In scraping the surface of the nature of the church in past articles, I’ve hinted at another topic that might be the most fundamental thing to have a grasp of: where we get the authority (permission) to do the things we do. Too often we fall into the trap of thinking, “I believe it, so that means it’s right.” Proverbs 28:26 says, “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered,” and yet, often, that’s exactly what we do. We trust our own hearts instead of trusting God’s Word. The entire book of Proverbs well-establishes that God is the source of true wisdom; the biggest way it trickles down to us is through His revelation. Obeying God’s Word is the only way to “walk wisely.” Read Psalm 119 if you have a chance and you’ll see there also that only when our consciences are informed by God’s Word do they become reliable guides. Unfortunately, many people never get beyond the warm fuzzy gratification of having a spirituality they manufactured themselves. Some of us base our spirituality on how we feel, what our heart “tells” us, or what some “authority” says. These sound good and may provide some satisfaction, but they’re not God’s way. In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus says that many people at the judgment will say “look at all the good things I’ve done for you, Lord,” but in verse 23 we read that He will “declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” How have we gotten so far away from caring about Christ’s Law? Paul says in 1st Corinthians 9:21 that He is “under the law of Christ,” and James 1:25 refers to the law of Christ as well, saying: “But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” Do we want to be blessed? We must do what God says, not what our uninspired hearts tell us (Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25). “For this is the love of God: that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome” (1st John 5:3).