Psalm 34:11 "Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord."
Dear CBC family,
The Apostle Paul says in Romans 3:18 that “there is no fear of God before their eyes.” While this is part of his closing argument of the universal condemnation of all men, I can’t help but wonder if this is also reflective of many Christians today. The absolute depravity of man is one of the weightiest truths that Christians must hold up in the modern world. In 1 Timothy 3:15, Paul calls the church of the living God "the pillar and buttress of the truth." This is one of those truths that the church must hold up like a pillar holds up a building. To let this go destroys the gospel. God has appointed the church, not the culture or the media, to be His only advocate for truth in the world.
Even though that is the case it seems like more and more people are ashamed of the truth and have resorted to a different gospel or even replacing the gospel with good deeds that spare them from the reproach of standing where God stands. Jesus put it this way in Matt 24:12 “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” Notice that lawlessness, or sin, increases thus love grows cold. Don’t think that love here is philanthropy, or people not being nice to each other, as the Bible never describes it that way. The Bible is clear that love is expressed towards God by keeping His commandments and love towards others is expressed the very SAME way, by loving God and keeping His commandments (1 John 5:2-3). It is at this very point that many turn from love (obedience) because the cost is too high.
When obedience is lost the truth is exchanged for something else preferable without the reproach such as social work. While the world has many agencies to help with social issues the church has one assignment which is to be a pillar of the truth and make disciples. Certainly there is nothing wrong with social works but if they are done instead of the main task then we have fallen prey to Satan’s snare.
There have been many exciting things happening of late so I will share a few to encourage you. First of all, a couple that live and listen online in New York city have received Christ and wrote to ask if they could fly out and get baptized here at the church. They said they wanted to share this next step with the church that brought them the truth of Jesus Christ. As that day draws closer I will give details. Also, we have two baptisms tomorrow at 3:00 PM at Torrey Pines beach north of the north lot. Come by if you are so inclined. We have received six new members in the last two weeks and have another four coming shortly. I will have a church-wide leadership training starting in June. I picked the summer on purpose as that is when things generally slow down so we can focus on this very important matter.
This weekend we will study Paul’s closing statements on the total depravity of man. Join us as we learn God’s true assessment of every human being that we might be motivated to remember what our lives are really all about.
The terrible shooting in Poway last weekend reminds us that life is brief. Jesus addressed these types of situations in Luke 13:1-5. Look how Jesus approaches these things as it may surprise you. He states that these disasters are warnings for people to repent. That’s what the Poway shootings, as well as all others, are. So, let’s bring the point home. Do we suppose the Jews at the synagogue were worse sinners than others? No, they were not! But they are not more righteous than others either. All are enslaved to sin and guilty. Remember that the Jews are not right with God, and will perish without Jesus Christ. That means that the most important thing we can do is not simply stand with them for justice but to share with them their need for forgiveness and His righteousness. We are called to share Christ with both the victims as well as the shooter. Let us not lose the fear of God from before our eyes and turn away from our responsibility because we might experience a little heat by speaking the truth that some might not want to hear. 1 Cor 9:16 “For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”