Letter to the Editor:
From God's Perspective
What is a pastor? A pastor is a man who is called of God and appointed by his church to preach and to spread the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of God the Bible.
Because this is my calling, I have a responsibility to tell other people both inside and outside the church what God's perspective is on many things that people do, and the way that they think. My prayer is that you will believe in the truth of the Bible and consider what you could do to change, and live a life pleasing to God. Let's think together about God's 10 commandments. God expects you and I to obey His commandments. When we do not obey them, He calls it sin. The 10 commandments were given to all men to obey and keep.
In God's mind they are not 10 suggestions. They are His holy rules for living. Let's think about the 1st one. It states in Exodus 20, verse 3 "You shall have no other gods before Me." The God of the Bible is stating that there is no other true and living god besides Him, and that you should only give your worship (your highest allegiance) to Him.
The Bible says that He is a jealous God (jealous in a holy sense, of course) and he will not tolerate your having anything or anyone be more important to you than Him. This is, by the way, why you ought to consider coming to a Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church and learn to worship Him. You will learn about what God is really like and what He expects. But in order to know Him and to serve Him, your heart must change.
This feeling, and these thoughts of not wanting to live your life God's way will keep you from doing what is right at a number of critical points. You may be a nice person, humanly speaking, but you will eventually be punished by God at the Last Judgment, and perish eternally, if you do not repent of this sin.
Why? Because God is God, He expects you to keep this commandment. He is eternal, all-knowing, all wise and holy. He knows what is best for you, but you will not obey. God made you and He knew that you would not be able to change your own heart, to love Him as He requires. So He sent His Son Jesus to live the life of perfect obedience to His holy law, and to die as a sacrifice on the cross for the sins of all who will trust in Him.
The Lord Jesus purchased the needed grace for you to change and to come to know God, and to therefore want to come to church and learn His ways. Think about it, God has given you the way to come to know Him personally, now and forever. More on God's Commandments in the next post.
Pastor Paul Rendell