In today’s morning’s devotions I came across this quotation: “Faith in a lie will not have a sanctifying influence upon the life or character. No error is truth, or can be made truth by repetition, or by faith in it. Sincerity will never save a soul from the consequences of believing an error. Without sincerity there is no true religion, but sincerity in a false religion will never save a man. I may be perfectly sincere in following a wrong road, but that will not make it the right road, or bring me to the place I wished to reach. The Lord does not want us to have a blind credulity, and call that the faith that sanctifies. The truth is the principle that sanctifies, and therefore it becomes us to know what is truth. We must compare spiritual things with spiritual. We must prove all things, but hold fast only that which is good, that which bears the divine credentials, which lays before us the true motives and principles which should prompt us to action.”
Jesus said worship, true worship, would be done in “spirit and in truth”. So often we may get the spirit right but the “truth” part is all wrong. Yes, I’m speaking about the Sabbath, which is the cornerstone of all worship. I’ve had to face this issue myself in order to have an appreciation of what many of you, my friends, would experience. I tried to conceive the concept that supposing the Sabbath is wrong and Sunday was truly the day of congregation worship. I would have felt devastated! I would also feel a grave responsibility of having taken this stand, sometimes so vehemently, and the responsibility I would have had to answer, to God, for leading His people in the wrong way! Their blood now being on my hands! I didn’t like that thought at all, so I can only imagine what many of you will go through when you recognize Sunday was not the day God called for worship and it didn’t matter how sincere you were, but to have a foundation build upon a lie means the whole structure is corrupt! Some of you have been doing this all your lives and think nothing about it. It doesn’t even enter into your thinking whether what you’re doing is wrong.
Jesus also said, “He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” Mark 7:6-9 (KJV) Now, understand here Christ hadn’t mentioned anything about Sunday because they were not confused with that issue, at that time, but the principle still holds. Now today, the issue is now a matter of discussion, and what Jesus said is certainly a matter of importance and relevance. To think, and He said it, their worship is vain, meaning, there is nothing of value in it. The purpose for which it is being done is worthless! My question, then, to those of you who do it, “Why do you value tradition over the Commandments of God?”
While it is true anyone believing a lie will not be saved, the inverse could also be established, that no one abiding by truth will be lost! Doesn’t it make sense, then, to find out what is the truth so you are not convicted for having kept and believing in a lie?
November 4, 2014