Brian Shank: “Becoming Like the World to Save it”
Last week, I discovered that my friend Brian Shank had posted to his blog on September 10th. This is significant because the last time he posted was December 2, 2006. I’m placing the entirety of his September 10th post here in that I think that it may interest and promote discussion among some of our readers.
The remainder of what follows was written by Brian Shank:
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The Scriptures are clear that it is God who saves the lost from their sins (Psalm 3:8, Jonah 2:9), and that He has determined to do it through the hearing of His word. Thus we read, “faith comes through hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). And again, “It pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (I Corinthians 1:21, NKJV). It is the gospel that is “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16, NKJV). If we want to reach those who are on the wide road which leads to destruction, to show them how they may be reconciled to God for all eternity, we must study and learn what the Scriptures teach. Too many people and churches have left the diligent study of the word of God in their efforts to reach a world that will be cast eternally into the lake of fire, for a man-made method of becoming like the world in order to reach the world. However, it is the “Holy Scriptures which is able to make you wise for salvation through Jesus Christ” (II Timothy 3:15, NKJV). Therefore, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15, NKJV). As this verse shows, this studying takes work, hard work, but we need to forsake our petty efforts to entertain the world into the Kingdom, and become dependent on the Lord and His word once again, obeying Him because we love Him(Proverbs 3:5-7, John 14:15, 21).