Southern Comfort is scary. It is a religion called “Christianity” yet without Christ. How do we figure out what is true, and who is telling the truth? Not only do followers of Christ need to know how to answer the secularist who says, “All roads lead to the same place the end.” Or “All religions are basically the same.” We also have to know how to answer those that are admirers of Christ who say, “You don’t have be too serious about your faith.” Or “You’re a great person and you go to church. Your fine.” Enemies of the true Gospel come from the inside the church and outside. You can find a “theologian” to agree with any stance on any issue you want to take. So what is the solution?
As we have been going through the, Southern Comfort Revisited series at City Church, I have realized again two things that I need to help me see the truth; The Bible and the Holy Spirit. I need to know the Gospel. Inside and out, up and down, front and back. I need to know it so well that I can see when people by their word, attitudes, or actions preach a different Gospel. Paul’s correction of Peter in Galatians Chapter two has always been a challenging picture of this point. Paul knew that by Peter choosing not to eat around certain people meant that, “his conduct was not in step with the truth of the Gospel…” Do you know the Gospel so well that could correct someone like Paul did Peter? (You can read the story in Galatians 2:11-14)
We need to be intimately connected with the Spirit. We even need the Spirit’s help to understand and remember the Bible. Jesus said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” We need to rely on the Spirit to help us know the truth and to help us keep in step with the truth of the Gospel.