"THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHURCH"
"But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth"-1 Timothy 3:15
Truth is a rare commodity in the modern marketplace. Whether we speak of history, religion, politics, science, or even medicine we will find conflicting sentiments. When we finally find some answers that are supported by substantial evidence we find peace in our hearts, for our search is over and the problem at hand is solved. There is a place of peace, a place for spiritual searching to end, that place is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
The "pillar and ground" are the supporting foundation and beams. The church did not make the truth, it supports the truth that God reveals in His word. If any truth exists today concerning God and His people, it will be found in the church.
Today, we see the evidence of an unchurched society. Basic, fundamental truths are unknown. Man's doctrines that Paul refers to as "seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils"(1 Timothy 4:1) are embraced. The psychiatrists offices are full. Medications for depression are top sellers. People have more of this worlds goods than their forefathers ever saw and yet something seems to be missing in their lives and whatever it is that is missing they just can't seem to put their finger upon it. It must have been something that their forefather had for they were not so. May we suggest that that something is God, His church and the blessings of truth.
When we talk about the truth, we are speaking about doctrines that keep our thinking straight, truths that give genuine Godly wisdom, expose sin and exalt Christ. They lead us in a plain path and give us peace. These truths give the heart a foundation to rest upon, where one can say, "That is what God said about it and I will rest upon that sentiment, do or die". The truth embraces subjects from creation to rearing our children. It includes how we are to conduct ourselves in our marriages as well as our workplace. The truth reveals sin and gives us authority to say, "That is wrong, not because I sit in judgement, but because God does." It brings us to a place of repentance and change for the better. The truth exposes error and he false prophet. The truth will comfort God's people in their greatest trial as it exalts Jesus Christ, who He is, and what He has done for His people. It exposes God's grace to undeserving sinner and allows us to look at life through the window of God's word. Personally speaking, the church and her truths have been a great blessing to me in all of these areas, such a great blessing, that I want to share it with you.
Yes, we live in a day when we are taught that there is no absolute truth. Yet, God does not thinks so, nor does His church. Neither will compromise the truth to please mankind. That is the most interesting and dynamic character concerning the truth: it will never change. The winds of time; cultural thinking; political overtones; and whatever country has the biggest gun will never alter God's word, "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven"-Psalm 119:89. His word is truth.
Come and worship with us at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, in Donaldson. Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.