Biblical wisdom laid out in plain English by Elect Lady Owens
Have we allowed culture to be more predominate in our lives than the Word of God as to the way we live as Christians? How far has culture taken us away from the standards of the Bible? Culture is defined as: “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place or time; a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.; a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exits in a place or organization.” But, we have to be careful that our way of thinking is still based on the Word of God and not what feels good or is socially accepted.
Proverbs 14:12 says: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” I am very concerned that we have become cultural Christians and not Word Christians. Let’s be careful that our lifestyle is not one that leads to death rather than life. Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:31b: “I die daily” to the will of Jesus and not to culture. Christianity should not be based on the culture of our times to dictate how we live as Christians. Cultures change but the Word of God is settled in heaven forever (Psalms 119:89). God will never change His mind concerning His written Word. Malachi 3:6a says: “For I am the Lord, I change not;”
Hebrews 13:8 says: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Don’t let culture tempt you to add or subtract concerning the Word of God. Revelation 22:18-19 says: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life …” So, don’t let culture change your standard from the Word of God!
Now, I’m not saying we have to ride horses and chariots or wear robes and sandals. But, I am saying you should always wear the heart of Jesus. Jesus said in St John 6:38: “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.” Whatever the Word says, leave it alone and just be obedient! 2 Corinthians 6:17 says: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”
It’s time to leave those close secular relationships and cleave to those that are truly godly. Fame should not be your aim but to take on Christ’s name and never be the same! Romans 12:2 says: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
As we look at the story of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, they were enslaved in a Babylonian culture that was different from the way they were raised. But, they chose to maintain their Hebrew standards. Daniel 1:8 says: “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” What is your request not to defile yourself?
However, because Daniel and the 3 Hebrew boys honored God by not becoming cultural Jews, God gave them “knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” King Nebuchadnezzar declared that all four Hebrew boys were ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in the realm. (Daniel 1:17, 20) If we make up our minds not to be cultural Christians but Word Christians, God has promised a greater reward to us and it’s called Eternal Life.
Lastly, Matthew 16:24-26a says: “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Have you become a cultural Christian or the Word Christian?
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