“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues.” – Revelation 18:4
Dear friends, may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus be with you all. Despite the fact I wasn’t able to post a blog last month, the lesson I have been learning is carrying on until this month, so all is not lost. This lesson is a very important lesson for all of us Christians living in this 21st century of modernism and globalisation. This lesson always reminds us of the litmus test we are to apply in our daily lives, whether we are living our names ‘Christians’. This lesson is also very timely because it comes in such a time as lent, where we don’t just give up something we like, but more importantly use this time to test our lives and intentions in light of God’s Word and aim to correct any crooked ways.
Brothers and sisters, I want to remind you that we live in the last days now, its not time to sleep and be carefree about what we see. Its time to examine ALL that we see, hear and receive, “…because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish…” (Ephesians.5:16-17). We all see the evil that surrounds us, how the devil has controlled the world at his fist, whilst many don’t realise it. Much hatred, fighting, killing, drugs, abuse, politics…. Yet these are the obvious that everyone sees. Even those who don’t know God understand these evil works. There is something more that shocked and saddened me – when the Church opened its doors for the enemy, not just to enter, but to control all its activities, making it look no different to the world outside! And he has succeeded in a number of churches globally.
The Bible says: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans.12:2) This means we are not follow its ever changing dress code, holiday celebration, way of speech, conduct, manner and its ever compromising morals. Some follow this pattern to try and show the world how ‘friendly’ the church is. The church is not friendly, it is loving and caring, not defiling itself with a single streak from the abomination of the world. We do not need to imitate the world to draw people to Christ. Christ is most beautiful and attractive enough to those with eyes to see. We do not need to sandwich His teaching with worldly materials to make it more appetising and palatable. King David once said, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm.119:103)
This lent, let us not merely follow the crowd, let us separate ourselves, from all that defile us and lets run after our Holy God and be holy. Let us take courage and cut out the dead pieces that don’t honour God from our lives and churches, even if they “have a form of godliness.” (2 Tim.3:5)
May His Holy Spirit lead us into all truth, giving us discernment as we earnestly seek to glorify Him in our lives, Amen!