In Search Of An Accommodating Religion

July 2, 2013

In Search Of An Accommodating Religion

            Some look for a religion that leaves them feeling comfortable; one that demands little or nothing from them.  They don’t want to sacrifice their liberty to choose their own lifestyle.  Unfortunately, it isn’t hard to find churches that offer an accommodating religion.  Those who seek such a religion think it commendable if the pastor says, “I preach positive truths, not negative truths.” That means that he is not willing to declare all the counsel of God, (Acts 20:27)  A faithful servant of God doesn’t have the liberty to pick and choose what he wants to preach.  He should preach all of God’s revelation.  If he doesn’t, he will fail to warn people of the dangers that result from ignoring God’s commands.  If we love people, we can’t help but warn them of danger.

Titus 2:11-12 says, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” In the Bible we nearly always find the negative along with the positive.  Galatians 5:17-24, for example, speaks of fleshly desires followed by a list of the fruits of the Spirit.  Ephesians 4:22-25 tells us to “put off the old man, corrupted according to the deceitful lusts”, and then we are to put on the new man,  “which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” II Peter 1:4 speaks of escaping from “the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Then, in verses 5-8, we are told to add virtues.

Many churches don’t practice church discipline.  They glory in their tolerance.  James 4:16 says, “But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”  Once I was working with a man who said “I’m happy with the church I attend because they aren’t fussy about anything.”   Churches, such as his, are full of unsaved people and or carnal Christians.  Churches like that leave people with reason for saying “Christianity is a farce.”

Pastors who refuse to encourage Christians to separate from the world aren’t the only ones who are at fault.  Believers who refuse to rebel against, and turn from immorality and selfish desires are also at fault.  God wants to have a people he can call his own who are “zealous of good works”(Titus 2:14).  After all he has done for us he deserves to have a people that will bring glory to his name.  Ephesians 2:7 says, “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

Man is the highest form of God’s creation, but since God made man with freedom of the will, he is capable of rebelling against, and bringing shame and disgrace on his Creator.   When God is ready to show the exceeding riches of his grace toward us through Christ Jesus, he can     bring forth the birds and all the animals as a perfect testimony of the marvels of his creation.  He can do the same with the plants and unborn babies that were aborted.  Unfortunately, only a few of the men and women he created   serve as   trophies of his grace.  Will you be one of them?

My friend, if you are looking for an accommodating religion that demands little of you, it’s probably an indication that you are not a born again Christian, or that you choose to be a disobedient Christian.  According to the verse we cited in Ephesians 2:7, God wants to use you to manifest the exceeding riches of his grace.  That means he wants you to be a testimony of what he can make of a person surrendered to him.

Satan wants to make people think that anyone surrendered to the will of God will have an obnoxious image.  That might be the case if one is an ascetic who denies himself of all that is pleasing and pleasant.  God is capable of making you a person to be envied.  He does that by developing in you the virtues mentioned in II Peter chapter one and the fruits of the Spirit that are found in Galatians chapter five.  It’s not just a matter of gaining victory over carnal desires.  It is replacing them with something better.  They are virtues that make you better.  They are found in II Peter 1:5-8.  “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;    And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;    And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The fruits of the Spirit are found in Galatians 5:22-23.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Let’s face it; a religion that asks little or nothing of its followers will do little or nothing for them.  Christianity is a powerful religion because of the power of God.  Seek God and his righteousness.  “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (I Peter 2:24).

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