It is Written...............

We are well aware that there is a lot that goes on in the name of Christianity that is far from Biblically-based Christianity.  I spend a lot of time teaching in developing nations (some not developing), and it is amazing what passes for Christianity in some places.  Because of the systemic poverty that abounds in Africa, the prosperity gospel (PG) movement is alive and well.

The prosperity gospel, as it is commonly called, promises wealth to those who cannot even buy clothes for their children or send them to school.  The lies of this theology don't come close to what God teaches us in His Word about our stewardship of money and material things, and yet impoverished people will hold out with desperation that it just might work for them.  It is truly one of life's saddest spectacles, not just for the victims, but for how the Scriptures are cheapened in this process.

Jesus said “It is Written” on several occasions to those who had abused the truth of God's Word.  He said it to Satan who attempted to force the Bible to say things it didn't about Jesus Christ.   He said as much to a young rich man in an attempt to deliver him from the grip of his wealth and make Him a child of God.  He said it to the Sadducees who rejected the resurrection:

 “And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” (Mk 22:31-32)

Christians are a people of the Book, not because we lack creativity or the ability to think for ourselves, but we preach and teach the Scriptures because we know their Author, and we submit to His authority to know truth and demand the same for His fallen creation.  C.S. Lewis the incomparable apologist once said,

We were made to be ruled.  

And the fact is, we will be ruled by something or someone.  But, we have a choice in the matter.  We can choose to follow the wide road of this world and end up at a desperately wrong destination.  Or we can choose to submit ourselves to the One who created us and then took on the form of a human being in order to pay the awful consequences of our sin.  This is the narrow road, but it leads to wide and green open spaces now....... and then a secure place with Him later.  Yes, it is written, and we who know Jesus Christ have believed it and now know it.  

Do you know Him?  He is the one who said, It is Written because He wrote it, and He wants you to know Him as well. 


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