What I Read Today;
1 John 5 & 2 John; Acts 15-16; Jeremiah 36-37; Psalm 64; 2 Samuel 22-23; Leviticus 9
I have to laugh when I read Acts, chapter 15. What causes the first Jerusalem council you ask? A doctrinal dispute. Somebody in the established church decided to put a roadblock in the way of a new believer.
Does that sound familiar?
Things haven’t changed all that much. A new believer comes into the church, and we decide to indoctrinate him in the teachings of our particular denomination rather than let the Holy Spirit work in that believer’s life. The traditionalists want to impose rules and structure. Peter squashes them in Acts 15:11, “On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” NRSV.
You know what though? In Acts 16, Paul shows us what truly matters. He echos Peter’s words in Acts 16 vs. 30-31, “Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”” NRSV
When I was in the Air Force, my instructor at tech school told me that when you are training someone on a new idea, use the KISS principle. When it comes to religion, maybe we should do the say.
In other words, “Keep It Simple Stupid.”