PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

 

3/20/19

Last week I referred to Matthew 5:45 as a basis for God’s common grace which in turn is a constant reminder of God’s goodness and evidence of our creator God. Even children today without being taught prefer an explanation about the origin of earth or people and animals that involve an intentional creator.

Another study by psychologist Justin Barrett at Oxford University reports scientific evidence showing that ‘built into the natural development of children’s minds is a predisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposeful and that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose.” It appears that we have to be educated out of the knowledge of God by secular schools and media. I must say, our culture is doing a great job of educating God out of the picture. Perhaps this notion of children naturally believing in a creator is behind Jesus’ statement to his followers to “become like little children,” to enter the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 18:3). John Calvin taught that all people have an innate sense of the divine. So, this all begs the question, if the idea of God is clearly seen in creation and we stand without excuse in acknowledging him, why don’t all people believe in God?

Romans 1:18-19 “. . . the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them.” People do not believe in or trust in God because of a poor education, the lack of church attendance, or unbelieving parents rather it is from suppressing the truth.

Why would anyone want to suppress the evidence for God from creation? Because the God described in the bible is in conflict with our self-driven nature, and it is in conflict with today’s idea of spirituality. To embrace a non-personal force, people can tap into spirituality as they wish and on their own terms, they will not be held accountable for their actions, nor does it require then to change. This is far more comfortable and satisfying to live with than a personal God who created you in his image, who loves you, and requires you to surrender your life to him. Worse yet is the idea that in the end he will hold us accountable for our actions and thoughts and will be judged accordingly. Hebrews 9:27 “. . . man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” What kind of God are you serving?

Pr. Bob

 

By the Way:

Wednesday 20, 3:00 Confirmation.

Sunday 24, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: Missionary Luke Schroeder. No Sunday school.

4:00 Living Last Supper rehearsal.