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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "The Suicide of American Christianity" published in May of 2012.

Resolve To Know God in 2012

I saw a study that projects nearly 100 million Americans would make 2012 New Year’s resolutions and that by the end of January, nearly 90% would walk away from that resolution.  So how are you doing and just what was your resolution this year?  I might suggest that if your primary resolution was anything short of a deep study of God’s Word, getting to know his nature and character better, you are aiming way too low with that resolution.

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We live in very perilous times as Christians.  Sure the world is turning more and more away from God and economic stability seems to be in peril—but something far worse is happening that is much more dangerous:  The bible as the absolute truth of God is slowly being discredited—and it is being done by those who call themselves Christians!

Truth has become relative—what I think it should be; we have become cowards and seemingly ashamed of the gospel; and more and more we approach the Word of God the wrong way.  We start off with something we believe is true and then go to the scriptures to find a verse or two that seems to confirm our belief.  We ignore the full counsel of God’s Word, seeking to find an isolated verse that can support our shaky version of the truth.  This approach is very dangerous and over time we develop a mentality that attempts to conform God to our image and likeness instead of conforming our beliefs and life to Him.

These are dangerous times for the church.  Highly influential pastors like Rick Warren and Joel Osteen teach anything but the complete gospel and yet their churches are booming.  And other pastors, faced with a numbers and financial crunch, see their success and want to tap in to their “success formula”.  Youth pastors turn our kids on to the teachings of Wallis, Campolo, Bell and McLaren—instead of teaching them the Word of God.

God is patient; but he is not tolerant.  And unless we repent of our slide away from Him and his Word, he will prune the church in America.  Not with a small set of pruning sheers, gently trimming loose ends—but with a chain saw cutting off as much as is necessary to get rid of all the dead wood from a tree that is no longer producing good fruit.  If and when that happens, do not think it will be a gentle nudge.  It will rock our world, hopefully dropping us to our knees to ask forgiveness of how we have strayed from God and his purpose for the church.

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2 Responses to “Resolve To Know God in 2012”

  1. Mr Davis #

    "Youth pastor" thats an oxymoron. Isn't this supposed to be mom and dad! Exactly what are we teaching to parents? Don't do your job we will do it for you. Don't train up your own children in the way they should go. Funny I don't think that trumps God, but it certainly is what we practice, institute, promote and support. We can't allow the adults to bother with thier own kids.

    How can children have any regard for thier own parents on spiritual matters if we practice this? How can they honor thier parents if they go elsewhere for instruction? How can they obey God's command? Honor your mother and father and it will go well with you. Parents what is pressing you to get right with God yourselves, if not them who God has given to you for your care!

    Wives it's the same. How can you honor your husband if you seek first the Pastor. How can you show your husband you love him if you don't sit under his authority and abide there. How can your kids learn what obedience is, when you refuse to model it for them. How can you expect the husband to be the spiritual head of the home he is called to be in this situation. God help such a man! If he falls his wife will surly rejoice saying: See! Look at the evil man I married, am I not justified in my defiance! Rather You would do well to look to Titus 2 and do that instead.

    Pastors/Elders what hope have you in fulfilling the great commission if you refuse to disciple the men of your flock apart from the women. Teaching them to obey all that is commanded of Christ even by those whom he has sent. Are you not to edify them for the purpose that they have in the high calling of Christ Jesus. Are we not all a Holy PriestHood, even a kingdom of Priests choosen of God for the service of the Kingdom and the guiding of our own families which God Himself has given us. Would you rather cripple them instead, and supplant them in thier own homes, by going after thier wives as is common today!

    Men shouldn't we be pursuing discipleship with other men, knowing how easy it is to stray from the narrow path. It takes more than one other to do this right too, otherwise we will get confortable with lying to one another instead of testing one another against God's word lead by His Holy Spirit as we are called to do. We all come bearing something for the edifying of the body and we need to employ it. Then take every oportunity to build up other men especially in the eyes of his own wife. Rather we sit by idle, detatched, isolated, vulnerable thinking ourselves the victim, blaming others for the mess we are in.

    Is this how we show love to God by submitting to someone other than Jesus Christ, and taking thier word over His, and obeying them. In God's word this amounts to adultery for those sealed with His Spirit. Is this what we are striving for: adultery! It certainly seems that way. Go the way that seems good to you, it matters not. God won't judge, just don't forget your tithe.

    In all of this thier is hope in life even in life to the full. we don't have to be upsidedown. We have directions and examples from God's word which is sufficient for all matter of conduct and His Holy Spirit, we just need to repent, trust and obey.

    Will we?

    January 6, 2012 at 5:47 AM Reply
  2. Dave B. #

    To know God more deeply and in a more real way is my desire for this year and beyond. What that may look like and how I travel down that path is anyone's guess. I also desire to enjoy the life I have been more.

    January 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM Reply

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