A Sober Christianity

African Teen Flower BackgroundLadies, we must understand that our time of cultural acceptance won’t last much longer. Although the Founding Fathers crafted the United States of America on principles largely derived from the Christian Scriptures, politicians, educators and the media have worked tirelessly to move public opinion away from Christian values.  Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling prohibiting Texas from regulating abortion clinics represents yet another defiant step away from Biblical morality.

Sadly, I haven’t said anything here that other Christian writers haven’t said.We’ve been saying things like this at least since Roe vs Wade, though with increasing intensely since the State Judicial Court of Massachusetts legalized same sex marriage in 2005. Many other bloggers do a better job than I at explaining the erosion of godly values in American society, making it unnecessary for me to state the case.

We must face the obvious fact that serious persecution of Bible-believing Christians rapidly approaches. Those of us who equate abortion with murder (might I suggest genocide?) and insist on calling homosexuality sin will not be tolerated much longer.  Eventually, blogs like mine will be shut down.  Pastors like mine, who boldly preach the whole counsel of God, will be jailed. Whether persecution comes from the LBGTQ community, Islamic fundamentalists or a curious mixture of both (as exemplified in the aftermath of the tragedy in Orlando), we can’t deny that persecution is on the way to anyone who takes the Bible seriously.

How must Bible-believing Christians respond to this impending reality? I believe we must, before anything else, make  sure that we actually do believe the Bible. In this time when doctrinal error affects even the best of churches (often coming in though women’s ministries), we need to increase our vigilance against false teaching. We need to cut out the seeker-sensitive marketing strategies, the “Holy” Yoga, the accommodation of Gay “Christians,” the erotic relationships with Jesus and the subjectively of Charismatic theology in favor of doctrinal purity.

Okay,  I realize that embedding ourselves within compromising churches might offer temporal protection. Single women who preoccupy themselves with “dating Jesus” pose little threat to those who would persecute representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ, for example.

But such compromise simply doesn’t befit godly women (or godly men, for that matter). Even though our commitment to truth angers the world,  we must serve as witnesses to His truth.

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. ~~2 Corinthians 2:14-17 (ESV)

As Christians, we bear the responsibility to proclaim the Gospel by word and behavior whether or not people appreciate our message. Consequently, we must understand what the Word of God actually teaches and we must live lives consistent with its teaching.

This blog offers biblical  instruction to women, as well as warnings about false teachers and harmful practices within evangelical churches with the goal of preparing women to stand firmly in the face of persecution.  Although it could appear that writing about God’s goodness in bringing me out of various errors trivializes this blog, please understand that I write this autobiography for the purpose of demonstrating the problems with these errors and the sovereignty of God.  Although criticisms of Beth Moore and Bible journaling may  seem like judgmental nit-picking, please understand that I want to direct my readers back to sound teaching.

The times we live in demand that we cultivate sobriety in our faith.  We must represent the Lord Jesus Christ accurately as we call people to repent and believe the Gospel. And we must just as accurately know Him so that we can rest in His grace during persecution. Praise God that He promises to keep us faithful to Him!

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