evidences all throughout Bible history that lend
themselves to the principle of not doing things according to our
conscience. Moses writes, And let them make me a sanctuary;
that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee,
after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern
of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it
(Exodus 25:8-9). The Hebrew writer adds, Who serve unto the
example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of
God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he,
that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to
thee in the mount (Heb. 8:5). Not only was Moses given
unequivocal directions in how to build the tabernacle, but the
Israelites were given how to worship God in respect to it. The same
principle has always applied to worship of the Almighty.
It is not left up to man to decide for himself, based on His
own conscience, nor in deciding which church to join.
Hales, Robert D. Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly
Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. October 2009. 12 November
Woods, Guy N. Commentary on John. Nashville: Gospel
Advocate Co., 1989.
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WHAT ABOUT BIBLE TRUTH?
What is Bible Truth? Can we know Bible Truth? Is it important
that we know Bible Truth? The answers to these questions and other
questions about Bible Truth are found in Gods Word.
Bible Truth Is Absolute. Some have the idea that
Bible Truth is relative. That is, truth to one person is not
necessarily truth to another. What this philosophy says is that you
can basically do, teach, and practice whatever you desire, and God
will accept it since there is no absolute truth. If Bible Truth is
relative, there can be no false belief, teaching, nor practice. If
Bible Truth is relative, why did Jesus say, Beware of false
prophets (Matt. 7:15)? How can we try the
spirits (1 John 4:1) if Bible Truth is relative? How can we
all speak the same thing (1 Cor. 1:10) if Bible Truth is
relative? These verses cannot be obeyed without believing and
understanding that Bible Truth is not relative, it is ABSOLUTE.
Bible Truth Is Attainable. Can we know the truth? In
John 8:31-32, Jesus said to those Jews which believed on him,
If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples
indeed; And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you
free. Yes, truth can be known. Not only can we know it, we
must know it in order to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4). If we cannot know
the truth, why are we told to study to show ourselves approved (2
Tim. 2:15), search the Scriptures (John 5:39; Acts 17:11) and
meditate upon the Scriptures (Psa. 1:1-2)? Yes, Bible Truth can be
known it is ATTAINABLE.
Bible Truth Is All-Important. In John 8:32, Jesus
said, And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make
you free. It is by knowing the truth that we are made
free. In knowing and obeying Bible Truth, we have freedom from sins
(Rom. 6:23; 1 Peter 1:22). We will keep ourselves from the
vengeance of the Lord by knowing and obeying the truth (2 Thess.
1:7-9). If we want to prepare ourselves for a home in Heaven, we
must know and obey the truth (Matt. 7:21-23). Bible Truth is
Bible Truth Is Authoritative. How can we know what is
right or wrong, what is truth or error? The answer is not found in
politicians, preachers, popularity, power, position, pleasing
ourselves or pleasing others. But, it is found only in the Bible.
We must have Bible authority for all we believe, teach and practice
(Col. 3:17; 1 Thess. 5:21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). Bible Truth is
Bible Truth Must Be Accepted. It is not enough just
to know that Bible Truth is ABSOLUTE, ATTAINABLE, ALL-IMPORTANT and
AUTHORITATIVE, it must, from the heart, be ACCEPTED (Rom. 6:17-18;
James 1:21-22; Heb. 5:8-9; 1 Peter 1:22; Mark 16:16).
Will YOU obey it?
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WHAT DO 21ST-CENTURY CHRISTIAN
Roger D. Campbell
We thank the God of heaven that there are youth in His church
who love Him and make their best effort to live a godly life. It is
both refreshing and encouraging to see their youthful zeal. If
young folks are in the Christ, then I do not look at them as the
church of the future they are just as much Gods child as
I am, and they are the church of the present. True, they may be
future leaders in the church, and they may outlive older
members and keep the church going strong, but I dare not count them
as low-level or inferior members of the body.
What are the spiritual needs of our youth? What do they need
in their lives that can help them to bear spiritual fruit and be
ready to go to heaven after their earthly journey ends? I do not
have a magic wand that can guarantee 100% spiritual success, but
here are five fundamental needs of todays young saints.
1) They need to see good examples from adult
Christians. Paul told the brethren in Philippi, Those
things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and
seen in me, do... (Phil. 4:9). We who are older owe it to
our younger brothers and sisters to set the same kind of example
that Paul did. As the same apostle instructed Titus, In all
things shewing thyself a pattern of good works... (Titus
2:7), so our lives ought to be an exemplary model for our youth. As
we teach them Gods truth, we must also live it in our own
lives (Rom. 2:21-23).
2) They need to be loved. That is a basic human need
at each stage and age of life. Our youth may never directly say to
us, Please love me, but, in fact, they have a tremendous
need to be on the receiving end of agape love the kind
of love that wants what is best for them. They need to know that we
really care for them; yes, that we will very gladly spend and be
spent for them (2 Cor. 12:15). They deserve to be encouraged
and complimented for good efforts. Because our heart truly longs
for them to have the most fruitful life in Jesus (Col. 1:10), we
must be committed to telling them what they need to hear for their
personal and spiritual development. That includes discipline in two
phases: first, education about proper conduct in Gods sight,
and second, when needed, a word or action that warns or rebukes.
Jesus rebukes and chastens those whom He loves (Rev. 3:19). There
are times when our youth need tough love, but let us
always approach them with respect and compassion.
3) They need to be given opportunities to use and develop
their talents. Servants of the Lord, at every age level, have
abilities. As the Parable of the Talents shows (Matt. 25:14-30),
our Lord wants us to use (for His glory) the abilities and
blessings which He has placed in our hands. Yes, He wants us to be
faithful stewards (1 Cor. 4:1). Like those of us whose youthful
days are a distant memory, young saints need to use and develop
their talents. That takes time. It also takes experience, but one
cannot gain experience unless he/she is granted opportunities. Let
us make our greatest effort to get our youth involved in the work
of the local church involved in visiting widows, performing
tasks around the church building, reaching out to members who have
left their first love, distributing literature, leading in worship
(if brothers), helping teach kids, and many other aspects of the
Kingdom. Let us take time to work with them and train them. It will
pay great dividends both now and in the future.
4) They need to develop close friendships with other
faithful members of the Lords church. Studies indicate
that when young disciples of Jesus have a close friendship with not
just one, but several other young saints, they have a much higher
probability of remaining faithful to the Lord through the trials of
life that inevitably will come their way. While evil company
corrupts good habits (cf. 1 Cor. 15:33), it is equally true
that close camaraderie with those of like precious faith
(2 Peter 1:1) can be a wonderful leavening factor, provide
encouragement, and even supply positive peer pressure to
keep a person from making foolish choices. Parents, you are making
an invaluable investment in your childrens future when you
provide them and their close Christian friends with opportunities
to spend time together.
5) They need to develop their own personal faith.
This is the key, brethren. It is not simply of major importance, it
is the key! The Bible says our faith is what
overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). The just/righteous live and
please God by faith (Heb. 10:38,39). Since faith is produced by
hearing Gods word (John 17:20; Rom. 10:17), then this must be
the focus of our efforts! We must get our youth into Gods Book
teach them, indoctrinate them, ground them in the truth. The
matters that have been mentioned above will be of no value unless
a young sister or brother develops her/his own faith; not an
inherited faith, but a personal faith that is a blend of
conviction and trust that leads to obedience.
Do you know what? As I look over the above list of the five
things that Ive scribbled down, I realize that I am far beyond
the years of my youth, yet I have a lot in common with my youthful
sisters and brothers my spiritual needs are basically the same
as theirs. That is correct. While I may have to face somewhat
different challenges at this stage of my life, in reality, if I am
going to serve my Lord faithfully, then my spiritual needs must be
met the very same needs that our youth have.
Hmm, I must be special too! Let us pray for our youth and
support their efforts to live for the living God.
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WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT?
Marvin L. Weir
This is a most significant wherefore in the teaching
of Christ. Peter doubted while in the Lords immediate
presence. Many people today follow in the footsteps of Peter and
doubt in the very light of Gods precious Word. In either case,
it is unreasonable to doubt because of the assurances that have
been given (John 20:30-31).
The disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, and thinking
they had seen a ghost, were frightened and troubled. The Scriptures
then declare: But straightway Jesus spake unto them,
saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter
answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee
on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out
of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he
saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he
cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth
[his] hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little
faith, wherefore didst thou doubt (Matt. 14:27-31)?
Peter has no reason to doubt. He has witnessed the mighty
power of Christ. He now sees Him walking on the sea. Peter hears
the Master bid him to come, and yet he doubts. Why? Will Christ
fail him? No! Is Christ deceiving or tricking Peter? No! Will Peter
not be able to do what Christ bids him do? No! Why, then, is Peter
filled with doubt? He becomes more concerned with the wind than the
Master! It is at this moment that Peter is filled with doubt and
begins to sink.
Satan has always attempted to entice men to lose faith and
doubt. Eve understood Gods instructions regarding the fruit of
the tree in the midst of the garden: ...Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die (Gen. 3:3). The
devils reply: Ye shall not surely die: for God doth
know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil
(Gen. 3:4-5). Eve allows herself to doubt the commandment of
Jehovah and she sins in partaking of the forbidden fruit.
A lack of faith that leads to doubt is a spiritual killer!
This is clearly seen in the Scripture that says, For he
that wavereth (doubteth) is like a wave of the sea driven
with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall
receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man [is] unstable in
all his ways (James 1:6-8).
Let us notice some areas where doubt leads to spiritual
It is lack of faith and doubt that leads to the
establishment of man-made churches. Jesus forthrightly
declares, I will build my church; and the gates of Hades
shall not prevail against it (Matt. 16:18). Christ
established the church, purchasing it with His own blood (Acts
20:28). What man has the right to build his own church and claim it
is the one purchased by Christ? It is lack of faith or doubt that
contributes to men thinking the church of Christ is not sufficient
to accomplish Gods purpose. It is lack of faith and doubt that
keeps people from obeying the Gospel. The Bible does not say,
He that accepts Christ into his heart as his personal Savior
and has a religious experience shall be saved. Instead, the
Bible says, He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved (Mark 16:16). Why do most people believe what the
Bible does not say about salvation and reject what the
Bible does say? It is simply a lack of faith in the
inspired Word of God!
It is lack of faith and doubt that has people worshipping
in error. The Bible says one who worships God must
worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This means
one cannot attend the church of his choice and worship the way he
desires. Such an attitude demonstrates lack of faith and doubt in
what God has commanded.
It is lack of faith and doubt that has people thinking
they are going to Heaven while living ungodly lives. An
ever-growing number of people believe they can lie, cheat, steal,
drink intoxicating beverages, live in fornication and adultery, be
possessed with envy, jealousy, hatred, wrath, or a divisive spirit
and still be saved (Gal. 5:19-21; Rom. 13:9; James 5:4). Men may
believe such because of lack of faith and a lustful desire to do
otherwise, but the Bible says they who practise such things
shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:21).
It is lack of faith and doubt anytime one chooses not to
abide by a commandment God has given. Gods Word is not
optional, and a failure to obey is frightening. John reminds us,
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his
commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him (1
Peter is more concerned with the wind than the Master and
begins to doubt. Many today lose faith and begin doubting because
they are more concerned with man-made creeds or satisfying self
than obeying God and saving their souls!
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