Yesterday I noticed on social media that some Christians are expressing their dismay and surprise, evidently over the shocking number of well know public personalities who have recently announced they’ve decided to “leave the Faith”. Their names aren’t important, but the reason we could be seeing this happen sure is!
The full-of-dismay question that seems to often pop up in one form or another is, “How can this be?!”
I don’t want to drag us through a doctrinal debate, but three irrefutable incidents we find in the Bible jumped out at me as I was reading these posts, which I believe can help answer that question for us. First we see Timothy telling us that there are those who,
“…hold to a form of godliness, but who deny its power”.
Then in I John we read,
“They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us.”
Then the last is when Jesus told the people the parable of the sower. Among the critical points he was making, in one he in essence told them,
“Some receive the gospel but it doesn’t last because their roots were too shallow to sustain their faith.”
But I would encourage you to please read them for yourself—in context—to see if they say the same to you as they did to me. I have provided the portions of scripture I was referencing for you below.
There is no doubt these high profile personalities who are announcing they’ve decided to recant and turn their backs on what they once declared they believed about God and the Christian faith, are making people question themselves and their own Faith! And it’s raising many doubts too. Perhaps you are one.
Yes, it seems like a “bad” thing that’s happening, but I believe this is one of those things God plans for us, “not to harm us, but to give us a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11) for it’s making us question something so vitally important we need to be sure to get it right. And according to the above verses it is indeed possible to deceive ourselves into thinking we know what it means to be a Christian when in actuality we do not. So the bottom-line question is,
“Is it possible to know if our “roots are too shallow to sustain our faith?” The Good News is, “Yes it is!”
A similar question has long been on my heart and mind for a year or so now; do you believe it’s a mere coincidence that just a few days ago I completed a project which can help answer that question? I certainly don’t! I’m always amazed at how God often provide things at just the right time.
Click here or on the thumbnail image on the right for this newly-completed free, easy to understand pictorial guide. You will find “growth” is the key. If we are consistently growing in our faith and relationship with Christ, then we can know our spiritual “roots” are being driven deep enough to survive the roughest dry spell! Be sure to get both pages of the guide, which is designed with small snippets of information that show HOW this happens. After opening the page, just scroll down and click on the PDF’s to see what I mean. Use them on-line or print them if you wish.
Dear Reader, just think: God loves you and me even more than we can ever love our own Children! (I know that might be hard to believe for some, but it’s true.) And because he does, he strongly desires to dispel our doubts and confusion, and enable us to know with certainty that we can spend eternity with Him. I find that thought pretty amazing, and humbling at the same time.
Please consider sharing this page link with others too. Let’s spread the word that yes indeed, the Good News of Christ is real! …and we can be sure that we’re properly prepared to spend eternity with Him.
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