Church, Faith, God

O God, Come to My Aid, I’m Confused

In a secular world where Social Darwinism and relativism are prevalent, it is unavoidable for Christians to be persecuted when they try to uphold their beliefs and values. Some churches try to manipulate the Gospels and change their values to align with social norms to avoid persecution and to attract more believers. For example, prosperity theology is gaining traction in many parts of the world, leading to the establishment of Mega-churches that attract millions of followers. Yet in other Churches, many followers have lost their faith and have left the church due to the influence of secularism and relativism.

How should we respond to such developments? Should we negotiate our values and faith for the sake of unity? What is considered ecumenism, and what is considered heresy? How do we draw a line? Is heresy and apostasy still valid in this time and age when almost anyone can start his own church with his own set of values and beliefs? Who is keeping track of what they believe and teach? Who is to say who is right or wrong in a free country? Is anyone even bothered to find out who is committing heresy or apostasy in the church? In most churches, anyone could have committed heresy or apostasy and no one would have known better. People just come and go as they wish, it is kind of laissez-faire. Can Social Darwinism be applied to churches as well (only the fittest or richest church survives)? How can we fight a good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith? (Cf. 2 Tim 4:7)

I don’t have the answers to all the above questions, but here are some Bible verses which I find helpful:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

“Do not be fooled. God cannot be deceived. You reap what you sow. The person who sows for the benefit of his own flesh shall reap corruption and death from the flesh. He who sows in the spirit shall reap eternal life from the Spirit. Let us do good without being discouraged; in due time we shall reap the reward of our constancy.” (Galatians 6:7-9)

“God is not unjust and will not forget everything you have done for love of His name; you have helped and still help the believers. We desire each of you to have, until the end, the same zeal for reaching what you have hoped for. Do not grow careless but imitate those who, by their faith and determination, inherit the promise.” (Hebrews 6:10-12)

“God committed Himself with an oath in order to convince those who were to wait for His promise that He would never change His mind. Thus we have two certainties in which it is impossible that God be proved false: promise and oath. That is enough to encourage us strongly when we leave everything to hold to the hope set before us. This hope is like a spiritual anchor, secure and firm, thrust beyond the curtain of the Temple into the sanctuary itself, where Jesus has entered ahead of us – Jesus, High Priest forever in the order of Melchisedek.” (Hebrews 6:17-20)

“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Tim 6:9-10)

“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:16)

Let us pledge our loyalty to our Lord Jesus Christ with the hymn “O Jesus, I Have Promised” by John E. Bode:

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  1. Good verses to quote against covetousness. Here are a couple of posts that look at apostasy. I hope you find them a blessing. God bless you:)
    http://holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/teachers/
    http://holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/discerning-the-times/

    Posted by Eliza | November 22, 2013, 2:19 pm

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