Open a Mormon hymnal and you will find a favorite hymn with the LDS called “Praise to the Man.” The first verse proclaims, “Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah! Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer. Blessed to open the last dispensation, Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.” Christians read the blasphemous words in disbelief that a people could be so deceived as to worship the man Joseph Smith.
We may reject the theology of “Praise to the Man,” yet how many of us live our life exhibiting these words to others. We are not offering praise to a false prophet like Joseph Smith, however, we live as if we ARE God. “I believe in God, but…” Are those not the words that most Americans display through their life’s testimony?
“I believe in God, but I’m not going to submit to the teaching of Scripture…that’s legalism.”
“I believe in God, but I’m not going to give Him priority in my life in the areas of my time and finances, that’s Old Testament.”
You get the point. We live in an age when there is little to distinguish a “Christian” from his unbelieving neighbor. The Apostle Paul described us this way, we have the appearance of godliness, but we deny its power” (2 Timothy 3:5).
Both the Old Testament and the New Testament declared that God expects His people to be set apart, separated unto Him, a holy people. Does this describe us? If it doesn’t, then we posses the appearance of godliness, but we are denying its power. May our prayer this week be, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.”–Chris Eller