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Series: The God Issue
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Today we are continuing our series of messages from the book of Colossians under the heading: THE GOD ISSUE. The believers at Colosse were making God the issue and because they were, they were influencing their community for Christ.
Lives were being changed! Marriages were being strengthened! The moral climate was changing for rather than focusing on the symptom; they were focusing on the source!
You look around today at the moral decline across our nation and wonder, "how did we get here? How has this happened on our watch?" Well .. the problem isn't that sinners are sinning, they are suppose to, that's what sinners do. Sinners do what they do because they are what they are: sinners! The problem is that the saints are not being the salt and light God has called us to. Rather than the saints influencing the sinners, the sinners have influenced the saints! That's why the average Christian today is blending in rather than standing out.
We will never turn around the moral decline as long as we're focusing on the symptoms (homosexuality, same-sex marriage, adultery) and ignoring the source. You say, "Ernest, what is the source?" THE GOD ISSUE!
People do what they do because they believe what they believe. First comes beliefs (those things we believe to be truth.) Those beliefs form our values (those things we believe are important). And it's our values that drive our life-style choices. And it all starts with a person's beliefs.
We will never win the moral battles by merely focusing on the symptoms! We've got to get to the source, to the heart of the matter! THE GOD ISSUE! Until a person has a proper view of the God of the Bible, they will not change!
That's what Each One, Reach One is all about! It is caring enough about somebody to invite them to this campus so that they can hear God's Word taught so that the ...
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