Friday, September 9, 2016
Paul wrote, “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? What union can there be between God’s Church and idols?…Let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body and spirit. Let us work toward complete purity for the glory, laud, and honor of God alone. We must respect Him. We must respect Him because we fear offending Him.”
It’s the apostle’s warning against being unequally yoked.
Wisdom is it’s impossible to avoid being splattered with filth if you play in the pigpens of life.
If you don’t want to increase the probabilities of becoming a pervert, stay aware from pornography.
If you don’t want to become a drunk, stop spending so much time at the bar.
If you don’t want to rage, don’t hit the “Reply All” key.
If you don’t want to…
If not, let me put it another way.
If you don’t want to bring the wrong kind of influences into your life, the kind that insult God’s holiness and injure you and those loved by you, don’t friend people who are not God’s friends.
Simply, garbage in becomes garbage out.
If you don’t want to be unholy which always and ultimately and maybe even eternally means unhappiness, put yourself into holy places with holy people and you will catch it/Him.
If you don’t get it/Him by now, it could be that you’re already…
Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations…Tell people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
It’s our evangelistic call, responsibility, and privilege.
God wants everybody to hear the good news of confident living in the assurance of eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus and wants us to spread that gospel all over the place to everyone.
Succinctly, God wants everybody saved and wants us to be a part of His salvation army.
That means we go into bad places with good news in order to deliver as many as we can from the pigpens of life according to His plan and gracious enabling.
Yes, it means going into those places to save as many as we can by His grace.
Remember, by way of example, it may mean going into a bar to save a drunk or someone who’s becoming a drunk but it does not mean sitting at the bar and getting drunk with ‘em.
So it’s the inevitable tension of following Jesus.
We are called/expected to be in but not of the world to cooperate with God’s plan to save it.
While I’ve written and spoken about it for 38 years or more and feel that repeating the theology again is a waste of time for anyone who’s already made up her/his mind by auto-suggested ideology masquerading as fidelity to Jesus by the book, that’s why I’ve remained in a mainline denomination that is increasingly and irretrievably apostate under current management.
Candidly, sadly, I am in it but, I pray, not of it; and if I have to explain it to you, it’s because you’re ignorant, deceived, defiant, apathetic, or co-conspiratorial with its anti-Christ-by-the-book infidelities.
Just about all mainline denominations – and a lot of other sideliners if you take the time to check – are only coincidental to Christocentric faith and morality as defined by over 2K years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity.
Recently, I’ve been asked by covenant brothers and more than a few elders, “If you’re really serious about being forced out sooner or later, why not leave now?”
People know I’m proactive and pre-emptive in my approach to life and ministry; so it’s a good question.
I struggle with that tension; and I’m not sure how long it will be before I’m…
Noting my predictions for all Presidential elections since 1972 have been wrong, I’m not about to predict when I’ll be forced out or when…
Again, I’ve explained why I’ve stayed; and the preceding is the short course on my decision.
Yet, yes, I believe I will be forced out sooner or later and probably sooner than later.
Looking at the astoundingly and increasingly rapid devolving of America’s morality and distancing from its spiritual roots – Who would have ever thought that so much damage could be done to the fabric of America’s faith in just the last few years alone? – and knowing mainliners and sideliners like the one holding my credentials have applauded and advocated and enabled the distancing – I expect to be forced out of my denomination by action of our Permanent Judicial Commission, which operates like America’s Supreme Court with increasingly flagrant antagonism toward the Constitution that its members swore to uphold as they make laws totally antithetical to it, in short order or by our General Assembly – kinda like Congress – that, like Congress, will eventually get around to outlawing fidelity to Jesus according to over 2K years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity and force fellahs like me to comply or surrender our credentials.
Indeed, I meet with several other franchise pastors in a covenant relationship of caring, bearing, and sharing and none of them believe they will retire or die as members of the franchise because they will be forced out for not surrendering their fidelity to its infidelity.
I hope we’re wrong.
I pray every day for our denomination and all others to return to Him.
I pray every day for unconverted clergy and unconvinced laity in all denominations to be born anothen to spark the confession and repentance prerequisite to restoration.
On the other hand, I’m tired of the tension.
That’s why I spend most of my time in prayer just repeating John’s: “Come, Lord Jesus!”
Yes, Lord, the world is going to hell.
America and her churches seem increasingly bent on paving the way.
Only You can save it/us.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Blessings and Love!