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Holding to the truth
Today is a day of confusion regarding truth, and that confusion has invaded the church. Confusion reigns where the church fails to hold firmly on to the Word of God.
The letter to the church at Pergamum starts this way: "These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword." (Revelation 2:12) This double-edged sword is the word of God, which comes out of Jesus' mouth (Revelation 1:16; see Hebrews 4:12). Both the church at Pergamum and the church at Thyatira were guilty of turning away from this word and embracing false teaching (Revelation 2:14-15, 20, 24). In both cases, as we saw previously, straying from God's word led to idolatry and sexual immorality.
Doctrine matters. When we stray, for example, from the simple truths in Genesis about creation and God's creation of human beings as male and female, we lose our grip on understanding of gender. Does this sound familiar? When we blindly accept the "proven" science of evolution and long geologic ages, rejecting the Biblical stories of Creation and the Flood, we lose our grip on God's righteous judgment (and possibly even on his right to judge). When we stray away from an insistence on God's Word as objective truth, we fall prey to relativism and lose the basis for evangelism.
Later, Jesus would write to the church at Philadelphia, "I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name." (Revelation 3:7) Strength is great - but holding to the word of truth and not denying the name of Jesus is more important in our Savior's eyes.
How do we pray for our churches and for our pastors in light of the importance of holding to the truth of God's Word? Here are a few thought starters - I'm sure you can think of more.
We'll look in more depth at Paul's prayers for the churches a little later. Those prayers are all grounded in the truth of God's Word. In a society where confusion and outright falsehood often hold sway, firmly holding to the truth will distinguish the church as little else can.