Weekly Church Devotion from Pastor Haydn Sennitt –
What Christians Believe Matters
Today there are many who are careless about what people believe. They say that as long as “your heart is in the right place” (whatever that means), it’s OK to believe and do whatever you like “as long as no-one gets hurt” (however broadly the term ‘hurt’ is defined). Some people think that if your head doesn’t immediately pop off after committing sin, that God might still be OK with it, even though He said in the Bible that it’s abominable. And they vociferously defend this by taking Jesus’ words out of context, “Thou shalt not judge”.
The early church of Thyatira was like this, and it was divided. Many held to the teaching of a sexual immoral teacher called Jezebel (Revelation 2:19-23), while others refused to do so (vv. 24-28). This evil woman called herself a messenger of God, without the authority to do so, and many bought into it; she was a seductress whom God had made sick in order to make her stop (vv. 20-22). She taught the church to practise sexual immorality and participate in idolatry of the day, even though the Bible taught the church to avoid such things (2:20). These temptations looked and felt good, but Jesus describes them as “the deep things of Satan” (2:24)! Those who followed her were at risk of death unless they repented (2:23), although the ones who had done the right thing were assured of salvation (vv. 24-26).
What are the idols of today? We don’t bow to little statues (which are, at least, tangible), but what we worship is money, comfort, sensual desire, and the foolish things of life. We have a live-and-let-live, don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy. Many today are in the church even permitting adulterous relationships with this kind of thinking. If you are like this and encouraging others to do so, you may assume that you’re preaching Jesus, but you’re doing the opposite. If so, you are facing “the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze”, the One who sees all and stands unmoving in power (2:18), to whom we give an answer. You can repent and ask for God’s help, and get grounded in His Word so that you can be a blessing to others and be assured of His loving salvation.
~ God bless, Pastor Haydn.