Here I Stand

“Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason – and I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is held captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.” – Martin Luther

What’s the real problem with Christianity today? What’s the real problem with people being, well, wrong all the time? Why is Truth not realized, accepted, or acknowledged by those who claim to follow the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

In other words, why is compromise such a big deal?

Deistic evolutionists. Gay bishops (and gay Christians in general). Liberal “Christians.” I’ve discussed things like this indirectly in my posts on contemporary “Christian praise” music.

Atheists will always be atheists, unless the Spirit change them. You cannot and will not ever convince an evolutionist of the truth, even though his “facts” do not support his theory in the least. Haters gonna hate. And you ain’t gonna convince ’em. All you can do is present the Gospel, live your life a living sacrifice, show the world the example of Christ in your life, and most importantly, pray. That’s all you can do. 99 times out of 100 you’ll never convince an atheist.

And thats ok.

What REALLY ticks me off is the people who should know better. Yes, of course I have a problem with atheists. Yes, of course, we should always defend our faith when the need arises. But those people who have the Name written on their hearts, and yet believe in evolution, or the watchmaker god, or a deistic/unitarian god, they are the reason that the Church is not making explosive progress as it should.

We have refused to heal our own Body. How can we heal others? How can we show them the Truth when most Christians have watered it down and compromised it so much that it is no longer recognizable?

I won’t do what I could do and quote the many verses that attest to this: we cannot fully bring others to the Truth if that truth is, in fact, not true.

This includes premillennial and amillennial doctrine, as well as Armenian and gnostic theories. And obviously evolution is a big one.

READ YOUR BIBLE. We can never stress this enough. The other day, one of my (Baptist) teachers was just chatting in class. He said this:

“I was raised to believe that alcohol was sinful. All my life. But, when I began to actually read through my Bible, I realized that this was not the case, in fact, Paul actually tells us to drink wine.”

This is just one example of a common doctrine being refuted simply through application of the Word.

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.

He did this in 6 days, and all very good.

Whoops. I didn’t see millions of years in there. And didn’t it say later that He formed all the creatures, including man…in one day? I’m confused.

Christ did not come to save a bunch of wimps who would cave when the world tried to pound its own doctrine into their heads. We need to be men as He was the True Man. We are here to change the world: the world has done a good job of fighting back.

Satan is wounded. He’s dying. He’s got no chance. But he’s flailing around in his death throes, trying to do as much damage as possible. So far he’s doing a pretty good job: the American Church in particular has put up no fight whatsoever; the legions of hell are not scared of sentimentalism and contemporary worship bands. They do not flee from people who lay down and swallow whatever the world throws at them.

We need to man up! Christianity has become weak, something you do in your spare time because it doesn’t really matter. No wonder the world scoffs at us. No wonder we are looked down on in the “scientific” community.

Those who hate the Name will do things to fight the Name. Those who claim to love the Name should do things to glorify the Name…not bow to the doctrine and anti-Christ theories of the world.

We do in fact bear this Name, by virtue of Christ’s sacrifice, our baptism into the Body, and our ongoing communion with the Trinity through the Eucharist.

The world cannot stand before those who have been washed in the Blood. The best they can do is twist the minds of those who should know better. I speak mainly of the American Church, mostly because I have more experiences of it. We have become weak. We follow their doctrine, learn their histories of life, the universe, and everything. We believe their false teachings, we teach them to others, we twist the Word of Life to mean what we think it should mean, instead of letting it guide our minds and hearts.

There will come a day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. But that day will be long in coming when the Gospel, the fact that He has conquered Death and Hell and reigns forever, has been obscured by petty compromise with the world.

Our God omnipotent reigns. We follow Him and His Word. We do not follow the world in their folly. For there is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. We need to do what is right in God’s sight, and not just what we justify as right to ourselves.

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4 comments

  1. Nick House

    Hey, but I clicked the thing on Facebook that said “Like this if you love Jesus.” I mean, that has to count for something.
    In all seriousness, this post is right on. Too many Christians either suck up the lies of secular culture, or else complain about them and do nothing else. Christian culture has a lot of “We are the next generation! We can change the world!” talk for young people, but most of it amounts only to a vague desire to “do something.” Can you imagine a general whose battle plan was “let’s kill some people, somewhere, somehow”? You need a battle plan, you need specifics, you need to not compromise, and sometimes you need to make people mad.
    One thing which you didn’t mention in your list of Christian compromises is the adoption of existential thought in Christian culture. (As brought out in Schaeffer’s How Shall We Then Live) Existientialism Lite has embedded itself in Christian Thinking and especially Christian Rock music (Switchfoot and mewithoutYou both have songs explicitly referencing Soren Kierkegaard.), and this, and the subsequent de-emphasis on reason and intellectualism, is one of the things that is killing the church’s relevance today.
    Very appropriate that you post this right as I am reading Luther’s Bondage of the Will. The same thing that you outline here was happening then. Luther shreds Erasmus’ compromises to pieces.
    That was a long comment. You should be happy now.

    • MadDawg Scientist

      Nick, any time you grace my humble posts with words of wisdom, my heart swells with gratitude.

      I completely looked over the existentialism point. Thanks for that.

      An army without weapons won’t get anywhere.

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