Is the Church still the Pillar of Truth?

1 Timothy 3:14-15 “I’m writing these things to you so that you may know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.”

The Apostle Paul identified the church as a ‘pillar and buttress of the truth‘. If there is any group of people on the planet that needs to know and represent the truth of Jesus Christ well, it’s the people of God. Representing the teachings of Jesus well doesn’t mean selecting a few verses out of the gospels that suit your position on the latest social issue but requires understanding the whole context of the bible, including the Old Testament, the epistles, as well as the historical and apocalyptic literature that make up the New Testament. Unfortunately, we are witnessing a shift away from truth as the bible reveals, within the church, because of pressure from the surrounding culture. The antichrist spirit is gaining momentum across the media and culture at large, making it easier for fence sitters in the church to choose the broad pathway that leads to death instead of the narrow pathway that leads to life. More and more believers are using Jesus name to justify ideologies that aren’t even in the ball park of what the Scripture teaches. This demonstrates poor exegesis and a growing ignorance of the fundamental teachings of the Word of God. It appears that some believers are basing their beliefs on feelings to suit their conversations with family, peers and voices in the media rather than on the solid rock of God’s Word. It’s becoming a case of the blind leading the blind. The universal church, by and large, has held onto essential orthodox beliefs for 2,000 years because the truths underpinning these beliefs have been painstakingly clear in Gods Word for 2,000 years. It’s only been in recent times that we are now seeing such liberal views of Scripture infiltrate the church on a mass scale. This is a time for the church to be revived in its passion for God and truth, and not only for people and grace. This is a time for the church to be revived in its belief in the authority of Scripture, interpreting it and applying it in a way that honours God first and foremost, whether it’s popular or not. Explosive Insights!

2 comments

  1. Well said Pastor Corey. Im on my way to Adelaide for my granddaughter’s dedication at Influencer Church and there are family members who are unchurched, wont have anything to do with God and they support gay marriage. I am asking God for His divine Wisdom when I meet them as I do not want to get caught up in a political & spiritual debate. They need Jesus. They know I am finishing the Bachelor in Theology & I dont want to be in the spotlight over this. Thanks for your wisdom & word of knowledge.

    Shalom

    Roslyn Crane

  2. Hi Corey

    Thanks for your words in this post.

    I was preaching at Swan View Corps today and felt led to drop what I had prepared, sharing part of what you have written and linking it to TSA’s first doctrine – We believe the the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by the inspiration of God and that they only constitute the dive rule of Christian faith and practise.

    It was an opportune time to ask the question – is the Word of God still the inspired Word of God? Or do we listen to the ‘new Word’ with its modern interpretations to appease the ears of today’s listeners?

    So thanks for your timely word in a turbulent week where our country turned its back on God.

    Regards

    Gordon Jones (Major) Divisional Secretary Western Australia Division The Salvation Army / Australia Southern Territory L4, 333 William Street, Northbridge, WA, 6003 / PO Box 8498 Perth Business Centre, WA, 6849 T 08 9260 9500 / F 08 9227 7134 / M 0428 249 886

    Sent from my iPad

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