Demonstrating the principles of Christianity in one’s life is much like putting into practice the competencies of a vocation. It is not enough to pass the written test! One must master skills in the laboratory and ultimately become proficient at work, if one wants to achieve expert status. A similar requirement exists in Christianity. Being a “talking head” is not enough. Let us review the theory of one principle and a few examples of its application. Christ said, “…Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you” (Matt 5:44, TLB)!
“…Those who listen and believe God’s words, but whose faith afterwards is choked by worry and riches, and the responsibilities and pleasures of life… are NEVER able to help anyone else to believe the Good News” (Luke 8:14, TLB). “…In the last days… people will… love pleasure rather than God” (2 Tim 3:1-4, NLT). “Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient; we were misled by others and became slaves to many evil pleasures and… desires…” (Tit 3:3, TLB).