IS THE CHURCH WINNING THE WORLD OR IS THE WORLD WINNING THE CHURCH?
The idea that it is possible to make faith in the Lord Jesus Christ popular, or maybe acceptable, or even palatable to this world is both ludicrous and absolute proof of an ignorance of what the Bible says AND proof of one’s unbelief in the Bible as God’s Word. It is IMPOSSIBLE to truly believe what the Bible literally says and believe that this world will ever accept what it says as truth! The Bible states that will NEVER HAPPEN!
The Bible is diametrically opposed to the principles and priorities of this world and will ALWAYS challenge those who believe it to make a choice between the Word of God and pleasing (being acceptable to) this world!
Light and darkness can never be part of one another — neither physically or spiritually. The absence of one (light) is the definition of the other (darkness)! It is impossible naturally or spiritually for light and darkness to ever co-exist!
God spoke and wrote His Word in such a manner as to reveal the thoughts and intents of human’s hearts. If one wants an excuse to live according to their own lusts and justify themselves, all they have to do is “look hard enough” in the Bible and they will SEEM to find it. Even the devil quoted Scriptures to Jesus!
“There is a way that SEEMETH right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25)
Just because some things “sound” right doesn’t make them right!
It is Biblically impossible to truly believe the Bible and follow the teachings of Jesus and today’s culture “approve”! To the natural mind, the things of the Spirit of God are “foolishness”! The preaching of the cross is both foolish and offensive to this world. “Believer,” will you eliminate spiritual things and the cross of Christ from your faith in order to be accepted by this world. The Bible emphatically declares that they that are friends with this world are the “enemies” of God! (James 4:4)
Bible-believing Christians, we are commanded to love the people of this world, but don’t expect the world to return the sentiments! Jesus emphatically stated that is not going to happen!
1 John 2:15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
ONCE THE WORLD (ITS THOUGHTS, PRIORITIES, METHODS, LIFESTYLES, ETC.) GETS INTO THE CHURCH, AND THE WORLD AND THE CHURCH BECOME ONE AND THE SAME, THEN THE “CHURCH” IS NO LONGER THE CHURCH — IT’S JUST ANOTHER EXPRESSION OF THE WORLD!!!
BELIEVER, YOU MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN GOD AND THIS WORLD!
REMEMBER, “NOT CHOOSING” IS A CHOICE! GOD CAN ONLY BE CHOSEN BY ACTUALLY MAKING A CHOICE FOR HIM!