164 Almost Daily Devotional – Who Do You Follow?

by Cliff Ravenscraft on October 10, 2011

in Almost Daily Devotional, Encouraging Others Through Christ

I have recently come to a place in my journey of faith where I have learned how important it is that my relationship with Jesus is the foundation for my relationship with God, our Father.

For too long, I’ve focused too much on what other people think or teach. I do believe that sound doctrin is important and that church leaders should be respected, but we should never place them on pedestals that create barriers between people or set them up as a substitute for Christ.

In this episode, I share why I have a struggle with accepting phrases like “I am a Cavlvanist,””I am a Lutheran,” or “I am a Wesleyan.” The Apostle Paul addressed a similar concern in 1 Corinithians Chapter 3 when he said.. “Aren’t you living like people of the world? When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world?” And in verse 21 Paul wrote “So don’t boast about following a particular human leader.”

Why is it so imporatnt that we call ourselves Calvanists, Wesleyans, Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Nazaranes, etc? Can we not simply respect the fact that these earlier church leaders were mere men, saved by the same Grace that saved us, through Jesus Christ?

I am at a place where I am very interested in learning more about what these influential leaders within the church taught. However, I was not called to follow any of them. I have been saved so that I may follow Jesus alone!

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