We have a circumstance today that has existed since the beginning of time. In many ways, we might say history not only repeats itself, it really does not change for man. Spiritually, man is a mess, has been a mess and will be a mess until Christ returns again in His glory. I am privileged to talk to many people. You have no idea how many lost people think they’re actually found.
It hurts my heart to hear people claim Christ then tell me, “We worship in our own home, in our own way.” (Heb 10:25) It hurts my heart to hear people claim christ and say things such as “Jesus accepts me as I am, I’m doing just fine.” (Rom 1:22) There is another one too that is even more painful to me and that is, “The Bible doesn’t say “X”.” The bible doesn’t say, “Don’t smoke,” or “go to church.” (Rom 12:1-2) However, the most painful claim of the lost is that Jesus is not the only way to Heaven, that what He said was a lie, that what our Father in Heaven did He did for nothing, that God actually sacrificed His Son for our salvation and didn’t need to. That God would sacrifice His own Son on the cross, that He would permit Him to go through scourging, that He would let Him be completely humiliated, beaten, falsely accused and prosecuted, persecuted from birth. None of that had to happen according to some teachers right here in Lander. That vexes the Holy Spirit because it calls Him a liar denying the truth of the Word of God (Rom 3:4; 1 John 4:20; 5:10).
Christian, submit to God’s desires, submit to the preaching and teaching of the Word, submit to the spiritual authorities given to you. Seek purity in your life, worship and thoughts. Every instance of liberty you take should be for God’s glory, not personal freedom.