Reality of a Christian profession is shown in many ways
Published 8:56 am Wednesday, October 4, 2023
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: I grew up hearing the phrase “a profession of faith.” I don’t hear that anymore. Is there a Bible verse that addresses this and if so, what does it really mean? – P.F.
Dear P.F.: The Bible says, “Lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession [profession in the KJV] in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12).
The reality of a Christian profession is shown in many ways: the things we say, as well as the things we do not say; the things we do, as well as the things we do not do. For while Christianity is not primarily a matter of externals, nevertheless it does find expression in conversation, habits, recreation, emphasis, and ambitions to be noted in our daily life. Does our conversation honor Christ? Are our habits those of which He approves? Are our resources of recreation those in which His presence can be a part? Do we bow our hearts in a word of thanks when eating in a public place? Can people tell from the emphasis we attach to material things whether we have set our affection on things above, or whether we are primarily attached to this world? Do people see in us an ambition for place and position out of accord with that of a Christian? The Bible declares that “by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:20).
The world doesn’t have much respect for those who claim Christianity but instead are frauds whose profession is not sincere. The Bible teaches that faith will manifest itself in three ways: in doctrine (what we believe), in worship (our communion with God), and in morality (the way we live and behave).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)