Saturday, November 30, 2013
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:3-5)
Paul wrote this to Timothy 2000 years ago, but I'd say that we're living in that time right now. Conventional wisdom demands that we never tell anyone to break out of their comfort zone, it's so insensitive. Never rebuke, challenge, or even suggest sacrifice. It's just not politically correct.
God's principles state:
Spiritual forces manipulate this world, and fallen angels that were cast out of heaven millennia ago, are still at work on this earth today in real and tangible ways.
Conventional wisdom dictates: Healing and the casting out of demons "were for then, not for now." We live in a modern world. Any talk of demons is silly and medieval. If we stretch our imaginations to believe that it may exist today, it must exist on a very philosophical level, nothing concrete as our daily lives.
God's principles state: My Word is living and active.
Conventional wisdom dictates: The Bible is negotiable.
God's principles state: Lose your life, sacrifice yourself to God, become His slave, and you will find it.
Conventional wisdom dictates: Believe, but don't lose yourself.
God's principles state: Unless you hate your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, and even your own life—you cannot be My disciple
Conventional wisdom dictates: Family first.
God's principles state: The honor and worship of tradition over the honor and worship of God is idolatry.
Conventional wisdom dictates: Anyone who breaks traditions, especially those cloaked in religious overtones, is being hateful and such a person is tantamount to a reprobate.
Anyone who says that Jesus is all about love and kindness, knows only half the story. The love and kindness of God is only fully available to those who are ready to wage war against evil - even at the risk of losing their family or their lives. The path to God's love and kindness begins in loneliness and sacrifice, but the power and authority that is imbued to those who go through it is priceless.
True Christianity is radical Christianity. True faith is brutal. And the true results are love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.