Morning Thoughts on
Philip N. Conley
"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the
devils also believe, and tremble."
it is becoming increasingly more and more difficult
to proclaim the "One God, One Sciptures" belief. Our
theology has these two principles at that absolute
foundation from which all the rest is built. If one
does believe that there is only one God and that the
Bible is the Divinely inspired written Word (and
words) of God, there is really no reason to continue
is not a common ground for discussion, and they will
not heed the arguments presented (short of the grace
of God). However, even as important as this is, it is
by no means the stopping point.
James declares that one does well to believe in one
God. However, if that is all that is necessary for
either sonship or discipleship, then we are keeping
company with devils. It is of great importance to belief
this principle, but it must be applied
for the right reason. Consider the devils that
believe. Trembling is connected or associated with
their belief. They know of the existence of the Holy
Ruler of the universe, but they neither worship Him
nor desire Him. Rather, they tremble at His presence.
They know that their judgment is coming, but they
still continue in their rampant desire for lust and
blood. They do not have the unction to abstain from
their wicked way, but they still tremble at His
voice. This belief in the One, True, and Living God
is a correct principle.
this is still not enough. They do not believe this
principle enough to apply it to
their existence. There are men today that claim the
belief in God, but do not apply it to their lives.
They still may say that the Lord used evolutionary
methods to create
they further reproach Him (in their minds) by speaking the
blasphemous notion that "Christ has done all that He
can do, and now it is up to you."
improper application of the correct principle
(belief in God) is heresy and blasphemy. On top of
application, the reason must be sound. Some believe
in God because they are scared of hell. They think
that if they believe in Him strongly enough, they
will be kept from the awful place. However, we
have not been given the spirit of fear, but of
power, and love, and of a sound mind. Therefore,
if the preacher's mentality is to scare the flock
into doing something, as the old country preacher
said, "He ain't no preacher!" We do not serve our
Lord out of fear, but it is out of love that He
bestowed upon us and gave us freely in His Son.
let us move forward in the service of our Lord
believing in Him, trusting Him in all things, and
keeping our minds on Him for the right reasons.
One last thought, the preacher cannot tell
sometimes for what reason a person does
something. However, our Lord always knows the
thoughts and intents of the heart, and we cannot
acquaint Him with anything. Therefore, if the
reasoning is unsound, He knows, and we need His hand
upon us to guide us in truth and the proper way of