Tuesday, July 30, 2019

1 Timothy 4-6~ Day 91~ Departing from the faith?

I get text notices on my phone of the latest news updates. (I didn't intentionally set that up, they just come to me!)πŸ™„ 
Anyway, the other day I got a notice, "Josh Harris Kisses His Faith Goodbye".  I didn't know who that was, so I googled him to find out why this was news worthy.  It turns out he was a senior pastor at Covenant Life Church in Maryland and an author of a book titled, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. At the same time he denounced his faith, he also announced the divorce to his wife of 21 years.
How utterly tragic!!!

And what timing to read the letter Paul writes to Timothy warning of this very thing!

Did you notice how many times Paul mentioned those who departed from the faith?
  • He starts his letter with,"Now our goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.  Some have departed from these and turned aside to fruitless discussions." (1:5-6)
  • "..you might fight the good fight, having faith and a good conscience.  Some have rejected these and have shipwrecked their faith." (1:19)
  • "Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teaching of demons." (4:1)
  • And, he ends his letter with, "Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoid irreverent and empty speech and contradictions from what is falsely called knowledge,  By professing it, some people have departed from the faith." (6:20-21)
In my search for information on Josh Harris, I came across the response written by the now senior pastor of Harris's former church. I love what he (Kevin Rodgers) wrote to his congregants!! 

"Though abandoning faith is sad and confusing, it isn't new". He then referred to Paul's letter to Timothy,  "Paul's primary instruction for us when leaders swerve form the faith is that we make every opportunity for greater resolve in our own faith, not less.  Seeing leaders who taught us the gospel veer from it should deepen our commitment to "guard the good deposit" entrusted to us.. And "pursue righteousness, godliness faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness." (1 Tim 6:11)

AMEN to that!!  What a great pastor to lead his congregants in that way of thinking!  May we all remember to do that when it hits closer to home........and, I hate to say it...... it will (Matt. 24:12)....😞


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