What is going to keep you in your church or in this movement – Church of God General Conference? The nice people that go there? The music? The youth group? Fuel?
If you really think about it, I can pretty much guarantee that most churches in your neighborhood have nice people in them, maybe they even have bigger bands and bigger youth groups. But, do they have biblical truth? Unfortunately, I have seen many people leave our movement for “better” music and bigger youth groups. They sacrifice the truth that will save them for temporary pleasures and personal preferences.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 says that people refused to love truth and so be saved. “and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason, God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,”
If people do not love truth enough to genuinely seek for it, then God will allow them to keep believing what is false.
But, God promises to be found if we truly seek Him! “… from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29)
Is our attitude that of Daniel’s? “… I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.” (Daniel 9:3)
Hosea 4:6 tells us that the Israelites were destroyed for lack of knowledge.
The road is narrow that leads to life, and truth and righteousness are what that road is paved with. Most likely your church or this movement will not be able to provide all that other churches or mission’s organizations can provide, but please never forget what they do provide. Truth is a treasure and if you have to choose between popularity, great worship music or bigger youth groups, never settle for less than that which can save you!
Don’t take the easy road and leave when something “better” comes along. If you want different music or bigger, more active youth groups, then don’t compromise truth, just do something about it! No organization or group will be perfect, but if there is solid truth as a foundation, you can build anything you want, as high as you want.
Here are a few more verses to consider and meditate on. Read them and consider the result of seeking God with all your heart. Psalms 63:1; 2 Chronicles 15:12, 31:21
Will you make a covenant to always seek God?
Tracy went to Oregon Bible College and then spent 17 years in Russia as a missionary. She is passionate for biblical truth and that is why she went alone to Russia and not with another mission organization. Upon returning to the United States she remains very active in evangelism and global missions and continues working as a missionary through internet evangelism and partnering with indigenous missionaries that are doing mission work overseas. She currently partners with people in Russia, Pakistan and the Middle East. She is president of the MN Missionary Society and is a member on Lord’s Harvest International missions board, and is the co-founder of Kingdom of God Ministry & Missions. http://www.kogmissions.com