It is hard to believe that high profile professing Christians will cave in to political correctness against those who take a Biblical stand on the issues of our day. It reminds me of Acts 5:18-29 where the Apostles were put in prison for their faith. They were freed by an act of God and went right back to preaching. In verse 28 Here the politically incorrect are again “Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.” Verse 29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”
Honestly, When America was “filled with the doctrines” of the Bible, we lived “One Nation Under God.”
Now, I probably do not agree in every point with Pastor, at First Baptist in Dallas, Texas, but I will stand with him and his Church for the Biblical right to preach the Bible. He has been accused of preaching hate and making offensive remarks from the pulpit. His preaching, in the areas being attacked, is in line with the Bible. To refer to his stands as “derogatory” and accuse his comments toward other religions, such as saying that Mormons, Hindus, and Muslims “worship a false God” and that gay people’s behavior is “filthy” are exactly in line with the Word of God.
I know Tim Tebow is taking flack from both sides, and I understand that he is in the middle of being a Christian and being in a high profile career, nevertheless, that does not exempt him from taking his Biblical stand first. “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
Tim Tebow cashed in his Spiritual stock and it lost it’s value. The stand of First Baptist Dallas is the same stand his home Church in Jacksonville, FL takes on these issues. Has he spoken there? Will he speak there? Will he speak at First Baptist, Dallas…after he signs a new contract?
Now, The following message was written by me many years ago and is relevant for this time and this subject:
The temptations of Satan to Jesus in the Gospels was to "fall down and worship me."
Three men in the Bible were enemies of God who had the number 666.
Goliath in 1 Sam. 17:4-7 , was 6 cubits high, had 6 pieces of armor and a spear's head weighing 600 shekels of Iron.
Then there was Nebuchadnezzar Dan. 3, whose image was 60 cubits high, 6 cubits broad and was worshipped with music played by 6 instruments.
Finally, the antichrist whose number is 666, represents Satan incarnate.
Goliath as a type of Satan was defeated by David, a type of Christ.
Nebuchadnezzer, a type of Satan, the god of this world is resisted by the 3 Hebrews, a type of true Believers aided by Christ, The 4th person in the fire.
Of course, you know the antichrist will be defeated by Christ Himself.
In Daniel 3, the three Hebrews were not great Saints because they stood. They stood because they were great Saints.
You cannot wait until you are in the furnace to decide how you will respond.
They knew ahead of time what they would do.
They were resolved to stand for God no matter what they faced.
1. First of all they might have said, "We may burn, but we will not bow." (3:12-14) When you fear the consequences of living for God, you will bow before the god of this world. The image represented that which opposed God and they were not about to bow to it.
2. Next, they might have said, "We may burn, but we will not bend." (v15) Nebuchadnezzar gave them an opportunity to bend. "If ye be ready." They did not have a committee meeting and discuss it. They did not dialogue. They did not weigh out their positions against their decision. They would not bend!
Don't bend on your convictions. Don't bend on your standards. Don't bend on your temptations. Know what you stand for before going to the furnace.
3. Then they might have said, "We may burn, but we will not blush." In verse 16 they said, "we are not careful to answer thee in this matter." They were not ashamed to say "no." If you blush to say "no" when put to the test, you will bow to the god of this world. Are you embarrassed to act like a Christian around lost people? Does it embarrass you to pray in public? Does it embarrass you to carry a Bible in public?
4. Then I can hear them say, "Listen King, We will not bow, bend or blush, and we certainly will not bellyache and blame God."
Look at verse 18 and notice, "but if not." They did not say, "Why is God letting this happen to me." They were committed to the end. Notice in v28 what Nebuchadnezzer says. "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent His angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him, and have changed the King's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God."
5. And because they would not bow, bend, blush or bellyache, they had the privilege of being accompanied by the Son of God, in the furnace. (v25) Christian, If you will stand for God, He will stand with you in your furnace!