THE CONTINUING DESECRATION
How clever is the evil one? How the church has and continues to underestimate his wiles and cunning. He has consistently and effectively torn the faith to shreds and his ways are sophisticated and many pronged. Satan is not just bound to one method of deception. He realizes that there are those who will not fall for his good works gospel or his emergent church heresy or his prosperity message. He provides a liberal Biblical interpretation, or a all faiths lead to God theory, or a do good to get to heaven path and millions have followed such errors. But there are still many who stand against such falsehoods. So he must invent other more clever deceptions in order to derail the gospel effort.
I used the word desecration which means the pollution or the defilement of the faith. We live in an era where everything imaginable has been thrown at the true faith and the devil sits back a sees what will stick. And as I said, even those who consider themselves discerners and speak out against many heretical movements and false teachers have been tainted and are embracing spiritual compromise. You see, faith is the victory which overcomes the world. But when we lost the true faith we will be overrun and defeated by the world even when we think we are winning. The devil plays many gambits in order to fortify his position and lead the church astray.
And so it is today. The television show called Duck Dynasty has made several of its “stars” millionaires many times over. It is little more than a voyeuristic adventure and has no real redeeming qualities. The people claim to be believers and yet they have hundreds of guns, many motorized toys, live in upper class homes, and they belong to a church that believes that water baptism saves a soul. But it is the number one reality show on television.
But recently the patriarch did an interview where he used some graphic language and said some things about gay people and their sin. Of course he quoted the usual Scriptures to suggest that unless a gay person stops his gay sins he will go to hell. And he said that female genitals should be more alluring than a man’s anus. Such a sophisticated observation. And the show Duck Dynasty, which is about a family that became millionaires making duck calls of all things, is shown an the A&E channel which I am sure has gay employees. I mean come on, Arts and Entertainment channel? And because of his remarks A&E suspended the patriarch from the show.
Uproar! It is so very interesting just what elicits passion and emotion in people these days. I mean every conservative worth his moral salt came out in outrage. Conservative politicians pounced on the opportunity to parade their moral outrage as well as the usual talk show commentators. Glenn Beck offered the Duck people a place on his own network. One wonders if that same offer would have been forthcoming if Duck Dynasty was losing money.
But here we go again. This is what the world desires to talk about. Forget about speaking about Jesus and His gospel. The gay thing and other topics are what is alluring to the world. There are times when believers should be wise a serpents and harmless as doves. And this should be true especially when the world is attempting to manipulate us for their own agendas. When we are asked about certain beliefs by an unbelieving world we do not necessarily have to answer their question directly. Let us be wise enough to present Jesus and His gospel rather than parade our orthodoxy concerning sin before those who cannot understand spiritual things. For instance:
Question: Are gay people living in sin?
Answer: I believe everyone sins every day.
Question: Do gay people go to hell?
Answer: I believe the only path to heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Did you see what I did? I avoided the trap that was being laid out for me. Read about how Jesus answered trap questions with questions from Himself. Jesus said the children of this world are wiser than the children of light. In this morally charged and self righteous climate men rush to find the high moral ground and plant a flag which proclaims “I believe the Bible!” But when unbelievers can support believers and even join hands with them concerning the current brand of Christianity, then we have lost the faith.
Fighting moral wars is not the gospel. But when you fight moral wars in support of millionaires it is bizarre. Don’t worry all you Duck Dynasty fans, even if they kick the program off the air Glenn Beck says he will put them on his network. And if that does not happen you can always buy the CD package of all the previous shows. I wonder out loud. The program runs for 30 minutes. How many believers pray for 30 minutes a day? We seem to be proficient in pointing out the sin of others, but quite merciful about our own sins.
The magnificent and horrifying and eternal sufferings of the Lamb of God have been reduced to the Duck Dynasty.
God help us…