Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A watered down Gospel = a tidal wave of erosion

My heart is heavy this morning. Seems everywhere I turn I am faced with evidence of how far our country has fallen. We should be on our knees before the Lord pleading for His forgiveness and the healing of our nation. Instead, buses in D.C. bear ads declaring there is no God. Taliban insurgents urge Obama to withdraw troops before the ink is even dry on the final election numbers. The majority of our country chose last week to stand on the side of "rights" instead of life. We have not only turned our back on God, but have arrogantly slapped Him in the face. What use to be a slow, methodical wearing away of our belief system has become a tidal wave of erosion. Things done in secret are now flaunted and praised. The problem we face as Christians is not allowing ourselves to be caught up, or worse carried away by the wave.

While some of the erosion is blatant, much is more subtle in nature. Christians all over our nation are accepting a watered down version of the Gospel, changes so slight they are difficult to recognize on the surface. We must examine everything we hear in light of Scripture and then decide what we're going to do with it. It is becoming harder to stand for what we believe and it will only get worse. If we are not sure of what we stand for...if we are not committed to the cause of Christ no matter what pressures we face, we will fall.

The sad thing is many Christians will not even realize it. If you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, he will jump out. If you put him in a pot and slowly heat the water, he will boil to death. The same is true for us. If you put most Christians in a blatantly hostile situation, they will recognize the threat and respond. However, if you put them in a church that is preaching a watered down gospel, or one just slightly off-center, they will eat it up and never realize what has happened. A gospel that is anything less than the absolute truth will produce watered down Christians unable to recognize truth from a lie. It is those watered down Christians who will be swept away by the wave.

Lord, help us not to settle for anything less than Your absolute truth. Help us recognize the truth and not believe the lies that come cloaked in truth. Give us a discerning spirit and the boldness to stand for You, no matter how hot the water becomes.

4 comments:

  1. I was listening to Rush yesterday and a caller was worried over the Freedom of Choice act that's going to be voted on. Rush asked if he could be blunt. She agreed.
    He said, "Elections have consequences."

    and I started to cry.
    Because, he's right. We're going to suffer the consequences of our fellow citizens choice for president. I'm not distraught, but disheartened. It just makes me...low.

    I can't read anything political anymore either, for it makes me down. But all I can control is my family and kids. Have you read my daughter post election night post?

    I think I'm succeeding in not letting my kids get watered down. :) As I'm sure YOU are doing with your kidlets.

    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/homeschooledblogger/615184/

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  2. GREAT POST, sister! The most important thing I believe you said was this:

    "If you put most Christians in a blatantly hostile situation, they will recognize the threat and respond. However, if you put them in a church that is preaching a watered down gospel, or one just slightly off-center, they will eat it up and never realize what has happened. A gospel that is anything less than the absolute truth will produce watered down Christians unable to recognize truth from a lie."

    I love you very much.

    Ashley

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  3. Amen. WHen will we stop listening to things that "tickle our ears" and open the ears and eyes of our hearts to the truth.

    Studying in Kings and Chronicles right now. There always was a remnant, but EVERYONE paid the price for the "stiffneckedness" of the rest of the nation.

    I've been sad since the election, more so by reading the headlines. However, I know who wins in the end. Love does. And becasue of that, so do we. :)

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  4. Yes, sister, we need the Truth.
    I know God is still on His throne and no election results will push Him off of it. But I don't want to invite His judgement upon our country because we are not seeking the Truth.

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