They do not compromise with evil,
and they walk only in his paths. -Psalm 119:3 (NLT)
I have noticed in recent times that churches caving to the pressure of what is going on in society, valuing social norms more than they do the Word of God, don’t seem to be doing very well. Many claiming to be of the Christian faith spend far too much time and effort trying to accommodate sinful lifestyles, for fear of persecution. There are those who might be reading this that could think I am being hateful, judgmental or just plain mean. In reality, I write this out of love. As Christians, if we believe the Bible and what it says (not just picking out the easy parts and ignoring the tough stuff) we will face persecution. How that persecution comes will vary, but it will happen. If we love people as we are commanded to do by our LORD, we must take a stand for what is right and help those around us who are caught in sin to discover the truth of God’s incredible love for us and His plan for our lives. It is a matter of life and death. An eternal matter.
What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. -Luke 6:22 (NLT)
I’m a sinner, no better than anyone else. In fact, maybe worse than some. I am redeemed purely because of a sovereign God who loves me and has chosen me. For that, I am forever grateful.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. -Romans 3:23 (NLT)