Confused?

Confused?

Featured in the March, 2015 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

A fellow had a large button pinned to his jacket and on it were the letters B I A K. His friend says, “What does that stand for?” And he answered, “Boy Am I Confused”. His friend says, “You don’t spell confused with a ‘K’ ”. But he replies, “That just shows how confused I am.”

Confusion is common. Some folk are confused about their sexual identity. By now, it is clear that our society is confused about marriage. Whoever thought that the definition of marriage would be debated? Sadly, many churches are confused. They are confused about the role and responsibilities of members, confused about the mission of the church. Even confused about the message of the church.

Yes, there is confusion within Christianity. Otherwise, why would there be such a diversity of denominations?

The first woman, Eve, was confused (Genesis 3). She was confused about who to listen to, God or the devil. Confused about the consequences of disobedience and confused about her relationship to her husband. It is clear that the devil contributed to her confusion, and the result of this confusion was chaos for the entire human race.

Satan is a Confusior-in-Chief. He delights to confuse people so they will end up being condemned. In order to confuse, he has numerous tactics. Sometimes he appears as a snake (Genesis 3:1), and at other times as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:14). It is obvious he has been successful at confusing many people.

There is confusion about eternal salvation. Most people think that heaven is gained by good deeds. However, Scripture is crystal clear in that no one is able to save himself by anything he does. The Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Whatever confusion exist it is not God’s fault. The Scripture is clear stating, “God is not a God of confusion” (I Corinthians 14:33).