At h2o church Orlando today we began a new series of messages entitled Colossians: the subversion effect. One of the themes in today’s message was the danger of a syncretic faith. As you know, syncretism is the blending of two things that shouldn’t mesh together. Sometimes this works and produces a final product that is better than either of the two individual parts. However, one’s faith (particularly faith of the Christian persuasion) must be carefully guarded so it is not watered by syncretism.
It was noted today (by esteemed pastor Hever) there are some specific ideas about faith within our culture today:
1. Faith is merely an intellectual ascent of something.
2. Faith is devoid of passion & love.
3. Faith carries a notion of optional obedience or love (to that we place said faith in).
It was also noted this thinking is in direct contradiction to scripture which often uses the terms faith and obedience interchangeably.
Look at James 2. James states in verses 17-18: Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” He clearly shows that apart from action our faith means nothing. In other verses in this dialogue, James says he’s glad you believe in God even the demons do that!
Faith & obedience are inseparable. They are two-sides of the same coin.
We just moved back to Orlando. Lots of people have been asking me why? There is a long answer to that question, but the shirt of it is we are following God where he is taking us. We are putting our faith into action/obedience. God has something for me here and this is where he has called me to at this moment of my life.
Being in the Diary of God and allowing my life to intersect with his, means I follow where he leads. It means putting my faith into obedience.
Are faith & obedience interchangeable in your life or are you still holding back from God?