MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN

THe narrow road is not an easy road for  mortal humankind to successfully follow.

Blog 1.  Dont liberalize the Gospel message.

Blog 2. The uncontrollable tongue.

  

Dont liberalize the Gospel message

When a moral concept doesn't agree with either an individual's own interests, beliefs or understanding as to how it should be then it gets trimmed back and altered to make it better fit their own particular world-view.

We all know what happens when a jug of clear water is poured into a bowl containing a bright red solution – it dilutes the whole to a pale pink and the more clear water is poured in the paler the mix becomes until the final liquid is neither clear nor it red. It might appear to be a new and attractive colour but it no longer possesses the powerful colour property it first possessed.

That is analogous to what happens when liberal theologians, Bishops, Clergy et al believe that some of the Gospel sayings are either too harsh, incorrectly reported, or too complex for their flock to understand. Instead of gently explaining in detail with patience and compassion to those who find it difficult to grasp the complexities, they embark on the 'wide path' of watering down or liberalizing Gospel Truths until new 'truths' are preached which might appear more attractive and easier to swallow but are a pale imitation of Gospel Truths. Whilst they are busy preaching semantics and manipulating words and phrases to skilfully obfuscate the Truths contained within the message of the Gospels their hearers, the flock they should be leading, are left spiritually floundering.

Thus many clergy of all denominations are encouraging their flocks to wrongly believe that the 'Wide Road' they think easier to travel will still lead to the 'Narrow Gate' but they are deluded. Those who tread the 'Wide Road' will enter through the 'Wide Gate' and thus into 'Oblivion' and this is Christ's warning to all.

The Christian world needs to return to moral absolutes and not rely on a yardstick which keeps altering and adapting its ethic-length to perceived and always changing societal needs. When that is allowed to happen it means that any understanding of right and wrong is defined by the current climate of thought and is often bereft of justice that has been replaced by sentiment or feeling.

Diluted Gospel Truths are either being condoned or ignored in many churches not only by its members but also by its clergy. I realize that many issues presented in this media-controlled world leave folk believing they have a right to do what they like for so long as it meets their  own personal view of morality, and for those who have no foundational Christian belief such changing views might apply but it most certainly does not apply to Christians.

Whatever might be claimed to the contrary the commandments of God, the Love of God and the Love of Neighbour must be the paramount pillars of a Christian's life, whatever might be preached or statutes passed to the contrary.

All wrongdoing is blasphemy.  Why? Because it goes against the Commandments of God.  The beliefs and actions of a Christian should always strive to obey the injunctions of God no matter how difficult it might be for them to do so.

This is the meaning of living a Christian Life.

Yours in Christ,

Derek.

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Subject - The uncontrollable tongue!

In Matthew 23: 3. Jesus told His hearers how to determine that which is righteous, “So you must be careful to do everything they [scribes and Pharisees] tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” In Matthew 15: 20. we are told, “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits,"

Therefore, the goodness or otherwise of someone is better known by that which they do and how they behave, as opposed to that which they say. To further reinforce the Gospel narrative, James, Apostle and brother of the Lord who was an early leader of the Jerusalem Church of the Apostolic Age, to which Paul was also affiliated and who died in martyrdom in 62 or 69 AD wrote in his letter, (James 3:7-9) to those generally considered to be Jewish Christians who were dispersed outside Palestine, the following warning: “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.…

Every hour of every day we see and hear in the media, 'experts' sending words into battle and putting forth their opinions with a conviction which belies the scarcity of accurate, supporting data. To confuse the hearer, doubtful situational facts are mixed with unenlightened opinion and the resulting stream of words issuing from uncontrolled tongues is further strengthened by the use of a demonstratively, fervent manner. intended to convince the listener as to the good intentions and understanding of the speaker.

Perhaps the most effective tool used is when a vestige of some profound truth is inserted into their outpourings in an attempt to make the views expressed more credible. This technique is used not only by politicians, advertisers and lawyers but by ordinary folk as well in order to foist their opinions on others. With the best will in the world the views put forth in the media invariably carry a self-interest bias and Christians must make every attempt to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?" (James 3:11) .Here James is asserting that all human beings - including Christians - are not naturally in control of the tongue. If we were, how would it be possible for us to allow our tongues to both praise God and to belittle people who are created in God's image? Asking God's help to enable us to have only blessings for both God and man to come from our mouths is the first step towards controlling the tongue which in James 3: 6. we are told, “Is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire and is itself set on fire by hell.

Think about it. Very few evils in the world are carried out that have not first been discussed and planned and this applies whether it's those of an individual or a world power.

In Matthews Gospel 10: 16. Christ tells those He is sending out into the world, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

That warning is as relevant to Christians today as it was when given to His Apostles over 2000 years ago.

Yours in Christ.

Derek

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