THE IMPORTANCE OF INFORMED FAITH

THE IMPORTANCE OF INFORMED FAITH

 

As Christians we should understand that a biblical view by itself is not enough to sustain the church through these perilous times we are experiencing in our country.

The epistle of James states clearly, "For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead" (James 2:26).

Informed faith without action is dead and unfruitful. In the end faith without action is nothing more than puffed up knowledge. You can ask the leading Bible teachers of our day for a biblical view, but without a biblical response their view is pointless.

The question that needs a solid answer is "how do we respond to the pressing issues within our culture today? To say with gentleness and love is not enough. Most professing Christians have no idea what biblical gentleness and love look like.

The American Evangelical church today has lost its ability to tell its people not only the truth, but to demonstrate a biblical response by clear and well executed actions. The church has shied away from telling the flock what to do. The church leaders only speak, but have little in regards to action. To hold a conference is not enough, the church must take the truth of the gospel to the streets and press hard into the public places, informing the culture and laying the burden of their choice to reject Christ squarely upon their conscience. We must preach without shame and let God sort out the rest (Matthew 22:1-14). However, the church today refuses to take the message of the gospel, and the entirety of biblical content to the streets and the public places.

It doesn't take a family to restore the conscience. It doesn't take a government task force with a high morale to subdue the masses. Rather, it takes a preacher of faith who will boldly declare the gospel to both Jew and Gentiles without partiality to see a country transformed on all levels of society.

The Apostle Paul said it well,

"For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the Lord is the Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;

For "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!"

However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah said, "Lord, who has believed our report?"

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ" (Romans 10:12-17).

In the end, for leading pastors in our country to say, "Get ready because things are going to get worse" is to neglect the responsibility the church has as slaves and ambassadors of righteousness of God to the world (2 Corinthians 5:20-21). It is a full blown dereliction of duty in the role of ambassadorship. Anyone who takes on that position is guilty of hiding the light of the gospel under a basket that no one may hear and see unto salvation (Matthew 5:14-16).