Did God Actually Say?

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Recently, there has been a rise of people in our country–Ghana– openly calling the claims of Christianity into question. Core doctrines such as the virgin birth, Heaven, Hell and the historicity of the person of Christ have all been called to question. The troubling part of this, is that, those involved are people we may consider influential in society and their influence has the ability to lead people astray.  Of all the religions of this world, why do these people pick on Christianity and the Bible? Numerous answers may be given. But I will briefly explore two.

Christianity Is The Truth

Christianity is the Truth: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). One may ask, “how can Christianity lay exclusive claims to the truth; isn’t that arrogance? Andy Bannister, in an online article, “Isn’t Christianity Arrogant?” addressed the Truth of Christianity by appealing to the exclusivity of the nature of truth itself.  Matt Slick, on the apologetics website carm.org also appealed to the words of Jesus to establish the true nature of Christianity:

If Jesus is wrong, then Christianity is  wrong. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then we should abandon our faith because he would be no different than anyone else. If Jesus is not God in flesh, then we should denounce him as a madman because you can’t claim to be God and be sane — unless the claim is true. Therefore, if what Jesus said about himself is true, then Christianity is true.

Now, granted Christianity is true (and it is), the devil, an opponent of Truth described by Jesus as the father of all lies; will do everything to attack the Truth of God’s word. Any false religion promoting his agenda will have uninterrupted success. Why will the devil bother to attack false religion? He will waste no ammunition in attacking false religion. It will be harmful to his cause: “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?” (Luke 12:17-18).

The way out then is to rise against true religion. And what he attacks in Christianity is the very word God has spoken. This is the devil’s oldest weapon—calling the word of God into question. In the Garden of Eden, he asked: “…Did God actually say…” (Genesis 3:1).

Do you see the similarities today? “Did God actually say…sinners will be punished in hell? “Did God actually say Christ is the only way to the Father? Did God actually say Christ will return again? Did God actually say we should live holy lives? Did God actually say Jesus rose from the dead? Did God actually say…?

If you will call anything about Christianity into question, be sure it is a questioning which will lead to a better understanding of the faith. If yours is to question the veracity of the claims of Christianity, be careful you are not taking sides with the devil and questioning what God has said.

They Are Spiritually Dead

One thing we are sure of of those who challenge and refute God’s true word  is that they are spiritually dead: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1Corinthians 3:14). It takes hearts regenerated by the Spirit of God to comprehend spiritual truth. And until a person’s heart is regenerated, the word of God is foolishness to them.

In fact the Bible declares “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1). Fool here doesn’t mean the one who questions or call God’s word to question is a dimwit. Far from it. Actually, some of these people are very intelligent. The fool, as used in the text simply means an “impious person who has no perception of ethical or religious truth

We may all not be professionals trained to defend the faith. Yet, in our own small way, the Bible calls us to contend for the faith (Jude 1:3). And to contend for the faith demands we at least know the basics of what we believe. Peter tells us “…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1Peter 3:15). We can’t stop people from questioning what we believe. But we must be ready always to defend our faith.

When they ask “Did God Actually Say…? we must be ready to respond gracefully.

Flee From False Teachers

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I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel (Galatians 1:6).

Apostolic Astonishment! Paul is astonished the gospel was being messed with and people buying into the mess. Today, we must express this same astonishment. But no. The masses lack discernment. Anything cladded in Christian jargon gets their attention. They revere false teachers and their false gospels. They are their favourite.

Just as in Paul’s day, many today are walking away from the grace of God to establish their own righteousness by their works.

The gospel is simple: Christ “gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age” (Galatians 1:4). In our day, people are offended to be told they are sinners. “Life is already hard. Don’t complicate it by telling people they are sinners. No one wants to hear such discouraging words” we are told. So in the stead of this basic fact of human existence and Christian doctrine, all manner of self-help, humanistic thoughts are passing for gospel. Paul will further say, “even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:9) .

Admirably, Paul places himself under the same scrutiny he expects the Galatians to have towards teachers. Even if he himself preaches under gospel, he stands accursed—throw him out. There are many so called gospels out there which are no gospels at all. Paul was clear on that: “not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:7).

Anyone who doesn’t preach the true gospel or distorts it is troubling you. They are jeopardizing your soul. From such flee.

A Christian WhatsApp Group Conversation On Wealth Part Two

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Yesterday, I began a series, A Christian WhatsApp Group Conversation On Wealth, where I shared a group conversation on wealth. You can read the first part here. The conversation was primarily on whether God has a covenant of wealth with Christians.

I ended the previous article by mentioning Rich’s (not his real name) posting of Matthew 6:33 as a proof text for evidence of a covenant of wealth. To this I responded: Read Matthew 6 again. If what you see there is wealth and riches, you are not reading well. The message in Matthew 6:33 is not wealth and riches. It is contentment. It is teaching against anxiety: “Therefore I tell you, _do not be anxious_ about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. _Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?_ Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26).

I further told Rich to read v33 together with v34: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. You see, the theme that runs through the text is a command against anxiety.

After these, I asked Rich to kindly point out to me where  he sees wealth and riches in Matthew 6:33. To this he responded: “We need the wealth to buy our drinks, raiment, what we will eat etc (all other things)”. That answer stunned me. “If wealth is for food, clothing and shelter, then your idea of wealth is really shallow”, I responded to him.

A number of conversations followed afterwards.

But, for the sake of brevity, I want to state that the reason for sharing these conversations is to point out the many erroneous teachings  being propagated as Christian gospel. The gospel is simply the death and resurrection of Christ for the salvation of sinners. When we lose focus of this, all other things doesn’t matter.

A Christian WhatsApp Group Coversation On wealth

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I administer a whatsapp group called Total Life..This afternoon, one group member–I will call Diana (not her real name)  posted some thoughts generating some discussions. She wrote:

God will make you so wealthy this year to confirm His Covenant. His name and intergrity is at stake concerning you this year…Wealth is available for you in every Land. Receive the POWER to take your portion of the Wealth of the Nations….Wealth must produce Health. Eat good food, drink good water, wear good clothes, drive a good car and rest on a good bed…Wealth is a blessing from God. Ask God for Wealth and by His power bring every satanic resistence to your wealth…Any habit or character repelling wealth is broken over your life right now in Jesus name. Amen and Amen…This year any witch, wizard, occult or wicked man or woman that must die for Wealth manifestation dies now in Jesus name. Amen and Amen…From the North, South, West and East Wealth would flow to you now in Jesus name. Amen and Amen

If you know anything about Charismatic and Word of Faith teachings, they believe included in the Christian message is a covenant of wealth, riches and health. And that is clearly seen in the first line of the words aforementioned: “God will make you so wealthy this year to confirm His covenant”. This is what some actually believe as Christianity.  I (Enoch) responded to that message by saying:

“One doesn’t need to be a Christian to be wealthy. The main reason Christ came to die is to save us from sin and eternal punishment. He has no covenant of wealth with anybody. It is a covenant of grace where sinners are made rigtheous through faith and delivered from the bondage of sin to show forth his praise through holy living. If God has a covenant of wealth with us, then all believers who are not wealthy may be doing something wrong. God bestows his common grace on all people. He makes the rain fall on both the rigtheous and wicked. There are principles out there which if both Christian and non-Christian apply, they may have wealth”

In agreement, another group member (I will call John (not his real name) added: Christ did not come to redeem us from financial burdens but procure our salvation from sin. Wealth creation/possession are based on principles and not faith in/through Christ. 

Diana retorted: “Wealth and riches is part of the kingdom … Kingdom riches for kingdom impact. He has the hidden treasures and He give it to His children. Seek Him first and all other things shall be added., Riches inclusive …. We preach Jesus to the hungry when he needs food to concentrate in the first place and you still want to rule out wealth….. Christianity is not poverty my Brothers. I recieve wealth and pass on to my generations to come. In JESUS name. They will dominate in the pyhsical and in the supernatural. Kingdom riches for kingdom impact”

These are some of the well rehearsed cliches of Charismatism and Word of Faith movement. They always claim they want wealth to make impact for the kingdom.

I responded to her last statement saying,”Wealth and riches is what all of us want. It is our natural conditioning. That is why it appeals to us when we attach Christianity to that natural innate desire to make it in life. I want to make a living so if you tell me Christianity will give me money, it will appeal to my natural desires. But does Christianity promise us wealth and riches? If wealth and riches is a Christian message, then the apostles were the most miserable or they didn’t understand the gospel. The Bible actually condemns this attachment of wealth and riches to Christianity. Many of us have not really given thoughtful biblical consideration to this prosperity preaching all around. The Bible describes those who think wealth and riches is Christianity as “…depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain” (1Timothy 6:5)

Clearly, the desire for wealth and riches mimics a love for money which many people will argue. But that is the truth. If you want to be rich so much, you love money. Paul continues: “those who desire to be rich fall into temptation , into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1Timothy 6:9-10)”.

I got a counter response from Diana: “Our God understand Beauty,Wealth ,Riches and as His child I will not be different. Heaven is a display of Riches. Gold. Diamond. Infact we should be rich. Having allowed our position to be taken by the world does not mean it’s the Norm. There are clear principle governing wealth for any believer to part take. Ruling out riches is a trick of the enemy. It’s time we wake up… Our desire is not money. Our desire is the Lord God Almighty..Riches is a bonus we are entitled to

Other group members joined in the conversation with a number of follow up questions. Paul (not his real name) asked;”can a christian be poor?” I must admit I knew the answer which will be given: “it is a choice” but I waited for the question to be answered. I was not wrong when the reply came from Diana. She responded: “Ecc 10: 5-7… It’s a choice and an error…” Seth responded : “That’s a wrong approach to scripture. Which of the Apostles were rich pls?

That’s a good question isn’t it? This idea of Christianity and wealth is so alien to Biblical Christianity  you wonder how people believe it. In answering to the question about the Apostles, Diana laughed—“Hahahahahahahaa. My King is rich. I cant be poor…” Rich (not his real name) showed up with a text—Matthew 6:33 in support of Diana. That triggered a whole line of discussion I will post as Part 2 of this.

 

 

A Reformed Church In Need Of A Reformation

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You might have seen this billboard in town. If you haven’t, then it is a healing crusade (whatever that means) Presbyterian Church of Ghana is holding with Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, who is described as world renowned evangelist (a title I guess Billy Graham will envy).

What Is The Presbyterian Church Of Ghana?

The year 1828 will forever remain significant in the life of our church because this was the year of arrival of the very first missionaries from Basel. [1]

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana[PCG] as part of the Reformed Church adheres to a distinctively, Reformed worship…[2]

Describing itself “as part of the Reformed Church…” points to the fact that PCG is “A Reformed Church”. The hard question however PCG will have to answer, is, if it is still a Reformed Church.

At a certain period in my life, I became convinced of Reformed Theology and was looking for a Reformed Church in Ghana to attend. From what I had learnt and read, PCG was my first choice church to switch to. So I moved from a Charismatic church to join PCG since it described itself as a Reformed Church. I went in with all zeal and passion to becoming a member of a Reformed Church. It wasn’t too long when after attending a few services, my passion and zeal were deflated. Was I really in a Reformed Church? Everything I was walking away from in the charismatic world was staring me in the face. Now attending PCG with my whole family, what am I going to tell my wife? that I was wrong to have moved the family to PCG? It wasn’t an easy discussion. But thanks to God’s providence, we found a Reformed Baptist church which we are currently attending. I am yet to make a decision between whether to be a Presbyterian or Baptist. But at least, finding a Reformed church to worship with is heart warming.

Doctrinal Cross-Fertilization

I believe discerning members of PCG should be able to tell their denomination has gone through a plethora of changes. There are a number of beliefs currently practiced in PCG which in my short stint with the church, I believe is in contrast with what a Reformed Church should believe.

I tease my Presbyterian friends in Ghana that they have become more charismatic than the Charismatics themselves. They speak in tongues. They hold prophetic meetings. They hold anointing services. They hold all-night meetings. On their bill for this month is a “3 Day Healing Crusade themed When The Holy Spirit Moves”. The speaker, is a Charismatic/Word Of Faith preacher, Dr. Lawrence Tetteh”. Recently I watched a video of the immediate past moderator Professor Martey titled “Healing with Professor Emmanuel Martey

Is this Presbyterianism? To answer, these words from Presbyterian Church Of Ghana Worship Book Normal will be helpful: “In doing this work [reviewing the 1965 liturgy], it was borne in mind that by unanimously accepting the motion to have the liturgy reviewed in 1993, the Church had a two-fold concern. The first was the spiritual needs of Christians. Added to this was the need to enhance the the spiritual edification of worshippers.[3] What you read is good and commendable. But then the bombshell follows immediately: “To these considerations can be added the influence of cross-fertilization between the different Christian traditions of our time“. [4]

This is the reason Presbyterian Church of Ghana is what it is today. Its doctrinal purity has given way to the influence of different Christian traditions of our time. It appears PCG is looking over its shoulders, stretching its neck into other doctrinal beliefs and allowing those beliefs to influence what they do. I have heard the excuse PCG was losing its youths to the charismatic churches hence needed to introduce things that will appeal to the youth to stay. Again, this excuse can be implied from these words: “An attempt has been made to provide variety and freshness in services“. [5]

Maybe PCG ought to be reminded it says it “adheres to a distinctively, Reformed worship”. To be distinctive in worship I believe is to be clearly different from others in their worship. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. PCG is engaged in cross-fertilization with other Christian traditions. I am no prophet of doom. But I fear for The Presbyterian Church of Ghana and where it is heading. It is throwing away its rich Reformed heritage for “crumbs of bread”.

I pray PCG experiences a Reformation and finds its roots backs to the 16th Century Reformation from which the church takes its heritage. To all Presbyterians in Ghana who might read this, I pray you begin asking questions of your leadership and of what you believe as Presbyterians. I will conclude with a quote from the worship book: “we wish to remind ourselves that our services [worship] must be “according to Scripture”, and consequently, simple, spiritual and reverent.[6]

Would PCG indeed remind themselves of what they have said in their worship book? I pray they do.

Notes:

1: http://www.pcg.pcgonline.io/brief-story-of-pcg/

2: Presbyterian Church Of Ghana Worship Book, Normal (Accra, Waterville Publishing House, 2010) P vi

3: ibid; P. xvi

4: ibid; xvi

5: ibid; xvii

6: ibid; pg 3

Work Out Your Own Salvation

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Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13).

It appears Paul is admonishing the Philippians to work to earn their salvation: “work out your own salvation”. However, if we interpret Paul’s words in that sense, we will be (i) contradicting the whole body of biblical revelation because salvation is by grace through faith and (ii) contradicting Paul himself because he taught in his epistles that salvation is by faith.

What Does Scripture Teach About Salvation?

Scripture first and foremost teaches that all human beings are naturally sinners because of original sin inherited from Adam and as a result, are separated from God and His glory (Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:23). But God out of love, though humanity is separated from Him as a consequence of sin and bound for eternal destruction, provided a way of rescue to reconcile sinners unto Himself by faith in Jesus Christ:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved ?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”(Acts 16:30-31).

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

These Scriptures (not exhaustive) point us to one truth: Justification by faith. To be saved therefore, a sinner has to repent of their sins and put their trust in Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith”(Rom 3:25). If it is true (and it is) that sinners are saved by faith alone without any self-rigtheousness, then we must put in proper context what Paul means by “work out your own salvation”. He is obviously not writing about earning our salvation by self-effort.

Epistle From Prison.

It is crucial to note the circumstances surrounding Phillipians and the verse under consideration in particular. Paul is in prison and not physically present with the church as its leader. From prison therefeore, he writes to give instructions on numerous topics confronting the Philippian church.

In Chapter 2, Paul exhorts on Christian conduct citing Christ’s example of humility “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)… “… Have this mind among yourselves” This is a message calling on the Philippian church to take a cue from the humility and suffering of Christ.

Note also that our opening verse starts with “Therefore”. This means Paul draws on his previous teaching on Christ’s example and goes on to tell the believers to emulate Christ.

Philippians Was Written To Christians

We must bear in mind the epistles were written to Christians to give instructions on Christian living or conduct. So when Paul wrote “work out your own salvation”, he is writing to people who were already Christians. They were believers. They have salvation. They have trusted Christ by faith and needed instructions on Christian conduct. Paul calls them “my beloved” and he pointed out that they “have always obeyed”.

You can’t call on unbelievers to work out their salvation; a salvation they don’t have. The Philippians no doubt were Christians. And the fruit of their Christianity is that they are living in obedience. The mark of a true Christian is a life of obedience.

Work Out Your Own Salvation

Now if the Philippians were already Christians (and they were), Paul is greatly concerned they will continue in obedience especially because he is no not physically present with them and his imprisonment has opened up the church to infiltration by false teachers. “Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry…”(Philippians 1:15). “Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh” (Philippians 3:2).

Clearly, the infiltration of false teachers in his abscence needed to be addressed. The church was in danger of falling into laxity, complacency, hypocrisy and legalism. Because of this, Paul admonished them to continue in their obedience.

Lets face it. It is human tendency that when a leader is not present or when no one is watching, people naturally fall into laxity in their faith. This is what Paul warns against. The command from Paul is this: Live like Christians. Let the salvation you already possess  manifest in how you conduct your life. “Will and do God’s good pleasure”. Take personal responsibility for your Christian conduct: “your own salvation”.

The Greek. verb rendered “work out” means “to continually work to bring something to fulfillment or completion.” It cannot refer to salvation by works (cf. Ro 3: 21– 24 ; Eph 2: 8 , 9 ), but it does refer to the believer’s responsibility for active pursuit of obedience in the process of sanctification ¹.

“Work out…with fear and trembling” The point here is that of godly reverence: don’t develop a cavalier attitude towards God’s grace. Don’t play slack with the grace of God. Every believer must have a “healthy fear of offending God and a righteous awe and respect for Him (cf. Pr 1: 7 ; 9: 10 ; Is 66: 1 , 2 )².

The charge to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” can be compared to Peter’s charge also: “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall”(2Peter 1:10). As believer, there is already a work of grace going on in your lives. God is already at work in you “both to will and to work for his good pleasure”. If you have a desire for the will of God, you didn’t produce that desire. God planted it in you.

The Christian is always called upon to respond to God’s ongoing work of sanctification. God works first and we must cooperate “to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29).

1: THE MACARTHUR STUDY BIBLE Copyright © 2006 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

2: ibid

“We Know”: Certainty In Our Beliefs

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Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught (Luke 1:1-4).

There seem to be the perception among some that being sure and certain about one’s Christian beliefs is a sign of arrogance and lack of humility. Sadly, rather, it appears vagueness about one’s beliefs is considered a sign of humility and virtue. Discernment has given way to credulity and superstition.

In the opening words of Luke’s gospel, there are some instructive words worth examining in this subjective anti-intellectual Christian ageLuke’s gospel is an orderly account of events about the life and earthly ministry of Christ written to Theophilus with an objective in mind: “that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught”(Luke 1:4). Theophilus was the same recipient of the book of Acts: “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach”(Acts 1:1).

Do you see what’s going on? This is an “orderly account” of events with the aim of giving Theophilus roots in his beliefs: “certainty concerning the things you have been taught”(Luke 1:3-4). 

Do you have certainty in the things you believe? Knowledge solidifies our beliefs. Knowledge gives us certainty concerning the things we believe or have been taught. Knowledge gives us roots; grounding our beliefs! Christianity is not a blind leap into the dark abyss. Christian faith is knowledge driven: “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). It is not commendable to be “clouds without water”. Zeal without knowledge is spoken against in Scripture (Rom 10:2). 

The Bible calls us unto maturity “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you” (Colossians 2:6-7). “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2Peter 3:18). Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might”(Ephesians 1:17-19). 

The apostles spoke and wrote words of certainty in communicating the gospel. “We know” and many other phrases connoting certainty are common in the New Testament: “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good (Romans 8:28). “And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments” (1John 2:3). “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). In these words we see certainty that is a result of what “we know” and are “sure” of. 

One of my favourite “we know” statements is in 1John 3:2: “we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is”. Further in v.3, we see the benefit of this certainty: “And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure”. Knowledge leading to certainty in our beliefs has the power to “regulate” our lives. If we know what God requires of us from His word then we are well positioned to obey Him. “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples”(John 8:31b).

Knowledge is desirable in our faith walk. We are not called to put aside reasoning in our pursuit of God. In fact, the opposite is true. The Bible calls us to love Him with the totality of our being including our mind and thinking faculties (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:36-37, Mark 13:30).

We live in the most anti-intellectual age of history, and even many Christians believe we can compartmentalize faith as a way of knowing completely separate from sense perception and reason. Yet as Augustine told us centuries ago, how could we receive knowledge from God if it were not accessible to the human mind? Could we say that “Jesus is Lord” without some understanding of what the term Lord means, what the verb is indicates, and who the name Jesus refers to? We can’t believe the gospel without our minds understanding it to a degree. [1]

1:http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/faith-has-its-reasons/