“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ― Winston Churchill
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. – Matthew 10:34
Christianity has been compromising with the world. When we go to church we naturally want to put our best foot forward so we put on our church face. We behave better at church than we do before we’ve had our morning coffee. From what we’ve seen over the years however, some liberal churches, in an attempt to seem “modern” foster worldliness with their commingling of Christianity and the world. Scripture is clear however: we’re told to separate ourselves from the world.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. – 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
It’s good to appeal to the younger set with a modern, “cool” church, but an anything-goes church that doesn’t separate from the world ends up diluting God’s message, and might drive those seeking God’s truth away. We attended a liberal church years ago, with an anything-goes type of atmosphere. I was walking out and a man was rushing out with his mother in a wheelchair and I was in his way. He loudly shouted “Beep! Beep! Beep! Coming through!” If I hadn’t jumped out of his way he would have rammed into me, and almost did.
At Christmas, everyone brought a gift that they placed on the stage. When the pastor called each table, everyone at that table would go up to choose a gift. When the pastor called a table, an older woman stood up, and the family members that owned the church all rushed past her, almost knocking her down. They wanted to make it to the stage first to select the best gifts. The older woman’s husband got upset and didn’t want anything to do with the church or Christians after that. The message of Christ didn’t square with a gang of selfish people pushing his wife out of the way to get to the best gifts.
When the church gets too cozy with the world then sin is given a wink and a nod. While we were at the liberal church, the family that ran the church did something extremely corrupt that hurt someone that we know. We saw how this family committed blatant sin, the same time that they were teaching bible study. It was bad and showed us how some Christians lived shockingly duplicitous lives, not caring who they hurt.
The family was later caught in corrupt business dealings, where people were seriously harmed. God’s Word proved true:
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out. – Numbers 32:23
Their name was dragged through the mud in the newspapers and they ended up losing their business, but not before hurting a lot of people by their sins. They also damaged God’s reputation because everyone in town knew that they claimed to be Christians and ran a church. Unbelievably they’re still running a church that their sycophants attend. I spoke with one of their former co-workers who said that she’s concerned about them running a church because they’ll lead others astray. I saw that we even have to be wary with those claiming to be Christian, to avoid getting hurt.
That family fooled a lot of people, and the pastor finally spoke out against them and left the church. However, the liberal family were able to quickly bring in another pastor who didn’t seem to mind the family’s history of corruption. This was troubling, as the new pastor doesn’t seem to mind the pain that the corrupt family inflicted on others. Everyone deserves a second chance, but the corrupt family never tried to compensate the individuals that they severely harmed.
To be politically correct to fit in at that liberal church one would have to go along with sin, or be able to look the other way – and there were some who seemed able to do it. I just wondered how their relationship with God suffered:
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
After having been in a legalistic church and then a liberal church, we saw that neither one was healthy. A church that is too liberal doesn’t seem that different from the world. A legalistic church focuses on rules and regulations and not the state of the heart.
I recently spoke with a believer who was banished off of a forum for telling the truth. He stated that he told another believer on a forum that he was living in sin and the forum threw him off. Is that what Christians are supposed to do? Are we to give sin a wink and a nod? Is that forum pacifying sinning supporters by throwing off non-supporters who ruffle the feathers of sinners by telling the truth? Or is that forum bowing the knee to the god of political correctness?
We’re supposed to be the light of the world, but how can the world see our light if we’re making backroom deals with the world so that our light is so dim one can hardly see it? Telling the truth is dangerous, because some people don’t love the truth and don’t want it spoken. John the Baptist told the truth and Herod and Herodias wanted to silence the truth.
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife. – Matthew 14:3
We all know the story of how Christ dealt with the woman caught in adultery:
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. – John 8:7-11
Christ didn’t condemn the woman caught in adultery, nor did he allow anyone else to condemn her. When he saved her from being stoned to death, he told her to go and sin no more. While Christ didn’t grind the woman into the ground with the heavy boot of the bible and condemnation, he didn’t condone her sin either.
Christ called people hypocrites and vipers. We are told all throughout Scripture that there is to be no union of good and evil:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14
Have you left a church or other Christian institution because they were being politically correct rather than biblically correct? What have you found to be the wisest way to handle the situation? I’ll print responses on here – withholding one’s name and email address.