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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

DEGRADED CHRISTIANITY

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Matthew 7:21-23


It is very common in today's modern Christianity to find a worldly and cheap form; one which offends nobody, demands no sacrifice, no cost and it has very little value. We must be aware and on guard about today's modern version of what is called Christianity. It is the one that accepts some forms of sin; refuses to conform to the divine pattern; demands limited obedience and does not want to offend and correct the one who sins.

Often, I hear Christians complain about the one who is doing the correcting. They say he is not loving and accepting enough. When the fact is he does love them, but not their sin. Let's never forget that our Lord Jesus died to redeem us from eternal punishment. This is how He has shown His love for us. Let's be very careful not to invent another God, an idol of our own. One that is just merciful, but not just!

Lest we forget, it is our God who dictates how we ought to conduct our lives, even though it might offend.  Lest we forget, materialism and earthly treasures is not what ought to motivate us, even though it might offend. Lest we forget, it is the love of Christ that ought to drive us, even though it might offend. Lest we forget, it is our duty to teach our children the Word of God, even though it might offend. We as godly parents desire to see them walking in His pathways and not the pathway of Satan. Lest we forget, one must be faithfully committed to his family, loving his spouse and children that God has trusted him to love and protect, even though it might offend. Lest we forget, to condemn sin and love righteousness, even though it might offend. We have the choice to determine carefully what it is that we take in and shut out from our lives. We determine what we might decide to participate in and what we do not. We have a choice not to say YES to all the lust and the pleasures of this life. We have the choice and determination to be holy and hate sin! Lest we forget, one must walk the path of righteousness, the path less traveled, the path that is unpopular, even though it might offend.

With all this in mind, let's not be concerned about "offending" this WORLD. Remember that the earth and the works that are there in shall be burned up.  "Seeing them that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness...."  II Peter 3:10-11.  Let's never forget that being a true follower of Christ is going to bring us ridicule, scorn, opposition and persecution. Unfortunately, this is the reward that faithful Christians get from the WORLD.

Let's search our hearts and meditate on Jesus' Words and let's not be shamed by Him on that final day of judgment: "Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven....And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity."  Matthew 7:21-23.

Our ambition must be that of being worthy to be called "good and faithful servant" by our Master. 

"His Lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." 
Matthew 25:21


May our Lord help us be this kind of servant who would be worthy to enter into His joy!

Luci