Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 119:152 I have known from my earliest days that your decrees never change.

When did you first understand that God’s Word never changes? Or, have you ever paused to consider whether or not it’s true? If there was any chance at all that God’s Word could change, we could not trust any part of it to be true. We would never be able to trust that what it proclaims about God and His ways are true. We would always be in a quest to discern what to believe and not to believe. We could never be sure that our decisions were the right ones. There would be no absolute standard upon which to build our lives. We would be no better off than any other form of life on earth.

God’s Word and ways never change. God never goes back on His Word. He had written exactly what He meant to be written. It is sin to try and adapt the Word to fit what we want it to say. We do not have the wisdom, right, or authority to try and make it say what we want it to say. It is absolute truth from beginning to end.

It is becoming increasingly popular to question what God says. Many people take things out of context to make the Scriptures say what it doesn’t say. Many pick and choose what they want to believe and live by. Many will compromise the Word to fit our culture and times in order not to offend certain people. Many refuse to believe that the Scriptures are indeed truth from God.

If we don’t have absolute confidence in the authenticity of the Word, we have nothing to stand on and live by. If God has not spoken clearly to all people of all times in the same way, man becomes his own god. There is no absolute truth; everybody is able to determine for themselves what is right and wrong. We see the end result of this way of thinking all around us. There are a multitude of belief systems, all claiming to be truth from God. There are a multitude of religions who deny the Word as God’s final authority for belief and practice. Truth is adapted to fit the sinful desires of people, all in the name of God. God’s character is distorted and He is deemed to be a God of love who embraces all people and invites them into His kingdom just as they are, without repentance or change.

God’s Word is non-negotiable and non-changeable. God says what he means and means what he says. If you have a problem with that, then you have a problem with God. Take your complaints to Him, not me. I stand unmovable on the absolute authority and authenticity of God’s Word. ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God. He didn’t need man’s help in deciding what truth is when He moved man to write it, and He doesn’t need man’s help in deciding now what truth is.

God has spoken to us by the Word. It behooves us to accept it, learn it, and strive to live by it.

C Through Marriage

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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