The Number One False God in America
At a gathering of our area’s spiritual leaders a few weeks ago we studied the dramatic revival recorded in 2 Chronicles 29-30. One of the first steps King Hezekiah took to initiate revival in Judah was to cast down the false idols and eliminate anything that was unclean in the temple. That paved the way for the worship of the one true God.
The question was asked at our meeting, “What is the biggest barrier to revival today? What is the primary idol that needs to be torn down for revival to take place in Kentucky? What prevents most Christians from total devotion to Christ?
We broke up into five different groups to discuss that question. Surprisingly, after about twenty minutes every group came to pretty much the same conclusion. The answer wasn’t jobs, possessions, children or alcohol.
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then I read Matt Walsh’s article. As he often does, he squarely hits the nail on the head and there is nothing I can add to it.
Everything I’ve wanted to say, every emotion and thought from the past few days, is brilliantly organized and summed up in Matt’s article.
Before you dive into the meat of the article-and I seriously encourage you to do so-I’d like to share a couple quotes. Honestly, it is difficult to choose just two, but here they are.
I think when we reach a point where unbelievers are (rightly and truthfully) scolding Christians for not being Christian, it might be time to listen. It’s also a time to feel immense shame that so many of us have disappointed the entire world by abandoning the complete and compelling moral code that even those outside the faith have looked to for light and clarity.
We can’t, it turns out, be Christians but.
We can be Christians or not at all.
Now let’s all make up our minds between the two.
There’s nothing more self-righteous than making a big show about your supposed lack of self-righteousness. It’s true that Christians need not be — and in fact usually are not — “ignorant,” “uneducated” or “homophobic.” But when you say, “I’m a Christian but I’m not _____”, you are passively accusing most other Christians of being whatever you said you aren’t. Therefore, in the process of pointing out how you’re not “on a pedestal,” you have placed yourself on a pedestal. In saying, “I’m not judgmental, unlike all those guys over there,” you are being judgmental. In showing off your humility, you are showing off your staggering arrogance.
Now please continue on to read the entire article. It desperately needs to be said as we see more and more the advancement of the lukewarm church. If You Are a Christian but You Reject Christ’s Teachings, You Are Not a Christian
I admire the courage of Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who has stubbornly refused to grant same-sex marriage licenses in her district. She stated to do so would be to disobey God’s authority. For her, it was a choice between heaven and hell. Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin stated he was “absolutely” standing by Mrs. Davis and pointed out she has every right to exercise her first amendment rights – the free exercise of religion.
This past Thursday District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Kim Davis imprisoned – which was not exactly a commensurate penalty for her offense.* That prompted former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to tweet, “Kim Davis in Federal Custody removes all doubts about the criminalization of Christianity in this country.”
Kim Davis knows the Bible clearly states that marriage is to be between a man and a woman. She believes her name on the license would indicate her endorsement of what God’s Word labels a perversion. Therefore she had three choices: (a) She could refuse to issue a marriage license to same sex couples, (b) she could comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling and violate her conscience or (c) she could resign her position as County Clerk. She chose the first option knowing full well her refusal would create a significant stir.
What would you do? That question may be more relevant for you in the near future than you imagine right now. As our culture becomes increasingly intolerant of the basic principles of the Christian faith, someday soon you may be called upon to make a choice between obeying God’s Word and obeying man’s law. Continue…