Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church
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We have arrived!! Today in this worldly culture, we are now living in the prophetic time that describes an age where people will come to church, and hear only from the Word of God that which makes them feel good about how they are living but reject the truth of righteousness.
2 Tim 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth.” The term “heap up” means to surround oneself with those who will support their wicked behavior.
Jesus said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Luke 21:33. Psalm 119:89 says: “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” Let’s ask ourselves how we who believe the Bible is God’s holy, inspired Word, have digressed to the point where we pause and ponder the truths we hear from the Bible? Many church members actually doubt if what they hear from the pulpit and Sunday School is really how we should live in today’s ever changing culture. We see all around us the norms have changed, attitudes are shifting, and variant lifestyles are now openly acceptable, not only in our society but in the church as well. It says in the last days before the return of Christ that even the elect of God may be carried away with the lies from the enemy. Paul said that people will have: “…a form of godliness but denying its power, and from such people turn away” 2 Timothy 3:5.
Our best hope to know the clarity of God’s truth is to remain steadfast in His Word. Your faith will be tested, your emotions will be shaken, but when your eyes are fixed upon the God of heaven who changes not, then you will know the truth and be encouraged to live faithfully in this changing world.
God’s Word was not written in pencil beloved. We can’t pick and choose what feels right or feels good to us. Holy men moved by the Holy Spirit wrote down every word that came from God Himself. You and I don’t have the wisdom nor authority to take away nor add to God’s word. When Jesus came, the Word was seen in His person (John 1:1), demonstrated in His power, and confirmed through His blood. Without His word, we have no confidence of our salvation or wisdom as how we are to live for God in this ungodly world.
Psalm 138:2 is an encouragement to all of us, “…For You (God) have magnified Your word above all Your name." I encourage you to stay strong and be courageous in a world that will not agree with you and my even persecute you for what you believe. I close with the benediction from Jude 24-25: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen"
May God richly bless, and grant you faith to believe all things are possible.