Faith Actually is a discernment ministry dedicated to promoting a biblical perspective on pertinent issues faced by Christians today, and to providing biblically sound content to both uphold and inform the Christian worldview. We are a Christ-centered, gospel-focused ministry that seeks to glorify God, and equip believers to love Him with all of our hearts, souls, and minds
(Matt 22:37). In doing so, we seek to provide clarity, by reflecting the light of God's Word, on various complex, confusing, and often controversial, issues. For this, we subscribe to the principle of sola scriptura (the doctrine that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness). We are motivated by a desire to be transformed by renewal of our minds, and to take captive every thought in obedience to Christ (Rom 12:2; Cor 10:3-6).
It is becoming popular these days to "empty" one's mind as a means to relaxation or spiritual enlightenment. In keeping with the philosophy de jour, Faith Actually believes that our God-given ability to love God with our minds is becoming under-utilized and under-valued in our post-modern Christian culture, in which emergent and liberalizing evangelical churches demand touchy-feely faith: narrative rather than propositions (“tell me your story, don’t explain principles”); affections and feelings over rational, linear thought; experience over truth; inclusion rather than exclusion; the corporate over the individualistic, tolerance over doctrine, etc. While loving God with all of our hearts is something Christians continue to talk about frequently, the biblical definitions for what love isand who God is are becoming blurred—more a matter of personal preference. Loving God with all of our minds, however, involves a submission to God's Word, an understanding of biblical truth, and a letting go of our subjective, feelings/experience-based interpretation of God. Loving God with all of our minds and our hearts involves dying to self.
Pondering and meditating on God's Word not only allows us to be transformed by the renewal of our minds (Rom 12:2), and to delight in the cognitive grasp of who God is. This is an awe-inspiring form of worship. Submerging ourselves in God's worshipfully mind-stretching truth is to glorify God with our minds because it is an inherently humbling experience. It is the opposite of touchy-feely faith that neglects the mind. To fully grasp the depth of God's soul-piercing, living and active Word is far beyond the mental capacity of our human minds. But, God has given us the ability to discern things about Him and His Word through “a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” and by enlightening the eyes of our hearts (Eph 1:17-18). By faith, then, our hearts need to be changed as our our minds are renewed.
Faith Actually understands that head-knowledge doesn't save us. Loving God with all our minds is not about leaning on our own understanding. Furthermore, it's not theological training in and of itself that increases our ability to comprehend the Word of God or understand who He is. This ability comes from Him, not from us. While theology plays an important role in helping us know God better, it alone doesn't give us spiritual discernment. Indeed, there have been atheists who can describe the gospel with perfect theological accuracy. And even the demons believe in God! (Jas 2:19). But it is the Holy Spirit who gives us the ability to discern the Word of God through the enlightening of our minds and the transforming of our hearts.
To love and to worship God with our minds necessitates both humility and an acknowledgment of the futility of human wisdom. As Paul exhorts us, "Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, 'He catches the wise in their craftiness,' and again, 'The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.' So let no one boast in men." (1 Cor 3:18-21). Letting our minds be stretched by God-sized truths may seem like foolishness to the rest of the world (a world that may tell you to your mind, not stretch it!), but in actuality the philosophies of men are worthless—they are foolishness before an omnipotent and almighty God. Instead of worshiping the wisdom of earthly minds, we can rejoice in God's truth, echoing the words of the psalmist who exclaims, "How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!" (Psa 139:23-24). And delight ourselves in the "knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence" (2 Peter 1:3).
Faith Actually seeks to promote unity in the Body of Christ by pointing believers to He who is the Head. We understand, however, the importance of defending biblical doctrine against false teaching. While we should live in peace with everyone as far as it depends on us (Rom 12:18), we are also guardians of the faith (1 Cor 16:13; 2 Cor 10:5). We are called, therefore, to speak the truth in love, especially when the gospel is being undermined or when besetting sin or false teaching has entered into the church. Doing so may sadly cause conflict and disunity at times.
We are admonished to love God above all else and to love others as ourselves (Matt 22:37-38). Faith Actually seeks to promote godly love among believers, with the understanding that godly love is central to, and inseparable from, biblical truth. We know from Scripture that God is love (1 John 4:8). The gospel is rooted in love (John 3:16). The purest form of love is revealed in Jesus’s death on the cross. The essence of agape love is self-sacrifice. True love, then, is not self-seeking (1 Cor 13:6). And it is the Holy Spirit who empowers us to love God and love others in a truly self-sacrificial way. Because Godly love is self-sacrificial, it motivates us to die to self (Luke 9:23; Gal 2:20). And because it is not of this world, it is often rejected by the world. Godly love rejoices with the truth (1 Cor 13:5). Love without God, on the other hand, is not rooted in absolute truth, and so it is relative. It is vulnerable to being tossed back and forth by waves of human teaching, emotion, and circumstance because it is not anchored in truth. But Jesus said, "I am the truth." (John 14:6). So to love God, as Jesus commanded us, is to love the truth. Truth and love are inseparable—inextricably intertwined. In Christ, therefore, love actually is truth!
Faith Actually would love to hear from you. We are interested in your comments and questions as well as your personal testimonies for possible publication. If you have something to share, please direct it to us via our Contact page.
Faith Actually is a ministry of the Gregoreo Foundation.