Items For Payer And Praise
By Lois J. Stucky
It is encouraging to those of us praying for revival to read the “95 Theses” printed on pages 5 and 6 of this issue and to see that this call being issued by the South African-based Christians For Truth to the Church worldwide, is based solidly on Scripture. These Theses call us to hold firmly to the Word of God and to stand against the disintegration of Biblical teaching and to return to God’s Word where we have strayed. It is strong biblical preaching and teaching such as is advocated in the Theses, that fosters the true revival of righteousness and holiness we long to see. It is Biblical preaching that has power to convict of sin and to bring to repentance.
Martin Luther, who originally wrote “95 Theses” in the 15th century, has written, “He who loses sight of the Word of God, falls into despair; the voice of heaven no longer sustains him; he follows the only disorderly tendency of his heart, and of world vanity, which lead him on to his destruction.”
The devil begins to lead men astray from the Word of God by slight deviation. Then he takes anyone who allows him to do so, farther and farther away from God’s Word. Never forget that the devil is a liar (John 8:44) and one of his first lies directly contradicted God’s Word (Gen. 3:1-4). To abandon or to be led astray from the Word of God is to open oneself to the most hideous of the devil’s lies. Let’s hold firmly fast to the Word of Truth, God’s Holy Word! (John 17:17).
The Apostle Paul foresaw and warned Timothy of the day to come when many men would not put up with sound teaching (2 Tim. 4:3). They would turn away their ears from hearing the truth. Oh, let us not be among them! Let us cling to God’s Word of Truth. Let us stand on the Truth. Let us stand for the Truth.
Paul also writes to Timothy the manner in which to stand for the Truth. Instruct in a spirit of meekness and love. Instruct in the hope that God will grant repentance to the erring ones. Instruct in the faith that some will “come to their senses” and believe and be recovered from the snare of the devil who has taken them captive (2 Tim. 2:24-26).
Let us unite in prayer that God will use these “95 Theses” as Christians for Truth endeavor to print and circulate them worldwide, to wonderfully encourage those who are standing for the Truth in difficult places. Some are the only Christian in their family. Some stand alone in their church as they hear deviations from the Truth coming from the pulpit. Or a preacher of the Truth might have a congregation which opposes it. Some preachers are in denominations no longer holding the Truth in fullness.
Think of the Christians who live in countries where they are a tiny minority among a host of people opposed to Christianity. What courage it takes to stand for Christ! We hear from new Christians in schools, work places or in prisons who are one of a handful among many godless, and it is difficult to stand firm on God’s Word. The situations are too numerous to mention them all. But let us pray that these Theses will have an impact worldwide.
Pray for this issue of Herald of His Coming as it goes into many countries of the world. Might we all be inspired anew to pray and believe and work for a wholehearted return to God and His Word wherever there has been a straying, or even a cooling off. The Church must be true to God and His Word before the harvest of souls for which we pray and reach out, is brought in to be nurtured and upbuilt.
Pray that those feeling aloneness will realize there is a vast body of believers around the world who love the Lord and His Word. This will strengthen them to stand, too, as members of the Body of Christ. He is Truth! He is our Keeper! He is the strength of our hearts and our portion forever!