Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Word Of the Day... February 26, 2014...


As a Christian is it ever okay to compromise God’s Word for any reason? When we compromise we are making concessions or accommodations with someone who doesn’t follow a prevalent set of standards and rules.  The Bible is very clear that God does not condone compromising His standards:  In Psalm 119:1-4 it says:

“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey His laws and search for Him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in His paths. You have charged us to keep Your commandments carefully.”

This scripture tells us that those who follow the Word of God are joyful and blessed.  They are people of righteousness.  They are totally devoted in their relationship with the Lord.  We do not compromise or deviate from His standards but “walk only in His path.” We hear only God’s voice (1 Kings 18:21; John 8:47; John 10:27), and we do not yield to or permit any deviation from His Word (Deuteronomy 4:2; Psalm 119:128; Revelation 22:18-19). Not compromising requires our unswerving submission to Him and to Him only, regardless of the world’s concession to godlessness (Joshua 24:15; Psalm 119:10; Psalm 119:15).


Many people are talking about the new movie Son of God that is coming out on Friday.  The problem I have with this movie is that it is not Biblical. In the movie in the boat scene Jesus tells Peter:  “I am giving you the chance to change your life, give up catching fish and I will make you a fisher of men.” Peter answers “What are we going to do?” showing he still does not really understand if Jesus is divine or why it would be necessary for people to know Jesus. And the Jesus character’s answer is “Change the world.”  There is no mention of sin, acknowledging of Jesus as God in the flesh or a real salvation message. Instead it is almost a social justice message. Jesus Christ did not come to change the world, He came to save it from its sin.  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6).


I have heard many Christians say: “I know the movie is not Biblical and there are errors in this movie, but Even though there’s a lot of errors in this movie, still, don’t you think it’s a great way to show people who God really is, I mean, can’t God use anything to save someone?  Or they are saying: “we're going to see this movie with a critical eye to find out how the story of our Jesus is being presented in and to the world. This may be one of the only pictures of Jesus that people may have ever seen and we'd like to be able to discern if the Jesus of the film is actually the Jesus of the Bible. And if it's not, how can we guide them through the truths and untruths of the film toward our very real and very holy Savior?”


I really liked how Sunny Shell answered this question in her blog:   "No, I don’t think this movie is a great way to reveal the truth about God since it’s filled with lies about God. And yes, I realize God can use anything to save someone, but He only chose to use the message of the true Gospel to save all men (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Nowhere in Scripture does God command or allow His children to use the work of Satan to proclaim His truth. And God is clear, anyone who denies Him and defiles His holy character or word, works for the devil, not for God. Since the beginning of time, the devil has attempted to minimize and blaspheme God’s holy character by lulling us to disregard His holiness, justice and righteousness. God has never called His children of light to partner with the works of darkness (2 Cor 6:15-16). As God’s children, we are commanded to pursue holiness, rather than try to find a way to compromise the glory of Christ in order to ‘reach more people’."


I really loved what Ray Comfort said on his Facebook page:  “It’s been brought to my attention, by a reliable source who conducted thorough research, that there are a number of unbiblical and very questionable things in “The Bible” television series–about the deity of Christ, the character of God, and the reality of sin (among other things). In light of this recent revelation, I cannot endorse this series. If you choose to watch it, I would urge you to do so with a discerning heart, testing all things.”  The Son of God movie is a re-broadcast from “The Bible” miniseries that aired on the History Channel in spring of 2013 which only includes the scenes pertaining Jesus Christ except this time they’re cutting out Satan from those scenes as well as having a cross-less crucifixion. There can be no salvation without the cross of Jesus Christ."


Am I the only one who is really bothered by the fact that Rick Warren is going to be making a six week study guide on the Son of God movie? What kind of a pastor encourages his flock to study a film that is so unBiblical? What happened to getting into the BIBLE and studying THE WORD OF GOD verse by verse? The Bible is the Word of God, it is God's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. He left it for us to not only grow closer to Him because Jesus IS THE WORD, but also to know how to navigate through this very sinful world in which we live.  To rewrite or omit anything from the Bible is not only blasphemous but it is an attempt by Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, TD Jakes and Roma Downey to negate the true Diety of Jesus Christ as the SON of God who came to die for our sins.  He didn't come to cause a social change, he didn't come to earth to gain popularity, he didn't come here to "change the world" by making a trend. No. God sent Him here to die for our sins.  Sure He taught us while He was on earth but Jesus died on the cross of Calvary for our sins.  That's more than enough.  He doesn't need us humans to create another purpose for his life on earth.  The fact that He was tortured and died for our sins, that He offered up Himself as a Holy and pure sacrifice is MORE THAN ENOUGH and MORE than any of us deserve. 


As believers, we must “see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Jesus Christ” (Colossians 2:8;). We are also commanded to be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you …” (1 Peter 3:15). In other words, we are commanded not only to remain faithful to the Word but to defend it and correct those who are in opposition to it (2 Timothy 2:24-25). God is serious about our not compromising His Word with the values of the world—the reason being that those outside of Christ may then “come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil …” (2 Timothy 2:26). 


How does someone compromise the Word of God?

When we fail to accept the Word: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).


When we place our desires, and that of others, ahead of the Word of God: “While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”” (Acts 5:4).

GODS SAYS WOE UNTO THEM THAT CALL EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL.
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20


As true believers in Christ, we must accept God’s Word as absolute, inerrant truth (2 Timothy 3:16). We must be fully obedient to His Word (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 1:6). And we must recognize that His Word is not to be compromised for any reason or for anyone (Deuteronomy 17:11; Proverbs 24:7; Revelation 3:15).  I will stand on His Word.  I hope that you all have a wonderful day.  God bless you!!!

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