Compromise in Religion

Religion is one thing on which we just can’t compromise.

I suspect most of you have just now decided that I’m either crazy or just plain wrong. After all, if you really look closely, aren’t most churches built on the idea that most things is OK, as long as it feels good? As long as we feel that we’re serving God? And that anyone who disagrees is a crazy rule-keeper trying to work his way to Heaven? I think many (even most) people believe this, because I can’t think of any other way to explain the vast differences in belief between people who call themselves Christians.

It seems to me that if God is real, and there is an absolute truth, then he has defined what is right and what is wrong. Negotiations between people don’t come into it. Votes among delegates at conferences don’t influence what is true and what is not.

My friend Gary has a great example of this on his website – click on “Answer 3 simple questions.” just under the picture of the pen.

Here’s the bottom line: What you and I want is immaterial. All that matters is what God wants. Realizing this is a big step toward aligning ourselves with Him.

And what God wants doesn’t change. This is well said in a great Hank Snow song called My Religion’s Not Old Fashioned (but It’s Real Genuine). Some of the words in this link are a bit garbled, but you get the picture.

If those words are true, and I believe they are, then many churches are just wrong.

Whoa! Can you believe I just said that!? Surely I don’t mean that? Well, yes, I’m afraid I do.

Do I believe I have all the answers? That I’m going to heaven and everyone else is bound straight for h-e-double-toothpicks?

Hardly. But I will say this: if you aren’t regularly reading the Bible and praying for God to help you find the truth, how will you know what’s right and what’s not? You can’t just believe what you hear from your friends or even your preacher – you have to be a Berean (Acts 17: 10-12) and decide for yourself.

And you can’t just make up stuff because it feels good. Think about that – do you believe you can trust your daily feelings to tell you what God wants you to do?


2 Responses to “Compromise in Religion”

  1. Renee Says:

    Thanks for keeping the post and site up! Many blessings for 2009!!! Love you guys lots!

    Todd & Renee'

  2. Renee Says:

    Thanks for the good word!

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