Shipwrecked Faith

September 18

“Hold on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and thereby shipwrecked their faith.” (1 Timothy 1:19)

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I just read something that made me… Sad… Angry… Frustrated… All of the above.

It was the story of a man who became a believer in Christ (at a young age), and had spent over thirty years in ministry… only to step away from faith in Christ.

His story goes into the details of WHY he rejected faith in Christ, but one particular detail stood out from all the others. He recounted how, in the midst of having some doubts, he found some “secret information” online (and we all know that everything we see online is true!) that compelled him to the conclusion that God was make-believe, Jesus never existed, and all of Christianity was just an elaborate scam.

Now he seeks to proclaim the “illusion of Christian faith” – and acclaim the benefits of this “secret knowledge,” now revealed…

RH-EveTemptation2What makes me angry and frustrated is that this is nothing new. Right from the very beginning of all things, there was the accusation that God was “holding out on us” – that there was “truth” that God wanted to keep us from knowing (Genesis 3:1-5).

The attack upon God, and His trustworthiness, is the oldest trick in The Book.

Throughout human history, the same ploy is seen time and again. Even in the history of the people of God – the credibility of God has always been “the go-to play” in the devil’s “playbook.”

Even when Christ came and established the New Covenant.

A good portion of the New Testament was written to combat the teaching of a group of people called the “gnostics” (meaning: those “who know”). They were a group that came proclaiming “secret knowledge” – truth that God didn’t want us to know. Truth revealed by obtaining “hidden information” that made the claims of Christianity look like a religion for frauds and fools.

Sound familiar?

What was a battle then, is still the battle now. There is always someone who comes along to tell us that God is “holding out on us” – that He delights in keeping us in the dark. That true “enlightenment” is found in rejecting Christian values and teachings and embracing what God doesn’t want us to discover. All the cults are founded upon this dogma. All the “secret societies” are based upon this practicum. Modern humanism thrives on the perpetuation of this “truth.”

Jesus told us this would happen. He called the devil the “father of lies” and that lies were his native tongue (Jn. 8:44). And the Apostle Paul told us that “angels of light” would come and try and deceive God’s people (2Cor. 11:13-15). And the Apostle reminded us that the enemy of God thrives on “blinding the minds of the unbelieving.” (2Cor. 4:4)

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Why is it easier to believe a lie than accept the words of God? That He Who created us, and loves us, and came to this earth to die for us, and Who seeks only to pour out His love in, and through, us – just wants us to know Him and love Him in return. I think maybe it’s easier to believe a lie because the message of the gospel is just too simple – perhaps, just too good to be true. It “sounds like” foolishness in the ears of those who would rather believe something else.

The truth is: God has displayed His “knowledge” openly – for all of us to see, and know, and experience. He is not holding out on us. He is calling us all to simply hold on to what He has told us is true.

Even if some do not…

Prayer Focus: God, let me trust in You completely… knowing that You have told me everything I need to know about life and godliness in You.

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