ARE YOU MUDDYING THE WATERS?

Proverbs 25:26 If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain, or muddying a spring.

We are living in a day when Christians have been intimidated by a politically correct society to the point that we are afraid to stand up for our faith. We are told that if we speak out on what the Bible clearly lists as sin and perversion, we are not showing the love of Christ. Even Christians try to use Scripture to prove that you should not speak up. “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers….” The main problem here, is that most of those who quote such scriptures are  not  wrestling at all……They will not stand for anything and they say, “well, God has it in control.” Then they proceed to allow wickedness to go on unchecked until it comes to roost a little closer to home: perhaps their children become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Or their daughters have an abortion, Etc. Then they want to blame God for not stopping this.

Our society is moving further and further  from the truth of God’s word and we as Christians are remaining silent. We give in, and let the wicked control all areas of our government, our entertainment, our schools, even our churches and the muddy waters are become positively unfit to swim in.

Do not let what this verse predicts come to pass! It starts with the word: “IF” which means this is a conditional outcome: IF we give in, the waters become polluted. Yes, we have an uphill battle to fight in our nation since Christians have let the devil take his course over this last generation. But, remember: There is a BIG difference between difficult and impossible.

And with God, nothing shall be impossible Luke 1:37.

But if we continue to give in to the wicked without so much as a whimper, we, as Christians, will not even be able to live the United States of America and worship in freedom. Our children and grandchildren will pay the price in persecution for our lack of guts. Remaining silent, proves we are ashamed.

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16

We need to stand up as a group, but do not wait for others to speak up. They are probably waiting for you!

ARE YOU STRIVING TO DEFEND THE TRUTH?

Jude 1:3-4 NLT

Jude 1:3 – Dearly loved friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the truth of the Good News. God gave this unchanging truth once for all time to his holy people.

Jude 1:4 – I say this because some godless people have wormed their way in among you, saying that God’s forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives. The fate of such people was determined long ago, for they have turned against our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

We are seeing this in our churches today. So many people are preaching that God’s forgiveness covers everything: on the surface, this is a correct statement. But, as with all doctrine, we must compare scripture with scripture in order to obtain a true doctrine. All scripture must line up or it is a false doctrine. This does not include the opinions of man or those who have a private interpretation.

 

2nd Peter 1: 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Even the Apostle Peter did not place a personal message from God above the Word of God. The Word is a more sure word of Prophecy.

Now back to Jude. He said that he wanted to talk about the salvation we all share: in other words, he wanted to write to them about the grace of God. But, since there were people saying that God’s forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives, he had to write about that. He tells us that we should defend the truth. The King James puts it this way:

Jude 1:3 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

The Greek word for contend means that we should take a position against as in a contest. This is a forceful word saying to strive, which gives us the obligation to speak against such heresy. He then goes on to describe the faith that was NOT delivered unto the saints and what we should strive against.

Jude 1:4 – I say this because some godless people have wormed their way in among you, saying that God’s forgiveness allows us to live immoral lives. The fate of such people was determined long ago, for they have turned against our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

After this he brings several examples of how God judged those who were not faithful: he says that anyone preaching this false doctrine has forgotten about these examples. Yes, these examples are in the Old Testament, and Jude does a masterful job of bringing these facts into the New Testament and reminding us how God judges those who are unfaithful.

Let’s not be deceived by those who say that it does not matter what our lives look like to the world. We are to ACTIVELY “put on Christ” How do we do this? By not using the grace of God to fulfil our lust:

Romans 13:14 – But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

 

These are the words of God – not the Apostle Paul. But, the apostle Paul, who wrote these words, was no dummy. If it were not possible to make provision for the flesh within the grace of God, these words would have not been written. God never wastes words in the Bible. So, we conclude, that it is possible for us to use the grace of God to make allowances for our sins, just as Jude said. Do not be deceived by this false doctrine that says you can live any way you want. And, do not be afraid to challenge it – we are commanded to do so.

These next verses let us know which ACTIONS cause us to be unrighteous and be among those who will not inherit God’s kingdom. If we are practicing these actions, we are not born of God. Examine yourself to see if you are in the faith.

1 Corinthians 6:9 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,etc.

1st John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 

Remember, make the tree good and the fruit good, or make the tree evil and the fruit evil: We cannot have it both ways.