Oil and Water – Light and Darkness

Some things just don’t mix and some things have no business mingling. Even the word of God says so (1 Corinthians 15:33, 2 Corinthians 6:17-18).

This thought came to mind last night when I saw a story on a local News station about one of the videos that has been nominated for the “Christian Music” award named after a particular bird. The video actually featured and praised a prominent homosexual for their example of overcoming a physical illness – not their sin!

That’s cheap religion. That’s a promotion void of godliness. That’s an emotional plea that casts the necessity of repentance to the side. And that’s why the majority of religious people are walking the broad way that leads to Hell (Matthew 7:13-14).

God’s grace, our faith and the salvation that’s meant to follow is not about us living the way our flesh decides and then going to Heaven when life is over. It’s about a determinate decision to respond to the grace of God which teaches us, through faith, that we should be “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:12-13).

Experience has shown me that the vast majority of what’s called “Christian Music” is a label that’s woefully deceptive. It promotes false doctrine. It appeals to the masses as cutting edge. And, as this “nominated video” has plainly revealed, it’s a tool of the Devil that’s used to bring glory to the message of entertainers and entertainment instead of glory to God and the gospel message of sin, repentance, restoration, righteousness, service and salvation.

 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” (Ephesians 5:8-12)

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Fat, not frugality: Doug Kashorek

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” Romans 5:3-4.

No, this isn’t the season to speak about suffering building character; it’s the season of warm, opulent comfort. We like images of roaring fires in a room decked in gold and silver and holly, tables laden with every meat and casserole and pie, and piles of presents under a fat and bejeweled evergreen.

Truth is: this world is too much our home, and instead of celebrating a Savior being born a man to die for His blood to cleanse our sins, we allow ourselves to become mesmerized by a jolly old elf in a red suit and his sugar-cookie-baking wife. We want fat, not frugality. We put down roots in this life instead of yearning for the next. But God’s all about ‘Character, not Comfort.’

Why else would Paul cry out, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead”?

This time of year can be an opportunity for the gospel, but only if those who have obeyed it aren’t too busy loosening our belts and falling asleep by the fire.

Do you seek comfort more than character?

Doug Kashorek

Plattsburgh church of Christ

www.plattsburghchurch.com

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