He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” Matthew 10:37.
The Bible clearly tells us that because of Biblical truth families may be divided. The Bible also tells us that when it comes to spiritual truth or following our families and friends, we must be careful which we choose. Have we forgotten about the numerous commands about putting God first? This includes putting God before our families and friends. There are congregations today who have people that know what the truth is, and that it is not being taught where they are attending. Congregations have members who know that they will gain no spiritual knowledge if they continue where they are currently attending. If you are one of these people, I ask you: Why are you there? If the truth is not taught we must go, for the sake of our eternal souls, to where the truth IS taught!
What did Christ say in Matthew 10:37? “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.” So what is Christ saying? We do not need some deep theological explanation to explain the verse to us. Christ is saying if you put anyone before Him, even family members and friends then you are “not worthy of Me.” Many of us may have family members who do not realize that the Bible is not being taught where they attend. Does this mean we should stay there so that we do not hurt their feelings? Of course not! While we do not intend to hurt people’s feelings we must do what is right. If someone becomes upset with us because we have left a certain congregation what do we do? We wish they weren’t upset but do we sacrifice or should we sacrifice Biblical truth in order to please them? How far will we go to please our own family members? Will we even go so far as to deny what the Bible teaches so long as we do not upset our loved ones? If we will go that far then we truly are “not worthy” of Christ!
By Richard Massey
How many times have you heard the following: “Attend the church of your choice”? This concept continues to be circulated over and over until many people accept it as fact. They truly believe that there are many denominational faiths found in the pages of the Bible.
The Bible Declares One Faith
Contrary to that common, but erroneous belief the Bible clearly declares that there are not many faiths, but only: “…one faith…” (Ephesians. 4:5). That is stunning news to some people. It is radical, it is extreme; nonetheless it is a foundational principle of God’s word. The idea of “many faiths” did not originate from the mind of God, but it came by the design of man.
God Wants Unity
Man has created division, but God has designed unity among those that follow His word. In reading John 17:20-22 we can see that Jesus prayed for complete unity among believers. In another passage religious division has been specifically forbidden (1 Corinthians 1:10). We are told that unity is good and pleasant (Psalm 122:1). Should we not give diligence to please our God and Creator (Ephesians 4:1-6)?
I Want What God Wants
If God wants unity, we can rest assured that the devil wants man to be divided religiously (Ephesians 6:12). We should want to cease doing everything that causes religious division. For example: stop using denominational names and use only the name of Christian. Also stop following denominational doctrines (creed books, articles of faith, etc.) and follow only what the Bible teaches.
It Is Radical: But Pleasing To God
Jesus was so radical in His teaching that the Bible says that people marveled at His words (Matthew 7:28). His teachings were rejected by many, but they were pleasing to the heavenly Father (Matthew 17:5). Please contact us if you have any questions about this article or any other matter concerning the Bible. We would love to hear from you.
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