Monday, April 16, 2018

Trying to Change the Unchangeable - Martin Wiles

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Ephesians 4:14 NLT
“He’s worse than a man with a remote.”
Although I have no scientific proof, I’m convinced children come into this world with different kinds of brains than I did fifty-seven years ago. I watch middle and senior age adults struggle to keep up with technology, to work a smartphone, or to use a computer. Then I watch my two youngest grandchildren—not yet two years old—take smartphones or IPads and maneuver them as if they’ve been to school and taken lessons.
One grandson’s favorite activity is going to kid’s YouTube and looking at video clips of Thomas the Train or Barney the Purple Dinosaur. My wife made the remote remark because he flips from one video to the next, rarely watching anyone for more than a few minutes. Perhaps evidence of the short attention span people have and of how technology has made attention spans even shorter. He loves to tap the various screens and slide his finger across the screen to achieve change.
But not all change is good. Surveys show a large percentage of Christians are unsure of their beliefs or that they have mixed elements of Christian doctrine with that of other religions. And the result is that we are being blown about by the winds of different doctrines.
While there are some things Christians disagree over and interpret differently—those things the Bible isn’t completely clear on, such as events surround the second coming of Christ—there are other things that are non-negotiable.
The virgin birth. If Christ was born with sin, He cannot save us. Nor did He sin thereafter. He was sinless and made a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
One way to heaven. Jesus said He was it. Many roads may have led to Rome, but they don’t to God. If there are many ways, then what Christ did was useless.
Eternity. Death doesn’t end our existence. God created us to live forever with Him, but He gives us the choice as to whether or not we want to.
Salvation. We are born sinners, and, left in that state, cannot have interaction with God. Our sins must be forgiven. Only Christ can accomplish that.
The Bible. It’s reliable. If there’s error in some areas, how can I trust it in any area?
Trying to change the unchangeable only leads to loss. Stake your life on the unchangeable.

Prayer: Father, we thank You for giving us truths that never change. 

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