Contending Christians Are Compliant Not Combative
May 27, 2017 DR. DON BOYS
Timothy was bishop of the early Christians Ephesus church and disciple of the Apostle Paul who trained him to be a church leader.
In A.D. 97, as the pagans were about to celebrate a feast called Catagogion, a festival in which they carried images of pagan gods through the streets, Timothy, severely reproved them for their ludicrous idolatry. For his faithful witness, they beat him with clubs, and he died two days later. Timothy was contending for the faith as every Christian is expected to do. He was compliant; his attackers were contentious, combative, and criminal.
Gibbon reported that the proconsul Pliny had published a general edict against unlawful meetings and Christian leaders thought it prudent to suspend their agapae; “but it was impossible for them to omit the exercise of public worship.” Christian leaders were willing to cease their feast but refused to stop their worship services. They were not being rebels, but being faithful Christians.
What would modern pastors do under the same circumstances? They would fold like a cheap suit.
Irenaeus reports that Polycarp, a disciple of the Apostle John, once met the heretic Marcion in the street and Marcion asked, “Do you recognize me?” “Indeed,” replied Polycarp, “I recognize you as the firstborn of Satan!” Evidently, Polycarp was not interested in building bridges.
Once, when the Apostle John walked into a public bath, he heard that Cerinthus, a famed leader of the Gnostics, was already within. John immediately grabbed his belongings and fled from the place, saying, “Let us flee, lest the bath fall in, as long as Cerinthus, that enemy of the truth, is within!” John was obedient, not obstinate, or obnoxious.
Committed Christians are willing to confront error, challenge it, and contend with it to the point of conflict. They are not mean-spirited or bigoted but are simply obeying the One who converted, called, and commissioned them.
“Judge Not!” is the battle cry of those who use it as a smoke screen to secretly, safely, and surely retreat from the truth. Truth is seen as “unloving” by those who reject it and refuse to repent. It is a fact that right is right, even if nobody believes it and wrong is wrong, even if everybody affirms it. During the time when almost everyone (except knowledgeable Christians) “knew” the world was flat, the fact is it was not flat. Even the experts were wrong. It is better to stand for truth and be alone than stand for error with the crowd.
Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “You have your way, I have my way. As for the right way, it does not exist.” Nietzsche was wrong as usual.
It was common in past years for people of all persuasions to defend their beliefs when challenged by an opponent. But now it is considered to be contentious, confrontational, and crass to contend that you are right and others are wrong. We have been brainwashed into thinking there are many points of view but there is no “right” view or a “wrong” view. Usually, a Bible believing Christian’s view is not considered valuable, viable, or virtuous by the shallow, the stubborn, and the scorner.
The reason for such a novel concept is that if there is a “right” and a “wrong” then someone must make the judgment. But that requires an authority that honorable people can depend on for support. That authority is God, and His Word is absolute–so there is “right” and “wrong.” That concept drives liberal unbelievers up the wall.
Our critics demand tolerance as if it is the highest aspiration; however, as Bishop Sheen said, “Tolerance applies only to persons, but never to truth…or principles. About these things we must be intolerant….Right is right if nobody is right; and wrong is wrong if everybody is wrong. And, in this day and age we need, as Mr. Chesterton tells us, ‘not a church that is right when the world is right, but a church that is right when the world is wrong.’”
If the world was ever wrong, it is today and churches are failing.
While tolerance is an admirable attribute, it never trumps truth. The Bible does not teach love and tolerance but love and repentance; however, most people think how they feel is as important as truth. It is not.
They are tolerant of unbelief and are willing to tolerate apostasy; however, it is impossible to be a dedicated Christian and not contend for truth! Most Evangelicals and moderate Fundamentalists would rather be known as gracious gentlemen rather than Defenders of the Faith. They are weaklings who are tolerant of unbelief and are willing to tolerate apostasy.
Moreover, we have been told that a genuine Christian never judges because no idea is any better than another. However, in I Cor. 2:15, Paul declared, “He that is spiritual judgeth all things.” In fact, it is cowardly to refuse to make judgments, but one must do so carefully because he will also be judged.
Do I have to remind you of Paul’s clear instructions to Christians? Christians have an obligation to confront doctrinal error. II Timothy 4:2 commands us to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” If a preacher never reproves, rebukes, or exhorts, he is disobeying a holy God. It would be interesting to hear him justify his (or her!) disobedience?
Titus 1:9 commands us: “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” We are told in Titus 2:15: “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority.” Most preachers only comfort, commend, cajole, console, and compromise!
They have sold out.
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The Buzzards Are Circling
May 27, 2017 by DAVE DAUBENMIRE
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. Psalms 9:17
So now the “religion of peace” has left its hellish mark on young children in Manchester, England. Manchester prides itself on being a progressive city, one filled with diversity and tolerance.
Although I am sure that you would never learn it in an American public school, Manchester was founded in 79 AD as one of the first footholds in what would become known as the land of the WASP’s.
You remember the WASP’s , don’t you? White Anglo Saxon Protestants were those evil ethnic peoples that had the audacity to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. They are the ones that are so hated by the godless left today for their sin of planting the bigoted ideology of individual freedom inside the hearts of men.
At one time it was referred to as Western Civilization…this religious indoctrination that set at liberty them that were bruised. It was the hate-filled WASP’s, and now their greedy ancestors, that introduced freedom through Christ to the American continent. And it was those dastardly white-faced devils that in turn spread individual liberty across the globe.
“Those pale-faces and their Christian God ravaged indigenous people groups all across the globe, using racism and raw power as the vehicles of advancing their own selfish desires.” (That is a paraphrase of a rant from some leftish college professor that I read one-time.) This is the type of bilge they are teaching our children in university today in an attempt to shame the white man into submission.
Let there be no doubt about it, my friends. It is Western Civilization and the unmatched achievements of Christian men that are in the cross hairs today. Most white men don’t have the courage to say it…but I just did. The Anglo-American ethic is on life support.
England, as we have come to know it, is almost gone. The virus known as multi-culturalism is eating away in an attempt to exterminate the WASP. London has a Muslim mayor. Once-Christian Europe is soon to be toast. Christians today are the most persecuted people group in the world.
Check out this video.
America is next. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why it is that all of this forced Muslim migration is occurring in formerly WASP nations? Why are there no Muslim refugees being shipped to China…or Japan…or even in to black-dominated Africa? Why is it that only the WASP-rooted nations are being over-run with faithful worshipers of Allah?
Western Civilization is the answer. Christianity must be destroyed before old Slew Foot and his minions can gain world dominance. Jesus Christ is all that stands between liberty and slavery. Try as they may the Muslim hoards will never conquer the Kingdom of Christ.
But a quick study of world history will reveal that Almighty God has permitted His people to be overrun by strangers. It is not that Christianity is weak, but that the judgments of the Lord are righteous and sure. Christianity is still on the move all across the world. Revival is breaking out in nations that have never been introduced to the Light.
But Europe, like America, has set a bushel over their light. Like mother, like daughter. We have traded Truth for tolerance, and have rejected God. The Spirit of God is marching on…His Truth always does…but the buzzards are coming home to roost in the cradle of Christianity.
God’s Word is almost haunting in its premonitions. We often forget that the principles in the Bible are both immutable and unwavering. The Scriptures remind us that “these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.” It is folly to think that we are exempt from the wrath of God after sliding down the same slimy sexual slope.
I was reading from Isaiah I this morning when I was poked in the eye by an obvious warning from His Word. A chilling eeriness enveloped me as I compared His Words to the modern day judgment sweeping across the land.
“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? Ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.”
What has happened to our nation? I hear that lament nearly ever where I go. But it is not that hard to figure out. We have rejected God. He has removed our lamp stand. We are reaping the whirl wind of our rejection of God.
“Who needs God…” the godless declare!! “We can do it on our own. Let’s get rid of that “white man’s religion.”
Judgment isn’t coming…judgment is here.
“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” Psalms 19:9.
Can’t you see the buzzards circling?
“For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” Matt. 28:18.