"Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar." Proverbs 30:6
There is a very popular devotional book out whose author irreverently and arrogantly assumes the voice and words of Jesus upon each page as though her own interpretation should be red-lettered. My friend, it is a dangerous trap to assume the role of the Christ.
It may not be politically correct to write such things, going against the religious establishment, but my passion for God's truth does not allow me the luxury of silence as I hear thousands singing the praises of this book and watch many purchase the book based on its popularity.
My heart breaks for the few in number who actually come alongside a newly minted Christian to teach them Christ's way based on Scripture. It is more common to see what Jesus describes in Matthew 23:15, when He says, “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of hell you yourselves are!"
Our seminaries blaspheme God and His church with broad strokes of their grace brush covering any and every evil, never mentioning the word that has all but disappeared from Christian pulpits today--repent.
Repentance is the message proclaimed throughout Scripture--both the Old Testament and the New Testament. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus' coming with the same message. And Jesus, Himself, preached, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near" (Matthew 4:17).
What will it take for you and for me to completely give everything we have, everything we are to Jesus Christ? What will it take for us to humbly, unashamedly, differently and lovingly proclaim Him?
What will it take for us to truly make disciples as Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28:19-20 which reads, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Will we continue to let the world distract us and drown out His voice?
I pray not. And, I pray it every day.
Won't you join me?