Standing in your place
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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Universalism teaches that we are all children of God and that there is an acceptance of all religions as valid offering reconciliation between a generic God and man. In this system, there is no one path that is right and whatever you believe is acceptable. The attitude is that we should not judge another’s “Path.”
There is only so far a “professing” Christian can go without being a false “Professor” of Biblical faith. We can have differences of opinion in some areas and still be confident of our mutual Biblical Salvation, however, there is a point where cardinal doctrine will demand to be believed or the Salvation experience is not on the “foundation of Faith.”
There are two extremes in Christian Faith as in politics. One is the extremely conservative view and the other is extremely liberal view.
As time goes on, the difference between the extremely conservative and the world widens, while the similarities between the extremely liberal and the world narrows.
In these cases, there is a point that the more liberal professor feels more comfortable with the world than with the more conservative professor, and the more conservative professor becomes more uncomfortable with both the world and the worldly liberal.
Look at John 17:1-18 (read) Notice v.6 “Out of the world”; v.14 “the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world.” v. 16 “They are not of the world.”
John 15:19 tells us, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
The world there is speaking of lost people. Now if the world loves you my friend, it because you are of the world.
In view of this, how can any true believer justify being like the world, living like the world, dressing like the world, talking like the world and loving like the world?
What Should True Christians like?
1. Real Christians should stand up for Christ. We should never be ashamed to call ourselves “Christians” and we should never apologize for defending the Death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Boldness is not always wrong or out of place.
1 Thess. 2:1-7; Acts 19:8-9; Acts 4:13, 29, 31
2. Real Christians should stand out in the crowd. The two examples I gave earlier show us that the more liberal a professing Christian becomes, the more like the world he or she becomes, and that cannot be disputed. We can argue, fuss, dispute, reason, excuse ourselves and fight, but the fact is, the more like the world we become the less we stand out in the world as a Child of God. The more like the lost a Christian becomes, the more comfortable the lost are and we cease to be salt and light to the world. Read 2 Cor. 6:11-18 and notice we are to “come out from among them.” This goes back to v.14 where True believers are not to be “unequally yoked together with unbelievers.”
3. Real Christians should stand in our place. This is part of the reason Satan is winning so well in our generation.
Many preachers are not standing in their place.
Many Church members are not standing in their places.
Many Christian parents are not standing in their place.
Many young people are not standing in their place.
Eph. 4:27 admonishes believers, “neither give place to the devil.” When we are not standing in our place, we give the devil “place.” Place to work and win hearts; place to cause confusion and failure; place to defeat those who depend upon us for stability.
If we (True Christians) all stood in our place, Satan could not use us as examples, and the lost could not use us as excuses.
4. Real Christians should speak up. 1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” Are you ready to give an answer? Can you give a reason for the hope that is in you, And does your life show you to be a real Christian enough that someone would ask “you of the hope that is in you?”