This Sunday, we will continue in our new series Worldview: How to Think and Live Biblically, with a message on “Hot Button Issues.”
Some of the things I will say might cause some people to have a knee-jerk reaction. That is because not all believers are seeing the issues of our day through a biblical lens.
In this time of unbiblical thinking, too many people like to use phrases like:
- “I like to think of God as a loving father . . . ”
- “I like to think of God as a nurturing mother . . . ”
- “I like to think of God as a flower . . . ”
- “I like to think of God as . . . whatever.” You fill in the blank.
Whenever people start a sentence with the phrase, “My God . . . ,” trouble usually follows. They say inane things like:
- “My God is all loving and would never judge a person . . . ”
- “My God is forgiving, not wrathful, etc.”
The problem with those kinds of statements is that they are essentially thinking of God as one thing, to the exclusion of something else.
Your god may only be a figment of your imagination
When people say those things, they are breaking the first of the Ten Commandments that warn us to “have no other God” before Him” (Exodus 20). That’s because they are not describing the God of the Bible, but their version of Him.
If you say things like that, you are remaking God in your own image. You are attempting to worship God the way you want Him to be, rather than the way He actually is.
God is . . .
We tend to emphasize the things about God we like, and minimize the rest. Who are you to “edit God?”
According to Scripture, God is both loving and righteous. He is both forgiving and just. He is compassionate and holy.
He does judge sin, and we should be glad that He does. Otherwise, we would never see a final court of arbitration and there would be no justice in this life, or the one to come.
So let’s be thankful that God is exactly who He is, not something we want Him to be. Rather than remake God in my image, I need to be remade in His image.
There is only one God, and that is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God who loved us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sin.
There is only one Book, and that is the Bible. The debate must start and end there. Otherwise, we are not thinking right, and we do not have a biblical worldview.
What is a biblical worldview?
According to John MacArthur, a biblical worldview is based on two major presuppositions:
The first will be the eternal existence of the personal, transcendent, triune, Creator God. Second, the God of Scripture has revealed His character, purposes, and will in the infallible and inerrant pages of His special revelation, the Bible, which is superior to any other source of revelation or human reason alone.
In short, there is a living God and He has revealed Himself in Scripture.
We as Christians believe that we have absolute truth from God. We develop our Christian worldview from what the Bible teaches. Period.
The goal is not to conform the Bible to an ever-changing culture, but to conform culture to what the Bible teaches.
So join us this Sunday at Harvest for one of our services, or watch the live webcast. Our service times are 7:45 A.M., 9:45 A.M., and 11:45 A.M.
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