WHOM WILL YOU BELIEVE? THE BIBLE OR THIS WORLD’S OPINIONS OF “RIGHT AND WRONG”?
With all of the pressure that this world is putting on “preachers” and the “church” to cave in and go along with what “they” say is right, far too many “Christians” today are at best drifting away from the Bible as being the final authority in their lives OR at worst totally abandoning its teachings and tenets so that they can “go along to get along.”
None of this conflict between the church and the opinions of this world is a surprise to those who study the Bible and believe that it is true. Yet, some “believers” have always been willing to forfeit their eternal future for a more comfortable place in whatever current society that they want to be accepted by.
Before the Civil War (and in some places still today), Preachers (and their churches) in the South preached and supported the culture and practice of slavery for personal gain and acceptance in society. Yet, it should have been the churches who stood up with the loudest voice and protested against slavery even from BEFORE the beginning of our nation.
In Germany before World War II, far too many preachers and churches supported Hitler and justified his hatred of Jews while turning a blind eye to what was going on in the death camps. Yes, those who protested were often jailed and some were executed. BUT that is sometimes the price of our faith and of faithfulness to God.
Nevertheless, all of the above and every other instance where those who were once faithful believers compromised for the expediency of their temporal existence in NO WAY invalidates the Bible as the Word of God AND the need for those who are His people to stand for His Word and His teachings regardless of the cost.
1 Peter 4:12-19
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
1 Peter 1:6-9
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TESTING AND TRYING THAT IS COMING TO THE CHURCH FROM THIS WORLD, WILL YOU STILL BE STANDING FOR RIGHT AND TRUTH OR WILL YOU CHOOSE THE EASY WAY OUT? ETERNITY WILL PROVE THAT IT WASN’T THE EASY WAY, BUT IT TAKES TRUE FAITH IN THE BIBLE TO BELIEVE THAT, DOESN’T IT?
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
IT TOOK FAITH FOR MOSES TO CHOOSE TEMPORARY PAIN OVER COMFORT AND PLEASURE NOW IN ORDER FOR HIM TO HAVE AN ETERNAL COMFORT AND REWARD. EVERY BELIEVER WILL BE FACED WITH THE SAME CHOICE. SOME ARE FACING THAT CHOICE EVEN NOW! WHAT WILL YOUR CHOICE BE? BETTER CHECK THE PRICE TAG?