Are we a fruitless vine?

Yesterday morning I read Jeremiah 8:8-13, which describes how the teachers of Judah had twisted and distorted God’s word to serve their own purposes. In Jeremiah 8:13 God finds no fruit on His vine (Israel) and so it is cast onto the scrap heap (John 15:1-7). Given that I preach in church and write a blog which claims to be about God’s Word, I take passages such as this seriously.

Later in the day I listened to Al Mohler’s message How Does It Happen? from the 2010 T4G conference last week in which he talks about how church leaders can slide into preaching a different gospel’ which is not really the gospel at all. It is scary to consider how some brilliant people have reasoned themselves out of faith in Christ and trusting in the Bible as God’s revealed Word (see Galatians 1:6-7).

Also yesterday, I left a comment on a blog with the question that has been on my heart a lot lately; Why is the church dying in the western world?

I think the question is answered by what God caused me to interact with during the day — Paul exhorted Timothy to continue in what he had learned and firmly believed, the Scriptures that are able to make us wise for salvation through Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14-17). If I want to be one who builds the Church up rather than tearing it down I also need to do my best to be a worker who correctly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

Up next Real faith, terrifyingly fragile Sermon delivered on Sunday 18 April, 2010 The book of Romans was written to a church comprising both Gentile and Jewish believers. In the opening Is Jesus interesting enough? Jared Wilson at Band of Bloggers The Band of Bloggers is a group of Christian folks who write blogs and get together for a workshop every second
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