Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
The ideological division that the nation and the world is facing today is the age-old conflict between faith and unbelief. The Lord Jesus explained it well with the metaphor of darkness and light in John 3:18-21, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” But, there are those Christians who believe that the polar opposites of the sinful rejection and disobedience of the darkness of unbelief and the accepting embracement and dedicated obedience of the light of Christian belief can somehow exist without conflict or compromise.
Psalm 18:28 “For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.”
This mentality has led to the watering down of the Christian faith by many, the acceptance of sin against God and man without conviction, the non-necessity of our Creator God in life and the preaching of the false “gospel of permissive grace” that has led to the decline of the Christian church and their influence on the culture and society with the “Good News” of forgiveness and salvation in the Savior Jesus Christ as Lord, advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven and ,therefore, sacrificed the peace. The light retreated and darkness advanced because unholy unbelief caused (so-called) light to compromised the holy Word of God, commandments and statutes of Almighty God.
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Out of the fear of appearing intolerant, many in the Christian church have hidden the light from the lamp of truth and allowed the darkness of sin and unbelief to pervert the truth and dominate society, throwing the light into the closet of the four walls of the church, and all-the-while rejecting, ridiculing, slandering, and criminalizing the character and institution of the children of God and crippling its ministry impact. It will not be tolerated. The result has been the Christian church becoming a more “interpersonal relationship” focused organization than a Christ-centered, Bible-believing, Disciple-making and a declining membership. Evil is called good and good is proclaimed evil. The message of “tolerance of sin” instead of “repentance of sin” has caused the loss of the “understanding of sin” and the respect of God or Christ, fostering unbelief or false belief. It truly is rebellion against their Maker. It saves no one because they remain in their willful sin and the wrath of God abides on him. They neither have true life or eternal life. Their life of "glory be to me" is a lie unto death and eternal damnation. Return to God.
1 John 5:12-13 “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Time to shine the light of truth in Christ in a dark world. Now the truth and speak the truth in love.
In Christ and making disciples, Brian