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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Business as Usual, #4
Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. (Luke 21:34,35)
Are we promoting some kind of "special" gospel that only an elite few understand?
Not at all. Rather, we are promoting the original Gospel of the Kingdom of God. It is the current grace-rapture-Heaven emphasis that is "another gospel." We are not preaching the Bible today. We are reciting over and over the dead traditions that are resulting in the moral weakness in our churches, and consequently in our nation.
The Lord did say many are called but few chosen. What does He mean by this? After considering the state of Christianity in the world today, I would say there are multitudes who have been called to eternal life, but only a few are able to wrench themselves from the eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, buying and selling, planting and building of the animal existence.
And what did Jesus warn concerning those who insist on groveling in the mud instead of looking upward to God
The flood will come and take them away. The fire will fall and destroy them.
Jesus said, "Remember Lot's wife. Why did Lot's wife suffer such destruction? Because her life was wrapped up in the ordinary activities of Sodom, not necessarily sinful activities. Mrs. Lot was no worse than any other homemaker of any place or any period of history. She just wanted to have her home, her family, her friends, her city. I read somewhere that Sodom was a prosperous farming community.
We may picture Sodom as consisting only of sexual perverts. I would not be surprised if Sodom were a good deal like America of today, having an abundance of food and of idleness.
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. (Ezekiel 16:49,50)
The above description is uncomfortably close to being a picture of America in our day.
I doubt seriously that Mrs. Lot was heavily engaged in the immorality of Sodom. Her problem was, as the Lord said, "business as usual." Business as usual may be fine for a while; but it produces disaster when God is moving.
What will it take to wake up the American believers to the fact that Christ is seeking those who want to move from just being called to being chosen?
I don't know, but it will have to be an event that significantly affects our material way of life, I would imagine.
I mentioned previously about doing God's will.
I have been preaching for years that we cannot move past the Pentecostal experience to the fullness of God until we are willing to obey God sternly and completely.
To be continued.