It’s easy to get so caught up in “church” stuff that we forget the beauty and the joy of the gospel. We forget the simplicity of the grace we’ve received. We focus on morality, and mission, and rules, and appearances and sometimes we forget the simplest of truths. We forget that we are saved by grace, through faith. We forget what it feels like to be so passionate, thankful, and in love with the God who has given us new life. We forget.
He reminds the church, in the midst of all this “delusion” and what he later refers to as “philosophies”, that we cannot forget the very foundation and roots of our faith. We can’t lose sight of the fact that we are all broken people serving one perfect God.
Through it all, we cannot lose the appreciation and thanksgiving that comes from having been given this grace. We can’t lose sight of “what manner of love” as John taught us, and how merciful God has been to us. The vain arguments and philosophies and self helps and prosperity gospels that lead us to focus more on ourselves that what God has called us to must be removed. They must be tossed aside for the truth, the roots our faith is built upon.
Have you evaluated the information you intake? Are you critical of the words you hear? Are the “truths” presented to you held up against the standard of scripture?