Isn't Christ the only mediator between God and me?
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|The answer to that
question is emphatically "yes." I Timothy 2:5
tells us, "For there is one God, and one mediator
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." Many of
our evangelical friends have been caught in a system of
worship where they refer every spiritual decision to a
pastor, a central personality whose influence pervades
every aspect of congregational life.
Every Sunday, they listen to their pastor preach that week's sermon. When problems arise, they counsel with the pastor. Whether they remain in a particular congregation is largely determined by their assessment of that pastor's ministry. As a result, congregational life in evangelical churches often becomes very dependent on the effectiveness of one personality. Followers are often dependent on their pastor for direction in every spiritual decision that must be made.
But in James' letter, believers are commanded to ask of God:
What a marvelous promise! "You mean, if I simply ask God, believing that He will answer, He will provide direction for my life?" Yes, that is exactly what we are saying. Time after time, God has proven that He is true to His word.
Literally millions of lives have been changed by this simple promise. God speaks today, and if He cares for the sparrow, doesn't He know every concern that weighs upon you? Go directly to Him for the answers.
However, be sure to test every impression that you receive by the word of God. God never contradicts himself. His message is utterly consistent in every regard. Direction that you receive must be tested in the light of scripture, and it will not contradict that which has already been given.
The Bereans did two things that God commended them for: 1) they received the word with readiness of mind and 2) they tested everything that they received by the word of God already given to them. Many of our evangelical friends have done the second of these, but many have neglected the first in claiming that God is now silent.
Friend, God is not silent. He has guidance for your life. All He asks is that you come to Him through the mediator of Christ, our Lord.
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