August 7, 2021
August 7, 2021
Growing up in the church I’ve heard all of the teaching about how holiness isn’t relevant anymore, as if being saved by grace and gaining freedom in Christ frees us from the responsibility to pursue holiness.
Yet, what I’ve found is that too often people take these teachings (which applied specifically to the fact that there was no longer a need to obey Old Testament laws and make sacrifices) and use it to compromise and participate in sins that are strictly forbidden in the New Testament.
Guys, we need to stop playing around with sin and the world. I see it too much on social media, people watching stuff they shouldn’t watch, going places they have no business going, doing things they shouldn’t be doing, drinking things they shouldn’t be drinking, entertaining things they shouldn’t be entertaining.
I recently saw a quote that I loved. It said “The early church wanted to know ‘What must I do to be saved’…Today’s church asks, ‘What can I do and still be saved?’”
Guys, God didn’t call us to walk on the wide road, His road for us is the narrow one.
Matthew 7 says: “Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
I believe one of the biggest things that is stopping God’s children from winning victory is compromise. We are staying stuck in defeat because we are compromising too much with sin and the world.
We aren’t pursuing a holy life.
Because even though society and church opinion, about what may be right or wrong may change over the years, God’s Word does not.
We are still called to be different.
We are still called to live for God and show the world what it means to be a Christian.
We are called to be a light in a dark place, not just blend in with the darkness hoping the world will like us and want to be with us. Instead, we need to “rise and shine”. We need to put away compromise, avoid sin, and shine our light!
Memory Verse: Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
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