If we live our lives in the center of God’s will for us then we will also not compromise with those who compromise His truth. We will not tolerate their lies about God’s truth as they try to minster in disgraceful, underhanded ways as they practice cunning, tampering with God’s Word for their own ends. No, we cannot mix with them at all.
21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. Romans 6:21 (NASB)
As many of you know I am a Southern Baptist. However, things sure have changed over the last few years. I have said in other posts how becoming Reformed in my theology helped me tremendously both to become more mature as a Christian and also to become more discerning. I have also shared how it seemed that those of us who seemed to be able to withstand the seeker sensitive and emergent onslaught the best were Reformed. We seemed to congratulate ourselves on this and, at the time, I thought that doing that was not such a good idea because our enemy who is very evil, is also very intelligent and knows how to defile everything man does. Then over the last few years it has come to our attention that many of the leaders in our Reformed movement have also become leaders in another movement. They have become “woke.” That is, they have become leaders in conforming their organizations to Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. What does that mean? It means that the SBC and other large Christian organizations are conforming to Identity world views. How do you know if your church has been infected. Has your pastor or church leaders attempted to emphasize diversity in church membership, etc? If so, you’ve been had. As we look back at what was done and how it was accomplished by these devoted to their globalization agenda we can see clearly that we were dealing with the forces of our enemy who were dedicated to “ministry” via the practice of cunning in disgraceful, underhanded ways as they tampered with God’s Word for their own ends (2 Corinthians 4:1-2). That is not what we are called to nor allowed to do.
1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, 2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 (NASB)
This is the Apostle Paul’s statement of the integrity of his ministry and it should ours as well. What does it mean that he renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways, refusing to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth, they would commend themselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God? Sounds complex, but it really is not. Paul’s ministry, including all who worked with him was centered in God’s Word as absolute truth. He taught it that way. There was no “wider” view of God’s truth. God said it, therefore, that settled it. That is why he appealed to the people’s conscience. That is how the conscience works. It is a yes or no part of the human heart. It knows nothing about the pollution of “relationship language” in the context of biblical truth. God’s Word is Truth. It kills. It divides.
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:12-13 (NASB)