I don't have to be a mind reader to know...
Monday, March 15, 2010 7:28:17 PM
I was challenged in that statement by someone who asked me how I could know what transpires in the heart of another person.
My answer is this.
When God says something plainly in the Bible, and a church member does not believe it even when it is shown to him, I do not have to be a mind reader to know that he does not believe what God says. If he does not believe God, he does not have a faith-based relationship with God. It is that simple.
Abraham is a model of faith, and he showed his faith by believing what God told him (Galatians 3:6-9, James 2:23, Genesis 15:4-6, Isaiah 51:1-2).
How do I know if a man disbelieves God? By the things that he says. If God says one thing, and the man openly disagrees with what God says, I do not have to read that person's mind to know that he disagrees with God. He just told me.
There may be some subjects in the Bible that are not clear, but there are also some subjects that are very clear when you get all the scriptures relating to that subject and let the clear scriptures interpret the difficult ones. The Bible shows clearly that God commands that we rest on the seventh-day Sabbath, and that command is still in force today. The Bible shows clearly that we should not use images of Christ or God as an aid in worshipping God. The Bible shows clearly that the church can make mistakes and be wrong in doctrine. The Bible is God speaking. You either believe Him or not.
Of course some church members may not have read the scriptures on these subjects. If their faith is in God, when they read the Bible, they will believe what God says. This is a process that can take time, so I am not saying that every individual who is a member of a church that has wrong practices and doctrines does not have faith in God. But when that person comes face-to-face with plain Bible teaching on a multitude of subjects, yet chooses to believe his church rather than God, that choice is evidence that he either never had faith in God or he has chosen to fall away from his faith in God. His faith is in the traditions of his church. He imagines that God and his church are in agreement. But he doesn't know the true God.