Monday, January 23, 2012

You and I have been called out to worship and shine, and never to allow our biblical convictions, morals, or practices to erode away like our society does.

We're called to be uncompromising world-Christians full of joy in the Word, but not worldly saints. Yes called out of all darkness and into that marvelous illuminating light of Christ—never to become depressingly dim or unholy again. We're called to wholeheartedly worship the Bible-Lord alone (the one God on His terms rather than on our terms), and make our very lifestyles accurately sync up with His unchanging Scriptures ..until everything we do can properly be considered authentic worship as unto Him. 

"Here is the great evangelical disaster—the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this—namely 'accommodation': the evangelical church has accommodated to the world spirit of the age. First, there has been accommodation on Scripture, so that many who call themselves evangelicals hold a weakened view of the Bible and no longer affirm the truth of all the Bible teaches.." ~ Francis Schaeffer

"When the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. It is then that the world is made to listen to her Message, though it may hate it at first. That is how revival comes. That must also be true of us as individuals. It should not be our ambition to be as much like everybody else as we can, though we happen to be Christian, but rather to be as different from everybody who is not a Christian as we can possibly be. Our ambition should be to be like Christ, the more like Him the better, and the more like Him we become, the more we shall be unlike everybody who is not a Christian." ~ D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

It's exciting that God wants to change us until we look like Christ. It's thrilling! I could never make myself like Him with such winsome character and neither could you alone, but God is with us and He will help us according to His Word. The Apostle Paul said that "..whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image" (2Cr3:16-18nlt ). "..are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory" (nkjv. See Jn15:19, 17:15, 1Cr5:8-13, 2Cr6:14-18).

Postmodernism is sadly here ..even in many local Christian churches.. but we must never be like them and slide into such a filthy-murky ever-changing polluted swamp. God has much higher things for us ahead as we join with Him in His global Great Commission plan.

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