Spiritual power comes from faith. Faith is what keeps the Christian grounded. Forces in the world pressure believers to compromise their faith.
Compromise has been invented to quiet the consciences of proud men and women who refuse to yield to God’s rule.
Recently, I caught the last few minutes of television program. Several people had been asked if they believed in heaven. Then the subject turned to ‘who would be going to heaven.’
The well-known interviewer turned to a smiling preacher for the answer. “Do you believe I’ll get into heaven?” she asked.
Without missing a grin, the preacher said, “After all the good you’ve done, there’s no way you won’t be going to heaven.” (Not his exact words)
“Even though I’m not a Christian?”
He head bobbed emphatically. “Yes, I feel I can say with certainty that you will go to heaven.”
What’s wrong with this picture? Several things:
Jesus is missing. Without Him, no one can have a relationship with the Father or go to be where He is when they die.
A place in heaven isn’t secured by merit, but by grace. Fame, money, charity – none of these will buy heavenly real estate. The currency needed? Faith in Jesus Christ and an acceptance of His sacrifice on the cross. “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17
The preacher was working hard to gain a reputation for being kind and loving. But not truthful. He was promoting himself, not Christ’s gospel. He fell into the trap of compromising.
Many in the world crave a compromised gospel – one that lets people into heaven who haven’t confessed their sins, haven’t believed that Jesus is the One and Only Son of God, the One and Only Person who can erase sin. But, the preacher forgot about all those people who long for the answer to the question, “What do I have to do get into heaven?”
Honest seekers need honest answers. They don’t need a compromiser teaching philosophies filled with half-truths.
Do you want spiritual power? Stay grounded in Bible truths. That doesn’t mean rudely telling someone they’re not going to heaven, as if nothing can be done about their sinful condition – it means showing them the way, pointing them in the direction of Jesus.
The world will continue to press Christians to dilute their faith, to make it palatable for everyone. Hang onto fundamental truths. Stand firm in the faith.
“These are written that you might believe . . .and that through believing, you might have life.” John 20:31