I was struck in my devotions today by this verse from Luke 9:26:
"For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels."
Of course, all the words of Jesus come to us via his apostles and the associates of the apostles, who wrote the New Testament. Therefore, we are not allowed to separate the Gospels from the Epistles or Jesus and Paul, as some are prone to do. We have an apostolic faith, and we must be committed as Christians to all of the apostolic writings.
There is lots of pressure on us to be ashamed of Jesus and his words, as mediated to us by the apostles. Especially on the issue of homosexuality, marriage, and sexual immorality, our culture wants us to ignore and reject Jesus' teaching via his apostles. But to do this would be to be ashamed of Jesus and his words, when he returns. Sadly, this is what millions of professing Christians are doing.
Part of the problem is that these nominal Christians rarely, if ever, read the New Testament. They do not know what Jesus taught through the Gospels and Epistles, because if they have devotions at all, they consist of one Bible verse and some sentimental, sappy comments. We need to recover the truth that Jesus is our sole teacher, who transforms and challenges our beliefs, worldviews, and lives, for our good and his glory.