Category Archives: Political Correctness and human approval

Undead Churches And Zombification in the Congregation

Rogue Church: When Good Churches Go Bad.

It is a startling thing when a church of all things compromises with society’s values rather than listens to the word of God, we see this happening in our day with denominations like the Methodist church and certain circles in the Presbyterian denomination which has for a large part has embraced ordination of homosexual clergy.

This is an age old problem though, and should not surprise us too much though. In Revelations Jesus rebuked a church for it’s compromise with sin and sinful people when he said this:

“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’ To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelations 2:18-29.

This Jezebel figure not only led people into sexual sin but idolatry. We have seen some churches compromise on issues of purity as well as doctrine! We all have probably seen it happen where someone who ought to turn people to Christ, the only solution, bend under pressure or willful compromise on the doctrine that Christ is the only way to be made right with God. A polluted and watered down message is just as deadly as flat out heresy, the only difference is it is sometimes harder to spot half truths than whole lies.

Paul had the same issue to confront when he wrote his first letter of Corinthians, he addressed everything from quarrels, disputes, and lawsuits in the church to an individual involved in incest! Paul did not have the professing follower of Christ ordained, no, rather he had him kicked out of the church to avoid further contamination.

Paul writes in his absence addressing the issue by saying in (1 Corinthians 5:11-13 ) “But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

Basically, non believers acting this way is one thing, but a professing Christian doing this with unrepentant attitude should be removed from the flock. Serious quarantining you might call it, why should any of the other believers get led astray and infected because of one man?

From the sounds of it, this was playing out in both Corinth and later Thyatira. And get this, Jesus rebuked Thyatira by saying, “You tolerate that woman Jezebel”

Far cry from the, “tolerance” motto. We should as The Church follow our cues from God’s word, not denominational preferences, or what “we think would be best,” and most definitely not take our ideas of how to run the church from the world.

When God’s Message Is Not Politically Correct.

One way to combat political correctness is to stop caving in apologetically to the demands of people. Christian’s shouldn’t ever have to apologize for the simple gospel truth that is man’s only hope for their sin problem and separation from a Holy God. One can either accept the message or reject it, it’s their choice, but a watered down version of the truth won’t give real hope to anyone. It is always God’s will that we are gentle and kind in our methods of sharing but we should never offer a watered down version that will only appease those who want to reject God’s standards as well as mislead those who are truly searching for answers. A soul will not be won to Christ with a watered down gospel, the stubborn will only listen to the parts that tickle their ears and the seeking soul will have no real idea but be disillusioned later on when they realize the truth has not been properly explained. Why do so many abandon the faith when they realize following Christ is not always easy? Why do some squirm when they realize there is sacrifice and pain involved? Why is there so much moral compromise among some who profess alliegence to Jesus Christ? Because so many people, my self included have been tempted and have fallen into the sin of compromise. Political correctness is an ancient problem with a new name, it is none other then the “Fear of man.”

Jesus said, “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies ? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.8 “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.9 But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. (Luke 12:9)

There are so many churches that fail to reach a dying broken world because they are dying themselves. Christ had very harsh words concerning a church of this sort in Revelations and rebuked them sharply by saying
“1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Revelations 3:1-6)

We have heard many modern stories like this in the news about churches that defect to the world’s standards and man’s mass opinion instead of sticking to the word of God. Some churches have embraced the idea that “there can be multiple ways to God” like the Universalist train of thought. That’s not in scripture. Other denominations have tolerated too lightly things that God’s Word specifically condemns as sin, such as homosexuality and premarital sexual relations. And many of these sects of “evangelical Christianity” have gone as far as ordaining willfully sinning individuals. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians reprimanded them for this very same scenario, there was a man in the church was guilty of sexual relations with his stepmother and Paul exclaimed,

“1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife.2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?3 Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present.4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord

Harsh? Yes, but necessary. God would rather make someone’s life here miserable temporarily and see them save their souls permanently than give a man temporary reprieve yet damn their soul. Is God being mean? By no stretch of the imagination. Why? Because he is being extroardinary gracious when he is under no obligation to keep any one of us alive when we disobey Him any more than a king in ancient times had to let one live who acted treacherously. He could at any moment say, “I have had enough of your sinful rebellion and into hell you go!” Yet he doesn’t do that with us and I am grateful for that because I would be in hell years ago if he wasn’t as patient as he is.

2 Peter 3:The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
He is “patient” and “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”
He wants to give people an opportunity to turn from their sins and trust in Christ for their forgiveness before he brings judgement and wrath. After all, “there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7)

Repent and live, trust Christ and he will wipe the slate clean. He specializes in mercy and reconciliation. No sin can keep you away from the grace of the Savior except to deny one’s need for this grace.

“If you want to offend nobody than agree with everybody”-That is slavery to man’s opinion, not freedom in Christ. Christ sets us free from the fear of man so we can serve him wholeheartedly, who would you rather serve, one God, who is Love and Truth, or hundreds of people with different opinions who want you to agree with them. Opinion enslavement is no laughing matter, it’s a form of bondage with out chains and a prison without bars, but it will still hold you captive none the less.

(Galatians 1:10) Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

(Galatians 5:1) 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

(Proverbs 29:25) Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.