It’s easy to coast downstream. But if we’re following Jesus, we should expect resistance.
Many Christians have been “homeless” for the past couple years. Their cowardly pastors shut the church doors and effectively banished them from the sanctuary. King David had a similar experience, and there is much that we can learn from his exile from Jerusalem.
Dr. Jordan Peterson is right about many things, and yet, a couple of years ago he experienced a total mental breakdown. Why? Because the PRINCIPLES of Christ, apart from the PERSON of Christ, will never produce the PEACE of Christ.
Jesus is NOT the author of sugar and spice and everything nice. You cannot manufacture your own “preferred” Jesus. We are to be conformed into HIS likeness, not the other way around. If we truly desire to possess Christ, we must have the RIGHT Christ and the WHOLE Christ.
Scripture has two clear qualifications for Elders: 1) They must be able to “instruct in sound doctrine.” 2) They must be able to “rebuke those who contradict it.” Faithful pastors cannot merely teach the truth, they must also diligently work to expose error.
When we invest merely in this life, our investments will eventually be lost. However, when we invest in the life to come, it is eternally secure. What are you doing now to invest in eternity?