Christians have been made to believe that we must be tolerant of all people, lifestyles, and other religions. So tolerant, in fact, that many denominations recognize homosexuality as "acceptable" and ordain homosexuals as priests, reverands, etc. We should be so tolerant with our political correctness that we offer "alternatives" for halloween but we call them fall festivals, harvest festivals, and other names while holding a "Bible character" costume contest. A pagan day has made its way into our traditional churches with our blessing, acceptance, and tolerance.
We bring in special speakers for Sunday morning service and allow them to setup their "ministry table" with their books, CDs, DVDs, T-Shirts. How does that set them apart from any other secular motivational speaker? In fact, how does that make them any different than the money changers in the temple that Jesus drove out of the temple?
Joh 2:13 - And the Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem
Joh 2:14 - And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money-changers sitting.
Joh 2:15 - And when He had made a scourge of small cords, He drove them all out of the temple, also the sheep and the oxen. And He poured out the money-changers' money and overthrew the tables.
Today's Society would say that Jesus did not display any love to the money changers. He certainly wasn't politically correct when he made a scourge of small cords and drove the moneychangers out of the temple. He definitely didn't tolerate the tables being in His Father's temple as He overturned them and threw out the money changers money. Jesus definitely wasn't very politically correct when He called the religious leaders of His time, the Pharisees, a brood of vipers. (Matthew 3:7)
Should the same or a similar event occur in today's society, the temple would be boycotted, smeared through the mud, taken to court for discrimination litigation, and some new statute would be passed that once again pushed the line between separation of church and state that much closer to merging the two.
Being a Christian and loving the sinner does not mean we tolerate the sin, blasphemy, or false teachings. The characteristics of love are clearly defined in the chapter of 1 Corinthians commonly referred to as "the love chapter." (1 Corinthians 13) I am not certain where in that chapter it tells believers to be tolerant of sin. Or to offer alternatives for pagan holidays just because believers don't want wedding clothes that are spotless and without blemish.
In the "Sermon on the Mount" in Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus says:
13 - You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its savor, with what shall it be salted? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and to be trodden underfoot by men.
14 - You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 - Nor do men light a lamp and put it under the grain-measure, but on a lampstand. And it gives light to all who are in the house.
16 - Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.
How can we be the salt of the earth if we are no different than the earth? Salt has a different color, taste and texture than the dirt or sand. We must have differentiators that set us apart from the world.
How can we be the light of the world if our light is only as bright as its worldly counterparts? The TRUE Body of Christ is a city set on a hill...it cannot be hidden from the world because it is set apart.
How can our light shine before men if we are not set apart? We cannot look, behave, think or feel as the rest of the world does. We are called to holiness. (Leviticus 11:44) We are called to perfection. (Matthew 5:48) How then do we obtain those things which we are called to if we do not rid ourselves of the "old man" and the "old ways" and understand we are new creations in Christ...where there is no corruption?
The Body of Christ must set ourselves a part. The Body of Christ must come out and be separate. The Body of Christ must prepare itself for the Wedding Feast. The time is fast approaching. Get ready.
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