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Two Shaky Authority-Based Foundations for Your Faith

March 19, 2019

The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:6

It is possible to have a faith, but for it not to rest on a firm foundation. You may believe, but you are not always sure what you believe or why you believe it.

1. The Church
Some of us have been brought up with the teaching that whatever the church teaches you should believe, and that the reason for believing it is that it’s the teaching of the church. In this kind of authoritarian structure there is little room for honest questions. Some people sign off on certain beliefs because that is the party line, but they find it difficult to make them personal, “I believe what the church teaches, and I’m not sure it makes a whole lot of sense, but who am I to question the church?”

2. A Leader
Perhaps there was a leader who had great influence in the formation of your faith. You looked up to and admired him (or her). Then some tragic scandal happened that undermined the testimony of the leader. What happened to your faith then?

If your faith rests on the credibility of the church or the ministry of a leader, you will find, at some point, that your faith rests on an insecure foundation. You have probably met people who professed to believe, but when some scandal rocked the church, their faith began to crumble, and they said, “How could I possibly believe now?

Have you made one (or both) of these the foundation of your faith? Are you beginning to see any cracks in your foundation?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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