There are people who say we should be tolerant of the beliefs of others and we should embrace the lifestyles of those who oppose Biblical teachings. We are often called narrow minded. So today, let us see what the apostle Paul wrote.
Galatians 1:6-9 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:7. which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
You see my friend, we are NOT to be tolerant to the “modern day gospel” that is all inclusive. Jesus said it best in John 14.
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
We need to stand upon the Word of God and reject this modern-day teaching that we all should get along.
2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
I Corinthians 6:1-12 – Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
- An unresolved conflict among believers is SIN. We must understand that unresolved conflict among the believers is how Paul introduces this chapter – we need to quit sharing the issues inside the church with unbelievers and keep thing in house.
- Paul calls this behavior ‘UNRIGHTEOUS”.
- He lists this sin with others – (foricators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate (same sex relationship) abusers of self, thieves, coveters, drunkards, revilers, extortioners)
- This behavior is the behavior of the lost man.
- But: now are you washed, now are you sanctified, now are ye justified.
- We are to flat out reject the worldly trends and wholly follow Jesus.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
- We can not embrace sinful behavior as being ok,
- We must understand whose house we are. – GODS
- We must separate from those who refuse to live Godly lives.
- NOTE verse 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,18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
John 15:18-19 – If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
John 17:11-16 – And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
- We are never to seek the approval of the world.
- We must understand that the normal response of the unsaved toward the believer will be one of disdain because, if we are a proper testimony, will bring conviction into their hearts.
LA Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Blake Treinen, Washington Nationals pitcher Trevor Williams and Toronto Blue Jays Anthony Bass (who was released for his view) have taken an open stand against the open mockery of Christianity by some MLB five Tampa bay ray players refuse to wear pride Jerseys sighting their Christian faith,
If you are a believer, where do you stand? On God’s Word or man’s? God says come out. Man says accept what we are doing. God says repent. Man says everything is ok.
Joshua 24:15 Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.