Why Are You Still in the Shallow Side of the Bible Pool?

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us

To make shallow the Word of God is to produce spiritual illiterates.  Yet, this is what too many self-appointed or weak knee ministers are doing.   Brandishing their copy of “Bible for Dummies,” they claim to lead their congregation into the water of God’s Word but never venture beyond the Kiddy Pool.  Boasting of great knowledge gained from the world’s most elite thinkers, they ignore the Giver of thought.

“God will accept you as you are,” they boast with great fanfare, but then neglect to teach that God’s desire is to not leave you as you were.  They have so shallowed the Word of God that it gives no opportunity for change, for regeneration.  With a thumb in the eye of Jesus, they smirk at the price He paid for their reconciliation.  With hands raised high they sing, “I am a friend of God,” yet as soon as the doors are shut run to the arms of their lover, the world.

Rise up you ministers who will not compromise the Word of the Living God.  Rise up you ministers who will not teach a shallow version of God’s grace.

We who were once alienated and enemies of God, it was by faith in His grace that we were saved.  It was through the shed blood of Jesus that we became holy and blameless, able to stand faultless before our Heavenly Father.  We are no longer our own, but belong to Him.

Rise up you ministers.  Challenge your congregations to live a life of holiness.  Challenge your sheep to remain firmly planted and steadfast in the Gospel.  Shout from the roof tops, you ministers of the Word of God, “Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; do not give up, back down, or fall away.  Rise up and let your conduct be holy as He is holy.”

21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Colossians 1:21-23 NKJV)

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22 comments on “Why Are You Still in the Shallow Side of the Bible Pool?
  1. Reee gen er what? Huh?:0/ I haven’t heard that word in years…I could hear you preaching this and it was on fire preaching. I haven’t heard that for a long time either. We need preachers, pastors, teachers, and lay people on fire for God more than we need a new president. I hope this sparks the revival we need. We can’t give up hope.

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  2. I think that today’s preachers teachings are more about being politically correct and popular than teaching of the Word of the Living God.

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    • I’ve been asked before why I didn’t pastor a church. I told them that firstly God hadn’t called me to pastor but to teach. Secondly, I don’t know if anyone would survive me being their pastor.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        Patrick I so get what you just said. I have actually prayed that He would call me to preach, but He has not yet. So, I teach. And, as you said, that might be for the good of all!

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    Nice Patrick. Nothing saves but grace, and we need to stick with that. But saving faith will produce something. Just ask my friend James….faith without works is dead.

    Well said brother

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  4. Jules says:

    Amen! This message of maturity is everywhere right now. Maybe it’s just the New Year but I am praying in faith that it is God reviving His church.

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  5. C’mon Patrick! And all God’s people said “Amen”.

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  6. “…let God be true but every man a liar.” (see Romans 3:4.)

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  7. Absolutely…Thanks for dropping by Thomas

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  8. Hey Patrick! I just wanted to let you know I appreciate your blog. I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. You can find out more about the award on my blog. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many with each of your posts.

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  9. Karen Traa says:

    This is good stuff! I LOVE that you are challenging all of us to dig a little deeper, go a little further, get a little more passionate. BTW……any good pastor doesn’t let his sheep fall into a ravine, drink tainted water, or hang out with wolves. I think we need many MORE pastors ( of all shapes and sizes); not less. Not one pastor per church, but MANY per church……there are a LOT of wandering sheep out there! 😉

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  10. Thanks Karen…Much of what I write about comes from areas where I know I need improvement. This is such an area.

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  11. dawnlizjones says:

    Standing O!“God will accept you as you are,” they boast with great fanfare, but then neglect to teach that God’s desire is to not leave you as you were.” And praise Him for that!! RT’d this! Please give us discipleship and no compromise. Psalm 139, last two verses! (Yes!)

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