Faith is a present and continuing reality.
Hebrews 11 shows us that faith is a living thing. It’s trusting God’s Word, even when we don’t understand it. It’s giving substance to things that in themselves have no reality. It’s the basis, or substructure, of all the Christian life means, or hopes for.
. . . this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. —1 John 5:4
- Faith is what gets us through trials.
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ —1 Peter 1:6-7
- Faith produces endurance.
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. —James 1:3
- Faith makes us effective through knowledge.
and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake. —Philemon 6
- Faith lives in us in much the same way Jesus does.
For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. —2 Timothy 1:5
God lists examples in Hebrews 11 of those with great faith. It’s encouraging to know that, as we allow Him, the Holy Spirit works in our lives to expand our faith.
I’m surprised you chose to delete the name of the preacher teaching this heresy about sanctification. Even Paul courageously named those who taught heretical doctrine and did so w/o reservation. Don’t you think if there is a “well-known” Bible “teacher” expounding nonsense then we as a body deserve to know who this is so that if we encounter him in any medium we know to avoid him?
No, we would never suggest that you avoid every teacher that disagrees with Compass on a specific point. There is not a Bible teacher on the planet that teaches everything 100% correctly, including Compass! If someone is in a cult or obviously outside of mainstream Christianity, we will boldly give names. But we find it better to deal with subject matter than individuals for doctrinal specifics. In the Church Age we don’t stone the teacher if something is taught incorrectly. Rather, we are to compare everything taught us to Scripture and bring anything that disagrees with Scripture to the attention of the teacher.
. . . for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so. —Acts 17:11
We have noticed that a lot of good Bible teachers have blind spots. Maybe that’s why it’s better to have more than one source of food!
Where there is no guidance, the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory. —Proverbs 11:14
Regarding your GML with reference to suicide—That sounds a little risky. How can one ask forgiveness for murder after one is dead? Whether you are right or not, and you don’t really know, wouldn’t it be better if you discouraged suicide? If I were contemplating suicide, I would be encouraged to do it based on your answer. Am I misinterpreting your answer?
No, you’re not misinterpreting our answer. The Bible gives us a base from which to draw our conclusions. If we couldn’t determine absolutes, we would have no ministry—just a road map that changed with the weather, which would be useless. So, on the contrary, we think it would be “risky” NOT to trust God’s Word.
Is it better to talk someone out of suicide on the basis of fear or to point them to the love and forgiveness of Christ which can truly change their life, both now and eternally?
Naturally, our finite minds have trouble understanding some of God’s deep, infinite truths. We will not fully understand everything of God. But that is why He is God and we’re not.
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are My ways your ways,” declares the Lord. —Isaiah 55:8
How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! —Romans 11:33
You need to do a study on “God’s will” (desired and permissive), as well as the attributes of God. His unchanging nature and total control will show you that you can boldly proclaim the truth (regardless of the situation—suicide, asking forgiveness, etc). We don’t have a moving line when it comes to salvation. Either you have been born twice, once from birth and once by the Spirit of God (John 3:1-7), or you are going to split the gates of hell wide open (2 Peter 2:4; 1 John 5:10-12). Nothing else matters. It’s simply not based on what we do or don’t do in this life.
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds . . . —Titus 3:5
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and not of yourselves . . . not as a result of works . . . —Ephesians 2:8-9
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