“Attend the church of your choice” is an expression so ingrained in the evangelical movement over the past century that one might think it is biblical. After all, from the spread of democracy around the globe to the dominance of free-market economics, the freedom of choice has come to be considered a basic human right. Such may be a good thing in the realm of worldly affairs but is the church a matter of choice? Evangelism has become consumerism in modern-day Christianity. The call that should be going forth to salvation seekers today is not: “Join the church of your choice,” but rather, “seek the church of Christ’s choice.” In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we note some biblical characteristics of the church established by Christ.
To the north of the city of Jericho is the Valley of Achor. It received its name in ancient times when the children of Israel were conquering the Land of Canaan. When Jericho was destroyed, the people were forbidden from taking the spoils of the city but that didn’t stop a man named Achan from stealing them. He stealthily took the treasure and buried it beneath his tent. This brought great disaster upon him, his family, and the nation. His name means “troublesome” and he lived up to his name in Joshua 7. Because of his deeds and the severe punishment God meted out, the place became known as the Valley of Trouble. Are you and your family camping in that valley today? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn important lessons from this man and his sin which he brought into his home and into the camp of God.
Imagine the person preaching your funeral saying “we have come to remember one who died like a fool” because the death could have been prevented. King David thus lamented the slain military leader Abner in the Old Testament. Abner died at the hands of Joab because he killed Joab’s brother. God designated Hebron as a “city of refuge” for people with circumstances like Abner. Joab was able to lure him outside the wall of the city just long enough to take Abner’s life. In today’s broadcast of Let the Bible Speak; why many are standing, like Abner, just outside God’s city of refuge today.
Earthly life is a sacred trust but it is also a fragile and fleeting existence. Many are laying plans for a tomorrow that may never come. Such a realization should cause us to evaluate the real meaning of our time here on earth. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look to the inspired author’s introspective question “What Is Your Life?”
Does it matter how we worship God? If we could ask two old testament priests named Nadab and Abihu that question, doubtless they would answer, “Yes!” When the sons of Aaron burned incense to the Lord, the fire they used was not obtained from the correct place. They instead offered “strange fire” unto the Lord which angered God and the fire consumed them. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we see how dangerous it is to play with fire.