Sensationalism, it’s appears in the magazines and newspapers, for those of you who still read newspapers. There is a headline with some sort of a “hook” to try and get your attention so you will read the article. It’s done on the news as they have some teaser of a moment before they go into a commercial to get you to stay tuned and listen for more. The most prevalent place it’s done is on the internet, where they tempt you to click on a picture or ad so that you will start scrolling through their site – it’s all about their getting income because you “click” on the links.
There are many misleading headlines and ambiguous stories that people believe in. There is so much that we have bought into that not only leads us away from truth, but replaces truth with itself.
I can be a good Christian and not go to church. Only if you throw out the Bible verses where we show ourselves to be His family. In Lk 8 and Matt 12 Jesus says those who do His Father’s will are His brother, sister and mother. Heb 10:23-31 makes it clear that God wants us in the fellowship of the Christian family worshipping Him and if we continue neglecting that fellowship, we may end up forfeiting eternal life.
God won’t give us more than we can handle. The whole point of God’s law is to show us the very opposite. Everything is more than we can handle. That’s why we need God. With Him all things are possible (Philippians 4:13), without Him we can do nothing, Jn 15:4-5.
God helps those who help themselves. In Jer 17:5 and Prov 28:26 we see that those who trust in themselves are fools and even cursed. The Scriptures say over and over that God helps the helpless (Rom 5:5, Is 25:4).
Once saved, always saved. If this were the case, then we would have to disbelieve God when He said “the wages of sin are death” Rom 6:23. Matt 13:20-21 is where Jesus warns there are those who will fall away.
God hates the sin, but loves the sinner. Simply, Psalm 5:5 and Psalm 11:5 say the Lord hates all those who do evil. This is why we desperately need the forgiveness of sin.
Add to these the distractions of the world such as sports, vacations, internet and television, staying in bed, shopping, entertaining guests, affluence, the spirituality of self over God, etc. and what is truly sensational is lost. Jesus died for your sins! He rose to proclaim your forgiveness and salvation! How’s that for something truly sensational? Shouldn’t that be motivation enough to get everyone in church and worshiping Him continually? Or is Mark 7:6 true, “these people worship me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.” Or again, Lk 16:31, “If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead.”
To what are you listening? 1 Tim 4:3 says “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.”
When were you last in Worship and Bible Study and where have you been every week that was more important? Are you holding fast to the forgiveness earned for you in Christ Jesus or holding fast to the world, the myths and the self-interests? Which brings you salvation and the hope of eternal life? The world or the Word?
You know the answer. Now, with God’s Spirit guiding you it’s up to you to do the right thing.