Change. This was the essence of the presidential campaign in 2008 that ushered in the children of humanistic thinking who now control most of our government and culture. We are witnessing the results of this moral sea change in a breakdown of our culture and society. These are the promoters of “political correctness” that seek to change the fundamental principles that have governed our nation from the beginning, and defined our nation as a people. Their goal is to change what is right and what is wrong.
Is there room for such changes in the church? What does God tell us about what the churches response should be?
1 Timothy 6:7-8 (AMPL) “But refuse and avoid irreverent legends – profane and impure and godless fictions, mere grandmothers tales – and silly myths, and express your disapproval of them. Train yourself toward godliness (piety) – keeping yourself spiritually fit. For physical training is of some value – useful for a little; but godliness [spiritual training] is useful and of value for the present life and also for the life which is to come.”
Whew! Does the church have a challenge on their hands these days! There are many in the church today who feel it is time to be more “inclusive”, and shed the negative image of being “too narrow”, and “too rigid.” They see embracing the “new standards of political correctness” as a means to becoming more “relevant” and provides the church with many new opportunities to impact this world in a “positive” way.
God calls this stuff, “irreverent, profane, godless, fictions, silly tales and myths.”
He tells the church to refuse such godless concepts that undermine the truth of the gospel and should be avoided for the protection of the church. And what is God’s alternative to filling the church with this “new” morality?
God says that the church should train itself toward godliness.
What is godliness?
Godliness has several facets that reveal God’s ways and ministries to His children and to the rest of the world.
Godliness is God’s careful and systematic program of action for making the gospel known to the world.
Godliness is remaining pure in doctrine by staying away from false religious or nonreligious thought.
Godliness is remaining pure from the contaminating influences of any humanly devised ideal, concept, principle, tradition, ritual, system or religion.
Godliness is remaining true and devoted to the purity of the doctrines of the Word and living an upright wholesome life.
Godliness is thinking, acting, and living like Jesus.
Godliness is the complete rejection of human ways and totally embracing God’s ways.
God tells us that we are to “train ourselves” to be godly. This means that it does not happen automatically. Godliness is an act of faith; it is an act of free will.
So, the church has a decision to make. Is the church going to stand up for God and be the godly people God expects them to be? Or is the church going to allow itself to become like the world and embrace the world’s irreverent, profane, impure, godless imaginations and silly myths” in order to be “relevant”?
God makes it clear that His plan for the church is that it remain pure from the offensive ways of the current culture.
And God tells us that holding to God’s values and God’s ways will produce great promise for us now, and in our eternal future.
The church is made up of individual Christians.
So, here is the question for you: “Are you going to embrace the world’s view of things or God’s view of things? Are you going to live in such a way that people say, “There goes a godly man! or woman!
These are hard times for followers of Jesus because the time has come when believers must stand up for their faith. Remember, Jesus said, “He who is not with Me (definitely on my side), is against Me.” Matthew 12:30 AMPL
What’s it going to be?
Be strong and spiritually fit, and you will always be on the right side!
Have a great day!
God bless, Dick
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