It’s All About The Gospel

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15 Responses

  1. pslady says:

    Amen Michael…we have ONE Savior & his kingdom is not of this world …says it all!

  2. Michael says:

    pslady,

    Thank you…glad you’re with us!

  3. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thank you! I am nervous about the upcoming 11 months as the division gets even worse and many true believers continue to be drawn into sides of politicians instead of the Lord and our faith.

    So far I have kept out of political stuff on Facebook, but I know eventually my stand will come out on Facebook and I anticipate being chastised and blocked by some good friends, but I also know that I cannot stay silent when the time comes.

    I have good relationships with most of my friends who disagree with me, but that may change.

  4. Michael says:

    Dan,

    It’s going to get ugly.

    On the other hand it will be an opportunity for sanctification and growth as we try to live as we believe.

    The challenge, as it always is…is not to become what we’re standing against.

  5. Dan from Georgia says:

    ASbsolutely. I am thankful that God has allowed me to have friendships that cross political spectrums. That is tenuous though. Indeed it is extremely easy to become what you abhor.

  6. Dan from Georgia says:

    Ha…typo first word…

    Anyways, wanted to also say that disagreements that turn into shouting matches or acrimony will NEVER lead one to saving faith, as we all know. That is what I aim to avoid.

  7. JanetLinn, BrideofChrist says:

    Bringing politics into the church is most definitely a ‘defilement’ of the Church. What a powerful statement, but how true! Tens of thousands of God’s people have fled these defiled churches – my husband and I are among them. How sad that true Christians , like Michael, have become a ‘ voice crying in the wilderness’ – contending for Jesus and the true gospel message of Christ. The idea that these politicized churches could ever win souls over to Christ is laughable, and yet THAT is the great commission of Christ! These churches are planting the seeds of their own demise. They’ve traded God’s will for their own desire to rule over others. God will not be mocked, and His spirit will not abide in churches that have replaced Him with their Idols of political power and control.

  8. Michael says:

    Janet Linn,

    Thank you for that…I’m glad you’re here…

  9. Captain Kevin says:

    “All those things concern me, but nothing concerns me more than keeping the Christian faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ free from the pollution of popular and political beliefs of the times.

    I oppose anything that compromises or defiles Christian ethics and behaviors in front of a lost world.”

    In a sense, it’s sad that, after all these years, you would even need to write this. Other than providing a place for prayer and fellowship, this has been your emphasis all along. Carry on, Brother!

  10. Dan from Georgia says:

    Janet Linn said…”God will not be mocked, and His spirit will not abide in churches that have replaced Him with their Idols of political power and control.”

    Absolutely! Can I borrow this line for future use?

  11. Terrie R. Beede says:

    Thank you for posting this. The mixing of the Word of God and nationalism is not new. It was the reason for the downfall of God’s people in Jeremiah’s day. A large part of the book of Jeremiah addresses this. It was the reason for the downfall of God’s people in our Lord’s day. It was the reason many of the people cried “Hosannah” as he rode into Jerusalem. It was also the reason, a few days later, that they chose Barabbas, when they realized our Lord was not following the same agenda they were following. In both instances, the destruction of the first temple and the destruction of the second temple, Yahwistic Nationalism was an unmistakable form of idolatry. It cannot but be so today, and it is a terrifying prospect for God’s people.

  12. Kevin H says:

    “It’s not about politics.”

    “It’s not about being conservative or liberal.”

    “It’s all about the faith once delivered.”

    Amen and amen. Unfortunately, so many Christians today cannot delineate these things. Faith and politics have become so intertwined that when one speaks purely from a faith perspective to an issue that may have political elements to it, people cannot handle this and force supposed political intentions or agendas upon the speaker.

    “You were running well. Who prevented you from being persuaded regarding the truth? This persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole batch of dough.” – Galatians 5:7-9

    Many segments of the church body have let a little bit of political leaven into the batch of faith. Now their whole batch of faith has been infected. They can’t see things of the faith without seeing politics.

  13. Michael says:

    “Other than providing a place for prayer and fellowship, this has been your emphasis all along.”

    Thanks, CK.

    The difference is that I’m so much older now and much more sensitive to stress…I wrestled with writing and publishing this kind of material…until it dawned on me that this is my unfortunate calling.

  14. Michael says:

    Terrie R. Beede,

    Thank you…indeed, idolatry is what took out Israel…and will take out many of us.

  15. Michael says:

    Kevin,

    That verse from Galatians is gold…

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