Friendship with the world is enmity towards God
A Christian cannot both serve God, and the world and compromises always reveal divided hearts
Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and let him take up his cross daily, and let him follow Me; for whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake shall save it. For what is a man profited by gaining the whole world, if he himself is lost or destroyed? For whoever shall be ashamed of Me and My words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about and your lamps burning, and you yourselves be like men who are waiting for their lord, whenever he shall return from the wedding feast; so that when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open to him.
Blessed are those servants whom the lord, when he comes, shall find watching. Truly, I say to you, he will gird himself, and will make them sit down, and will come and serve them. And if he comes in the second watch, or comes in the third watch, and finds them watching, blessed are those servants.
But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. Now you, therefore, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming in an hour that you do not think.” Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You speaking this parable to us only, or also to all?”
And the Lord said, “Who then is the wise and faithful steward, whom the lord shall put in charge of his household, to give to each one the portion of food in season? Blessed is that servant whom the lord, when he comes, shall find so doing. Of a truth, I tell you, he will set him over all his possessions.
BUT IF THAT SERVANT SHALL SAY IN HIS HEART, ‘MY LORD DELAYS HIS COMING,’
and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidservants, and become gluttonous and become drunk, the lord of that servant will come in a day that he does not expect, and in an hour that he does not know, and will cut him asunder, and will appoint his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant who knew the will of his lord, but did not prepare, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.”
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall never pass away. Watch yourselves, lest your hearts be preoccupied with high living and drinking and the cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly. For as a snare it shall come upon all those who dwell on the face of the earth. Watch, therefore, and pray at all times that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
The warnings of Jesus Christ to the compromising believers.
When we look at what passes off as Christianity in the western world, it indeed is a far cry from what the Scriptures portray, if we are truthful with ourselves. So what has happened to the torchbearers who were supposed to bear the light, have they fallen asleep as did the Ten Virgins because the Lord has delayed His coming? And when He returns, who are the five who were ready and who are the five which were not? All of them had lamps, but only five were wise enough to trim theirs while waiting and five were foolish in letting them burn carelessly as the hours passed. And so their Lord appeared, and the five who had trimmed their lamps rejoiced and were allowed in, but the others who had no oil left were gone in search of some, and when they returned, found that the door had been shut and were denied entrance, and no matter how much they pleaded, were rejected and left outside.
So what do you think would happen today if our Lord Jesus were to return, be it nine in the morning, three in the afternoon, eleven at night or two hours after midnight and you were not watching and keeping yourself ready, but instead were playing in the fields of sin? Partying with friends, engaging in acts of fornication, blowing smoke rings from tobacco or flying high on the magic carpet. Having one too many drinks and speaking too many foolish words and letting eyes drool with lust. Hoarding wealth and living in luxury while ignoring others less fortunate around you or racing around the dinner plate while keeping an eye on the table lest you overlooked something edible. Perhaps watching the porn channel alone or together or even partaking in the neighborly orgies that are popping up in every city and town.
What about all the compromises that are being taught in the modern churches today which would include trans-meditation, yoga, and Ying-Yan? Feminism, trans-gender acceptance, female “pastors”, sodomites, prosperity and wealth by lovers of greed, spiritual gifts that are not holy in any form, but more foolish as time goes by. The by far biggest lie at the moment is that God accepts you as you are, thereby nullifying the work of the cross and making it much easier for people to come into the modern church. Have you seen the growing acceptance of homo-sexuality which are pounding on the doors modern church? Just as they pounded on the doors of Lot’s home? It is an abomination to the Lord God, but yet, the man teaches otherwise!
These and many more compromises are the results of dumbed down believers living in and practicing sin, that is, lawlessness and why? Because they have not been taught the way of truth, but instead have clung to lawless grace and the imaginations of their own hearts. And therefore, having embraced the world and are in the process of making themselves enemies of God.
False teachers abound like flies on the manure pile within the postmodern church, and the people rush to hear the newest trends and can’t wait to gossip over the next published book on the best sellers list or listen to the coolest music videos. Bibles get sold by the millions and read by the few and holy hands raised in worship plunge back into sin the next day. Is it not so for the majority? The cost of being a disciple is today as easy as going shopping at Walmart. All you have to do is pick and choose what pleases you, and your “pastor” confirms your choices and prays over you and “hula,” you are now “born again”; and so the lies continue unabated and you remain in your sins, although now sugar-coated and acceptable to a weak conscience. The results? A semi-committed life as a follower of Jesus Christ, that is until the next time you are with friends, and then the commitment tends to evaporate quickly.
How do I know these things? Because I also practiced lawlessness until the Spirit of the Living God pulled me out and stood me upon the Rock (the Lord Jesus) and taught me His law, commandments, statutes, and judgments and said, “You follow Me.” And I am. Even to this day, I remember all my works that I did in ungodly behavior, all my unrighteous words and angry thoughts and violent ways. Years ago, as the Lord God started transforming me, I tried to jump the gun, so to speak but found myself stumbling again and again over sinful acts until I finally stopped trying to be lord of my life and turned it over to Him, the Lord Jesus. And today, my own wife tells me that I am a radical man for Jesus and because of this, many former Christians have turned from me because of what I say makes them feel uncomfortable and does not line up with their interpretations of what the Bible teaches. But I am not trying to please them, and neither you, for Jesus Christ and His Father’s will is my goal, and the words that are to be found in the Bible are the truth, just as Jesus is the truth. If I wanted to lie then the people would accept me, but I won’t and therefore, they won’t.
But the point that I am making is this; there is no such thing as a compromising Christian. Either you stand in the faith with our Lord Jesus, or you stand outside with the world, those are the only two choices you have. You either give up lordship of your life over to Him, or you don’t. Period. If we are His followers, then we will do as He commands and if we are not His followers than we will deny Him through the works of our hands. Now I am not speaking to those who have not been touched by His great love, but rather to those who have and yet still prefer to play for time, whatever the excuses, but that time is indeterminable, a game of Russian Roulette. The deadly game where one bullet is put into the chamber and then spun around. The barrel is now placed against the head, and the trigger is pulled, click or crack, life or death. You do not know when your time is finished and when the hour of grace is gone. The longer you play with sin and compromise, the more careless the soul becomes and then suddenly, its over. After that the judgment. There is no second chance, no reincarnation, no being a god of your own world, no going immediately to heaven, no having a cold one with the boys below, no matrix, nothing but a dreamless sleep until the trumpet blows and you are awakened to be judged.
Careless living as a compromising believer is living in deception and lies, and you will not make it if you continue in there! If you do not read and believe His written word then what makes you think that you will believe His Living Word? He told you to live in Him, to remain in the Vine and John, his cousin, warned you about the Axe being laid at the foot of the tree, ready to hew down the unworthy ones. You have been warned over and over, but still, you remain indifferent in your hearts, perhaps thinking that Jesus won’t be here today and so I’ll go and revel in sin for a while and repent tomorrow. But like a particular man whose life ended at 66, who ran out of time, so will you when you least expect it if you continue in your worldly ways and compromising lifestyles.
So stop being a friend of the world and start living as a follower of Jesus our Lord, for just as the world turned on Him, so will they do those who love and obey Him, but for those who choose compromise and love of the world, their loss will be far greater, stretching into eternity.
Edward L Ordway