I have more faith than anyone else in my church.
I believe that the Bible is God’s word.
I sincerely believe that Jesus was born of a virgin.
I believe that he never sinned.
I believe that he is the Son of God.
I believe that he was crucified.
I believe that he died and was buried.
I believe that he rose from death on the third day.
I was there for it all. And it all scares me. I shudder just thinking about it. But I believe.
The people at my church are different. Their faith isn’t as strong as mine. It wasn’t always that way. I was assigned there a century ago when the people really believed. Jesus being crucified wasn’t just head knowledge for them. It was a truth that came from their hearts and played itself out in what they said with their mouths and did with their hands.
That too was a really scary time for me.
But with a lot of work, I got things under control.
Now concepts like the virgin birth, the crucifixion and the resurrection are just that. Concepts. Most of the people in the church check all of those boxes. But their belief never leaves their heads. It hasn’t found its way to their hearts and it certainly doesn’t make a difference in what they do or what they say.
We believe that the Bible is God’s word.
We sincerely believe that Jesus was born of a virgin.
We believe that he never sinned.
We believe that he is the Son of God.
We believe that he was crucified.
We believe that he died and was buried.
We believe that he rose from death on the third day.
Our beliefs will do us no good when Jesus returns to settle his score. The only works they have produced in me is my shuddering spirit. But that’s more than I can say for the people at my church. Their beliefs have produced nothing. Their belief alone will do them no good when the Enemy returns.
Their faith without works will condemn them to hell.
And by hell’s power, I’m fighting to keep it that way.
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! James 2:19 (ESV)