Friday, May 18, 2012
OUT WITH THE OLD NATURE!
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind... (Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV)
There is too much talk of alternate lifestyles with so-call Christian ministers of the Gospel, standing up in public, wrestling with whether they will vote for this political candidate or that. Both black and white preachers are debating with themselves on TV, if God meant what He said or not...and whether they are on the wrong side of History or not...blah blah blah...
I saw a black baptist minister from Maryland on the O'Reilly Factor a few nights ago who backed off voting for a person who supported gay so-called 'marriage' because his "BASE" was against it?! What??!! His base? That is the so-called flock that he is supposed to be under-shepherd for as pastor, supposedly under Christ!!! This is what we are dealing with in the church, with alleged men of God, walking in their old nature and following the World rather than the Spirit Who saves.
God does not care about all of this twisting oneself into a pretzel to satisfy this or that group. We have all sinned. They are compounding it and sealing their own fate...including those preachers.
Therefore, rather than these people and their kind shaking their fists against God, demanding that He condone their sins and lifestyles, they need to pay attention to this verse above and beg forgiveness and repent for offending Him. This way, it will not go so bad for them on Judgment Day!
This is not a matter of selective outrage over one issue but just one example.
For instance, Dr. Jim Daly of Focus on the Family reports that almost 40% of their calls on their Pornography Addiction hotline is from pastors (anonymously).
Adultery and divorce are higher inside the church than the secular world outside the four walls.
Single parents, starting from mid-teen years are up. More women go to church than men....and on and on...
Sin abounds because they think grace aboundeth even more.
Yet, God has a major problem with all sin - gay, straight, white, black, brown, young, old, rich, poor and more.
Isn't it high time we stop acting like sons and daughters of disobedience and live life OUTSIDE the flesh?
Isn't it high time we put aside the tempting passions of the Flesh and our ungodly temporary desires and look forward to that which is eternal and pure and righteous and holy?
Isn't it high time we stop acting like those who are heading for fiery destruction and belong to the God of this world and start acting like Children of our Great God and King?
Yes, it is! Let it begin now! Right now, in Jesus' Name!
Father God, I thank You for the Spirit of Discernment and Wisdom and ask that You seal all Your Words fully into my heart, mind, body and soul, that I may not sin against You! I ask that You convict us of our wayward ways and refocus our eyes on the Lord, the Author and Perfector of our Faith, Who for the Joy set before Him, endured the Cross, even on to death. Help us to keep crucifying our sinful self daily that we may have His Eyes and see as He would and obey as He did and therefore live as He did so we may see you unencumbered by this world, in Jesus' Holy Name, amen.