October 5, 2010 | 09:36 am

Tuesday – Denying the Faith

Today’s text is about denying the faith, which as you can imagine isn’t viewed very positively in the Bible. In 2 Timothy 2:12 this point is made quite clear: if we deny Christ, the one in whom God is revealed, Christ will deny us. This is a strong warning, but not in the way we may think. 1 Timothy 5:8 speaks of what it means to deny the faith: “whoever does not provide for relatives, and especially for family members, has denied the faith.” If we think of “denying” not so much in what we say but in what we do, this turns the warning inward to those already part of the faith. The warning is this: no amount of Christian jargon will make up for those who deny the faith with the way they live. Likewise, just because people cannot articulate faith in Christian terms, the way they live may still speak of faith.