Sharing the Word? Being a servant?
Two pastors were traveling together on a plane. The younger pastor asked the elder, which is more important; sharing the word or being a servant? The older and wiser pastor points to either side of the plane and asked the young man, which of the two wings on this plane do you consider more important? Obviously both are crucial.
Recently a local minister alleged that God recommends to put words aside and to focus solely on service. A concept not held by Jesus! Martha was busy serving Jesus, while her sister Mary chose to sit at His feet and listen to His Words. Jesus praised Mary for choosing the thing that is needed. Both service and sharing the word are necessary, but nothing is more needful than God's Word. The Word comes, even before the name of God. "For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Ps. 138:2?!
We're in the midst of a great famine and millions are suffering needlessly. Starvation and deprivation is rampant. Throughout history this famine has ravaged societies and destroyed nations. "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. Amos 8:11" Why are people not outraged over this poverty that exists in our community? No one seems real passionate and fired up to end this needless famine. "I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. Job 23" Many, even church workers, resist the very food needed to stop the famine; which is why some of the most impoverished areas in the community are churches that put aside God's Word. Having a diet of liberal theology, rather than manna from heaven, has left many members suffering from malnutrition. Since the Word is the only means by which faith is acquired, we cannot put it aside. "Faith comes from hearing and hearing the word of God. Rm.10:17" Many churches have become nothing more than charitable organizations; whose "sole purpose" is good works, while completely abandoning the great commission to preach the gospel. At the heart of Jesus' ministry is feeding the gospel to the poor. We are to help the poor and maintain good works; but service must flow from a relationship with Him, otherwise Christianity is nothing more than a works based religion.
Those who refer to homosexuality and abortion as hot button issues, rather than sin, are in error. The church is to contend for the faith, not teach a false grace. "Dear friends, I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, and urge you to contend for the faith that was once entrusted to the saints. For certain men have secretly slipped in among you, they're godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 3-4" The E.L.C.A. has set aside the Word and have endorsed homosexual pastors. They've chosen to embrace the culture of our day, rather than true grace. "But the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. Tit.2:11-12"
It's far easier and safer to speak only of love and mercy, while excluding fear and judgment. But, I invite you to this challenge: Set aside church doctrine, and stand on His word alone. Proclaim both the goodness and the severity of God.
"You're not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. Sola Scriptural (scripture only)--Martin Luther" If any man speak, let him speak as of the oracles of God ... that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:11.