(Article for publication week of 4-7-2010 AD)
Text: "And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3).
Once a faithful and true man of God was preaching an evangelistic meeting at a certain church. After one of his messages, one of the deacons of the church came up to him and said, "preacher, my God is too good to send anyone to hell." The precious man of God replied, "I am sure you are right, but I wasn't preaching your god, I was preaching the God of the Bible."
Well, this is the problem we face in our day. People have a god of their imagination, but they do not know the God of the Bible. Like those mentioned in Romans 1:20-25, they have changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image of their own device. The God of the Bible is too holy for most church members today, so they have taken their engraving tools and made them a god that they can get along with.
Every time I hear someone say something about "my god', I always think about what the good evangelist said to the deacon, and I wonder if they know the true God. I hear many people in our community talk that way- "my god", but they evidently do not know the God of the Bible. Back when I was in high school we used to have a football coach, and he was like many coaches, and he used to tell us before a game to ask "the man upstairs" to help us knock the devil out of the opposing team. I did not know the god of the Bible back then, even though I was a church member, so I always did like coach said and ask the "man upstairs" to help us win. My friend if you think God is the " man upstairs" you do not know the true God, the God of the Bible. The "man upstairs" is not thrice holy, but the God of the Bible is. The "man upstairs" isn't sovereign and unchangeable, but the true God is. "Your god" won't send any one to hell, but the God of the Bible will.
Now, I want you to read carefully the series of articles that I will (DV) be writing for the next several months, because I am going to declare unto you the God of the Bible. I am going to be telling you what God has told us about Himself in His word. And this is the only way you will know the true God and what He is like, by reading His word. You won't know the truth of God by your imaginations, or your feelings. The God of the Bible is not necessarily like your mama or your preacher said He was. I don't know- a few of you may have a mama and a preacher who is saved, but most do not. It is evident that most of the preachers and church members in this county are lost people by reading the silly things they put on their church signs. It is evident that most of you do not believe in a thrice holy, sin hating, sin avenging God. The true God is the God of the Bible, and eternal life, salvation, is to know Him. If you want to be saved and have eternal life and know the True God, I urge you to stay with me as we will (Lord willing) be writing on the doctrine of God for a good while. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God."