“Christianity is so entangled with the world that millions never guess how radically they have missed the New Testament pattern.”
God’s Pursuit of Man (116)
Have you missed the New Testament pattern? How would you know if you had? I’ll tell you this much, it won’t be by going to church every Sunday, or participating in small groups… although those things are good, you must spend substantial time in the Bible testing what you’ve heard everywhere else (even in church). The Bible IS truth, period. We must make sure that what we’re believing is coming straight out of the word of God, and not some misconstrued, twisted theology that’s being preached to make scripture bend to our selfish desires.
I encourage you to read through the Bible, and to take what it says seriously. Don’t try to explain away passages because you don’t like what they say, but rather seek to find the truth.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Jesus – John 17:17
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.