-extracts by Kevin Kleint.
Sometimes I think that one of the reasons why Jesus chose fishermen to be in His group of disciples was because of their “thick skin”. Jesus knew that He needed people who could handle the Truth, even if it was a discomfort to their flesh.
Think about it …. Jesus said “Get behind me, Satan!” to Peter!
Did Pete get emotionally devastated and go into a corner and
pout? No, Peter still followed Him. Why? Because Jesus had the
Words of Life!
How would you react if someone called you a devil?
Consider this – if you find yourself cringing when someone tells
you the Truth of the Word, you don´t prize it. And, according to
2 Thessalonians, God Himself will send the delusion to you, and
you will be “damned”. That´s not me speaking… that´s the Word!
But you see, a very large percentage of the modern day church
wants nothing to do with the Truth of the Word. Sure, they love to
hear about the Grace of God towards them as “sinners” … and
they ABSOLUTELY ADORE the passages in the Word that
declare God´s undying love for them. But when you want to talk
about obedience to God´s commands, and how we can show our
love to HIM … somehow the “lights” go out.
Here is the Truth of the matter:
Our Love for God is defined by our obedience. Don´t tell me that
you love God, but find no obligation to obey His commands. If you
do, you´re a liar. Strong words? Yes they are, but it´s the Truth.
1 John 2:4
“He who says, `I know Him,´ and does not keep His commandments,
is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His
commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”
I´m sure I´ll get a few emails/comments on this last bit, but I´ve
grown used to it. It seems like people just can´t handle the Truth
of the Word, unless it´s pre-packaged to suit their own personal
“glitches”. This group of people I have dubbed “the Cult of `Nice´” –
and they are everywhere.
People who belong to the cult of Nice will compromise Truth in the
name of what they call “Love”. They serve a frail Jesus who likes
to hold baby sheep under His arms. Remember the pictures of
Jesus that you grew up with in Sunday school? The Jesus that
was surrounded by little angels (that look like fat babies with
wings)? Yeah… me too.
Hardly a picture of a Victorious King … whose name IS the Word of God.
The Cult of “Nice”
With the Cult of Nice, it doesn´t really matter what you say…. as
long as it´s the Truth, it´s offensive. You could take good, solid
scriptural Truth, wrap it up in their favorite Christmas wrapping
paper, put a little bow on it, smile and then tell it to them in a
“whisper” ….. and they would still think you were being mean.
They want a “Nice” truth, custom fit to their own desires and perspectives.
The majority of the modern day church is sterile and ineffective
because we have bought into this lie that “showing the Love of
God” is an affectionate, altruistic act. This is why so many of our
churches are jumping on the bandwagon of the latest great “Cause”.
Don´t get me wrong … caring for the widow, orphan and those
less fortunate is a vital part of what we are to do as believers …
but it should never, EVER replace the concern for lost souls.
And you can´t win the “lost” without telling them the Truth. Just
like you can´t stay “found” unless you embrace the Truth.
So, the next time you feel the need to tell someone something
that could be interpreted as harsh or mean, check with the Holy
Spirit first. Don´t beat them over the head with it just because
you are in a bad mood … but at the same time, be faithful to God
to deliver His Word. Be like Jeremiah … don´t be afraid of their
faces! (Jer. 1:8)
Those who belong to the cult of Nice are enslaved by the fear of
man. Let´s fear God … His Words are forever.
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