He who truly seeks shall surely find
This morning I read in the local newspaper, a question directed to Dr Billy Graham and wish to comment on the article. I am in no way casting stones at Dr Graham for he is indeed a very wise man. As a teacher of God's word I have observed that he preaches a lot of truth but not all of it. I have observed through the years that Dr Graham teaches lessons that bring folks to the verge of true faith and then tells them to accept Jesus as savior and go join the church of "their choice" I am of the belief that this does not get the job done and leaves men still wandering in search of the one, the true, the holy God.
Jesus said " I will build my church" He did not say dozens of religions, or 5000 or more demoninations from which we can choose from. No one can "JOIN" the church which Jesus built. When one completely yields to Christ and becomes His true disciple, the Lord Jesus will add that person to His Chruch.
The person asked Billy Graham; How can I find God? Mr Graham immediately directed him to Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." He went on to point out that Colossians 1:15 speaks of "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." meaning that Christ is the visible image of the invisible image of God.
The inquirer wanted to know, to see, to understand God .Mr Graham should have also pointed those seeking this to Hebrews 11:6-8 "And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."
Finally I would suggest that all who seek to find God ask the Son of God Himself. John 14:6-7 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."
I would then suggest to you that if we have endeavored to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, then we have sought Jesus Himself, studied His life, absorbed His teachings, and followed Him as a true disciple, then and only then Jesus will add you to His church and you will know Christ and then truly know God as well.
It is my prayer that you have already, or will yeild in obedience to all that Jesus has taught us by His life, death and resurrection. May you then truly know both the Father and the Son.