The Right Kind of Faith

Most people have a low view of faith. To them, faith is a kind of spiritual elixir—sweet tasting religion that blurs the mind. Is swallowing the pure Word of God like a shot of whiskey? Will it in small doses make us tipsy thinkers who are slightly out of touch with reality? Will we be led by degrees to spiritual dereliction, where all reason is abandoned in fanaticism? Never! But an unscriptural use of faith can corrupt a good thing into an addictive spiritual substance.

Look at the thousands of Christians who have been misled about faith. Everything from self-styled prophets, to bizarre miracles and healings, to out-of-body tips to heaven, some even to hell and back! Yes, it appears that some are dizzy with intoxication. But nothing will clear the head of doctrinal confusion and spiritual intemperance like learning the real thing.

When Paul was accused by the ruler Festus of being crazy, Paul calmly answered, "I am not mad, most noble Festus; but I speak forth the words of truth and soberness" (Acts 26:25). That is a good description of Biblical faith. True faith is like a cup of strong, black coffee—it awakens the mind to spiritual reality and promotes alertness.

Do you have the right kind of faith?