Have you ever asked yourself this question? How much do I really love God’s Word?
Are you willing to lose friends over it? How about family, are they more important than the Word of God?
How far are you willing to stand up for The Truth?
Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”
The word “cunning” means prudent or wise but in a negative sense as to trick you through deception. The first thing Satan does is attack the Word of God. That is our only defense. Eve answered Satan correctly, repeating God’s Word, but then she seems to add to God’s Word with “or touch it.” God never told Adam and Eve that they couldn’t touch the fruit but that they couldn’t eat it. Eve literally added extra-biblical sources. Maybe she got it from her husband Adam who wanted to protect her and added it. The thing is that if Adam did do that he was adding to God’s Word which backfired. Once Satan got Eve to touch the fruit and nothing immediately happened to her she took the bite.
We are living in a time as prophesied in 2 Timothy 4:3 which says, “For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear.”
The closer we get to the return of Jesus Christ, the more lukewarm Christians will abandon sound doctrine for their favorite teachers, [WordPress] friends and status.
What is a lukewarm Christian?
A lukewarm Christian is a person who is not committed wholeheartedly to Jesus. He/she has one foot in the world to please people and the other to Christ to please Him. This is only done by compromising God’s Word. How does the Lord deal with someone like this?
15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.
The phrase “I am going to vomit you out of my mouth” refers to rejection. When you play both sides, fully knowing or unaware by being self-deceived, you are living a life of godlessness.
When a person claims to be in Christ and rejects the Word of God by adding to it with other materials, Jesus spits you out from Himself to have nothing to do with you.
According to Genesis 3, the extra-biblical sources comes from Satan. If you do this or even support it, you are supporting the devil himself.
Jesus repudiates men’s traditions [extra-biblical sources].
Then Jesus was approached by Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem, who asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat.” 3 He answered them, “Why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition?
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Professing believers who claim that they are honoring the Lord and are drinking from another source are making their hearts go farther from Him.
What type of Christian are you, a people-pleaser or a person that pleases God?
You cannot be both.