Originally published on 12/14/2014 in the weekly bulletin at the church of Christ at Elkins
All religious questions must center and have their solutions to the problem in the authority of God and His word! How shall we live? How or what shall we worship? Are there limitations on the role of women in the church? Does any kind of music matter in the church? What is the Bible's stand on homosexuality?
In recent years the landscape of religion in the Lord's church has undergone changes, including the shift from traditional to a contemporary style of worship in many churches. Now there is the blatant disregard for the word of God among our brethren with David Lipscomb University supporting female students as preaching interns! The Bible clearly teaches, "Don't do it" in I Cor. 14:34-35 and I Timothy 2:11-12.
With the emphasis on "political correctness" in our society today, it isn't strange that brethren do not believe that God will do what He says! My friend, our eternity depends on accepting the fact that God meant what He said. Someone may object and say that people are more important than God's rules in the Bible! This begs the question that rules are important because people are important, and God loves people enough to give them rules to follow in religion because it is for their own good! Many assume that they know the right way to go in religion without accepting God's authority. Yet the Bible teaches otherwise! (Prov. 14:12 and Jeremiah 10:223)
Will God really do what He says? Just ask Adam and Eve when they ate the forbidden fruit! (Gen. 3:22-23) Some argue, "God is love and will forgive, no matter what we do." God said they would surely die if they disobeyed, and He promises to punish us if we disobey. Just ask Nadab and Abihu about using specified sources of fire and what happened when they substituted something else! (Lev. 10:1-2)
God still means what He says and when He says not to do something, we cannot do it without being punished! When God says to do something, we will be punished if we fail to do it! God's blessings and going to heaven when we die are predicated upon doing what He says! God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) so we can trust that when He says something, it is the absolute truth!
--- Earl Sutton