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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2004 15:16:32 -0600
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Straight to the Cross

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GUEST COLUMN

Either Or
Steve Preston

Since the time of the creation of man, God has
given us choices about almost everything. Our
Creator even let Adam choose the names of all the
animals that had been created (Genesis 2:19).
There are, however, a few things that have only
two choices.

1. There are only two paths to take in life -- the
broad way and the narrow way. "Enter ye in by the
narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is
the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are
they that enter in thereby. For narrow is the
gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto
life, and few are they that find it" (Matthew
7:13,14).

2. There are only two ways to "build" your faith -
- on the rock or on the sand (hear and obey or
hear and disobey). "Every one therefore that
heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall
be likened unto a wise man, who built his house
upon the rock: and the rain descended, and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon
that house; and it fell not: for it was founded
upon the rock" (Matthew 7:24,25).

3. There are only two walks (manner of life) to
take -- light or darkness. "And this is the
message which we have heard from him and announce
unto you, that God is light, and in him is no
darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship
with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do
not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he
is in the light, we have fellowship one with
another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth
us from all sin" (1 John 1:5-7).

4. There are only two authorities in religion --
Heaven or men. "The baptism of John, whence was
it? from heaven or from men? And they reasoned
with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From
heaven; he will say unto us, Why then did ye not
believe him? But if we shall say, From men; we
fear the multitude; for all hold John as a
prophet" (Matthew 21:25,26). "No servant can serve
two masters: for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will hold to one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon"
(Luke 16:13).

Each day of our lives we are presented with
choices, such as what clothes to wear, what to
eat, etc. But when it comes to matters of faith,
there are some things that only have two choices.
The most important of these choices concerns
service to our Creator. We can choose to serve Him
or not. There is no middle ground. One cannot
choose to serve God only part time. Let each of us
make up our mind and make the only choice that
matters, and that is serving our God with our
whole being!

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