Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Have you made up your mind?

We are presented every day with so many choices our parents and grandparents did not have.  The grocery store alone for me is exhausting when I look at the brands I have to choose from for one item. Coffee used to be coffee.  Now you don't have to settle for just coffee if you don't want to.  We have Starbucks, Dunkin' Donut's, and even McDonald's has tried to cash in on premium coffee sales. 

The menus seem longer with more options to choose from at restaurants.  Sometimes it just becomes overwhelming trying to make a choice or decision.  We even have more church denominations than every before to help confuse the world even more than it already is. 

Let me first say I mean no offense to anyone with this post.  In my small East Texas town, there is a church on nearly every street corner.  From Baptist, to Pentecostal, to Presbyterian, to Catholic, to Lutheran, to Church of Christ, to First Christian, to Methodist...and on and on and on.  We even have a Kingdom Hall for Jehovah's Witnesses.  and I can't forget the Cowboy Church.  It must be a tough decision for a non believer to decide whether to attend a church, or which one to attend.  What about Christians who have backslidden and are looking for a new experience, a fresh touch, from God?  Where do they go?  Which one could be right?  They can't all be THE way to heaven.  They can't all be THE RIGHT denomination.   People tend to get offended when someone discussions their denominations as not being correct in doctrine.  I am not really sure.  I have to assume their identity is wrapped up as [denominational] member and less as a Child of God.  The fact of the matter is, denominations are man made and not of God.  A church does not provide salvation no identity, nor value, nor worth. 

No where in the Bible do we see the New Testament split up in different factions like we have today.  Not every denominations doctrine can be the correct doctrine.  Someone, somewhere, must be wrong.  While there are many denominations, one thing remains true:  There is only One True and Living God that requires a decision of us and it is the only decision that truly matters.  We must decide what we believe. 

Rich Mullins has a song called Creed based on the apostle's creed.  Click here to watch a lyric video. It is very simple and holds the very essence of what we all should believe.  Jesus said,

Revelations 3:15 - I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I would that you were cold or hot.
Revelations 3:16 - So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

We have to make a decision about where we stand and what we believe.  We cannot sit on the fence.  Keep our beliefs to ourselves and compromise the word of God in our lives for fear of offending someone. We cannot be passive and be successful in being the light and salt of the earth.

Matthew 5:13 - You are the salt of the earth. but if the salt loses its savor, with what shall it be salted?  It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and to be trodden underfoot by men.

The signs of our times and the events happening in our country and in our world should tell us we are definitely living in the end times.  It is time to make a decision and decide if we will continue to be lukewarm and not make a decision.  Or if we will choose to let our light shine and be the salt of the earth. 

I, for one, do not want Jesus to consider me lukewarm.  Don't wait.  Make up your mind today which side of the fence you will choose to place your feet on. 

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