Bible Ballistics: BBs #138 Relevant or Reliable Pt1???
Once again I am seriously concerned about our world, our nation in particular. Another ‘popular’ preacher has publicly ridiculed the Word of God and HIS standards. In this persons comments they said that unless the church embraces the homosexual culture and approves of their agenda, we would not be “relevant”. Well, I believe he’s right in the part about us not being “relevant”, because nowhere in God’s Word do I find that He calls us to be ‘culturally relevant’!!!
I do see time and time again that God calls us to be messengers of ‘truth’, bearers of ‘Good News’, to be ‘salt’ and ‘light’ in the corruption and darkness. I also see the darkness overtaking the world and we who know Jesus Christ must stand fast ‘in the evil day’ (see Eph. 6:10-18)—we are there folks, like it or not—we are there!
So lets hear what the Word calls us to do:
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-4
I don’t find Paul calling his son in the faith, to be ‘relevant’! Now, please don’t misunderstand me, I believe the gospel is totally ‘relevant’ but unless people hear the truth of the gospel, that sin is death but Jesus brings life, we will never BE ‘relevant’ to lost and fallen mankind. Nowhere does God call us to compete with the world, and especially NOT to compromise with the world’s methods. Let’s see what Paul called Timothy (and us) to do:
First Paul reminds us that we will stand in judgment before the Almighty God for our handling of this trust of the gospel.
He also reminds us that “ALL” men, women, boys and girls, will stand before this Holy God to give an account—
SO—we are to:
PREACH THE WORD — (God’s Truth)
BE INSTANT (be at hand, stand, be ready)
In Season and Out of Season (whether it’s convenient or NOT, well received or NOT)
REPROVE (Convince of WRONG, that it is wrong)
REBUKE (Reveal God’s disapproval of things)
EXHORT (Come near and encourage right action)
With long-suffering (perseverance) and doctrine (instruction in truth).
WHY? Because the time has come that men (the world)
WILL NOT heed the truth—they don’t want to hear it!!
But they will surround themselves with those who speak what they want to hear!! They will continue in their sin and wrong while calling it right.
So??? Know truth for yourself!! We must get into God’s Word, know it for ourselves and stand on “The whole counsel of God”!!! We’ll continue this study on Sunday.