Friday, October 21, 2016
Christians and the Sin of Tolerance
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
1 John 2:15-16
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
24 But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the Lord your God, which have separated you from other people.
25 Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.
Probably one of the greatest manipulative lies circulating today, that is accepted by Christians, is that we are to be tolerant of everyone and the way they live. The idea of rejecting and challenging sin and people living in sin, is in itself, considered to be one of the ultimate "sins" by our corrupt culture, as tolerance has been put forth as the only acceptable response to almost anything that people do. To not be tolerant is now considered to be evil, even if that which we oppose is itself evil.
As the Bible teaches, woe to those that call good evil and evil good. The very essence of Jesus Christ and by extension Christianity, is we're not of this world, and those things of this world are to be not only rejected, but opposed as well.
For that reason the idea of tolerance in regard to that which stands up in opposition and rejection of Jesus Christ and the commands of the Bible, is a sin itself. We are to stand on the side of the Lord Jesus Christ in all things, and those opposing Him and His teachings need to be opposed vigorously themselves.
The call for tolerance today is nothing more than an attack on Christianity and Christians, as it's an attempt to remove the laws and commands of God from public awareness or acceptance, under the guise of being accepting of others, and replace it with something that will be more intolerant than most of us have seen in our lifetimes - at least those born in the U.S. or some other Western countries.
The truth is God has separated us from other peoples, and we are to be a peculiar people that are totally different in how we believe and live. There is no point of contact in the sense of having anything in common with this world. It is the enemy of God, and we are not called to tolerate it in any way.
Not only did the Old Testament prophets thunder against Israel, and yes, numerous foreign nations, but in the New Testament what many consider one of the most important parts - the Great Commission, we are admonished to go and command the nations to obey everything Jesus taught them, including the commands or laws.
This command from Jesus is one that demands no tolerance for that which opposes the teachings of Jesus Christ and God the Father as revealed from Genesis to Revelation.
Even though the days we live in are dark, I see a great light ahead of us because we have been under assault and on the defensive for a long time, but we are starting to see rumblings of Godly resistance, and when we rise up as one in meaningful resistance to the evil in the world, it's my belief we'll see the tide turn and the glory of God start to fill the earth, as the Scriptures tell us some day it will.
One of the first things we need to do is cast off the manipulative suggestions we're required to be tolerant of sin and that which rises up against Jesus Christ. Until we do, we'll be confused and anemic in regard to providing an alternative for the people of this world to see.