The Christian Mind
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15.7, 8
The Christian Mind
Harry Blamires (1916-)
“You do not make the truth. You reside in truth. A suitable image for truth would be that of a lighthouse lashed by the elemental fury of undisciplined error. Those who have come to reside in the truth must stay there. It is not their business to go back into error for the purpose of joining their drowning fellows with the pretence that, inside or outside, the conditions are pretty much the same. It is their duty to draw others within the shelter of the truth. For truth is most certainly a shelter.”
The uncomfortable and inconvenient truth about Christianity is that it is neither comfortable nor convenient for those who insist on being their own god and determining matters of right or wrong on the basis of how they feel on any day or in any generation. The changing winds of doctrine reveal once-respectable – or at least, widely-held – notions to be flimsy structures, easily blown away by the next fashionable current or breeze. Truth stands up against the changeable winds of doctrine, requiring them to conform the pattern of their flow to that which will not bend, yield, or otherwise go along simply to get along. And those who know the truth declare that it will not change, and cannot be moved; at the same time, they call out to their storm-tossed, wind-driven neighbors, bustled and bruised by the winds of false doctrine, to come inside to Jesus, abide in Him, and be safe. Perhaps one reason we are not more active in proclaiming the truth to our neighbors is that we do not know it as the safe harbor it is?
Would you describe your church as a lighthouse for your community? Do those who have come to dwell there reach out to bring to shelter those who are still subject to the winds of false doctrine?
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All quotations from The Christian Mind are from Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1963, 1978).