Borrowed Truths

One Love

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One Love

In this regard, there are two types of people, those who do not mind being around the wicked, and those who do not want to be anywhere near them. Surprisingly, those who do not want to be in their presence are the ones that are doing the witnessing to them, while those who see no shame in being a part of the world simply allow them to live their own lives without question. Both call themselves saved; one group is mistaken.

We have in these last few decades stopped calling the wicked what they are and have instead put the moniker of “lost” upon them, as if they all are to be found, while the opposite is true. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” (Matt. 7:13) The responsibility of the born-again believer is to show Jesus Christ to all they meet, if that person is indeed saved, then it is His glory that we are to converse about, if not, and they refuse to hear, we are not to cast the pearls of God before these swine. (Matt. 7:6) But the nominal, to name them politely, Christian will not see them as brute beast, (2 Peter 2:12) as wicked people who need to come to repentance before a Holy God, they believe it to be rude, and so the love of action turns into a “never offend” attitude, and they in turn do not mind being in their company on a regular basis.

They call it hope, and they will give many verses in regard to this actionless action, so to speak, nearly all of them out of context. The most common one of course is that Jesus spent time around sinners, but their inference to this truth is skewed in their own behalf. Those who mocked Him, He spoke to, but He did not continue to walk with them, He rebuked them, He challenged them, He called them, but when they did not heed the call, He moved on. The same person who reviled Him was not the person that He went to their house to have a meal with.

There must come a time in those relationships that we have with others when we come to an understanding that this person does not care about Christ, has no desire to hear anything about the glory of God, or the salvation that is offered by Him through the Lord Jesus. They may still want to be your friend though, and here is where you will find just who it is you serve. Many a Christian’s life has been misspent in holding onto a hope that is not there, and in that false hope, they are drawn into the world, and further away from the path that the Lord has laid before them.

Should we continue to pray for them, of course, but even then there must come a time when we simply say, “Thy will be done,” and move on to the next task at hand. This is where many fail, for they may love this individual, and it hurts them emotionally to see them running headlong into hell, but what they are doing many times is leaving Christ as their first love, and the obedience they are to have to Him for that person. An unrepentant, sinning family member or loved one can be a very great hindrance to the work of the children of the Most High. “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)

The least favorite verse in the Scriptures of these individuals who call themselves Christians.

Dying to self, (Gal. 2:20) means the death of all of our desires, hopes and dreams, and remaining continuously obedient to the Lord God, and in the minds of many who claim Him as Lord today, none of these words written here will they see as truth. Hope has taken the place of obedience.

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