Unity or Purity ?
The leavening of America, God's churches, the family and society has been underway for decades. In a sense, the leavening process has always been around as Satan has constantly tried to dilute and weaken the people of God and their influence in the world. Paul said in 1 Corinthians " Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? " The nature of leaven (yeast) is to permeate and spread throughout the entire lump of dough, causing it to rise. It only takes a small amount to change the entire lump.
What disturbs me does not always disturb others. In this fast paced age of change, I am disturbed by the shift in attitude and philosophy of the average person. I am increasingly finding myself in the minority on issues of Bible doctrine, politics, and ethics, Yet I have not changed. I stand today where I stood 40 years ago when surrendering to God's call to preach and teach His Word. I see the danger in a little leaven. The depraved nature of humanity leans towards sin and the path of least resistance and will exploit every inch given, hence the saying, "Give him an inch and he will take a mile" is an absolute. Maintaining purity requires effort.
In the religious, political , and cultural battles of today, purity has taken a beating. However, purity is essential . Consider the following : when given a choice, would you rather drink pure water or filthy water ? Would you prefer a virgin for a spouse or a promiscuous person ? Would you choose dirty clothes over clean clothes for your body? Would you rather have a clean politician ( an oxymoron, but bear with me) or a person of character as your representative?
Any sane person would choose purity in these situations. But when the choice of purity may result in conflict, stress, and division, people will choose unity over purity 95% of the time.
Look first at purity in the local church. Concerning immorality in a church , it will usually be tolerated, especially when the other option is conflict through confrontation. It is not easy to confront sin and require purity from ungodly church members who may also be family members, or influential in the community or big givers in the offering plate.
Yet, the small amount of leaven will spread throughout the lump, affecting the whole .
When we are more concerned with the smile of man, then we will have the frown of God , and when purity goes out the window for the sake of unity, then God's churches lose the power and blessing of God.
Consider purity in church doctrine. Baptism and the Lord's table have taken a beating with pastors and churches caving in to the plea of unity rather than purity in the practicing of these ordinances. Only a Scriptural New Testament church of the Lord Jesus has the authority to baptize new believers and administer the Lord's table to those who have prepared themselves through scriptural baptism and church membership. Paul said to refrain from eating with those who had not examined themselves, especially concerning immorality ( 1 Cor. 5:11 ). These ordinances belong to the Lord, no the church, but He has given their care and stewardship to each local church for proper administration for His glorification. Rather than stand for purity and cause contention, many are satisfied to sacrifice purity for unity, forgetting that unity with God through purity is primary. When a church adopts a human driven philosophy, their main priority will to please men and not God. Here is a novel idea : How about a God driven , Spirit sensitive church. It just might work.
When pastors and churches refuse to cooperate with others who are not of like faith , they are accused of being hateful and having no love for the brethren. Loving the brethren is not the issue; purity is the issue. Besides, we are commanded to Love God before we are commanded to love others and maintaining purity is loving God. We are never commanded to fellowship with those who show contempt for God by disobeying His Word
Consider purity in society. Homosexuality and immorality have become more and more accepted through gradual exposure. To address someone's immoral sexual lifestyle is considered an attack on the individual. Homosexuality and immorality are both destructive to all who participate, ruining self esteem and respect, destroying families, and can end in death from disease. To warn of self destruction and promote sexual purity honors God and helps people experience full and more satisfying lives. Sexual immorality affects everyone in society as a whole through broken homes, wounded children and adults, and increased financial costs, resulting from choices that damage health.
May God give us the resolve to stand and be more concerned about maintaining unity with God as we preach and practice purity in a culture that has an ever growing contempt for truth.
Noooooo! My boys would love this but we can't go this weekend... Is there another date on the books for the next one?!
History students are crying over this one.
Someone should follow up on how all of this money pouring in, millions at this point, is effecting the family and friends of those involved in the shooting. Sudden wealth destroys family and friends as sure as bullets.
The Fare Thee Well live stream on both June 28th and July 3rd have been canceled.
Where can you get advance Tickets?
Oh my such an assortment of wonderful art and interesting artists, go see what the piccolo buzz is all about. Check out tent number 27 OMG what beautiful pastels!
is this today or next week?
The Sunday shows are at 5pm, not 7:30.
Great evening of theater!
Saw this guy in London and his show is amazing! It's like watching Adult Swim live!!!!
THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BE MISSED, YA'LL!!!! There is nothing like it!! MarchFourth is a 15-piece jazz-funk-rock-NOLA-flavored sonic explosion with stilt walkers and hoopers and acrobats and Betty-Boop-on-acid dancers! It's like ecstasy without the holes in your brain! Brilliant music! The coolest performers on Earth! You will never forget this show as long as you live. I promise! (Word on the street: You gotta see it to believe it! Here's a video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMFI8qQz7L0 (Yeah, that's what it feels like! For real.)
Thanks for the press!
I'd like to clarify that ALWAYS PATSY CLINE is a presentation of MIDTOWN PRODUCTIONS, and will be playing in their new theatre located on the far right (front) entrance of the Duvall Building, 2816 Azalea Drive. (I-26, Exit 218-B. Then first right onto Azalea, and 1/3 mile on the left - two doors past the food bank. Please come and see the show - and the new theatre! Free parking! Full bar tapas plates and dessert available.
Event is at 121 Wentworth, not 9 Cannon!
You can purchase tickets online here: www.tridenttech.edu/foundation/events/fd_C…
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I hopped in my XC-90 and drove straight here. Best event in Hilton Head in my opinion.
Sushi ninja IS NOT AT OAK at tonight. She's been in n char on fridays for awhile.
It's Graham Whorley, not Hurley!
Salon Couture gave me a great Man's cut and the food at Jim and Nicks was Awesome!
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