Two years ago today I sat in a hotel room listening to a Paul Washer serman. Even though it was a holiday, my handsome husband had to work so we weren’t planning on popping fireworks. We had been put in a hotel because the corporate apartment his company had for us wasn’t going to be ready for another few days.
I had never heard of brother Washer, or any of the points he was preaching on. The most theology I had ever heard was the ‘sinners prayer’. I had been taught not to listen to the doctrines of man, and not to let others condemn you. However, I respected the brother who had sent me the serman so I listened. I listened to another, then another, and when my husband came home we listened together. I do not say that brother Washer saved me. I was saved through grace by faith in Christ ALONE.
Ordinarily on Tuesday I talk about scriptures taken out of context. Today, as America celebrates independence and I quietly celebrate my own freedom from sin, I want to give a simple warning.
Why do I talk about scriptures being twisted? Because I have seen the fruit it bares. Had I died on July 3rd, 2015 I would have rightly, justly, paid for my sins. Why? I was never told to repent of my sins, it was assumed after the ‘sinners prayer’ that I was saved and we surely don’t want to condemn a believer, right? Now by the grace of God, He saved me. He sent His Son to pay for my sins, and I am unable in my flesh to comprehend the majesty of that. However, through grace I have faith in Jesus Christ.
My warning is this, the need for clear and proper biblical theology is at a dire level beloved. Your voice is needed everywhere. The harvest is plenty but the workers are few. So acquire wisedom, and in all your acquiring get understanding also. We have to have an answer for the faith we have. There are so many who will say ‘Lord, Lord’ and He will say ‘I never knew you.’ So, friends, be good Bereans and study to show yourself approved.