A Credible Christian Confession

 

Hello Church Family,
Greetings in the name of Jesus!
Jesus teaches something very interesting about the Pharisees in Matthew 23. He teaches that whatever the Pharisees were telling the people to do, then do it, but do not follow their example because they "preach but do not practice." The reality of the Christian faith is that what we believe should have an impact on our behavior. 
James 2:18 Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
It is difficult to prove the Christian faith with testimony only. Saying we are Christians simply does not make it so. It is impossible to show Christian faith without corresponding action, which gives validity to a faith confession. I used to work with a lady who professed to be a Christian and was literally one of the most unpleasant people I have ever met. In her church ladies had to dress a certain way, wear their hair a certain way and could not wear makeup which is totally fine if that is your personal conviction. However, this lady was mean, rude and arrogant. She had a sharp tongue and would not hesitate to slice you with it. She had a "confession" of Christianity but there simply was not fruit (works) in her life that proved her confession. We aren't saved by works-we are saved by grace alone. However, the result of that saving grace at work in our lives is good (beneficially moral) works. As the people of God we must not be like the Pharisees whose instruction, which was most likely a result of what they professed to believe, did not translate into action. What they taught others to do they did not do. A credible Christian confession must be a confession that affects our behavior. That is James' point and one that the Pharisees obviously missed. It is better not to announce and advertise our Christianity to the world, but it is better to show them our Christianity by the way we live. I'll close with a couple of lines from a poem...
   "I may misunderstand you, and the high advise you give, Yet there is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live!" ~ Edgar A. Guest 
I call you blessed,
Pastor
Hello Church Family,
Greetings in the name of Jesus!
Jesus teaches something very interesting about the Pharisees in Matthew 23. He teaches that whatever the Pharisees were telling the people to do, then do it, but do not follow their example because they "preach but do not practice." The reality of the Christian faith is that what we believe should have an impact on our behavior. 
James 2:18 Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
It is difficult to prove the Christian faith with testimony only. Saying we are Christians simply does not make it so. It is impossible to show Christian faith without corresponding action, which gives validity to a faith confession. I used to work with a lady who professed to be a Christian and was literally one of the most unpleasant people I have ever met. In her church, ladies had to dress a certain way, wear their hair a certain way and could not wear makeup which is totally fine if that is your personal conviction. However, this lady was mean, rude and arrogant. She had a sharp tongue and would not hesitate to slice you with it. She had a "confession" of Christianity but there simply was not fruit (works) in her life that proved her confession. We aren't saved by works-we are saved by grace alone. However, the result of that saving grace at work in our lives is good (beneficially moral) works. As the people of God we must not be like the Pharisees whose instruction, which was most likely a result of what they professed to believe, did not translate into action. What they taught others to do they did not do. A credible Christian confession must be a confession that affects our behavior. That is James' point and one that the Pharisees obviously missed. It is better not to announce and advertise our Christianity to the world, but it is better to show them our Christianity by the way we live. I'll close with a couple of lines from a poem...
   "I may misunderstand you, and the high advise you give, Yet there is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live!" ~ Edgar A. Guest 
I call you blessed,
Pastor