Agreement with God means more than just an intellectual or mental assent, for even the demons believe in God and tremble (Jas 2:19). God is looking for our intellectual agreement with Him that is then confirmed through our actions of obedience! This is true of all believers, but especially true of pastors and leaders – because we are responsible for what we teach in words and through the example of our lives.
Agreement means to “come into harmony regarding a matter of opinion, sharing the same perspective.” God has made His ways known through the Bible. It is our responsibility to enter into agreement with His Word. Agreeing with God’s view of the world is more than acknowledging that He is right.
Agreement means that we have replaced our view with His view, and we then live our lives according to His ways.
We can agree with a biblical worldview and the core beliefs founded upon Scripture, yet still be very inconsistent in how we apply what we know in our own lives. In other words, we can say that we believe one thing and yet do another. That should never be.
As pastors and leaders, it is imperative that we do our utmost every day to live out what we are teaching to others from the Bible (Rom 2:21-24).
PASTOR TO PASTOR
Pastor, as a minister of the Gospel, are you preaching, teaching, counseling and modeling a biblical worldview? Sadly, many today are presenting as truth their personal opinions, secular humanism and other forms of the “traditions of men”. They are preaching ideas that appeal to human flesh, but that work against raising up submitted, obedient and humble disciples of Jesus (1Tim 4:1,2; 2Tim 4:3,4).
Remember that the apostle Paul cautions the Church against ministers who have a non-biblical worldview: “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col 2:8).
It takes faith and courage to go against the flow of popular opinion and be a man or woman of conviction who preaches the truth. As ministers and as individuals, if we do not stand for a biblical worldview, we will be led astray by the latest popular trend, theory or deception (Eph 4:14).
Today’s culture puts pressure on us to be “tolerant”. This tolerance often expresses itself as “all things are permitted” or “even if it’s wrong, I won’t judge someone else for doing it.”
But compromise is always wrong when it means sacrificing biblical principles. We can be tolerant of people when they stumble; but we should never be tolerant of any attitude or behavior that does not conform to the Truth, the Word of God.
We must never compromise or dilute the truth of God’s Word to make it more acceptable. The Bible and its standards will be an offense to some (Rom 9:32; 1Pet 2:4-8), but the truth can save them from destruction.