Will Any Form of Godliness Do? – Part 3

What Should We Do? What are should Christians do about a world filled with a form of godliness and denying the power? Any kind of spiritual belief is not alright. Post-modernism teaches that every religion is truth to them. Post-denominationalism teaches that every church is saved. This can’t be any farther from the Truth in the words of Jesus Christ.

In the context of a world denying the power, Christ’s Spirit wants Christians to continue in what you have learned. Don’t be moved. The Spirit of Christ says in 2 Timothy 3:14-15,

“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from infancy you have known the Holy letters, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Remember those teachers who taught you the Truth and be assured of the Gospel of Christ. Know who taught you these things. Know the Holy writings and profit from them. Paul continues in 2 Timothy 3:16-17,

“Every Scripture is God’s breath, and is profit for doctrine, for rebuke, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the person of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

A person is not complete in their own personal form of spiritualism, but by the words of Christ given to His Apostles and prophets written in the New Testament. In the context of a world of false godliness, the Spirit of Christ wants you to remember the Scriptures. This is the source of true godliness. This is pure Christianity to go back to the words of Christ. This is the power that has been and is denied.

Since we know where the Truth is, Christians must get back to teaching the Gospel of Christ, the power of God unto salvation. The Holy Spirit says in 2 Timothy 4:1-2,

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

Christians must convince others. Christians must rebuke others. In so doing, Christians must encourage them and be patient. The world hates this, and godliness with power denies the need to evangelize.Christians must focus again on the teaching; teaching children, teaching each other, and teaching the world. Look back to 2 Timothy 2. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:24-26,

“And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

Christians must be gentle, patient, and humble. The sword, being the Word of God, will convict guilty consciences enough, we, Christians, need not add to them. Paul concludes his words to Timothy saying in 2 Timothy 4:5, “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” What are Christians going do about the world having a form of godliness? Will a form of godliness justify your friends, your family, your coworkers, and your neighbors? Will we be fine having just a form of godliness?

About Scott J Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
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8 Responses to Will Any Form of Godliness Do? – Part 3

  1. Christ’s Spirit says that God gave governments the sword as His ministers (Rom. 13:1ff). Yes, abortion is evil and God will work His justice in due time (Rom. 12:19).

    If you are a Christians, you will follow Christ. Atheists, Muslims, etc. are not my brothers in Christ. I turn my back on no one. I withdraw and avoid those who turn their backs on Christ and His words. As a Christian, I must judge actions because I am commanded to judge by Christ (John 7:24) and I’m commanded to judge the actions of my brothers and sisters (1 Cor. 5:1ff).

    Friend, learn the words of Christ and follow Him. There are no purer or higher words.

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  2. Todd Chavey says:

    If you are a true Christian, you cannot support any type of violence. You cannot support any segment thats outcome is killing. ( Armed Forces, Abortion )
    You cannnot turn your back on your brother, (atheists, muslims, buddhists,adulterers,murderers,homosexuals,etc.)
    As a Christian, you cannot judge.
    Never separate yourself from mankind,for you will leave your brother behind.

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  5. Bea says:

    Thank you. You speak with His Spirit: His Breath. You put my feet back on the ground, onto the firm foundation. I needed an outside godly objection only because I still fail into my flesh self of doubt. I am new – two years but His Spirit is powerful in me & He is driving me forward than my fleshy self can go. I just need to remember to be in His Will & let go! I can go in the Spirit forever & then bam I hit a pastor who teaches the world & not Christ’s Truth. Thank you for being there for all who He sends to you. Your videos are wonderful & gave me great calm. I am adding them to my wall of inspiration & sharing with friends.

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  6. Bea says:

    When we are babes to the Truth, what means do we have to distinguish a false teacher? What if what I have already learned is false & this new insight is the real Truth? The bible is so vast & when I’m in study & the subjest becomes worldly (liberal) how do distinguish my godliness as being Truth & not false (evil)? Is there a simple rule of messure that will calm my soul so I know I am in His Truth? I fear that I may be being lead by darkness or worldliness because what I have read & studied in the bible tells me to stand a on firm foundation & not waver in the wind. Now I am being told I am too right & wrong, too black too white. I must soften & be Christ like. I don’t see Christ’s foundation as soft. I see it as black or white, right or wrong. I see no gray area in Christ’s Truth. Perhaps I am being a false teacher with my views of no gray area no liberalism? I don’t want to be part of the evil while I am seeking His Truth. i love all people as Christ does but I do not want to bend to their instruction. I do not want to be ashamed of myself when I do finally meet Him. Ignorace is not at all bliss. I am so confused. Can someone seek Him & become evil in the search?

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    • I think most Christians can relate. I know I can. It does seem intimidating to know that we must follow the Truth without error. I hope I can encourage you and others not to fear our task. Everything that Jesus said is black and white. I am with you. I see no gray area.

      About observing the words of Christ, let’s trust Jesus who said, “Seek and you will find.” There’s a command with a promise. We’ll find the Truth when we seek it. Also, Jesus said that if you love Him, then you have His commands and you will obey them (John 14:21). We must realize that when Jesus said to teach others to “observe all things that I commanded” (Matt. 28:20), then it is possible to know all the commands (not necessarily all promises and spiritual things) and to teach these commands. Also, teaching to observe all things implies there will always be those who are learning all the commands, and their knowledge is not complete. Their teachers will be judged strictly (Jam. 3:1), so the teachers should know Christ’s Truth. Those learning as disciples need to make sure that their teachers have the right authority for their beliefs and that their teachers do no contradict Christ. We have to pray and seek teachers who will teach to observe all things that Jesus commanded. As teachers, all we can do is teach what we know and no more (1 Pet. 4:11). If Jesus said that we can accomplish observing all His commands because we love Him, then I believe Him. May God’s grace teach us when we fail and may His providence of finding the Truth that we seek be fulfilled.

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