Misplaced Faith

Some people blindly put their faith in religious leaders, assuming that their leaders would never teach a false plan of salvation. Yet the Apostle Paul warned that "from you own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them" (Acts 20:30). Other people simply choose not to respond or conform their lives to truth. Instead they listen to teachers who say what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:2-4). Then there are people who have a zeal for God, but not according to biblical knowledge (Rom. 10:1-4). They have been indoctrinated by false teachers and refuse to believe the truth. Religious indoctrination is one of Satan's most powerful tools for blinding the minds of unbelievers from the light of the Gospel (2 Cor. 4:4).

It was misplace faith that separated Adam and Eve from God in the garden. Instead of keeping their faith in God and His Word, the deceiver became the object of their faith. Our gracious and merciful God now uses the same instrument of faith that brought condemnation to the human race, to bring justification to those who repent and believe the Gospel. When people believe God and His Word and turn from Satan and his lies, their legal status changes from condemnation to justification. The object of one's faith has eternal consequences. Those who are in Christ, sealed by the Holy Spirit, never have to fear God's condemnation (Rom. 8:1). Divine justice was satisfied for those who trust Christ as their substitute. He is the all-sufficient Savior for all who repent and believe His Gospel.