There is something worse than biblical heresy …
Don’t get me wrong, biblical heresy is a very serious thing. We NEED to be grounded upon the truth of God’s Word and bend our knees under its authority.
But as serious as biblical heresy is, there is something even worse: behavioral heresy.
There are a lot of Christians today who have proper doctrine and right theology, but horrible living. They mentally esteem and believe the right things, they just don’t live it out.
It troubles me (and breaks my heart), that many of the “watchdogs” of the Church, who pounce upon doctrinal heresy and those polluting the Gospel, are themselves full of pride, lacking love, and not living the triumphant life God supplies.
They believe right. But they don’t live right.
James 1:22 tells us, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”
Jesus said the same thing when describing the difference between someone who hears His words and acts on them (likened to a man who built his house on the rock) and the person who hears His words but doesn’t obey (likened to a man who built his house on sand). Jesus’ emphasis is, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).
We need to not only esteem God’s Word but obey it. We must move beyond accumulating head knowledge, facts, and information and allow the Word to transform our lives.
Charles Spurgeon said it well: “Do not say that you believe the Bible, when you act as though it were not true.”
Biblical soundness, grounded upon God’s Word, is essential in our lives … but so is living out the Word of God.
May I encourage you to not only believe God’s Word but obey and live it out?!
This generation needs men and women of God who don’t merely say the right things, but who actually live according to the Word.
Will you be one with me?
Know I am praying for you and cheering you on down the Narrow Way of the Cross!