We know these are perilous times. All too often we consider this when thinking of the world in which we live. Although it is a proper context, it is not the only context. Many of the troubles we face today are not uncommon throughout ages past. My concern is the perilous times facing the church today.
The church, in general, today is experiencing perilous times. There are so many denominations, doctrines, teachings, and ideas. What I find to be most dangerous is this: The general acceptance of all things. If someone thinks it, believes it, and says it loud enough multiple times, someone else is willing to accept it and repeat the process.
Galatians:1:6: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Galatians:1:7: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Here we find that from the beginning some were trying to preach and teach another gospel. Then we find it wasn’t really another gospel, but a perversion of the gospel. This passage speaks the very essence of troubles facing the church today.
If we find a gospel being preached that is easy to digest and a gospel that tickles the ears, we better be alarmed. If we hear soothing words that eases the burden of sin without true repentance and cheapens the grace which God has given, it must become our duty to defend the truth.
You cannot defeat what you will not confront. If you cannot confront sin, if you cannot admit sin, you surely cannot confess it and be given the victory over it. If you cannot define sin, if you cannot submit to what God says is sin, if you cannot call a sin “sin”, there is no repentance. Everything is not going to be alright until the church, as a whole, gets that right.
The path Jesus walked in this world was not an easy path. He was mocked. He was put on trial. He was found guilty in a court of law by His own people. He paid a great price, the ultimate price. He lived a life of enormous burden, even asking at one point that the cup pass from Him. Yet, not His will, but the Fathers will be done, and it was. Christ never once apologized for the truth, no matter how hard that truth was to understand or accept. We are called to be like Him. We are called to be holy.
Today, maybe more than ever, the church must stand. We must be clear and concise, we must be the light He has called us to be. The whole Word of God must be our rule, our guide, and our compass. We must accept it as it is. We can not pick and choose what we are comfortable with. We are to be transformed, we are to submit ourselves, to allow Him to shape us according to His will. We live, yet not us, but Christ in us.
Yes, we have grace. We are free indeed, in Christ. We have wonderful privileges as children of the King, but we cannot use them as an occasion to be worldly. We cannot use grace as an occasion to sin, we cannot conform ourselves to this world. We are not called to be like the world, and we cannot tell the world everything is okay. Now we have grace. If you have not accepted Jesus as Savior of your life, you still have the opportunity to accept Him and the grace He offers. Yet, unless you are willing to confront sin, understand sin, confess sin, and truthfully define sin, how much grace do you expect to find? I will end with this, the greater the sin, the greater the grace He has to offer. Try Him and see His goodness. Seek Him while you have the chance, and trust Him to multiply His grace to you. To Jesus be the glory, for He is truly worthy!