“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:1,2
What began with Paul was passed on to Timothy, who was to pass them on to faithful men, who would pass them on to others. Until our blessed Redeemer returns, this process which was begun in the first century church is to continue. The goal of the church and its pastors must be to teach and to entrust to their flocks the ability to share and to live biblical self-sustaining truths.
Should we not be concerned when the mindset in much of the church is derived from current cultural norms which strongly suggest that we should question nothing and yet embrace everything? Pastor Alistair Begg says, “Some say the only certainty is that there’s no real certainty.” Religious thought based upon personal opinion can lead to all kinds of heresy.
Our young people are learning to express themselves with such clichés as, “I think”, or “I feel”, while at the same time they are encouraged not to profess, “I believe”. And atheistic teachers and professors, intolerant to the Bible and the Christian faith, accuse those who say they believe in God as being pre-programmed. Thus, their hope is to set aright these young minds that have been brain washed to succumb to their own unbalanced thinking. Like the drunkard, they are unable to discern truth due to their spiritual inebriation. They can not see how crooked a path they are walking. They are the very ones who would profess that there are no absolutes and no unique revelation in history. Choosing to ignore the testimony in Hebrews chapter one which states that God at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, they completely deny the exclusivity of the claims of Christ and our Christian faith.
Christian, learn to investigate, become students of the Word of God, see these things we profess are true. As Christians we are not free to believe what we like. A theology that is theologically vague and harmlessly accommodating is essentially useless. And any belief system that places man at the center of the universe, and relinquishes God to a figure who is merely helping all of us wind our way through this life journey, with the purpose of eventually bringing us all together, is a gross misinterpretation and misunderstanding as to man’s purpose.
Therefore, beloved of the Lord, Paul’s encouraging words to Timothy are as necessary for this generation as it was for Timothy’s. So therefore, be strong in the grace that has been revealed to us through Christ Jesus and the holy Scriptures. Guard against any drifting that moves you toward weakness, compromise and error.