Christian Exhortation

Let me be the first to say that I am not the greatest example when it comes to watching TV.  I love science fiction, intrigue, adventure, and mystery.  And I really love a good story line.  So when all that is combined with some unsavory parts, like foul language, or themes that aren’t theologically correct, well, I’m guilty sometimes of watching anyway (i.e., Lucifer, Dominion).   Yeah, there’s that.

But the Bible tells us to think of noble things, and to not let our eyes betray us.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

Matthew 5:29

TV shows and movies that celebrate and glorify sins the Bible condemns should not be something in which God’s people delight.

People may think I’m a bit wacko on some issues.  I’ve certainly entertained some far out thoughts.  But there are certain things I won’t compromise.  I believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven.  He says it Himself: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

I believe every person is a sinner, unless they have been born again and washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.  That’s not a popular view around the liberal folks.  I don’t believe in gay marriage.  In my opinion, it is an oxy moron because it obliterates the definition of marriage.  That’s not popular with the inclusive element.  I believe we are eternal beings with a two-fold choice to spend eternity: either heaven or hell.  I know that God wants that none perish in hell, but if you live your life without Him under your own control, He will abide by your decision to go there.

On the other hand, other things are plainly evident as we apply the Word to our lives. For example, Jesus never says, “If you want to follow Me, you shouldn’t watch Sons of Anarchy or Sex in the City.” These TV shows didn’t exist back then. For this reason I could probably have people leave stern and disapproving comments saying that I am judging them by saying Christians “can’t” watch those shows.  After all, Jesus never said that. When in reality a Christian who reads the Bible, and is filled with the Holy Spirit knows that God is not pleased with us watching programs like that.  And we have verses that reveal to us God’s heart is that we flee from immorality, filthy language, and immoral sexuality.

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, mdivision, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”

Galatians 5:19-21

One person’s sin may not be another’s; however, it’s important to fill our minds with pure and good things (Phil.4:8).  So those shows may not be the best choice.

What I’m attempting to do is called exhortation.  It means to urge, to beseech, to warn, to encourage, to strengthen.  It is a GOOD thing.  It is actually a gift the Lord has freely given to His church so that we would encourage other unto holiness and joy!

I really see a trend in trying to intimidate and insult Christians into silence when they are just trying to exhort their fellow Christians to walk solid for Christ.  We need to put on the full armor, why?  So that we may stand.  Notice there ain’t no armor on our backs…  We are to be in offensive mode, not in retreat trying to save our rears!

Most of my dissenters come not only from the atheist and pagan readers, but also from professing Christians.  For some reason, the Christians accuse me of telling them they would go to hell if they _______; or that the Bible says you can’t _______; or that I am some radical fundamentalist that speaks in tongues and always wears a skirt (haha!!), and refuses to use electricity because it is of Satan. LOL…

I understand that Christians look weird to non-believers.  I admit I’m a fool for Christ.    People make fun of Christians for every belief we have.  So be it.

But what bothers me is when people, who call themselves Christian, try to advance the lie of the Tower of Babel—that we can unite the world under some one world religious mystery system (Chrislam?).  When Christians are saying that we need to unite with and celebrate other religions, even practicing their religious activities (Reiki?), I see the Great Apostasy happening.

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”

‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I probably have stuff in my life right now that the Spirit will convict me of, maybe using a brother or sister in the Lord to do it.  How great is that!  He loves us so He corrects us.  We should welcome that correction, not insult the person who was just sharing their heart.

That is not harsh or critical or racist or hateful or FEAR based.

And if you are not a Christian, then it wasn’t even for you!!!

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

Psalm‬ ‭1:1-3‬

But if you are a Christ follower, I urge you to consider this:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”‭‭  (Emphasis mine.)

Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬

If we want to follow Christ and be His disciples, we need to take heed.  We need to worship Him His way. We can’t conform to this world, to their ideas, their ways, or the things they think are just fine. We need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds according to His Word.

You must let your mind be transformed by His Word.  Because if you haven’t allowed this transformation by the Word, you’ve probably let it be shaped by the world.  Just saying.

“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.”‭‭

1 John‬ ‭2:15-16‬

Don’t take my word for it.  I’m just a Watchman on the wall, calling out that the enemy is within the gates.  You need to learn God’s word to know His perfect will.  Yes, YOU NEED TO HAVE THE WORD INSIDE YOUR HEART.  I will hide your word inside my heart so that I do not sin.

The whole point of everything I write is to point to Christ. He is worthy of our attention, and devotion and undivided worship and praise. He shares His glory with no one else. And we should be careful as His followers to mind His word, as it reveals His heart.

Blessings to you, dear brothers and sisters!  May He keep us sustained for as long as we continue to seek Him and do His will.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

WM

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