Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Deeds Rather Than Creeds

Rick Warren of Saddleback Church has been quoted as saying that he is looking for a second reformation of deeds rather than creeds. Hmmmmmmmmmm??? I wonder what all of those who were persecuted and died for their beliefs in the first few centuries of the church would think of that? What would those Christians who are being martyred for their faith in this present day think of that?

I beg to differ with Rick Warren. What we believe does matter. It is the very truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that makes Christianity stand out from all other religions. Mr. Warren, by his statement is condoning a works based faith. One can spend their entire life doing "good things" and not make it to heaven. Merely "working for the church" does not get you entrance to heaven. Churches doing wonderful things all over the world is great, but does not guarantee its members "salvation. Church membership is not a ticket to heaven. Any compromise of the truth to try to obtain peace is not true peace.

It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that leads a man to repentance and salvation. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. That needs to be the first and foremost goal of the church. It is sad that many churches measure their success by the size of the building or the new coffee shop they have in the lobby. Many mega churches spend their time and much money trying to look more and more like the world to get the people to come. What are they doing with the people once they are there? They give them motivational messages, tickle their ears, and send them on their way. No one mentions Hell, sin, repentance, or the need for it, because they want them to return the next week. The end result is churches filled with people who have no idea what the foundations of the Christian faith are. Churches filled with people who have no relationship with Jesus Christ and are headed straight for Hell. This is the result of a "deeds and not creeds" philosophy.

Romans 16:17-18--Paul said, "I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ but their own body, and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the innocent."

"To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20

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