Telling God How to do His Business

A Bible teacher was once asked the question, “Why was man God’s last creation?” The response was that if God had created man earlier, he would have probably tried to tell God how to create everything else! As far-fetched as this may seem, the Old Testament is brimming over with instances of men and women trying to help God run His business. Remember Sarah? How about king Saul? Whatever happened to Nadab and Abihu? If I remember correctly, even Moses failed to enter the promised land!

Is it any different today? Remember the words of David (By the way, what happened when he tried to move the ark?) “Keep back thy servant from presumptuous sins.” (Psalms 19:13) are as relevant today as ever.

The New Testament teaches that man must obey the gospel to be saved. This includes even baptism, yet…! James reminds us that faith without works is dead, and that man is justified by works and not faith only (Jas. 2:24). But you will still hear many pulpiteers and radio-ranters proclaim that faith is all you need.

Paul warned the Galatians that if they attempted to follow the law of Moses as well as the gospel, that they would be severed from Christ and fallen from grace (Gal. 5:4). But apparently, man has improved upon that because we are told by many that it is impossible to fall from grace.

Our Lord built but one church, but thankfully, over the years man has improved upon His mistake by instituting hundreds of others. After all, Jesus is just too narrow-minded!

We are told plainly the type of worship God desires from us. Praying, partaking of the Lord’s supper in reverence, lifting our voices together in song without musical accompaniment, and exhorting one another through the word. But worship is now much better with the lights off, and the distant sound of stomping feet and hand-clapping & waving in the air, etc. Thankfully, too, we have musical groups that come and worship with us–for a fee! Can you imagine singing groups traveling with Paul from town to town, performing for the local church, then selling cd’s and tee-shirts in the front lobby?

Isn’t it great that God has us to tell Him how to run things?

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