Please God or Man?

If you haven’t had a chance to watch Living Waters Ministries, The Fool, let me encourage you to take 60 minutes to do so.

 

I’ll admit, I sure don’t like being called an idiot or ignorant for my beliefs, but that should in no way hinder us from sharing the gospel of Jesus. What an amazing ministry that Ray Comfort has for sharing the gospel because of the ridicule he has endured.

Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. – Philippians 1:15-18

I’ve heard and still hear Christians tell me that it’s important to preach the gospel a certain way or don’t talk about creationism because it’s not well-regarded…all to not seem ridiculous to the lost.

What rubbish! What does the child of the King and joint heir to the eternal kingdom care about the petulant approval of mankind?

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10

  1. Repent of your rebellion
  2. Study the Word
  3. Share the good news of abundant life through faith in Jesus!
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God’s Existence is Self-Evident

I was recently asked to give the eulogy at my grandmother’s funeral. As I was preparing the words to say, I wanted to speak openly about the importance of worldview questions at at a time when people ask questions about mortality and purpose and afterlife.

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In the past when I have talked about BIG worldview-type questions, I have used these questions:

  • How did we get here?
  • What is the purpose to life?
  • What happens when I die?
  • Is there right and wrong? How can I know right from wrong?
  • Is there a God?

But as I was preparing the eulogy, the last question really stuck in my throat. As I’ve come to understand my Bible better through the teachings of several apologists, it is plain that God’s existence is self-evident. There is no question as to the Creator God’s revelation through nature, his written word, and his Son Jesus.

So, I’ve changed that question to be: Who or what will I worship?

Everyone worships something. People will either worship the Creator God who is worthy of all praise, or they will worship something lesser. These lesser things most often include themselves, but can also include money, security, fame, or something else in creation. To do this, one has to suppress their knowledge of God as revealed in Romans 1:

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse;

There is a danger in not recognizing God as Creator and worshiping him. As Romans 1 continues:

21 for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.

Be thankful to the Creator God and worship him or face the prospect of futile, foolish, and darkened thinking.

The question of God’s existence isn’t in question; just your object of worship.