“Cheap Gold Necklace Syndrome”
By Richard Wiseman
Newberry Correctional Facility, Newberry, MI
Part 8 of 8
This is a sad commentary on many churches today. We cannot trust many. Mourn with me over this tragedy. Lament and be incited to act! If you or somebody you know is just listening to someone without doing your homework, you’re taking quite a gamble and you’re targeted in the enemies’ sights because you’re gullible just like I was. My dad is a preacher who knows God’s word well. It’s a shame I refused to listen to him for so long. What a fool I was.
Finally, sexual immorality. The Greek word is “Porneias” (Acts 15:29) and is where our word porn comes from. It’s so simple to check it out: if you want to have sex, get married to someone you love from the opposite sex and only have sex with that person. Everything else, including pictures, videos, clubs, etc… is sin. Don’t look at or in any way be involved with pornography/adultery. Don’t even look at another with lust.
Thing is we don’t have to find a piece of land and create our own unplugged commune (although it does sound nice). We can and should stay in our homes and interact with the world and put God first. We give Jesus and our families the time we should as outlined in Scripture. We may need to sell the house or Harley (or we may not) to work less and have less and spend more time with God and others but that’s exactly what Luke 14:33 says to do.
When we make a decision to follow Jesus, I believe he licks his lips hoping for us to be tasty and bring him pleasure. However, if we draw back or refuse to learn and apply the fundamentals and principles of righteousness cooperating with the Holy Spirit, we prove tasteless.
“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14:34-35.
“Not everyone who says to me Lord Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Mat. 7:21.
The Father’s will is for us to love ALL and for all to be saved. Doing this means we follow Jesus’ example sacrificing ourselves daily to advance the gospel of Jesus and make it clear to others as we grow in righteousness, humility and obedience to his word, repenting of and confessing our sins and faults to each other and him, growing up into spiritual maturity together in unity and harmony, pressing on always and being able to easily identify and expose the counterfeits for what they are as we pass the test!
Our target text – Acts 15:28-29 concisely covers all sins of the mind – idolatry and sacrifices to demons; and sins of the body – sexual sin.
Any dead fish can float downstream. It takes a live one to swim against the current. Be alive!
Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Do not be deceived.