If you ever see that there hasn’t been a post on this blog in a while, do me a favour and send me an email and just tell me to, “just write part of it.” I have a 12 o00 word post partially written and I just can’t get it out. I don’t know when it’ll see the light of day but I have lots of little things I could write about. It would probably do me good.
I usually don’t rant on this blog, (here’s hoping you noticed), so at risk of starting a rant…
The Church of Christ will not be destroyed by false teaching, or non-scriptural worship practices. I have seen the cancer that will kill every Church of Christ that will close in the next twenty years. Cowardice.
Fear will kill churches of Christ (with a big or a small ‘c’) long before mistaken interpretations of Scripture have gone to seed.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
Fear is Satan’s favourite tool, and Satan can tease you into error far more easily by making you afraid of doing the right thing than by tempting you into the wrong thing.
Fear will kill a church in no time flat. Fear kills love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control (sound familiar? Gal 5:22). Fear makes you trust Jesus less and depend on your own strength more. Fear makes you pull back, tighten up, love less, and protect yourself. If Jesus was as concerned about being taken advantage of as we are, he would never have come to earth in the first place!
Fear makes you stop making decisions, because you are terrified of making a wrong one! After all, it’s all about you! Growth in the church, correct doctrine, positive programing; When you’re running scared, you are your own saviour. There is no room for Jesus to be Christ.
“But I’ve got some questions” is no reason to not do something. You ought to have questions about anything you are considering (unless you have a time machine or can see the future) If you don’t have questions then you haven’t thought about it enough.
A disciple of Jesus Christ should be just about fearless. Here’s why: When we have a big decision to make, after we prayerfully consider our options, we should act.
If we experience success, it wasn’t because of us anyway, we should receive it as another of God’s gifts to us. If we experience failure we should receive it as God’s training for God is using it to prepare us for something greater.
If we can’t bear failure then we probably take our success a little more personally than we should. God doesn’t love us because we are right, or wise, or strong, or brave. His love is unconditional.
Fear is vital to Satan’s work. It is present everywhere Satan is at work. Our enemy delights in the indecision of the Lord’s saints for where Jesus’ disciples are afraid to act Satan is honoured as lord.
Where Jesus’ disciples are willing to fail they are unstoppable. Victory advances the cause of Christ and failure prepares His disciples for further service. Either way, when love is the primary motive in decision making, rather than fear and avoidance of failure God is glorified.
Lord, give us faith to trust You at Your Word.