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But the Greatest of these is Love

By Jim Marshall

The Bible is the inspired Word of God as 2 Timothy 3:16 states and people need to follow God’s commands to us that are enumerated in the Bible. If you are not a follower of Christ, please consider Jesus’ claim in John 14:6a that “I am the way, the truth, and the life” as Jesus loves you so much and has a wonderful plan for your life. This site is focused on presenting truth as we live in an era where so many are falling away from sound biblical truths.

America’s situation resembles Judges 21:25b where “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes,” as western culture has devolved into a cornucopia of all types of sins that has influenced our churches so greatly that it has virtually overwhelmed them. Despite this sites priority of sharing truth, we recognize that love is the most important of human characteristics. The ending of the love chapter 1 Corinthians 13 maintains that Christians need to be loving and states, “But the greatest of these is love,” (1 Corinthians 13:13b).

Although we cannot bring possessions to heaven, love is something that will endure. This site is focused on bringing love and truth back into balance like it says in Ephesians 4:15 and unless we recognize the paramount importance of love as a foundation for focusing on truth this site could make the mistake of going beyond 50-50 and emphasizing truth too much. The following picture gives an idea of what Christianity should be.

What We Believe

1 Corinthians 13 begins with “If I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all that I have and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” It is apparent how essential love is to our walks with the Lord.

Besides this chapter, love is important throughout the rest of God’s Word. John has been called the gospel of love as he had a special love for Jesus, but these are not the only parts of the Bible that extol the virtues of love. Both the Old Testament and New Testament are filled with verses about love. 1 John 4:8 states that “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” The verse before says “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7).

The Psalms have so many references to God’s love that it is a terrific book. Psalm 85:10 is especially intriguing for the relationship of love and truth as it says, “Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” This verse brings both concepts together in balance since mercy and peace are expressions of love while truth and righteousness are expressions of truth. All of this is to say that this website is focused on balancing truth with love wants to obtain a 50-50 relationship that is biblical and not go 50% towards truth.

Moving even slightly towards a 50-50 balance can seem harsh without “tolerance” of sin in a generation that has flagrantly cast-off biblical restraint like Proverbs 29:18 maintains. Although many may not have considered our situation, a prayerful reflection on it reveals that the church is extremely out of balance by leaning towards love. If a church focuses almost exclusively on love, mercy, and grace without sufficient amounts of truth, justice, and holiness to balance these traits out, it gradually becomes cheap grace as people are not afraid to do sin.

If sins are being condoned and even encouraged over time as the church changes into an environment where anything goes and sin being tolerated that it is like “everyone doing what is right in their own eyes,” as Judges 21:25a describes. Many preachers do not want to mention sin as they are trying to raise funds for building projects and would not want to offend anyone so that they stopped giving. Other cases are more like 2 Timothy 4:3-4a “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth…”

This type of situation is where congregational pressure demands that leaders affirm their desires and they hire teachers to tell them their sinful lifestyles are fine. And in other instances pastors want more members to build their kingdoms so they don’t want to mention hell or judgment because people might go to another church. None of these situations are biblical and this site wants to point people to God’s truth as Jesus Christ spoke the truth for us to live by.

The purpose of this site is to try and restore a biblical balance of love and truth. Although it may be terribly offensive to some who are used to picking the parts of Scriptures to make them feel good and overlooking the rest, there needs to be voices to start the process of countervailing how far the American church is out of balance. Partial obedience is disobedience! It takes far more effort to stand up for the gospel of Jesus Christ than to keep pretending that the status quo is fine. This site recognizes that the greatest of these is love and wants to be loving enough to include the unchanging truth of God to bring love into proper perspective.