The ‘Absolutism’ of Christ….
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3
14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans[a] write,
‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[b] I will vomit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:14-16
He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. Matthew 12:30
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:8
I am seeing a very dangerous disease infiltrate the body of Christ today. That disease is compromise. In people’s eyes compromise is good. It is a means of keeping two sides from quarreling and it stops fights. It helps to find a middle ground. In man’s eyes compromise is reason. But, when we apply that to God we try to apply the same principles as if he was a man. The problem is… God is not a man. God is so much more than a man. He is a holy, transcendant God who wraps himself in unapproachable light as a garment. (Psalm 104:2) But we as fallen humans think God can be reasoned with on the basis of our own reasoning. We ignore the written word of the Living God and we just place him in a book that we analyze like a lawyer analyzes the Constitution.
One problem with that is that loopholes can be found in the Constitiution if they look hard enough. They can funnel the laws to fit any system of beliefs they want to have and blind themselves just enough to believe them. But I see so many people do that with God’s word. They get a preconcieved notion and rather than repent of their presumption, they choose to funnel the scriptures through their own beliefs and their own systems and say the Bible backs up what they believe. They ‘read what they believe’ and don’t ‘believe what they read. For example the deception of “once saved always saved” is clearly unbiblical but for some odd reason people stubbornly stick to their ‘beliefs’ and won’t even respond to the Scriptures even if the verse were to be shown to them.
This is very dangerous in my mind. We see those passages I listed above and ignore them and say “Well I’m under grace and I am ok” or “Jesus really didn’t mean that what he really was saying was….(something other than what he said).” We forget that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men (1 Corinthians 1:25). We forget that our hearts are decietful and desparately wicked and we cannot say we know it (Jeremiah 17:9).
The one thing I can see about Jesus if anything is that he was a very stubborn guy. He saw one thing or the other. When he judged anything he saw either black or white, right or wrong, sowing to the flesh or sowing to the spirit. When he sees his followers he would rather see them as either cold or hot but he cannot stand the lukewarm. But, the words he speaks are out of love that we may have life. We need to trust him when he says these things and take him seriously. When we speak, whatever we do we are either sowing to the flesh or sowing to the spirit. We are doing one or the other all of the time. When Jesus asked for our lives he wanted our lives. There is no escaping the reality of wholehearted obedience to him. Because our choices are two, heaven or hell. For one day people will go to him and say Lord Lord on the day of judgement and he will say depart from me you who practice lawlessness and any relaxation of his standard is lawlessness. That’s an impossible standard to reach on one’s own efforts but thank God for his grace that allows us to live out the standard of holiness.
Lord, I pray that I, Timothy Brownlee will be able to humble myself and recieve your grace to walk out this humanly impossible lifestyle that you are calling all Christians to. Lord, I love you and I want to commit myself to wholehearted obedience to you for the rest of my life. I want to be a man of the first commandment for the rest of my days on the earth. Thank you Jesus that this is your desire for my life. Amen