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…the bible on Testimony

REPOST Testimony.

guest post by Kamau Njoroge

I grew up in church and was also a regular at the Christian Union fellowship when in school. the times that i dreaded most, in both these Christian gatherings, was testimony time. I almost always didnt have anything to say.

The leader of the session would always quote  ‘He who has the son has a testimony‘; this always made me feel very uncomfortable and it would even make me doubt if I really had the son in me.Perhaps you identify with me for you too grew up in a church where if u met a fellow believer it was expected of u to have a ready testimony to offer . This was so routinely done  u always heard the same testimonies over and over again.In my case, i even crammed some of the lines just incase one day I was called to task i would have a “testimony”.

But i read this passage today and it’s changed my theology,

’1st John 5: 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son’

I now believe that this passage did not command us to always be having a ready testimony to our fellow believers to confirm the presence of the Son in us…as a matter of fact it talks of very different things; It is talkin about God’s testimony to us through his Son, and if we believe in the son we inwardly confirm God’s testimony.

Testimonies to our fellow believers should be thanksgiving to God and acknowledging His works, to encourage each other and build each other, not to affirm that we are still in the straight and the narrow…. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing..

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