Friday, March 17, 2017
Right or Wrong
Little by little, we are plowing through these “time related” statements made back in January of this year. In this post, we shall cover the fourth element of the second statement. This element declares: “There is little difference seen, in the life of a nominal Christian and an unsaved sinner, in today’s society.”
According to the Word of God, there is certain criteria set-up for the Christian to follow. Once a person declares himself/herself a follower of God, they agree to live their lives in the manner outlined in Scripture. Let’s look at few of them. I am barely scratching the service:
1. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” KJV - This means that once you confess to being a Christian, your old habits or ways of doing things should change. There is an end to lying, cheating, stealing, committing adultery/fornication and a plethora of other things. Your life is renewed!
2. Luke 9:23 – “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” KJV – This command entails self-denial, putting others ahead of ourselves; giving ourselves in loving service to people we barely know and not complaining about it to others.
3. Galatians 2:20 – “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” KJV – Although the Christian life can be challenging, only because humans tend to want to do, what they want to do; but this verse makes it clear that Christians are to be spiritually dead to their own desires, when those desires conflict with what God wants to do in us. Therefore, we symbolically crucify or kill our own desires and allow the desires of Christ to live in us and accomplish His desires, since He died for us.
4. Romans 6:16 – “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” KJV – This scripture declares that whomever you obey, you pronounce that person or entity as your ruler; you become the servant. Your choice will lead to life or death – it’s strictly “Your Choice.”
5. John 14:15 – “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” KJV – As servants of the Most High God, we should obey His 10 Commandments – all of them! Many mis-informed people believe that the 10 Commandments have been abolished/destroyed/done away with! Yet, in our civil societies, all around the world, our state laws proclaim them alive and well.
For instance, if you rob from, steal from, lie about (defamation of character), or kill somebody, you will be arrested. These laws pertain to man’s interactions with man, yet there are at least four more that describe how man is to relate to God, which is the key factor.
The bottom line is this, just how many “professed Christians” actually take these things to heart and incorporate them in their lives? Other than attending church services, once a week, most of them do whatever and go wherever they want, regardless to what is outlined in the Word of God.
If you are a Christian, I beg of you to prove me wrong! If you are not a Christian, just observe and see if I’m right.
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