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What is Worth Dying For?

August 16, 2007

In my last post, I wrote a lot about not getting hung up on being the doctrine police, and I think this is a very important thing. But what doctrine is vital? What, in effect, is worth dying for?It

Jesus never told His disciples to follow the Torah. He told them, “Follow Me.” I think that is the most important thing. It’s not what you are following, but who. Scripture clearly states that Jesus is able to keep that which is entrusted to Him against that day. It doesn’t say He can keep you if your doctrine is correct. It says He is able to keep you.

I believe that the fundamentals of the faith that nearly all Christians have agreed on since the beginning are important, those things that C.S. Lewis called “Mere Christianity.” Christians have always believed in the death, burial and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have always believed that He was the sinless Son of God. We believe that He was fully God and fully man. We believe He is coming back.

After that is when it gets sticky.

Every confession believes in the importance of water baptism. What we don’t agree on is how to do it and how symbolic it is. I personally do not believe that it is symbolic, that there is something that happens in the spirit when you are immersed whereby you are indeed crucified with Christ. Others believe that sprinkling is good enough. I honestly don’t think the issue is important enough to break fellowship over.

Christians believe that Jesus is coming back again. When has caused endless wars in the church. The timing of the “rapture” in particular is a hot-button topic. I refuse to break fellowship over a term that doesn’t even appear in scripture. People can wax eloquent for days about the minutest detail of the tribulation period and the events of Daniel. You know what? I think your time could be better spent hanging out with your neighbor and sharing the love God with them. I’ll be glad when the Lord does come back, but until He does, I need to be about my Father’s business. It is more important to keep people from going to hell than to understand all that has to happen in order for the Antichrist to arise.

There is one area that I do believe that we have to start taking a stand in and that is the area of sin, especially unrepentant sin.

There is a mutant teaching in the church that says that we are under grace and not the law, so therefore we don’t have to worry about sin. It’s all under the blood. Basically, this teaching is a license to sin with impunity. This is not something the true church can allow.

Sexual immorality is rampant in the church. Marital infidelity is rampant in the church. Church people lie, cheat, steal, slander, gossip, backbite and are gluttons. The Bible clearly says those that those who practice these things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Paul was pretty clear in his epistles. He wrote to the church that you must not allow these things in your midst. He gave directions that you try to salvage people and persuade them to turn from their sin, but if they do not, you have to put them out of your fellowship. Sin in like a cancer. If you allow it to remain, it will spread to every part of the body and kill it.

If you truly love the Lord and are grateful to Him for what He has done for you, you will take up your cross, die to yourself and follow Him. If you love the Lord, you will love the things He loves and hate the things that He hates. If you walk in intimacy with the Holy Spirit, you will know who and what He finds pleasing and you will want those things. That is how you get free from sin. That is how you learn what is good and pleasing in His sight.

In the end, then, the answer is Jesus. Just Jesus. Not Jesus and . . . Just Jesus. Jesus is who and what is worth dying for. More importantly, He is who and what is worth living for.

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 8, 2008 3:52 am

    very interesting.
    i’m adding in RSS Reader

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