Quit supporting those who suppress God’s truth

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?” (James 3:1-7 – NKJV)

To further his point on the shallow foolishness of favoring the rich over the poor, James says something that applies to today’s church as strongly as it did in the first century – quit fawning over those who suppress God’s truth!

Does this mean James didn’t want the rich to be invited to the church’s services or to be saved? I don’t think so. The point doesn’t revolve around whether or not someone should be saved. The point was about how the badly the saved (or at the very least an equal valued lost soul) could be treated because of a desire to impress the very rich (as well as lost) who made it their goal to treat God’s people with disdain.

James’ rhetorical questions were meant to make a spiritual point based on the foundation of common sense!

Today, Christian universities revolve fund-raisers around “celebrity” speakers who suppress God’s truth by endorsing things that are completely contrary to God’s righteousness. Today, Christians spend millions of dollars at retail stores with policies that allow individuals with confused and perverted minds to use the bathroom of the opposite sex. Today, we help to prop up the very individuals and organizations that criticize Christianity and the word of God that presents the gospel to a dead and dying world by going out of our way to secure and patronize those who promote sin and profaneness.

Am I saying we should completely withdraw from the world? No. That would prevent us from being salt and light we’re called to be. What I’m saying is that when the world makes it a point to blatantly ridicule the very standard of God for which Jesus died, then our support, as God’s people, needs to be withdrawn.

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 – NKJV)

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Great little outline about resisting the world’s push to conform

I went to a revival at a sister congregation last night where a brother by the name of Eddie Sanders, of the University church of Christ in Charlotte, North Carolina, (click here for some of his recorded sermons) was preaching.

His topic, from Daniel chapter 1, was about resisting the world’s push on the church and her members to conform and accept things contrary to God’s will in places like social media, entertainment and the work place. He summed it up with the attitude that we should have by saying, “If God doesn’t like it, we’re not supposed to like it.

He did a great job by using Daniel and his friends as examples of how the world tries to change us as God’s people living in a foreign land (sound like a New Testament verse to you?).

Here’s a quick little outline that I jotted down:

  • the admonition to be different from the world (Titus 2:11-12)
  • the world will try to change our language (Daniel 1:3)
  • the world will try to change our diet (Daniel 1:5)
  • the world will try to change our name (Daniel 1:7)
  • but we must not let the world change our God (Daniel 1:8)
  • the results of staying faithful to God (Daniel 1:17-21)

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Daily Nudge: separation from the world – and news

The apostle John warns, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever” (1 John 2:15-17).

This teaching concentrates on the need for believers to separate themselves from the world. What practical tips would you offer someone who is seeking to live out this message?

News from the churches?

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