Summary: A CLEAR DESCRIPTION OF TRUE FAITH
An admission of true faith
To all that read this I hope we can come to an understanding that is brought to us not from the flesh, but from the spirit. I pray there is truth revealed that would unlock a tangible growth in our relationship with the Most High, and a stronger walk with His son.
I first would like to admit a few things. I am a sinner, and so are you. In the context of the word of God which is outlined quite clearly, no one stands above no one else. This truth can and should alleviate the need for one to possess a string of letters behind their name, or speak from a lofty pulpit to be heard.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
When I look upon the word I do not find solace that all are sinners, but I find joy in the fact that grace can save us all. It provides kinship and allows us to fend off the feeling of being alone or having a singular experience not visited by anyone else. As we share the joy and love of Jesus, we also share the pitfalls that beset us from all sides as well as the persecution that follows one who speaks the truth of God.
My other admission is that I am not afraid what you might think of me. As much as I would like to be called friend, and as much as I would like you to hear and know God for yourself, it is truly an individual faith. Judgment will come one by one as will torment. So my intent to minister the gospel has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with you. Not to be complex, but it is simple love, but complex faith.
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
Why is faith complex? My belief is that it is threefold which gives dimensions that must fire in unison to complete the process fully. Mankind has a tendency to want completion without being complete. Firstly you must know what it is you should be doing. This dimension is the training dimension. Since I work in Law Enforcement I will use analogies from that field to illustrate the points.
A new hire is sent to the job and is given a period of 12 weeks for on the job training. This is followed or preceded by academy training. Without this training you would probably ascertain the dangers to both the community and the officer because of this lack of information and training. This is also true for the Christian. As I attended church service after service, one thing was always true, I would constantly ask questions and request to be shown where it was in the word. Secondly, I would go to search engines on the internet and find what biblical scholars said on the subject. These two things were coupled with prayer and supplication and requesting of my God to reveal unto me the truth. I would then put this truth to paper and give it away to find if that truth was understood and acknowledged by my brethren. They would either say amen to my testimony of faith or let me know where truth actually could be uncovered. So the training begins when you are willing to pick up the word of God and search for the truth, and it is an actual uncovering of that which is not hidden. God is fully revealed yet many do not know of Him. How crazy would it be to live with your Father and then when asked what His do’s and don’ts are you simply did not know? What if you are asked what does your Father really enjoy or dislike and you do not know. Yet if you think about the degradation and unrest in the body of Christ, as well as the falsehoods preached, the scams uncovered, the sin that abounds, is it not now more normal to have church dysfunction than not? This is not my attempt at being a naysayer, nor one who has lost hope. Because the scriptures are within me I believe these things must come to pass and I move daily as if they are. For example;
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.