Friday, February 16, 2007

COMPROMISE & PRAGMATISM

Very interesting reading....

Compromise & Pragmatism*

from a sermon titled Apostate Church in Prophecy, preached 11/26/89 (Gil Rugh).

"... Satan works to blend together his system with God's system, because when you blend error with truth you have destroyed the truth. You no longer have a mixture of truth and error; you have error. Just like when you take poison and put it in a glass of milk -- you not only have a glass of milk and poison, you have a glass of poison, because the poison has corrupted the good milk. So it is with Satan's system when it is mixed-in, even with Biblical things, it becomes a corrupting influence and you no longer have truth and error -- you have error. And the truth is even corrupted by the error.

"... Part of the ministry and message of Jeremiah was one of condemnation because Israel had adopted the corrupting influence of the worship of the Queen of Heaven [Jer. 44:17,18] ... Important to note -- people are concerned about what works. One of the things destroying the church today is pragmatism. We find even believers looking to see what works and that becomes the standard for what they want to adopt, rather than looking to the Word of God and building upon that. And this is the foundation for why the people of Israel were worshiping the Queen of Heaven ... It's just a pragmatic approach; things worked better.

"And that's the way some Christians look at it. They look around and see what's going on in some churches and they say, 'Well, that's what we ought to do -- it works!' But that's never a fair test or standard. The question is, 'Is it Biblical?' not 'Does it work?' Because here the testimony of the Jews [Jer. 44:17,18] was, 'We were better off; we had less misfortune when we worshiped the Queen of Heaven then we do now, so Jeremiah, you can't change our mind.'"


What is most important...TRUTH


Cristina

4 comments:

luvvom said...

Good sermon, Cristina! Satan always comes as an angle of light to those who are "looking for light". I was having a discusion with some people at my job about the church and one girl said that she thought the reason for the terrible condition of the church was the church refuses to progress. I told her progression in the worldly things was just its problem that they wanted to have their ear tickled. And then she stated her deeper departure from the Word of God. She said, "I don't mean that. I mean that the church refuses to let women be preacher/priest. We need strong leadership" I told her that was unbiblical and she just shook her head and sort of laughed. I told her that if she didn't like something from the Bible and started taking away from it, then she has taken away from the source of truth which is our plumb line, our anchor, our source of truth that never changes...it's God's Word. Then others who don't like what they read take out what they don't like and then all you have left is a book full of the opinions that makes you feel good.

luvvom said...
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luvvom said...

Oops! "angel of light" not angle :o)

I just came from sites that are so light (if any at all) on the Word of God. It's so good to come here and find it! Thank you for perseverance in His Word. It's a drink of cool water. Keep up the good work!

Baptist Girl said...

Luvvom,
I have run into many folks like the lady you work with, it is astounding how many folks take the Word of God so lightly and how so many try to understand it by their own interpretations.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Psalms 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path
Acts 17:11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so


There is so much to study in just ONE word of a verse, never mind the whole bible. It's exciting to study and listen to God speaking to us through His word!

Cristina