The Sad State Of So-Called “Christians” These Days
By David J. Stewart
Colossians 3:-13, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
The average professed Christian these days is so apostate, worldly and carnally-minded that it makes me want to vomit. Wanting to vomit (figuratively) is a proper Biblical attitude which every Christian should have. The Bible says God vomits fence-straddlers and lukewarm Christians out of his mouth (Revelation 3:15-16). Amos 3:3 says that two cannot walk together except they be agreed. If you walk with God by abiding in the Scriptures, then you will also want to vomit over apostasy in churches today.
I like to play the steel guitar. As a hobbyist musician I decided years ago that I would never perform in bars. It is standard practice for bars and taverns to pay musicians to perform in order to lure in the customers. I've turned down dozens of invitations over the years. I didn't want greedy tavern owners exploiting my God-given talents to make money by selling alcohol. Sadly, most professed Christian musicians don't care. Ninety-five percent of people who call themselves Christians drink booze, live selfishly, don't care about winning souls to Jesus Christ, don't take a Biblical stand for anything, and money's always an issue. God deliver us from the apostasy of this generation.
There's something very wrong with a professed Christian who publicly sings a song like, “She Called Me Baby Baby All Night Long.” You'd have to shoot me first before I'd sing worldly garbage like that. Nothing is sacred anymore to people. God wants us to be holy, because He is holy (1st Peter 1:15-16). Whether you like it or not, being a good Christian requires choosing your friends carefully and separating from those who are worldly. I want to be friends with a Christian who has winning souls to Jesus Christ on their mind, and not how to make their next dollar. Thus, I don't have many friends. You'll be hard-pressed to find a believer today who is soul-conscious. ...
O For A Thousand Tongues...
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.
My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread thru all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.
Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease,
'Tis music in the sinner's ears,
'Tis life and health and peace.
He breaks the pow'r of canceled sin,
He sets the pris'ner free,
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.
Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Saviour come;
And leap, ye lame, for joy.
All that's going to matter in 100-years is what we did for Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 6:20 to lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven. How? By obeying everything Jesus preached in the Sermon On The Mount (commonly known as “The Beatitudes”) in Matthew Chapters five and six—loving our enemies, fasting, praying, giving alms to the poor... there's much that God expects from us and it centers around living for OTHERS. Most people today are living for themselves.
There's certain songs that I won't play, like “Talk To Me Dirty In Hawaiian.” Some old codgers think it's funny. They're the one's who shack-up instead of getting married, flirt with other men's wives and never take a stand against anything. They'd commit adultery in a heartbeat if given the opportunity (and many do). I'm not condemning anybody, I'm just saying that most professed Christians these days are spiritual accidents waiting to happen.
By the way, never trust a man who trusts himself alone with your wife. That's not paranoia, that's uncommon Christian sense these days. I believe it is unwise for any man and woman to be alone together who are not married to each other. It's better safe than sorry. Hebrews 13:4 warns that God will punish all whoremongers and adulterers.
I guarantee you that people who don't care about faithfulness to their marriage vows, who file for divorce, are also prone not to care in other areas of their life. A woman who divorces her husband isn't going to have a burning heart's desire to win souls to Jesus Christ. One sin begets another. It's the God-fearing Christians who care that change the world for God.
A professed born-again Christian and famous singer/musician divorced his wife in recent years. He claims to have been saved a decade ago. Should it come as a surprise that he also has no intentions of forsaking his heavy metal rock music career? You'll learn in life that a person who doesn't care about doing right in one area, likely won't care about doing what's right in other areas either. If a thief will rob a bank, then they'll betray you and hurt you as well. Never trust anyone who does wrong to anyone, because they'll do wrong to you.
God deliver us from cigar-smoking, beer-drinking, religious ecumenicals who are only ought to make a buck. I really detest steel guitar conventions for that reason. A bunch of people get together for the joy of playing the steel guitar. They hold a liberal Sunday service where a wishy-washy, one-size-fits-all message is delivered by some apostate minister. No invitation is given to get saved. Any Catholic, and many are Catholic, would feel perfectly at home. The answer is simple, DON'T have a Sunday service at a steel guitar convention.
It's a very lonely feeling serving Jesus Christ in these Last Days. The apostle Paul felt the same way. 2nd Corinthians 12:15, “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”
James 4:4, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” Do you know what the words “friendship” and “friend” mean in James 4:4? It means “to assist, be fond of, to be friends with.” In essence it means to be friendly toward sin, to tolerate it. It means that where your heart is, so shall your feet follow. It refers to Lot pitching his tent toward the wicked city of Sodom in Genesis 13:12, and then in the next chapter he lived there (Genesis 14:12). The Bible commands us as Christians to hate the evil world (Psalm 97:10; 1st John 2:15-17).
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