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Thursday, February 26, 2009
At the risk of going on a tangent, I agree with those who say that among evangelicals the "hard work" of living holy is not communicated frequently enough. Yet, the modern church seems to be creating "half Bereans"; that is to say, the congregation receives the Word with all readiness of mind, however, they do not search the Scriptures daily for themselves whether those things be so (Acts 17:11). Weakness of the flesh is not glorified in Chapters seven and eight of Romans. Only the industrious Christian who understands the concept of collaborating with Christ in his or her own personal endeavor to "abide" in Him will truly have a successful faith and hope in the victory over sin in their daily walk. I would deem it my personal God given responsibility to help a new convert within the sphere of my influence understand what it means to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as stated in 2 Peter 3:18. Pomp and circumstance of Coptic or Catholic traditions aside, it is in the personal testimony and the heart of the individual where the rubber of Scripture, and thereby truth, meets the road.