The enemy of faith

mountain_roadThe enemy of faith is not doubt. The enemy of faith is certitude; for when you’re absolutely certain of something you stop asking the questions that can transform your soul.

17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Rom. 1:17)

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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6 Responses to The enemy of faith

  1. “… God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers.  If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all.  But, fortunately, it works the other way round.  Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened: one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself.  That is why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book [The Pilgrim’s Progress] that has astonished the whole world.”

    ~ C.S. Lewis

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen. We’re supposed to love God with all of our mind, too. I love C.S. Lewis! 🙂

    • Mel Wild says:

      Great video! I hadn’t heard of Richard Rohr but would essentially agree with him. I loved this quote. “Most people don’t see things as they are, they see things as THEY are.” Amen! Very true.

      This is why Jesus told us to remove the log from our own eye (Matt. 7:1-5), so we would see clearly. Otherwise, we filter everything through our “log” (issues) and hurt people.

      We got the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy from Islam, not from divine revelation. As he mentions, the Catholics reacted with the infallibility of the Pope.

      “Evolution of conscience.” Yes, that’s evident in both Scripture and human history.
      Thanks for sharing this. Blessings.

  2. At first I was not certain if I agreed with this because I’m absolutely certain of some things such as God’s love for me. However, as I thought about it I realized that I most of what I believe began with a foundation that continues to be built upon… from faith to faith.

    • Mel Wild says:

      That’s the way I look at it too, Patrick. I am certain about God, His love, etc., but I continue to grow, even in those areas (from “glory to glory” 2 Cor.3:18). The problem is usually in the other stuff…what we believe about His nature, why things were written the way they were, etc. In that regard, my theological tables get turned over on a regular basis! 🙂

      Thomas Merton once said, “If the me of five years ago doesn’t think the me of today is a heretic, I’m not growing.” Now, that’s probably a bit extreme, but the point is valid in a lot of ways. We should be growing, and even changing some of our “certainties” when we get better understanding. That’s happened to me in some major areas over the last 20 years. Two of those areas I mentioned in part two of “God said what?!”
      Thanks for your comments. Blessings.

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