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Our World View is Different

June 10, 2020

Leadership Notes

As 1 Peter says, we are aliens and strangers in this land. Our worldview is different. God's Word directs our beliefs and attitudes and actions. We think differently from others. I had no idea, as Ben and I planned our summer sermon series, how rapidly changing events would make a Biblical way for thinking so critical to understanding what's happening around us.

I'm reading a book by Costi W. Hinn, "God, Greed, and the {Prosperity} Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies." As he writes about being firmly rooted in the Bible, Hinn notes that culture is built to distract us from that Truth. And some of those distractions sound good and can sort of make sense. As Paul warns, we all have "itching ears." Hinn then quotes evangelical Anglican Bishop J.C. Ryle {who died June 10, 1900}, who cautioned against false doctrines subtly camouflaged by layers of truth:

Now this "subtlety," St. Paul tells us, is precisely what we have to fear in false doctrine.

We are not to expect it to approach our minds in the garment of error, but in the form of truth. Bad coin would never obtain currency if it had not some likeness to good. The wolf would seldom get into the fold if he did not enter it in sheep's clothing…Satan is far too wise a general to manage a campaign in such as fashion as this.

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Paul writes, "It is true that we live in the world, but we do not fight from worldly motives. The weapons we use in our fight are not the world's weapons but God's powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds." As Colin Miller said in an opinion piece in "The Christian Post," "The church (black and white) needs to repent and come together and pray for our country and world." Amen?

Here are some passing thoughts: