Pragmatism Rules?

Pragmatism has become the god of this age.  If it works, do it.  Regardless of right and wrong, we live in an age dominated with the belief that the end justifies the means.  There is an entire section in Christian bookstores dedicated to church growth.  Rarely, do any of these books deal with prayer and preaching straight biblical truth.  These books deal with discovering what unregenerate people want and then giving it to them so they will come to your church building.  If they find preaching boring…shorten the sermon.  If they find hell offensive…leave it out.  If they want to be inspired …leave out the parts about sin.  We have studied and learned what lost people want and as a result we cater to the lusts of their flesh.  But, they come to churches around the country listening to watered-down preaching and an un-offensive gospel.  If only the apostle Paul knew as much as we do (1 Cor. 1:17).  He said the gospel he preached was offensive to unbelievers and that GOd Himself had to enable lost people to believe it (1 Cor. 1:18-25, 30-31).

I have been sucked into the lie of being more concerned about not offending people than being concerned with not offending God.  I have feared man more than I have feared God.  This is not right.  I have repented of this and asked God to help me to fear Him more than man.  I have asked Him to help me to preach all of His Word and to do it without apology.  Prayer, biblical preaching, and biblical worship are not in style currently.  The truth is that throughout time Satan has attacked these things and believers have been seeking the respect and approval of this world.  Scripture says that we are citizens of heaven.  Christ said that the world would hate us because we belong to Him.  The apostle John said that if you love this world you don’t love God (1 John 2:15-17).  James said that friendship with this world makes one an enemy of God (Jas. 4:4-5).  Scripture says that the world is under the authority and influence of Satan (1 John 5:19; Eph. 2:1-3; 6:10-12).

We have believed the lie that we can convince spiritually dead people who are enemies of God and offended by the gospel to believe in Jesus Christ by speaking our wisdom to them and by entertaining them.  God has chosen the method of believers verbally preaching the gospel to unbelievers and He alone is the one who enables them to believe an offensive gospel message.  We gather as a church to pray, worship, and to sit under the preaching of the Word of God.  As God’s Word is preached to us without apology, it will convict us, anger us, and break us.  It will be uncomfortable at times as God speaks truth into our lives.  God’s Word is essential for evangelizing lost people and for discipling saved people to Christ-likeness.  There is no substitute.

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  1. “Love Not The World”

    ”For the WHOLE world(not just a portion) is under the control of the evil one”…….(I John 5:19)

    “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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. And the world will pass away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of The Only True GOD will abide for ever.”(IJohn2:15-17)

    “If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.” (John15:19-20)

    “Where do wars and fighting among you come from? Do they not come of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is to be at enmity with The Only True GOD? Therefore whoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of The Only True GOD.” (James 4:1-4)

    “The world cannot hate you; but the world hates Me, because I testify that the works of this world are evil.” (John 7:7)” and “The Messiah gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of The Only True God, Our Father.”(Gal 1:4)

    The Messiah testified: “If the world hates you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”(John 5:18) Truly, Truly, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life in this world shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall have it unto life eternal.” (John 12:24-25)

    John testified: “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you.” (I John 3:13) “ James testified, “Whoever would be a friend of this world is the enemy of GOD”(James4:4)

    The “earth and it’s life forms” are The Creation of The ONE and Only True GOD, Father of ALL! The “worldly” systems are the creation of, and under the dominion of “the god of this world”, he who is “the father of lies”, he who “has blinded the minds of those who believe not The Messiah”! All the nations of this world are under the dominion of, and serve, the “god of this world” for he provides the fuel that feeds mankind’s “imag”ination. And sadly, mankind’s “imag”ination is destroying Creation(air, water, land vegetation, creatures) and perverting that which is Spirit(Truth, Light, Life, Faith, Love, Peace,, All that is Truly Good) ;-(

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world and it’s systems of religion, for “the WHOLE world(not just a portion) is under the control of the evil one” indeed and Truth……

    Truth IS, a lie is not…….

    Abide in The Truth……. francis

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