I heard a man today who professes to be a Christian speak of his Muslim brothers. I have been in a church, a supposed Evangelical church, when the pastor invited all in attendance to go to the Roman Catholic church up the street after the service and enjoy the free will lunch they were offering to the community. I know of another Evangelical pastor in this town who is part of the local interfaith organization, who prays with those of that cult that offers the free lunch, with men from churches who believe if one is not baptized, they will suffer eternal damnation.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matt. 24:12)
Cold towards the truths of the Scriptures, cold towards complete obedience, warm to the religions of the world that make it easy to serve, that place no burdens upon the souls of men to stand firm on those truths that are clearly seen in the Scriptures.
A little bending is not breaking, is it? Besides, can’t we all just get along, serve as you best see fit, don’t ruffle any feathers?
“After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.” (Lev. 18:3)
But they did, and so are millions of others who believe we should respect the right of others to serve the god of their choice.
Should we? We have free will, do we not? Are we to speak truth to those who are being deceived or not? Are we to warn them of the fate that awaits them, or simply just try to get along as best as we can?
I never agree to disagree when it comes to the Word of God.
“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” (Prov. 9:9)
And I have been taught, many times, each time pondering what someone has said to me, what I have heard, what I have read, and been shown by the Holy Spirit that in some regards I was incorrect at that time about. What does this show?
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2nd Peter 3:18)
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
If you want to upset someone, tell them they are wrong, if you know the truth, you must speak it.
We are concerned with the place that person is going to spend eternity, not with what they think about us, not whether or not they will hate us, mock us, despitefully use us or even kill us. We are here to tell people about the salvation offered by the Living God through grace in faith towards His Son. We are not to swerve from that.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2nd Cor. 6:14)
I must confess, I write this letter in great frustration, almost righteous anger, for I see those who profess to be servants of the Lord Jesus Christ wavering from the path in the hope of not offending the wicked.
“Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;” (Eph. 6:6)
“For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” (John 12:43)
Men in battle do not fear less to go into battle each subsequent time, but they accept the realization each successive time of the possibility that they may not return. It matters little to them, they serve with honor. If you want the world to like you, do not follow the Lord Jesus Christ, if you want to get along well with everyone you meet, do not even bring up His name. If you want to be friends with the wicked, with those who follow religious cults, with those who do not believe that the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ was sufficient in and of itself for your salvation, then never correct them.
I do not think enough people who profess to serve Him understand that standing on the Rock is not as easy on the feet as standing on that sinking sand.