PICK AND MIX CHRISTIANITY.
Many Christians are ashamed of God’s Word. They like some things but not others. In fact they wish that certain things were omitted from the Scriptures. This has gotten to the point where they will deliberately keep portions of the Scriptures from men for fear that people will be put off or even offended.
For example, they like the part that says:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
However they do not like the part that states:
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:18-19)
They like the part that says:
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (Luke 6:37)
But not the part that states:
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)
They like the part that states:
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. (Luke 15:2)
But they baulk at the scripture that states:
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. (1 Corinthians 5:11)
They will often misquote the scripture that states:
the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:17)
But they disdain the scripture that states:
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. (1 Timothy 2:9-11)
They love the scripture that states:
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Yet they become offended with the scripture that states:
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. (1 Timothy 6:5)
We must be willing to put God and His truth above our own feelings, wants and desires. We dare not lower the standard that God has set through the writings of the Apostles; we must aspire to live lives that are pleasing to God, for it is written:
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:17-18)
There is only one form of religion that is acceptable to God:
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)
Many are eager to bring relief to the poor and downtrodden however, when it comes to keeping themselves “unspotted from the world”, many Christians do not care to go down that route.
Israel of old fled famine in the Land of Canaan and settled down in the Land of Goshen, the rich Nile Delta. They were happy there, they had every comfort, and it was truly a green and pleasant land. They lost the desire to go back to where they had come from. The problem was Goshen was not the Land of Promise; it was not the place they were meant to inherit. For them to desire the place of their inheritance God had to make life in Goshen as painful and unpleasant as it could be to them. Israel cried out for deliverance and eventually God did deliver them.
Even though Israel had eventually left Egypt, Egypt was still very much in their hearts. They kept looking back with fondness for the things they had left behind; the food and the houses they lived in. So much so that they got to the point where they even desired to go back!
Egypt is very much equated with the world. We, who live in affluent countries, enjoy material comforts—so much so that we look to settle down and become part of the world. However it is written:
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. (James 4:4)
We are often led by worldly ambitions; a successful career, material gain, popularity. Whereas it is written of Moses:
Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. (Hebrews 11:24-26)
The Apostle John puts it even more strongly:
If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)