Word of the Day
“But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”(Gen.2:17). “…Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.”(Isa.59:2) “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”(Ezek.18:4,20).
“For I am the LORD what bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: Ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”(Lev.11:45). “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”(Psalm 32:1,2). “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation(life-style); Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”(I Peter 1:15,16).
These and O, so many other passages of Scripture describe the way that God expects, and even demands, His people to live. Someone has said that because we have a different kind of God, we are to be a different kind of people.
But, sadly, looking at the way modern “Christians” dress, live, talk, the way we choose to entertain ourselves, the things that we embrace, the neglect of the call to “come out from among them, and be ye separate”(II Cor.6:17) and just our overall lifestyle, it is almost impossible to tell us from the world and its crowd. Put us in the midst of a crowd of people from all walks of life, and try to pick out the believers from the unbelievers. Usually it is literally impossible.
Why is that so? Why is it so difficult, or totally impossible, to see a difference between “us and them”? Someone has said that you can tell a true believer by what makes him/her laugh and what makes them cry. Sadly, no more. We are so desensitized by the world’s “comedy” that we join in their modes of entertainment and never once see anything wrong. We laugh at the same jokes and shed tears at the same emotionalism that moves them. Again, why? What has drawn us into this kind of living?
I suppose that we would have to admit that many things contribute to this, but one of the main things is our pulpit preaching. There was a time when the pulpits of America thundered with righteousness and fearlessness by calling sin by its true name and nature. Dancing, theater, cards, gambling, mingling with the wrong crowd, allowing ourselves to be drawn into reckless living by our so-called “friends”–the pulpits were fearless to declare and define sin by its true colors.
But, now, the gospel has been watered down to the point that the only sin left in the world is the rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. All the rest doesn’t matter. Just be sure to “make a profession of faith” and be baptized into the church, and all is well. True, we MUST confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, not just make a “profession”. It has to be real, prompted by the Spirit of God and then lived out in daily activities, desires and motives.
Working on Sunday is now excused because of the demands of “modern life”. Dancing is overlooked because most of the “leading members” demand that their children be “like other kids” and be able to “go to the prom”. We even buy lottery tickets so that if we win, we have money to “give to the church”. We sanction “going to the boats”, but we are going to dine, not to gamble, right?
We dress the with the same code as the world. It is acceptable to see “Christian” people out in public with short shorts, “tank tops”, or in some cases, topless(almost). But no one is ever disturbed by all this. In fact, now we wear shorts, flip-flops, etc. to church. It is “modern”, and who can deny us?
Every one of the New Testament writers dared to call for a different life-style on the part of believers. They EXPECTED the converts to BE different from their lost counterparts. In other words they saw conversion as meaning being converted from everything of the world(I John 2:15-17). There were to no similarities between saved and lost other than the fact that we are all human. But, in our humanity, there was to be a change in everything in our lives.
Today our definition of sin and God’s definition is like day and night. What God deems as sin, according to His Word, and what we consider to be sin by our lifestyle are far apart. The result being that the church now stands as powerless before the attacks of the world. We have raised the white flag of surrender and just joined in with them in “doing our own thing”. Show me in Scripture where this can be condoned.
The Church today is in dire straits and reached the point to where we are ignored by the world. We don’t make any difference any more. We don’t impact our world, our society, and they just ignore us because we are now irrelevant as far as society is concerned(Acts 17:5,6). We will never be blamed for such as this in our current state.
Folks, sin, by God’s definition, not ours, is offensive to Him and He even says that He “hates the workers of iniquity”(Psalm 5:5) and is “angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11). So what would He say about the current condition of the church? Is it possible that He would tell us that He would vomit the modern church out of His mouth(Rev.3:16,17)?
Do you think that He would tell us to fall on our collective faces, seek His face, turn from our sin and plead for real revival?