1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
Hosea 4:6, “My people are being destroyed because they do not know me.”
2016 exposed the hearts of many claiming to be Christians, yet denying biblical truths. Many prominent Christian leaders who attract large followings publicly rejected sound doctrine and what the Bible says in order to be found acceptable by the world. Many are falling away from the faith or being led astray because we rely too heavily on what man says and what sounds good rather than Scripture.
Proverbs 14:12,” There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”
In 2017 believers must cling to God’s Word lest we be deceived by the heresies that are running rampant in the church.
“The best way to keep our spiritual eyes healthy is by directing them to God’s Word.” ~ David Jeremiah
Our diminishing commitment to the Bible is evident in a recent Barna Study. Over 88% of American households own at least 1 Bible with many households owning an average of 4.4 Bibles. As American Christians we have excellent access to the 6,000,000 Bibles printed in a year, yet less than 20% of us actually read the Bible daily. A study conducted by the American Bible Society in 2012 revealed that nearly 46% of Americans couldn’t differentiate between the teachings of the Bible, the Koran, or the Book of Mormon.
In the world’s eyes, man is god and what man says has ultimate authority. For the Christian, God is sovereign and his Word is the authority. The world wants to redefine truth so as to nullify God’s authority. Now more than ever our Christian beliefs are being challenged and attacked. Without a reliance on God’s Word, we leave ourselves unprepared to stand and give an account of our hope.
Romans 3:4, “Let God be found true though every man be found a liar.”