It is time for each and every “Christian” to make a decision. Will life be lived in accordance to the teachings of the Bible or not? There really is no in-between. One can’t straddle the fence here. Each one must also be careful how that question is answered. A “yes” or “no” entails much more than a one-syllable word.
If a Christian says “yes” it means being consistent to take what the Bible teaches, whether it is comfortable or makes a person feel uneasy. It means applying the passages that are difficult to accept. Furthermore, it may involve taking unpopular stands on social and political issues. The person who agrees to live by the Bible assumes that it says what it means, and means what it says.
The first foundation of those who respond affirmatively is that the Bible is divinely inspired. They accept not only the evidence for that, but the Holy Spirit bears witness in their heart. Second, they are convinced in their mind and heart about beliefs, practices, and actions that will not be compromised, no matter what.
Even though some passages of the Bible are difficult to understand and open to more than one interpretation, many are very clear in terms of what to believe, how to conduct one’s life, and what to be for and against. They leave no room for doubt, nor any excuse for disobedience.
For those who say “no” it automatically makes them a victim of the worldly culture, like it or not. They are going along with the flow of godless teachings, practices, and the tolerance of those who are aligning themselves against the biblical beliefs of the Christian faith. I John 2:15-16 says. “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world.”
There are things the Bible says not to do, period. Christians need to abide by that, not out of legalism, but out of love and obedience toward God, and to maintain the moral standard set forth in His word. Otherwise, Christians become no different than anyone else. It has become a matter of a person wanting to accept what scripture teaches. II Timothy 4:3-4 sums it up this way: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth…”
The fact that many Christians don’t even read the Bible on a consistent basis compounds the problem. How many have read it from cover to cover? Perhaps they will find something in it that they don’t like, so they figure they would be better off not reading it?
One of the earmarks of a true believer is love for spiritual truth. Social issues of today, especially the LGBT agenda, are forcing “Christians” to be for or against biblical teaching, but it is not limited to this. It has come to the point, even in the United States, where one will go along with godless culture and beliefs or face persecution. The days of it being easy to be a Christian are over, folks. Many more are going to fall as the going gets tough.
There is an eternal reward, however, for those who endure to the end. Will you be one of them? Are you going to “endure sound doctrine” or compromise your beliefs?