Stand Firm

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Ive been a little disheartened lately by the general lack of disrespect towards God’s word by some in the body of Christ. I say some because it’s not necessarily a prevalent problem, but it seems to be growing as we see the church trying to mold itself to current cultural practices. I won’t delve into the specific areas where I see some in the church diverging from the word of God, but I do want to ask some hypothetical questions for us to think about.

Why do successive generations seem to feel more enlightened than the ones before?

Why do we sometimes believe we’re better, more informed, more savvy, and therefore smarter than Christians of past generations?

Why do we hear preached that God’s word is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow yet our understanding of it has somehow changed or been enlightened?  

I ask these questions because I see the church at a crossroads of sorts. I see believers accepting things that God has clearly said are wrong. I hear of Christians who attend worship on Sundays but live like the world the rest of the week. God has clearly instructed us that his ways are greater than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), but many in the modern church are not heeding his instruction. People are leaving the truth and are following the flow of the world. They are doing it to fit in or because they claim it’s fun, but whatever the case, God-fearing disciples of Christ are truly becoming “the remnant.”

So maybe someone can tell me, when did God tell us to fit in with the rest of the world?  I don’t intend that question to be sarcastic. But, if we have accepted the calling to follow Jesus and believe in him as our Savior, then in many cases we would look like the exact opposite of the world. I realize that it’s hard to live counter to the flow of society. It may, at times, leave us feeling very lonely and left out. We may be persecuted or ridiculed when we don’t concur with popular belief. Personally, I battle daily with the lure of the world and of the flesh.

Nevertheless, Christianity, by nature, is countercultural, especially considering the direction our culture is taking. We have very specific instructions in the Bible concerning our behavior and the love we should have for others and for God. Following Christ should result in a life lived in service to others and complete submission to God.  Whether we do or do not understand or agree with his commands, we are to follow the lead of God if he is really going to be the Lord of our life

Will it be difficult?  Yes!  Will others blow you off or treat you harshly becaus of your dedication to God?  Absolutely!  Just remember what Jesus told us in Matthew 10:22.  “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

Keep your eyes focused on God and stand firm in your faith. Let your life be a light that shines in this dark world of selfishness and sin and God will follow through on his promise to save you in the end.

-Joe

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7 thoughts on “Stand Firm

      1. The True Light!

        You’re welcome, Joe! I think Christians of today are much more reserved than they should be about the word. Some of that may be the “times” as we can hardly say or do anything in public about our beliefs without the worry of legal action.

        But it has been a trend of “hush and quiet” for some time now. It’s hard sometimes to find a way to open a conversation about the Lord with people. We just have to fight through that and practice ways to do so…

  1. Satan is very hard at work and in many cases is being very successful in convincing some believers that “love others” means accepting their sins or “don’t make waves.” I cannot understand for the life of me how these preachers that know the Word can suddenly turn and preach or accept what God has very clearly spoken against. That is absolutely beyond my comprehension! There are consequences and yet they totally ignore they are held to a higher standard than the rest of us and yet they ignore that fact. Unbelievable.

  2. Joe Butler

    I’m taken aback as well by how quickly preachers and Christians in general have jumped on the political correctness bandwagon and turned their backs on the direct and easily understood commands of the Bible. God did warn us about this in his word (2 Timothy 4:3-4) but it has been very discouraging to actually see. The worst part is, many will simply listen to what these false teachers are saying and will blindly fall away from the truth and have to answer to God one day for it. It’s only a matter of time till we see so called “Christians” lobbying to have certain discussions in church labeled hate speech and then we’ll see the persecution of God-fearing people ramp up. I pray that we can stand firm and that the church as a whole will see the error of her ways and return to the sound teaching of the gospel.

    1. I’m with you Joe. I too, pray we can stand firm but the church is already being considered hate speech if homosexuality and gay “marriage” is condemned in a sermon. But the Lord has warned us repeatedly this was coming and continues to tell us, “it’s only going to get worse.” That really is not good news to me but on the other hand I can only hope it brings us closer to His appearance.

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