From Pastor’s Desk: 1-29-17
2 Peter 3:7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
“Ungodly men!” Paul wrote an interesting word to young Pastor Timothy in his first letter (1:19-20). He says, “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.
Knowing that we are to love every person while not condoning their sinful lifestyle, where do we draw the line?
There are a couple of instances wherein we get a glimpse of the answer. In 2 Thessalonians 3:6 we find that we are to “…keep away from all those whose behaviour is not well ordered and in harmony with the teaching which they had from us” (BBE). 2 Corinthians 6:17 tells us to “…come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (KJV).
The original meaning of two words, I think to understand clearly, must be examined.
The first is “Unclean.” It is akathartos (ak-ath’-ar-tos); impure (ceremonially, morally (lewd) or specifically (demonic)): – foul, unclean.
The second is “Touch,” or, haptomai (hap’-tom-ahee); properly to attach oneself to, that is, to touch (in many implied relations)…
Conclusion? Any impure, lewd, and especially demonic influence we are not to attach ourselves to, and have the perfect right or privilege to act accordingly, or just simply not “hang around” with people who persists in what the Bible declares as sinful lifestyles.
The argument from various quarters is going to be, “How do you win them if you’re not around them? Jesus went among sinners. My answer to that is, Jesus influenced them, without letting them influence Him. He told them what their sin was and confronted them with it. He certainly did not fall into a “Politically Correct” mode, afraid that anything He said would surely be misconstrued. In fact, He knew that most likely it would be.
Sadly, with many today, it’s the other way around. Because the Christian doesn’t agree, condone, tolerate, and participate we now are on the other end of the spectrum. To those who choose to live sinfully, Christians now, in their eyes, are no longer compassionate, merciful, or loving.
Recognize the hand of the devil in all this? This is what he does to turn people against people, to trick and scheme, causing constant conflict. Christians must not fall into his trap! Don’t stop being compassionate, merciful, and loving (even when they accuse you of the opposite). To do otherwise, well….