The Bible Trumps All

I am writing this to Christians everywhere out of concern and I know I can personally benefit from this as well. I am nervous and scared as to what possible feedback I might receive based on the strength and intensity of these words, because it very much may be contrary to what is popular or believed. What I have to ask and say may sound forceful or too direct, but I can promise everything that I write is a result of my compassion and love for everyone. I realize I am imperfect, but I can only pray that it is these questions and thoughts that lead to revival among the Christian community as well as personal revival in the Christians heart. If I wanted to be liked for what I write, then my words here would be completely different. I will trust the Word of God and only fear Him and not man. This is meant for all professing Christians with myself included. I am subject to all of this and it is only the power of Jesus Christ that allows me to ever hold true to what I say.

I can tell that the Bible isn’t being read because I could ask so many professing Christians what it says and they would not know. I can look at some lives of professing Christians and see that Jesus is not what they most care about. Perhaps school, work, relationships, money, or simple enjoyment is of more value. I sometimes wonder how many of these people are actually Christian, but then consider the idea that they might just be lacking the theological truths of the Bible. I have heard that the Bible is too difficult to understand or that some people aren’t theologically minded. I almost consider that thought until I see how much effort EVERYONE puts into EVERYTHING else. If we can study for years to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, biologists, accountants, and businessman, then do we not have what it takes to read and understand words written in a book? And even more so, the book of LIFE?! Being a Christian is to want more of God, want more of Jesus!

The whole foundation of all of Christianity rests on ONE book, and that is the Bible. It does not matter what denomination you belong to. If you do not start at this book, then anything else the Christian (or church) does is for their/its own benefit and of their/its own mind. I have heard Francis Chan speak about this before and it has crossed my mind as well…but I sometimes wish we could just for a moment in time forget everything we grew up doing, forget everything we know, just stop everything and read the Bible for what it is. I have full confidence that most of us would find that being a Christian is extremely different than what we thought it was.

 

John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

According to this claim, I would say that the Bible is fairly important. Is it forgotten that the Bible is God’s message to us? Is it forgotten that God is all-powerful and created the whole entire universe, or is it just not believed? I don’t understand why there is so much focus on other things. I see every professing Christian being raised to believe one thing while another Christian believes another. One church goes one way and a different church goes another. Should we not question what we have come up with in our minds and have been taught as to what is right? I understand how much humbling it takes to do this and how pride can get in the way, as I have enough pride of my own to deal with.

 

Galatians 1:8 – But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

 

Again, why do we trust in our own understanding? Why do we go along with society and the church without even making sure that what is taught to us is Biblical? The Bible says even if an angel from heaven is to come down and preaches anything contrary to this Word then let them be cursed. If we have to verify words by angels from heaven, then how can we unmindfully accept the typical motions that the church has us go through? And how can we know whether to accept these things if we do not know what the Word of God tells us we should do?

 

2 Corinthians 11:14 – And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

 

I don’t want anyone to think that the message here does not apply to his or her lives. In 2 Corinthians, Paul speaks to the church about how they had so easily been falling for false apostles and deceitful workers. They adored these teachings from men who continuously brought in money for what Paul did for free. Contrarily, Paul didn’t skew the Word of God. Teaching the truth from righteousness he was lashed, beaten, imprisoned, stoned, and shipwrecked. In fact, Jesus states that all men will hate you because of your belief in Him. Multiple times the Bible assures that ALL Christians will be persecuted for the truth of the gospel. There is a possible lesson to be learned from that about our personal walk with Jesus, but is it possible that some of the teachers of this age that are adored are teaching a false gospel? Do not be surprised if those with large sums of money on your television are just using words of the Bible to deceive you. Do not be surprised to realize that someone may be misleading you if the message you receive is everything you have wanted to hear. Do not be surprised if this person is even a preacher or religious icon, as it is promised they will be a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing.

I want to share a few passages out of the Bible that might be a shock to some, but hopefully an awakening. I am sharing these for the modest possible chance of sparking someone’s desire in taking a glimpse at what the Bible genuinely portrays.

 

Mark 8:34-35 – And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

 

Matthew 10:34-39 – “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn

“‘A man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-lawa man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” – Jesus

 

Romans 3:10-20 – As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

“Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.”

“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”

“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”

“Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.”

“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

 

You don’t see these passages being preached too often. I don’t want to make it sound like God is some angry being upstairs who wants to point His finger down and condemn us, for Gods wrath has already come to pass. My goal is to trigger Christians to see what this book really says and take it seriously. This book trumps every religion, every church, every preacher/priest, and every practice. It’s a book of suffering, a book of joy, a book of promise, a book of ultimate love. I hope there is no one who thinks they are good enough. I hope there is no one thinks they can just believe in God’s existence to make it into heaven. More than anything, I hope there is no one who believes that listening to an uplifting church sermon or being sprinkled with water will ever be sufficient enough to enter Gods Kingdom.

I am unimaginably thankful that God loved us so much to allow righteousness apart from the law. I pray for everyone who reads this that they will understand what is written and make the necessary endeavor in reading Gods gracious and holy Word. I use this as a challenge to myself to do just the same.

 

The Bible is about one person. That person is Jesus. Lets all become disciples and fishers of men!

 

Ryan Killough

8/11/2014

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Jesus didn’t come here to make peace for the world, but for those who trust in Him

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
– Matthew 10:34-39

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Church/Denominations

Church. I vouch to say one of the most substantial issues of the time for Christianity is church. Since church is such a broad term these days, I’ll be more specific and use the term denomination. See church isn’t such a highly controversial term, but when we crawl towards the topic of denomination, we start to feel some separation. When it becomes known during conversation that I am a Christian, there are specific questions that people tend to first ask me. A very common question is, “oh, where do you go to church?” This question is perfectly normal that is formed from curiosity and interest. Although, from experience, I have encountered a shift in questions. The question I receive more frequently now is, “oh, what are you?” I always want to answer that question by saying: “I am a species of Homo sapiens from the kingdom of Animalia, pleased to meet you earthling” but it is clear what they mean. So instead I answer, “I am …” Wait, should I answer? I wonder if it’s worth it, because the second it is heard what, “I am” will the attitude and thought behind anyone reading this entire post now change? Not that this ever happens in politics, but why take the risk? There is nothing specifically wrong with the question, “what are you?” My concern is not the question itself, but the change in social norm causing the shift to this question. The question is often asked, not always to learn about someones relationship with Jesus, but to figure out what his or her beliefs are. That is the problem I am addressing.

Well everything that is an issue today, seems to somehow or another be addressed in the Bible. In fact, a very similar instance was occurring not too long after Jesus’ life on earth. Around the year 55, Paul the apostle wrote a letter to the Christians in Corinth concerning the same idea:

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

Place denominations such as Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Church of Christ, or Non-denominational (Baptists with a cool website – Tim Hawkins) in the quotations of verse twelve and read it again. Christ is not not divided, so neither should we be. Even though we attend different denominations, we are all following the same God. We should be of the same mind and thought. So if God knew all these religious sects would occur where differences and discord would take place, did He make a mistake with the idea of church? Absolutely not.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:15-17

God’s word mentions the benefit and purpose of Christians congregating together many times. As we stick together, we become stronger in faith, just as a threefold cord remains strong. As the verses say, we are all of one body and should teach and admonish one another. The word admonish comes from the Hebrew word “yacar.” Yacar means to chasten, discipline, instruct, or admonish. So as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are supposed to discipline each other and keep each other from ungodly conduct! Then, with singing and praise, we express our gratitude toward Gods unfailing love and mercy. Church is a necessity for teaching, admonishing, and worshiping.

Now that we understand the purpose of the church, I want to explain how the church is to be conducted.

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. – Colossians 2:6-8

I am going to jump straight to verse eight in this passage. Now most churches do not preach the wrong message, but through weekly patterns in our forms of worship, we can deceive ourselves into believing in wrong philosophy. Our church practices should not be our belief! We should not put tradition and spiritual rituals over what is right, good, and true. Traditions are for the purpose of acknowledging God and, again, are not to become our beliefs. Communion, baptism, confirmation, hand movements, church membership, fasting, or any other church sacraments will not give you salvation! They will not make you any more holy or deserving of Gods grace. These sacraments are simply to express our gratitude of God’s love for us, and allow us to become closer to Jesus in our personal relationship with Him.

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. – James 1:26-27

These verses explain that if we cannot even control our language, then our religious performances are worthless. The ability to bridle ones tongue is a result of spiritual cleanliness. If we are performing the sacraments of the church, yet do not control our tongue, then we are still acting in impurity. The next few passages continue to support this truth.

1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” 3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” – Matthew 12:1-8

9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” 11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” – Matthew 12:9-12

People neglected to see the true meaning of the Sabbath. God meant for the Sabbath to be a blessing, yet they put its laws over the Lord. They allowed legalism to take a higher stand than God. Lets not do the same thing with church. In verses eleven and twelve, Jesus explains that the need of a person is more important than the restrictions of the Sabbath. In the same manner, our personal daily walk with Christ is more important than the sacraments we can burden ourselves with. Rather, our sacraments should bring us joy and be used to support our spiritual journey.

Church should not just be a place to go and receive a heart-warming word. It is not a place where you go and appease God. It is a place to learn, a place of thanksgiving, love, encouragement, praise, and an opportunity to become spiritually closer to Jesus. Regardless of our denomination, we shall not be divided, just as Christ is not divided. Our sacraments shall never be used as a tool to enter heaven, but rather a symbol of our gratitude toward Gods unfailing grace. Church is a place for Christian community, in order to strengthen our faith, for the purpose of spreading Gods word to the world and worshiping Him in everything we do.

17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17

Ryan

12/15/2013

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Where is God?

Living in College Station, one of the most frustrating aspects of the town is the poorly designed road systems leading to obnoxious traffic. Yet, every single day I crank on the engine of my truck and drive down the road with a bad attitude as if I had no idea it was coming. Just the other day I was sitting on the couch watching t.v., thinking about how I needed to make it to the bank before it closed. As I was about to leave, another episode of Duck Dynasty was about to come on. I had two hours ’til the bank closed anyhow, so I figured why not? Of course more episodes came on after that one, forcing me to stay and watch them all until I had about 15 minutes to get to the bank. It was almost agony having to switch off the t.v. in the middle of an episode as I rushed out the door, put the pedal to the medal, and hightailed it off to the bank. Sure enough I got behind someone going at least a mile an hour under the speed limit. As lights had the audacity to turn red while other slow vehicles prolonged my trip, I was getting furious. Why couldn’t the world just understand I was in a hurry?! Well as much as everyone hopes this story ends up with me not making it to the bank, I did make it. The Lord clearly showed me sympathy I did not deserve. Despite my successful trip, I was still in a bad mood.

Does that story sound familiar to anyone else? We all get caught in the same scenarios. Not only with traffic, but with God as well. As many of us live our lives, we sometimes wonder why things aren’t going the way we want them. We wonder why God isn’t showing us where we should be going or why we don’t feel He is directing our lives. Same goes with those who are trying to see the reality of Christ, yet aren’t really Christians. If God truly exists then why hasn’t He blessed my life and why hasn’t He shown his existence to me?! The answer lies within my story.

Could I have easily had a relaxing drive while making it to the bank on time? Of course. Had I seen all those episodes of Duck Dynasty at least 20 times? Correct, that is irrelevant, it’s Duck Dynasty. Anyways, I think ya’ll get the point. I waited ’til the last minute to leave for the bank, so it is obvious I should of expected to have a dissatisfying and rushed trip. Well if we aren’t focussed on Christ or reading the voice God specifically and freely presented to us, then why on this earth do we so greatly expect for our lives to be blessed with Gods fully undivided attention?!! Read that sentence again, it’s a good one. Good, now read it again. By avoiding the reality God has given to us while we continuously try and figure life out on our own, we put ourselves in a position to be lead down the wrong path. We put ourselves in a spot where we do not want to be and we get angry about it, saying God isn’t here! Well He is here. Most of the time, for some reason, we would rather just lay down and watch t.v.

This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:5-8

The Lord works in interesting ways and I sometimes fail to realize what He is trying to tell me. Usually the times I don’t figure it out, are the times I’m trusting in myself and my own ways to navigate through life instead of looking to God for the answers. God is not looking to bash everyone for their wrong doings. He loves us and wants us to know Him, and He gave us His perfect word so that we can do so. So many times in my life I have not been content, wondering where God may be, only to realize I hadn’t been looking for Him. If we are not reading our Bible, if we are not praying, and if we are not seeking what is above, then how can we expect God to show up and be real in our lives? Sometimes, we just need to turn the t.v. off.

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” – Proverbs 8:17

Did you think that verse was a perfect ending? If you thought this verse was about seeking and finding God, you’re wrong. It’s actually about seeking and finding wisdom. Read your Bible!

Here is my real ending verse:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Ryan

11/7/13

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First Things First

As I mentioned in my introduction posting, I believe this world is driving many people down a path that is off the direction God wants for them. Media, social norms, and seductive pleasures have allured the eyes of many into a fallacy of ultimate meaning and satisfaction. I have struggled what to write about in this post, because I have much to say. I believe I need to start off by talking about the foundation supporting everything I have to say and write. I am going straight to the point and will not beat around the bush. If what I write about here is not obtained or understood, the rest of my posts may as well be non-existent. So first things first, I am going to talk about Jesus Christ.

“That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” – Romans 10:9-10

It amazes me how simple this truth is, yet how misunderstood it is. This verse explains word for word how to get into heaven. The next sentence, Paul even explains what he just said! First you must believe in your heart that Jesus died and was resurrected for your sins. You may also call this, “having faith.” Paul then uses the physical word “mouth.” Yes, you must actually confess with your mouth that Jesus died and rose again for your sins. Notice these verses talk nothing about being a good person, church attendance, not cursing, or your past! This thought leads to the next verses:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:8-10

The first verses in Romans explain how to be saved. These verses in Ephesians explain why you are saved that way. They describe that we aren’t saved by works and this is for two reasons. First, if we were to be saved by works, no one would make it to heaven! No matter how hard we try, we will never be righteous enough to deserve what God has in store for those who have faith in him. That statement should not be depressing, but relieving. Secondly, we aren’t saved by works so that no one can boast! The gift from God is not the result of a competition, nor is it a hierarchy! It is the result of the constant faith you put in Jesus when you confessed with your mouth that he was Lord!

So what is this belief that we put in Jesus? If we believe in Jesus like we confessed, doesn’t that mean we have faith in what He has said? I am about to share some powerful verses that hopefully will open many eyes as to what “believing in Christ” really means.

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” – James 2:14-17

We learned in the previous verses we are saved by faith and not by works. After reading these verses we think, hypocrite! The Bible just told us that we aren’t saved by works, and now it is saying we must have works? Correct. These verses are saying faith does not exist without works. On the contrary, works can exist without faith. It is at this point where I see many people get the two mixed up. If you know the saying “actions speak louder than words,” you may understand what I’m trying to say a little better. If you have faith, can you show it without your works?

If all of this is true, then why do many of us not live our lives this way? The works of the flesh are “…adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like…” Why do some practice sex outside of marriage and then pray to God as if they have faith in Him? Why do some go get drunk at night and then make sure to wake up for church in the morning as if that shows God they are doing what He wants? If Gods word is true, why do some perform all the small good-works to please God, yet don’t crack the pages of their Bible to see what God truly wants of them?! We partake in all the little tasks that make us feel warm inside, and then shove God away the rest of the time. I said I wasn’t going to beat around the bush and I meant it. Good works without faith exists, and its hindering the views of both non-Christian on-lookers and Christians around the world.

I believe our society needs to wake up and move away from this sissy form of Christianity our world has led us to. If we believe our small acts to sin less are worthy enough to get us into heaven, then we really don’t believe we are saved by Gods grace and not works alone. Many of us are way too focussed on our religion or weekly patterns, and have abandoned the truth on what our daily lives should look like. Through my walk with Jesus in my life, I have learned that making an effort to sin less has lead to nothing but struggle. Focussing purely on Christ has lead me to Joy and purification. We need to consistently fix our eyes on things that are above. By looking to Jesus we remove our sight from earthly values and our faith becomes evident. God has an incredible direction and meaning for our lives and in it is ultimate joy!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Ryan

10/21/13

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Intro: Clashing With The World

Before I start explaining my future blog postings, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Ryan and I am currently a 21 year old undergraduate student at Texas A&M University. I have lived in Texas all my life and enjoy sports and many outdoor activities including tennis, basketball, bike riding, fishing, camping, shooting, or just killin’ time. I have lots of family that I enjoy and love very much. Most importantly I am a firm believer and follower of Jesus Christ, the son of God.

After moving from home to college I have encountered the world in a way I have never seen it before. Living in one town the majority of my life, it was easy for my view of the world to be blinded to only what I was exposed to. In the past years I have found that college is the prime location to experience diversity in ideas, viewpoints, beliefs, culture, religion, interests and lifestyle. I have also seen what the world has to offer me, and believe me when I say it has plenty to offer. Constantly I watch as fellow students make decisions, life choices, opinions, form beliefs, and create lifestyles based on what the world has for them. Obviously people make both good/bad and successful/unsuccessful choices, but observation from viewing the world during college has sparked my concern for the direction it may be heading. My recent concern has been on my heart, which now has led to the creation of my blog.

My blog is titled, “Clashing With The World: Living for Jesus in a deceptive and heedless society.” Being a Christian in this world isn’t that easy. In fact, it can be very difficult. God will point you in one direction and the world will point you in the exact opposite. This is why I believe my title, “Clashing With The World,” was quite fitting. I would also like to explain my use of the words deceptive and heedless. There are many great and wonderful things in this world, but some of the most desirable are corrupting and wicked. Just as the serpent twisted the minds of Adam and Eve to eat of the tree of life, this world is constantly deceiving the minds of people into believing what is wrong must actually be right. It is also become deceptive to many people as to what being a Christian truly is. We are currently living in a stage where what kind of church you attend is more important than your actual life-in-Christ. This reality has become very dangerous and should be a topic worth more than discussing. I also have observed that much of our society has become so fixed on what the world has to offer, that it has become oblivious (or heedless) of the joy and glory God has to offer.

Through scripture, I plan to bring up all of these topics in my blogs that will hopefully change the hearts and minds of people everywhere. I realize I am a sinner that greatly needs the love of Jesus, so my goal is not to take the spec out of other peoples eyes without taking the plank out of mine. On that note, I do believe much of our society is on a sour path that desperately needs Jesus. My ultimate goal is to be a disciple for Jesus Christ as I am called to be so that others may also receive the ultimate blessing as I have.

Ryan

10/17/2013

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