Daily Devotional for Thursday July 5, 2012
The God of the Bible
(Deuteronomy 4:35; Psalms 83:18; 1 Corinthians 8:4; 1 Timothy 2:5)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, you have obviously heard of the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes breakup. Katie Holmes has stated that one of the reasons for the breakup is due to Tom Cruise's belief in Scientology. What exactly is this?
ANSWER: Here is a link to a Devotional I did on the cult of Scientology: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=4071
Forty years ago, there would have been no need to even write a Devotional like this. Not only does the need exist for me to have to address this issue today, but it is a message that the world AND the church needs to hear. You see my friend, there is only ONE GOD, and that is the God of the Bible. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. When we pray, there is only ONE GOD that we pray to, the God of the Bible. All other gods are false gods. Praying to a false god is as productive as praying to a tree, your refrigerator, or a toilet. There is only ONE GOD that hears and answers our prayers, and that is the God who created the heavens and earth, the God who created you and me, the God of the Bible.
It is critical that when we are talking with someone and use the name "God," we call Him the "God of the Bible." That way, there will not be any confusion to those we are talking to, who you are talking about. Because we are a nation where people are free to worship whatever god they want and with the influx in the past 100 years of people from every corner of the globe who have brought with them their false gods, not to mention the aggressive marketing and recruiting campaigns by every cult known to the world, simply saying "God" is not good enough. That is why you need to start making it a practice in your day to day conversation to call God, the God of the Bible.
I am aware of the various names that the Bible calls God by, but there are many false religions in the world that use all of the various names we have for God. There is no way to say "God" and be 100% positive everyone understands which god you are speaking about unless you call Him the GOD OF THE BIBLE. Also, when you hear someone use the name God, DO NOT just assume they are talking about the God of the Bible!
Let me make this perfectly clear. Allah is NOT God! Buddha is NOT God! The god of Romney, Beck, and the Mormon cult is NOT God! The god of the Jehovah's Witness cult is NOT God! The god of the Kabbalh cult is NOT God! The god of the Hindu is NOT God! The god of Scientology is NOT God! The god of the Christian Science cult is NOT God! All of the gods of the false religions of the world are NOT God! My friend, there is but ONE GOD, He is the GOD OF THE BIBLE!
I want to expose for you right now one of the politically correct traps that many Christians have fallen into, and it needs to stop now. It is a subtle trap of satan that they have fallen into so they don't offend anyone. I think it is comical that satan has no problem offending Christians every moment of every day, yet we are supposed to be sensitive to people's "feelings." Let me tell you right now, if you are REALLY sensitive to people's feelings, you will tell them the truth of God's Word so that they don't perish for eternity.
Many high profile Christians that talk to large audiences of Christians and non-Christians, those in the public arena, will use the name of God. I have no doubt they are speaking of the God of the Bible. I have no doubt that their Christian listeners understand they are referring to the God of the Bible. But I also have no doubt that those non-Christians hear the name God and believe it to be whatever false god thy may believe in. I can guarantee you when a Muslim hears the name "God," he is thinking of allah. Allah is no more the God of the Bible than Mickey Mouse is. They are both fictional characters! I can guarantee you that when a Mormon hears the name "God," he is thinking of the god of Mormon theology. The god of the Mormon cult is no more the God of the Bible than Jesus and Lucifer are brothers as that cult believes!
This is serious my friend.. During the upcoming 40 days of prayer, fasting, and repentance for our nation, there is only ONE GOD that we will be praying to, and that is the God of the Bible since He is the one we have turned our back on and sinned against. On May 6th, this nation will be observing the National Day of Prayer. I am calling on all of those associated with any National Day of Prayer events to use the term "God of the Bible" when they refer to God. I realize that they are afraid of offending those who believe in the false gods of the world, but what is the use of having a national day of prayer to pray to a false god that doesn't exist? I am challenging all of those involved to not worry about what people will say, but boldly proclaim God to be the God of the Bible, since He and He alone is God!
I love you and care about you so much. I realize that while we have been sleeping and not paying attention, we now have laws that take the God of the Bible out of the public discourse. They have taken God out of the schools, removed Him from all public buildings, are trying to take His name out of the Pledge, working on removing Him from our money, and will continue to do everything they can to eliminate God. Now more than ever, those who know the God of the Bible must do everything we can to insure that HIS name is clearly identified and boldly proclaimed to this lost world since He is the only hope we have.
I will be praying for you today. Praying that when you say the name God, you identify Him as the God of the Bible so that those who hear you will have no doubt who you are talking about. In this lost and hurting world there are many false gods, but there is only ONE TRUE GOD. That is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God who created the heavens and the earth. When we pray, there is only ONE GOD to pray to who hears and answers our prayers, that is the God of the Bible!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,