If we look like the world, talk the like world, act like the world, how is Christ’s light shining through us? Should we not be different? Should we not allow Christ to cleanse us from the inside out? If people only know you’re a Christian when you tell them you’re one, can it be that Christ’s light is being hidden by the darkness of worldliness in your life?
“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”-James 4:4
But how many mix the holy with the profane? God despises such mixing. It is considered Baal worship. When the Israelites adopted the customs of those around them, God was angry with them. He calls us to be holy which literally means “set apart.”
Now if the world loves you, and loves being around you, could it be that your life affirms their darkness rather than convicts it, so they feel safe and comfortable around you?
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:19-21)
If darkness is loving hanging around you, do you really have the light of Christ? Sinners who love their sin wouldn’t want to be close friends with you because your holiness would convict them.
When talking to his non-believing brothers, Jesus said:
“The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.” (John 7:7)
Certainly, the world doesn’t hate men like Carl Lentz and Rich Wilkerson Jr. because they don’t testify that their works are evil. They just “accept them” and “don’t tell them to change,” so they get this false sense of peace that God accepts them so they can keep sinning, but visit church on Sunday and it’s all good.
Celebrities indulging in themselves and blaspheming God feel comfortable being close buddies with men of this sort because they don’t feel “judged.” They can be having sex with their girlfriend, cussing, getting drunk, and their pastor friends won’t say a word, but will just “love them.”
A part of love is telling people the truth about their sin and actually caring that they’re on the road to hell unless they repent. Of course we want them to change because we don’t want them to burn in hell! We want their soul to be spared! We want them to walk in freedom and victory over their sin. How is patting them on the back and turning a blind eye to their sinful ways loving? Does not the bible say God disciplines the ones He loves and that judgement begins in the house of God?
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (I Peter 4:17, 18)
Do we not care that God will judge and condemn them for their unrepentant sins? That’s why these pastors get me so upset. They equate love with acceptance when yes, Christ accepted anyone who repented and turned to Him and He warned them to, “go and sin no more.” He wasn’t blind to their sin, He called it out in love, telling them to continue in it no longer because the bible says sin brings death.
I pray pastors get bold, get filled with the Spirit, and speak the whole truth, even the unpopular ones, so that people might repent upon hearing and be saved.