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Monday, July 18, 2011

Only One GOD!

More and more in today's times we're seeing prominant leaders from the holder of the highest office in this country all the way down to the most minor position in city governments endorsing the growth of religious and cultural systems that are contrary to what GOD would have us accept.  (Wow! That was a mouthful!)  The assorted activist groups are always onboard for anything they can raise a fuss about, so their jumping on this particular bandwagon isn't any surprise, or shouldn't be.  After all, if we just pay attention to the different causes some of these groups line up behind, we'll see a remarkable coincidence in that whatever issue any far left politician is campaigning on will automatically be heralded by every activist group from the ACLU to save the field mice followers.  Do I hate these people?  No I don't. Do I believe that we need to 'embrace' any belief system except that of the ALMIGHT GOD?  Absolutely not!  Do I find any support at all in the Bible that we're supposed to be supportive and tolerant of any people who worship any other diety that our LORD  in Heaven?  Again, absolutely not!  Is there Biblical support for every single thing I've just advocated?  You bet, and here it is;

'You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy."  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for thos who spitefully use you and persecute you.'  (Matthew 5:43-44    NKJV)

Does any of this sound familiar to you?  The parts about Christians being hated, persecuted, cursed, and spitefully used?  Some may say that nobody has done any of these things to them, and my response is that they need to just look around.  Almost every day there is someone somewhere trying to change laws or make new ones in order to make some part of our worship of GOD illegal.  Just as bad is when the number one person in this country, remember this country was founded on the basic belief of freedom of worship, tells us that we need to 'embrace' our Muslim brothers and that shariah law is something he didn't have any problem with.  Is these acts not a [figurative] slap in the face to any New Testament, Spirit Filled Child of GOD?  When our children are not allowed to make any outward sign of worship [of GOD] in public school for fear of expulsion, is that not persecution?

Okay then, we've looked at Scripture that supports what our position should be, so far as our response to the actions of those who are contrary to GOD.  Now what about being told, again by our own government, that we should be willing to accept the beliefs of non-Christians as relevant, and to 'embrace' their beliefs?

'We know that  we are of GOD, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.  And we know that the SON of GOD has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know HIM who is true; and we are in HIM who is true, in HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.  This is the true GOD and eternal life.'  (I John 5:19-20  NKJV)

So where does that leave us in our dealings, either personal or professional, with people who don't share the same belief we have that  'This is the true GOD...'?
Should we just ignore them, and under no circumstances allow them to be a part of our lives?  If we take that position, where does that leave what is often called 'The Great Commission' and our committment to adhere to that?  As we read earlier, we're not supposed to hate people who believe in any god other than the LORD GOD.  We're supposed to keep them constant in prayer, that their [spiritual] eyes many be opened to the truth of the only 'true GOD and eternal life.'  But the idea of 'embracing' other beliefs isn't supported by Scripture, in fact we're told to take the polar opposite stand.

'But do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.  For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?  And what communion has light with darkness?  And what accord has CHRIST with Belial?  Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?  And what agreement has the temple of GOD with idols?  For you are the temple of the living GOD.'  (II Corinthians 6:14-16  NKJV)

The bottom line is this;  we're not to 'embrace' or show [spiritual] 'tolerance' for any belief that worships any god other than the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!  There are no special circumstances that could warrant any change in this fact.  I've heard it said that sometimes you have to 'give a little to get a little' and that at other times we have to 'choose our battles' and I don't believe either position is supported by Scripture.  JESUS didn't make any deals with the devil, and that is a lesson for every Christian that HE taught us by example.  HE didn't trade off one single iota of the FATHER's Will for any considerations from the devil or those who fought HIM every step of the way during HIS time here amongst men.  This isn't to say that we should cut off every avenue of access between us, as the Children of the LIVING GOD, and those who worship idols, whether their worship is of any other god or any worldly person, place, or thing.  Remember what we read earlier, that 'the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.'  What we are to do is to present ourselves to GOD as living, breathing testimonies to HIS Glory and Mercy!  We should do as JESUS did, teach by example, with the example being every single thing we say or do.  We shouldn't ever have to make the statement to someone that we are a Christian.  Our position before HIM should be clearly reflected in how we live our lives.  Can we be friends with someone who doesn't worship GOD?  Yes we can, but always remember that the purpose of that friendship is to present GOD to them with our very life. 

Be Blessed fellow Believers, in all that you do!

Terry a.k.a. k2montana

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