Below are a few more comments I’ve received recently concerning the postings on Cultural Relativism. I share these in hopes that what someone else said might sharpen you as much as it’s sharpened me as well.
One individual let me know that, “These scriptures come to mind. Key to the situation is that this is a spiritual battle. So the question becomes, what are his [Satan’s] tactics and what are our weapons? Second to that, why is the church losing the battle?
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NIV) 10 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NIV) 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
I replied, “Some within the church have become more and more naive, not deeply rooted, compromising, and blinded to truth. Weapons...control what we can control, prayer, and teaching those whom God's entrusted us with. Thanks for the reply.”
Another young man stated that, “There is a ton to unpack here. In my travels in the last few months I’ve been genuinely concerned for our nation’s acceptance of sin. I’ve often prayed for our leaders and country, but now it’s becoming more apparent where our country is as a whole. It’s terrifying.
I think we are already in the judgement. This country is exactly like the antediluvian’s, Sodom and Gamorrah, Rome and on and on in the scriptures. Those should be warnings for us and it’s too late. I believe God has given us up, just as he did many other times. We don’t have common grace in the US anymore.
So, what does that leave us with? We still need to pray for revival. Witness to people. Pray for us not to fall so that we don’t become useless. Pray for other people’s salvation. Keep ourselves in the scriptures and communion with the Lord, daily. One line I like to say is, how often daily should we do our daily Bible study? Lol! I’ll jump off my pulpit, for now.
Keep preaching brother. Our town and country needs guys like you. Love ya, man.
I replied, “I agree. Maranatha...come Lord Jesus!!!”
Lastly, another brother excitedly points this out…“Hope it lights a fire under someone’s butt. Keep these illustrations coming!”
A word of caution from the Apostle Paul…
Galatians 6:1 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.
In the next blog I’ll follow-up with an article on the immutability of God.
Practicing His Presence,
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Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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