Modern Christianity is Careful Not to Oppose Sin   8 comments

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The quote by A.W. Tozer above was taken from the Singapore Christian blog.  This is my comment below:

I Corinthians 9: 20-22: “And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

I believe too many Christians take the above scripture and re-translate it like this: “I must be conformed to the world so that I can save the world.” Too many worldly Christians on this planet. The Lord has called us to be a holy people–separate from the world system.

The Holy Ghost Fire really separates the wheat from the chaff.

II Corinthians 6: 17-18: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

James 4: 4: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

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Something to meditate on:

Why did John the Baptist camp out on the other side of the Jordan River?

[John 1: 28:  “These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.]

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John the Baptist lived a very short life; very little is written about him in the New Testament.  Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest man ever born of woman.  Maybe we could say that John the Baptist was a greater prophet than Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah and all the rest of the Old Testament prophets.  The Book of Isaiah has 66 chapters; the Book of Jeremiah has 52 chapters; much more is written about Samuel and Elijah than John the Baptist.

Why is the life of John the Baptist still a powerful witness unto this day?

Probably because the crucified life has more power than the words that come out of our mouth.

The Spirit of a Prophet
Wearing a Rough Garment
Outside the Camp
Locusts and Wild Honey
Josephus on John the Baptist
John the Baptist and the Fire of God
The Spirit and Power of John and Elijah

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“Tell me what time you spend alone with God . . .
and I’ll tell you how spiritual you are.”

–Leonard Ravenhill

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8 responses to “Modern Christianity is Careful Not to Oppose Sin

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  1. A Good and timely word.

    Religion causes people to conform, Jesus came to transform, the difference is heaven and hell.

    Blessings to you this New Year…

    Brian

  2. Luke 1: 80: “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.”

    Luke 3: 1-3: “Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cæsar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judæa, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee . . .the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.”

    John 1: 19-28: “And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.”

    John 1: 29-34: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”

  3. I sometimes wonder if it’s BECAUSE we aren’t pointing out sin that we aren’t getting any converts. Recognition of sin is crucial to the Gospel.

    • Brandon: Maybe you misunderstood Tozer’s quote. His quote and your comment are saying the exact same thing.

      Here is another great quote from Tozer:

      “The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it says, ‘Come and assert yourself for Christ.’ To the egotist it says, ‘Come and do your boasting in the Lord.’ To the thrill seeker it says, ‘Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.’ The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public.”

      “The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by to his friends. He was not coming back. He was going out to have it ended. The cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing; it slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more.”

      –A.W. Tozer

  4. Good points. The Church needs to stand firm in this regard.

  5. HEART OF A PRIEST & PROPHET

    Part Two
    “But when he (King Uzziah) was strong, his heart was lifted up to his
    destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went
    into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
    And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of
    the LORD, that were VALIANT MEN: And they withstood Uzziah the king,
    and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense
    unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated
    to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed;
    neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God”
    2 Chronicles 26:16 – 18

    True priests have only one responsibility and that is to represent the Lord and His purposes and to serve Him with their whole heart. Here we have the story of the King of Israel, a good King until his heart became lifted up, who sought to do things that did not pertain to his calling. Azariah and his fellow priests were men of valour who were not impressed by the fact that this man was a King for they served the King of Kings. True priests do not serve organizations, fellowships, ministries or causes; they serve only their God and King.

    “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ”
    Romans 1:1

    People with divided interests cannot be true priests. Where there are other agendas there is no longer a single eye. We are to be His. We are not here to support causes nor a teaching or some other “worthy” ideal but to serve Him and His purposes only. Everything must be subservient to the WILL of God. HIS WILL must transcend relationships, “callings” and ministries for in the end we are to minister to HIM ALONE. Out of this singleness of purpose we will discover that in serving HIM we begin to see and understand HIS call and purpose in the lives of others. We are then to serve and facilitate that call in their lives, to nurture and mentor in such a way as to see that “call” of God realized in their life. We must ever stand for truth and the investment of God and never allow personal sentiment to cloud our ability to remain objective in the things of God. These are HIS people, HIS disciples and it is HIS life that has been and is being invested. We are to be merely stewards (not lords) of the Grace of God concerning His people, the sheep of His pasture. All of Paul’s dealings with the Church in various localities were to see them grow up into HIM who is the Head of all things.

    “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also
    my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour”
    John 12:26

    Brian Troxel
    http://www.aword.info

    • Brian: Amen. Our life is unto the Lord or else it is not. A life truly surrendered unto the Lord is genuine and bears much fruit—and many people are drawn towards that life because it is anointed by the Holy Ghost. Someone with divided interests can only bear rotten fruit: their followers are worldly and spiritually hollow.

      My Father works and I work.

      When you see me, you see the Father.

      I must be about my Father’s business.

  6. Reblogged this on Revista Creștină.

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