A Delicate Balance

Do I derive some kind of satisfaction from pointing out some of the tragic trends in Evangelicalism today? Let the answer be a resounding "NO!" What then is my motivation? I hope and pray that it might encourage some or many to move back to basics, if God be pleased to use these articles to that end. Someone might enquire: Who am I to point the finger? Fair question. The answer is simple. I am someone who cares. I and many others have prayed and believed for revival and Spiritual awakening for a number of years. Join me in praying for holiness, without rigidity, to envelop Jesus' Church. Pray for a revival of strong Bible preaching to replace cheap entertainment. Pray for worship to happen from the heart. No offense intended for Godly worship leaders but shouldn't a disciple just spontaneously worship? Whatever happened to separation? Can't we call for a consecrated lifestyle, not based on externally imposed rules but based on a desire for purity of life generated from within a disciple's grateful heart? Shouldn't jealousy for our blessed Savior's reputation motivate us to pursue growth in righteousness? I, for one, am persuaded that we need to do everything possible to function as salt and light in a very corrupt society but not as a replacement for evangelism. Should the pulpit focus on making us feel good about ourselves or should it be used by God to convict us of our deep need for Him to provide His Grace to deliver us from our moral and spiritual sins and failures? Because some have watered down God's Word, isn't that a clarion call to preach the whole counsel of God? Selah! It is a delicate balance, indeed, that we need to achieve. We are to be conformed to His image, by the Holy Spirit. This is accomplished by appropriation and application of God's Word by a true believer yielding to God's discipline. That's where it's at!   Ron

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar (unique) people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him Who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."   (I Peter 2:9)

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