I wrote this the other night in response to many of the people that I follow. A lot of them will quote theologians and pastors way more than scripture. And then it got me thinking about how many of them quote their confessions as well. Though these men, theologians and confessions all are in response to scripture it is not scripture. 

People need to hear the word of God more. I’m not saying these men and these confessions are wrong. I’m not saying quoting them is bad, but we need to hear the word of God. His infallible, refreshing,  and living words. 

Again I’m not saying that if you quote a theologian, Professor, a pastor or even another Christian, is bad. I’m just saying we need to get back to God’s word, teaching God’s word, speaking God’s word, confessing God’s word, studying God word. 

Not that we aren’t doing all these things when reading commentaries of people. But, man is so imperfect and his own flesh can get in the way. Look at how many Cults there are that have sprung up out of the Christian religion. Because man’s flesh has Twisted scripture. 

My other point is when we put so much emphasis on a man and all his quotes, we seem to idolize him. We put his word above God it seems. And I know many of the theologians, pastors, even fellow Christians that we have quoted are imperfect and have fallen so many times and have done things that would be shameful to talk about since they are a Christian. 

Many times their own theology is off but because we idolize them so much we Overlook the Blasphemous things that they have said, heretical things that they have said, or their Misinterpretations of scripture Etc. We get defensive and upset when people call out the sins of the saint we idolized. Our flesh wells up and we defend them blindly. All the while attacking another saint for their sins. Friends this is putting that theologian on a pedestal, in a place that only God should be. And it’s being a hypocrite, to defend that mans sin because you idolized him, when you called out anothers.

The world needs to hear God’s words. Someone said, “Bible, Jesus and me” as a subtweet to me. Yes! What is wrong with that? Jesus is our personal Savior. We have the Holy Spirit that guides us, comforts us, moves through us and speaks to us. As well, He speaks through others to us. 

This applies to our confessions and creeds. Why can’t we spend time memorizing God word first? After all these confessions and creeds came from the scriptures. I know they were used to unite. But in many cases they have divided. The theologians that we seem to quote all the time, have caused us to be further divided too. 

Lets get back to quoting and memorizing Gods word. His word unites the the family if God…if we are walking in the spirit.  
In conclusion, we need to be careful that we don’t put too much emphasis on the man of God but on God first. Yes, the man of God is our Shepherd to guide us and help us in disciple us. And it’s okay to quote your favorite saint, but we shouldnt promote the man over the scripture.

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Hebrews 6. Denying God

“​For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.”

Hebrews 6:4‭-‬6 ESV

This verse could easily be seen as a verse to support “once saved always saved”. In which, I can agree with, as far as, if you have tasted the things of the Lord, you have been in His presence, you have been filled with His spirit, how could you deny He exists or turn your back from Him? 

So, in essence, once you are saved, I mean completely surrendered and filled saved, there is NO way you could lose your salvation. 

However, I believe you still have the choice to turn away. But, how could one, after being in His presence. After being completely satisfied in Him with the Joy and strength and peace He gives, turn away?
If you surround yourself with people who would encourage you to turn away from the Lord, who would encourage you to sin, then I can understand, how that could influence you to turn from God. 
I think of the story of The Prodigal Son. He was part of the family of God. But, he chose to go his own way. He chose to no longer have the blessings of the father. But, to do his own thing. Now, thankfully he, by the Holy Spirit, turned from his Wicked Ways and went back. He humbled himself before his father. This, being a demonstration of a a child of God turning away and then coming back. And, how is still accepted after he repented. And that is the key: he repented. 

If we continue in sin with an unrepentive heart, we will not enter into heaven.

The prodigal son may have ran away and denied his father  but he remembered how good his father was.  And I believe, that is an example of the holy spirit’s wooing the son.  

So if we deny the Holy Spirit fully, then we are denying the work of the Lord in our lives and what He’s done.  Therefore,  like it is mentioned in this passage, it is an “impossible ” thing to do. So, I agree with this passage that once one has truly encountered God you cannot deny Him. 

Sure, we can struggle and sin on occasion. But, to completely deny God and the work of His son, Jesus, and the wooing of the Holy Spirit, would be difficult to do. 

In conclusion, it is important to put yourself around those who love the Lord. Who can encourage you in your faith. Who can pray with you. 

Remember the way to hell is wide. And the path of the righteous is narrow. So we must keep our eyes fixed on Him. Placing yourself around those who are Godly. And as we draw closer to God, He will mature us and grow us in ways that, we then will be able to disciple and council others in their walk.