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.
Friday, March 22, 2013
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The scripture below was what came to mind as I read your article. Those of us who have taken stands against compromise and false doctrine in churches attended over the years are aware of the friends lost, churches that show you the door and the destruction of our reputations. Even so, we have not suffered as those in other countries, but as our government grows more evil by the day and legitimizes with laws the perversions and infanticide, the lines become clearer. one thing that I have found interesting is the pastors that let us know that we were not welcome in their enlightened, tolerant congregations ......not one of them ever offered to sit down with the bible and explain to us why we were wrong in our stand, even though we begged for a scriptural basis That would be about 5 churches and sadly, 3 of those, Pentecostal....all proud of speaking in tongues. Breaks our heart!
. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:which is the second death.
Especially in light of recent events, we thank you for speaking truth into the body of Christ. We faithfully read your messages and share them with our congregation. Thank you, thank you.
When people act out of instinct to save another person's life that is hailed as being a hero now. That is really the least you would expect of them though. So when someone out of goodness faces evil and danger and does something righteous, that makes them a real hero.
Jesus is the biggest hero of all because he faced death on the cross just to save his friends and give them life. He was a good and obediant son and a friend better than any you could have.
Wishy washy people are probably fake. God said he would that people were either hot or cold, because the lukewarm ones make him want to vomit. So if you are not going to go all the way, you might as well not even bother.
Every day you have to make the choice to again pick up your cross and follow Christ. It is not an easy walk. It is scary and heart wrenching and trying, but you do it for the one who did for you even more than you can do for him.
The world seems to have all the answers, but their way is false and leads to destruction. The path of Christ leads to life and more abundantly, but only if you have the courage to follow it and the faith to trust in it.
Great post, as always.Just read today about some pastor, well known to everyone but me, who has written a book saying that there is no hell, that God is love and wouldn't send anyone there, and many of the other things you frequently rave about. :) As well you should. But on the other hand (I have 5 fingers!) - I notice you have some speaking engagements this weekend, which must mean you're back in the US of A - which allows me to hope - although admittedly no one has promised this, it's just my own dysfunction - perhaps we will have at least 6 months more without bombs raining down upon us!
Whatever, remember this: before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes.That way, after you have criticized them, you will be a mile away and you will also have their shoes.
We are in the days of when "good is called evil and evil is called good". Sad that the church is going along with the world in what is called "good". Even sadder still is that when I think of the phrase "come out from among them" it can now be used to refer to the church!
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