How Bible-based is our Faith?

Nov 02, 2010 No Comments by

Moses and the Ten Commandments


2nd November, 2010

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Is this verse true of modern faith? Have we watered down the Word of God so that it fits just what suits us?

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

Are we failing to impact this fallen world because the Bible has been replaced.

I made a list of what I consider to be relevant questions to assess my own condition.

1) Do absolute moral truths exist?
2) Did Jesus live a sinless life?
3) Does the God of the Bible rule today?
4) Is Satan real?
5) Can I earn salvation or is it a gift from God.

Surprisingly, there are debates about these basic questions. Somehow what the Bible has declared from the start is no longer the source. Instead it boils down to what we choose to believe and that’s that! Sorry but that sounds like lukewarm faith and so many churches are empty today because we stand for something other than the true Word of God.

For instance, if the Bible proclaims moral absolutes why are we all so silent when they are ignored and abused? We quickly pounce on politicians when they present faulty programmes. Meanwhile we are silent when His Truth is violated. (Not how it was in the Book of Acts!)

In a survey of Protestant pastors conducted by the Barna Research Group only half (51%) passed the test on whether they possessed a biblical worldview. This is frightening! Moslem jihadists are spreading through so-called ‘Christian’ nations and many pastors do not have a Word to stand on. (It used to be a leg!!!)

In the Barna USA survey Southern Baptist scored the highest bible based pastors – 71%. But it was all downhill from there. ….51% of non-denominational Protestant churches, 44% of pastors of Charismatic or Pentecostal churches, 35% of pastors of black churches and 28% of pastors of leading mainline denominations.

The US is on the verge of a dramatic mid-term election. Hungry, angry, weary voters continue to look to the government to restore prosperity and peace. The Bible says ‘righteousness exalts a nation’ not just politicians or political parties.

If any nation seeks to be blessed, congregations must get back to the Word of God and not follow or finance a watered down counterfeit. If the pastor is not preaching the Bible, go find another one. (There are many wonderful, bible-based Christian teachers, so find one)

“The low percentage of Christians who have a biblical worldview is a direct reflection of the fact that half of our primary religious teachers and leaders do not have one,” Barna said.

Who cannot expect the President of the United States or any other national leader to have a biblical worldview, when the church is not showing the way. If we want God on our side, do it His way.

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About the author

Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong he ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. With a heart for Israel Ron was appointed national director of Bridges for Peace, Australia. At the invitation of the BFP International Board he moved to Jerusalem and worked in the BFP Jerusalem headquarters for five years. Back in Australia he is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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