Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Taking A Stand For God.



Taking A Stand for God 


(Rev 3:14-16) "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of
the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. I
know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were
either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot
nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
The scripture that was read speaks directly to the issue of wishy-washy Christians.

Jesus is telling John to tell the people of Laodicea that He is aware of their works,
as He has been keeping his eye on them, as well as the other churches.

And that they were neither hot nor cold. Or, to put it another way, they were neither
excited nor blasé about the church.

And because of this, He wanted them to be one way or another, and is about to, as
He said "spew you out of my mouth."
But in addition to studying scripture, a lot of people are rather wishy-washy when it

comes to dealing with God, with Jesus and with their stance on being a Christian.
They are what we call, "middle-of-the-road" Christians.

These are the people who have no definitive stance on what their lives should be
as Christians, or the Bible. They are okay with whatever the other person has to
say. They don't argue a point, even if they know the point is wrong, because
somewhere in the back of their mind, they are afraid that maybe, the thought is
right.
One of the problems that a lot of Christians have, when it comes to discussing

theology and scripture, is that there is so much room for interpretation. Five
different people can read the same exact scripture and come up with five
different meanings behind the scripture. Which in turns creates some interesting
situations when people are coming together and trying to study the Word of God
leading to misinterpretation of what Jesus really meant.
This is dangerous ground for a lot  of Christians, because it leaves them open to

some really weird interpretations of scripture. Because, let's face it, no matter
how nice we try to be, no matter how "politically correct" we may wish to be, some
people are just wrong. Dead wrong. They are wrong about their views on scripture;
they quote things in a manner that is totally opposite to the flow of scripture.

And if you challenge them, they may end it with, "well, that's my opinion” or
“your opinion” it may come to the point that they don’t want to know so they say,
“Lets agree to disagree!” meaning, “I find you offensive."
Jesus is showing that it is important to take a stand, to be on one side of the fence,

to be consistent in your faith. Jesus seems to be telling us that taking a laissez-faire
attitude towards the church and towards Him is not sufficient. This will cause Jesus
to spit you out of his mouth.
My experience of people in a lot of churches is that they want to be popular and want

to be liked, especially in the ministry. They figure that it is easier to get programs done
and accomplished if their congregations have good feelings (emotional based faith)
towards us.

We figure that in order to be the most effective, we must ensure that we don't offend
people to "keep the balance", lest our ministry be negatively affected, in other words
having that balance of unity to love in such a way as to not offend.
Whilst on some levels it would be easier if all people concerned did have positive

views towards us as ministers, it is not practical. We cannot please all the people
all of the time, and more often than not, we can't please some people at all. There
are people who will just never have a good view of us; maybe because of the way
we dress, the way we talk, even the way we eat. There will always be someone
who will have something against us.

(2nd Timothy, 4:2-5) "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season;
correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and
careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not
put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires,
they will gather around them a great number of teachers to
say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their
ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you,
keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the
work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your
ministry."

So there you go, we have to do things in the likeness of Jesus and be obedient
taking a stand. I, personally, would rather not have their blood on my hands.

This is what the bible says in (2 Tim.3:12.) "And indeed, all who desire to live godly
lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted."
Sometimes, we just have to tell people that they are wrong, and sometimes we have

to tell people that they are right. The majority opinion is not always the correct opinion.
But if we take the "middle of the road", “I wanna make everyone happy, and I don't
want to hurt anyone's feelings”, then we are being not only a wishy-washy Christian,
but we are being wishy-washy preachers as well.

And how can we preach the gospel if we are afraid to take a stand on the critical
issues of the time.
After all, taking the example of Jesus and his ministry, we will find that he never shied

away from a stance he was taking. He never ran from a confrontation or an argument.
Instead, he stood firm and proclaimed the Good News of the kingdom of God, the
message of repentance, of believe and confess and, as a result, he ended up being
crucified for us.
So the issue comes that we must be about the Father’s work. We must be willing to

do what the Lord has called us to do, despite what other people may say or think.
We must be willing to take a stance on issues regardless of whether it is popular or
politically correct, and do not worry if in case people get offended. They are not
offended at you, it’s the word that offends them and they cannot accept the truth.
(Romans 1:18.)         For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all

ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress
the truth in unrighteousness.

(Romans 1:21,22.) For even though they knew God, they did not honor him
as God or give thanks but they became futile in there
speculations and in there foolish heart was darkened.
Professing to be wise they became fools.


Dr. King once quoted a philosopher who said, "A man who will stand for
nothing will fall for anything." In today's climate of political correctness, the
Christian who wants everyone to feel good and doesn't want to hurt anyone's
feelings, would rather be “middle of the road” than to be single-minded in their
Christian walk.



By Miguel Hayworth
Director/First Plumbline Apologetics

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