Preaching or personal experience

“This is what we preach”  (1 Corinthians 15:11)  Sometimes we need to be reminded.  Christianity does not allow for personal freedom on all issues.  Some subjects may be honestly debated among those who love Christ and trust the Scripture.  (Fewer, I think, than we often believe.)  The Resurrection is not one!  To deny or doubt that Jesus was raised from the dead and/or that all men will be raised to face the judgement or reward of life after death is not a freedom that Christians have.  It is illogical!  The resurrection is our message!   Those who move from this confidence must have the courage to admit that they are no longer following Christ.  There is no wiggle room on this point.  “If it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection?” (1 Corinthians 15:12)  We cannot substitute personal experience for the message preached by the Apostles.  It is not a freedom we have.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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