"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label in the world not of the world. Show all posts
Showing posts with label in the world not of the world. Show all posts

Sunday, July 6, 2008

In the World Not of the World

As I suggested my Sunday topic will be filled far into the future. I am writing of living in the world and not of the world. This is a concept that many who profess to be Christians either do not understand or they justify their reasoning behind their actions. The Bible is very clear as to how we are to live. The Bible is very clear on whether we should be of the world or not. Now to the big question, are you clear on where you are as a Christian?

I am not trying to be harsh or as some shall think legalistic, but rather sound. Did you know that the word Laodicea means people ruling, or human rights? Did you know that this is the state of our church today…whether it is a home church, large community center, or the quaint little church on the corner. We are a church that is lukewarm. Now I know that some who read this are shaking their heads saying no, not my church, we are on fire! Friends- we Americans have no idea. We are a materialistic, self centered society that thinks that we are just fine. In fact we believe that we need no one.

So how are we to live in this world and not be of the world? I mean if I turn from the world I will be considered a freak! People will look down upon me. In fact my friends, coworkers and family may think that I am psychotic and in need of therapy. You see that is because we are a church of human rights…validating behavior and labeling behaviors based on man’s interpretation, and not of God’s interpretation. If you are not being persecuted even in a tiny degree, perhaps you are not in God’s will.

Let’s see what should you think on? Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.(Philippians 4:8)

Where do you fit in? Are you denying self and taking up your cross daily, or are you fulfilling self through self help activities either through the church or independently?

Do you avoid correcting another that is clearly out of the will of God, for fear of appearing to judge? Do you skirt truth to fit in? I know that these are some tough questions, but Revelation is very clear as to the condition of the church. Sadly being lukewarm means that many refuse to acknowledge that they are out of His will.

Here are some things that we as Christians must understand, although we are to heartily await His call for His church; we should also be burdened with the lost. We should be burdened with how similar our times resemble the days of Noah, and we should fear Him, and not those who may laugh or giggle because you are in His Word, dress modestly and yes, are adhering to His ways, and not of mans.

Friends judging and anger and feeling superior are characteristics of being a legalist. But, avoiding the very appearance of evil, not blending with the non Christians and being a follower of Christ are who you should be.

What about your priorities for your children? Do you desire that they attend college and have a good career or are you burdened with the child’s eternal future, not being unequally yoked (2 Cor. 6:14), and then praying for the next generation? This is where we can determine truly where you are. And yes, education and the child’s career are worldly (1 Cor. 2:5).

So are you living in the World or just visiting? This is an eternal question as Jesus will spit out those who are lukewarm, and the church in America plugs in exactly to lukewarm….You know appeasing to rights of man(women’s rights =pastors; gay rights; the humanistic agenda) instead of obedient to His word…a pastor(bishop) shall only have one wife…sodomy is an unnatural act… evolution…and even believing that God used evolution to have His Will done.

What should you do? Repent and turn from your sin, and leave your sins. Get in His Word. Receive Jesus as your personal Saviour. Wondering how to do that? Email mcbenningministries(at)yahoo(dot) com.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

In the World Not of the World

This is going to be my new Sunday theme. I am sure that I will never run out of things to post about, so consider this a weekly column!

Here are some verses that will lead me in today’s post:
John 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

John 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

~ok this is the verse that I am going to hone in on today~

John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

John 17:14- we are not of the world. Do you understand this? We are in the world, and Jesus has given us His Word to live by, but we are not of the world. So what do you think that this means? I believe that this verse means that one should know immediately that we are not like everyone else.

First, as I type this one may think to themselves that I am a legalist as I am going to write some things that make most of us uncomfortable. You see since television has taken its Idol- like place in our home, we cannot clearly discern what is of God, and what is of man. According to statistics most Americans have not one TV, but at least two. So we watch the TV much more than we are in His Word.

Second, I am human and am one that realizes that it is easier said than done. What I mean by this is that it is easier to say that I am visiting, and then immerse myself in the “worldly culture” then it is to, recognize that as a visitor, my family and I must act as guests, and understand that my ways will bother my hosts. You know what I mean, after a few days even a loved guest, drives the host to readily await their departure. That is how the world sees a Christian that knows and lives by this verse. The world impatiently awaits the Christian to leave the room to tell off-color jokes. The world mocks the Christian attitude towards waiting until marriage for sex. The world chides and attempts to shame or belittle the Christian for believing in the Creation account that God gives us in the Bible.

Third, and most importantly as a Christian, we are to pattern our lives after the way the Bible describes, not after the current clothing trends, hairstyles, nor spending habits of non-Christians.
This is the hardest one. I know, because one will be seen as different. I mean, if a Christian man lives by the example that the Bible patterns for him, he is seen as meek and weak. Well he will also be seen as is suppressing the woman, and controlling the children. If the Christian woman lives by the example given in the Bible, she will not wear costly attire, nor dress immodestly. Uh-oh there is the nasty legal word that makes many a Christian angry and/ or uncomfortable. Modest for the world in 2008 is NOT the definition of modest that God sets for us in His Word.

It is not legal to live by His Word. I am certain that the robe argument will come up. Please remember this, whose standards are you aiming to keep: God’s or the worlds?

Not of the world is a biggie. When Bill and I were stationed in Germany, it was painfully obvious that we were not German. But we opted to not live on base, and we did learn of Germany, and the language and the people. We loved our neighbors, but we never desired to become Germans. We also lived off base in Las Vegas, Nevada. Believe me, we stood out! You see we could never be the family that lives by the motto “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!”

This is the mentality that we Christians need to embrace. We are not of the world. Fine, so stop dressing, acting, and spending like we are. God wishes for women to be modest. Pray about what modest means. Study His Word, and compare this study to what you believe is modest. If today you were to worship Him…could you do so with every outfit that you have in your closet? No this is not a legal issue, but a very reverent question. He is our Father in heaven, and yes He made the rules. Remember the woman caught in the very act of adultery? Jesus may have seen her scantily clad, as the men were quick to wish to stone her for her crime. Jesus told her one thing, Go and sin no more. You see when the sin is brought to your attention, you need to repent of it, and sin no more.

So take out your Bible and get in His Word and not of the world.