We live in interesting times. Yet, as the Church, we're given the times we live in by God. We can either choose to live on His terms by His will, or we can choose to ignore our call. Yet here's a problem many of us have. We like to say that the world has slipped in to the church, yet I wonder if that isn't an excuse. Could it be that the world hasn't, in fact, slipped in, but has been, in fact, invited and welcomed in to our doors? Consider the worldly definitions that are creeping in to the church for BIBLICAL means, for example, reconciliation. The worldly definition seems to mean apologizing for wrongs you never did to people you never wronged. Seriously. There are whole churches that are focusing on trying to reconcile between men and women, ethnicities, and so many other things, but this isn't the definition of reconciliation at all. Reconciliation begins with repentance. First and FOREMOST it begins with repentance toward God; not merely being sorry for what you have done, not merely changing your ways, but returning to God through Christ Jesus, and saying "Define for me what is right, and what is not, and let me walk in your ways. This is only done through Jesus Christ, who said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me" (John 14:6). If we are reconciled to Christ, then we do things His way. Which also means we need to define everything His way. And how do we define it? Through Christ Jesus and His word alone. The world will always try to find ways to creep in to the church. It will try and tug on our heart strings, lead you on your emotions, and pull you from the truth with things that are close to being biblical but aren't quite. We need to live by God's definitions, and fix our eyes on Christ. Anything else is worldly, and needs to be thrown out. 1 John 2:15-27 Do not love the world or 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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.
I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.