If the Christians of old were as spineless, compromising, mealy mouthed, and wavering as most of today’s professing Christians, I submit to you that there would have been no martyrs, and the persecution which marked the primary church would have never occurred.
If compromise were an option for those of the primary church, surely they would have chosen it, since no one likes to be imprisoned, beaten, tortured or killed if they can avoid it.
If giving in to the demands of the governing body of the age were a viable option, why would anyone choose to be devoured by lions, crucified, or burned alive just out of stubbornness?
If there is one visible constant in this present generation, it’s that we are full of ourselves.
The claims we make are more audacious with each passing day, and the conclusions we come to are staggering in their implications if one takes the time to logically reason them out.
Apparently ‘the faith once delivered to the saints’ has only just been discovered, and for two thousand plus years men who bled and suffered and died for the sake of Christ their Lord completely missed the boat and perished in vain.
True worship, true faithfulness, true transformation of mind and heart no longer consists in loving what God loves and hating what God hates, but in disregarding God’s word and will altogether, and telling Him what He must love, and what He cannot hate.
The voices of the famed, the loved, and the embraced within Christendom are telling us to adapt or die. We must embrace sin for our own good, we must call darkness light for our own self-preservation, because wouldn’t you know it the world is-a-changing and if we don’t change right along with it, we run the risk of dying the death of a thousand cuts.
The only way to reach the world today is to wink at their sin, and embrace their perversions, reminding them that God is love, but forgetting to likewise mention that love without justice is a lie, a misshaped, deformed thing, bearing only the appearance of love.
The world of men is ever changing, but the God who created this world does not change. He is forever and always the same, whether yesterday, today, or a thousand years from now.
Try as we might to circumvent this truth, try as we might to pretend as though we can will God into being more broad-minded and accepting of sin, His Word stands as testament to the contrary.
The world will continue to praise and embrace those who would wink at sin, while marginalizing and demonizing those who speak against it, because the world’s intent is to dilute the household of faith to the point of irrelevancy.
When once we compromise on a thing, the enemy will return the next day and demand we compromise on two. When once we compromise on two things, the enemy will return the day after and demand we compromise on four. It is a never ending cycle wherein the believer, the congregation, or the church in general is worn down bit by bit, until righteousness is thoroughly silenced and what was to be the light on a hill is but a dying ember.
We can go with the flow or stand against the tide. We can be the yes men of the world, or the bondservants of Christ Jesus. We can choose to compromise and be embraced by the godless, or stand on truth, rooted in the Word, and be thoroughly hated and maligned.
One thing is certain: the coward is readily forgotten, while the valiant and true are remembered evermore.
Temporary acceptance or eternal reward; this is the choice we are faced with today, and when one thinks it through, it really isn’t a choice. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.