We are starting a new series. This series is sparked by our previous series, “A Different Gospel.” In sharing about the different gospels a few weeks ago, I mentioned “The Liberal Gospel”, which picks and chooses what to believe from the Bible and the Christian faith. These liberal views become the doctrines of the liberal gospel. We must take into consideration and caution that the liberal gospel is always changing; it has no solid ground to stand on due to its constant shifts through time and circumstance. But still, the liberal gospel has been around since the Garden of Eden when Satan was able to trick Eve into thinking, “Did God really say that?” Through time and even more so now with the internet and its vast amounts of information, liberal views abound, developing what we now call “Progressive Christianity.” You can see more on this topic in the previous series under “The Liberal Gospel.”
In an effort to thwart any liberal views, my goal in this series is to lay out a foundation of the Christian faith. The pillars of the Christian faith are the solid and unshakeable rocks of truth that Christianity stands upon. These are the pillars that have stood the test of time through every wave of teaching, heresy and cultic tendency.
Pillars of faith are not just a Christian concept. Everyone has their pillars. Whether we’re talking about religion or personal worldviews, we all have pillars of faith. We find pillars in the main religions as well as tiny cults. We see pillars of faith in tribes from the far unreached areas of the Himalayas as well as our neighbor next door. Many of these pillars are passed on from generation to generation through religious beliefs, superstition, “old-wives’ tales” or culture. No matter how crazy these beliefs may sound, to these people it is what they believe. People live and die clinging to their pillars. That’s why it’s so hard for people to place their faith in Jesus. In order to do so, their walls need to come tumbling down. As we understand the pillars of the Christian faith, we can have the confidence needed to chip away at the false pillars of religion, superstition and culture in ourselves, our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. But we must remember to chip away with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15-16).
Pillars of the Christian Faith
- God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Trinity)
- The Bible and it’s Authority
- The Fall of Man
- The Church
These five pillars are deep and could take years to cover in depth. My attempt is to give us the basics of each pillar in the next five weeks. I will try to capture the main points while keeping it short and sweet. If anything, this is just to whet your appetite. Your faith grows as you start to hunger for truth and feast for yourself on God’s amazing words and promises. As always, be prepared to give a reason for your hope and why you believe what you believe. These are your pillars. Will your foundation stand the test of time? Remember the story of the man who built his house on the sand? (Mt 7:24-27)