Carried By Christ

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. Psalm 139:1-4

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Worldview Infiltration of the Church

By Douglas V. Gibbs

While inside our homes we often don't see the interior in the way that those on the outside may see it. Sometimes, if the outside makes observations, we choose to change the inside of the house, despite the fact that we know it was fine in the first place.

The dirt on the ground outside belongs outside. We may sweep the sidewalks around our houses to keep the dirt from getting inside, but we understand that the dirt will always be there. Once the dirt gets inside our houses, however, we normally are quick to sweep it up, and toss it outside where it belongs.

In John 2:14-16 Jesus decided that the dirt on the steps of the house of God needed to be swept away. His passivity gave way to angry expression as he proceeded to sweep the money changers from the steps. “He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple.”

God opposes all sin, but He is especially passionate about it when it begins to infect His house, affecting His children, and soiling the interior of the church.

Internal corruption of the church is addressed by Paul in Galatians 5:12: “I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.” The intense response he gave due to the attacks on the church, and within the church, reveals his devotion to God, and his love of the church. The children of God feel the inappropriateness of God’s house being defiled with the filth of habitual sin.

As a shepherd believes himself to be responsible for guarding the flock, so is He when it comes to when God’s house is trashed and His people are deceived.

The world is of the flesh, and seeks to turn one's eyes away from God. We are locked in a spiritual battle, and the enemy has found a way to infiltrate the church. God's children have welcomed wolves into God’s flock simply because those wolves say that it is fair and equitable to be of the world.

The emerging heresy, though clinging to the love of Christ, has conceded to relativism and pluralism, tossing the standards of God aside for the rules of men, which in turn is leading these churches down a road to serious doctrinal and moral deviations that they bring into the house of God.

Just because someone claims to be something, it doesn't mean they are. Such is the same with Christianity. Believing you are a Christian, and claiming you are a Christian, means nothing if the fruits are not present. Salvation is by Grace, but they will know you by your fruits.

Christianity has been filled with people who think they are Christians, and even seem to seek the love of Christ, but also feel that they can straddle the fence, with one foot in the church, and one foot in the world. This dangerous tendency has reached up to the leadership, radically reshaping the church’s beliefs and practices to conform to the world's view, rather than Christ's view.

The world's view is not compatible with God's view, and instead rejects the central features of Christianity. The worldview searches for what it believes to be a more objective, and universal, viewpoint. The worldview is a secular one steeped in dualism and its assumption of the goodness of knowledge as prescribed by men. Humanity becomes the central feature of the system, and out of that arises a man-centered agenda that works to unite the thinkers, and rejects the standards set forth by God.

The worldview rejects the basic premises of God's Word, presupposing The Bible does not relate a technical view of truth, therefore it must be tossed aside. This is determined without studying the texts, or taking the Word of God as a whole, in context. The assumptions of the worldview's opinion of Christianity are based on using fragments of Biblical texts, out of context.

The worldview focuses more on the historical texts of the Old Testament, claiming these to be doctrinal when they are not. The historical text is present so that lessons may be derived from reality. The New Testament is largely ignored by the worldview, for the clarity of doctrinal passages in the New Testament is more difficult for the secularists to twist. This is not to say the New Testament does not find itself under attack, either.

In order to combat the Bible, today's worldview goes beyond the simple rejection of the text, and actually works to deconstruct the language by redefining the words and reinterpreting the texts to mean whatever they feel.

The worldview of men cannot blend with Christian faith. Faith is not compatible with humanism and the self-gratification philosophies of secularism. Some Biblical scholars, however, have decided to adopt elements of modernism, embracing the unbiblical theories and incorporating them into their methodology of interpretation of Scripture.

Since the worldview infiltration into the church poses serious practical consequences, one of which is that such a view leaves no basis for objective beliefs, or faith, such a system encourages theologians to construct a theology that has universal appeal, eventually forcing those segments of the church to succumb to skepticism or relativism. The teachings then alter, where the standards of truth or morality are disregarded. A failure to define what is normative then compromises the authority of Scripture, and the definitions of what is true or right become blurred.

Once this kind of generic spirituality is introduced into the church, any claim that God's Word is the exclusive claim on what is moral, and the truth, becomes thought to be arrogant and philosophically indefensible. The worldview believes absolutes, as taught by Scripture, to be an unacceptable attempt to manipulate others and exercise power over them. They view religion to be no different than a totalitarian state where the followers must follow the dictates of the church, or be excommunicated.

Of course, the blessings of Grace, and Faith, do not work that way.

Nonetheless, the worldview, in response to their view of any religiosity, is hostile specifically to the objective and exclusive claims of biblical Christianity. While Christians live in the world, we must not become the world, and instead must reach out to those in our culture. This interaction with the world must be on God's terms, and as a result the church needs to do what it can to ensure that we never alter the Gospel itself to fit the prevalent worldview of any given culture, in the hopes of somehow softening the faith for them.

Elements of Christianity are guilty of compromising The Word, while also embracing worldview philosophies, which includes epistemology (philosophies around the studies of knowledge on man's terms). There are concerted efforts to shape the church's teachings and behaviors in the hopes of accommodating the worldview, and becoming more acceptable to the prevalent culture, rather than working to reach the culture. This kind of compromise in the church leads to disastrous results, which will eventually result in the removal of biblical truth, faith, and the moral standards set forth by Scripture.

With no foundation or boundaries in the church, Christian truth or conduct finds no basis for the standards and definitions of faith. Belief in God would then become arbitrary, and any belief or standard could then be questioned or changed at the whim of the leadership, or the followers. A relativistic view of God would then become dominant in the church, where all beliefs would be seen as valid to those who hold them, regardless of the variation.

A relationship with the Lord is different from religion. Religion is man-made, and Faith is God-made. To become a disciple is much more than becoming a simple adherent to the Christian Faith, and finding Christ is a much deeper revelation than finding religion.

The worldview believes that all gods are the same God, and in the end it will all come out in the wash, so why not unite the religions so that the disagreements cease? Allowing this kind of compromise cheapens Christ's sacrifice, and leads to the removal of the foundation and the boundaries for the Christian faith. The Faith, stripped of the Truth, would then have no resort but to conclude that Christ is but a minor character. This kind of worldview thinking is fatal to biblical faith, literally stripping Jesus, and His sacrifice, of the significance He represents. Faith would lose any real meaning and open the door to substantial change in fundamental beliefs. The biblical concepts of atonement and judgment would no longer resemble the biblical teachings that are believed by Christians to be non-negotiable.

The infiltration of the worldview into Christianity strips the Faith of its definitions, the context of God's Word, and the Truth of biblical meanings. The result is a disarming of the church's ability to withstand external attacks, for if there is no fixed standard of truth, lies can have a deadly influence within the Church. Only the willingness of those that recognize what is happening to stand up and continue to proclaim the truth may save the church from this infiltration into the church, and this attempt to alter the Faith into something not recognizable according to biblical standards.

This is not to say that all influences on the church by the culture are not beneficial to the Faith. To recognize the benefits of some cultural influences, while isolating and discharging diverse elements that do not hold in common the foundations of the Christian Faith, the church must only examine these influences through the lens of Scripture. The faithful share many beliefs with the worldview, such as caring for the needy, acting in a loving manner toward one's neighbor, and fellowship. These commendable elements, however, differ when motives and methods are examined, and once again are in line with the standards of God's household when viewed, and put into practice, through the lens of Scripture.

To compromise in this manner, by inviting the worldview to influence the teachings and behavior of the church, is nothing short of sin. Sin on the surface is fun, appealing, and painted with all of the colors of the rainbow, but that does not mean that sin should be a part of our daily walk. Sin is unavoidable. We all fall short of the glory of God and commit sin daily. Habitual sin, however, becomes slavery. Habitual sin is often a sign that the relationship with Christ may not be entirely intact.

John 3:6 says, "Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him." The word "sinneth" is used two times in this verse. The Greek tense of the word indicates continuous action, which means the verse could be understood to be saying, "He who abides in him does not go on habitually sinning as a way of life, for if one continually goes on routinely habitually sinning as a way of life he has not seen him, neither has known him."

Anyone who continues to live in habitual sin does not know Jesus, because the relationship with Christ transforms the new believer so that they may repent from the habitual sin. This is true of the individual, but how does one reconcile this when it invades an entire church body? If an individual never changes his nature upon accepting Christ, his soul remains lost. If a church body welcomes a worldview that questions the biblical stance on habitual sin, and the divinity of Christ, the entire church body becomes lost.

"Like produces like" is a biological truth, and it is a philosophical truth as well. As long as the body of the church remains faithful, and places itself in the hands of the Lord, so do the followers. When the body is poisoned with a worldview that is inconsistent with the very foundations of the faith, the poisoned body as a whole becomes ill, and is unable to grieve and sorrow for its sins committed. The compromises of the worldview violates the nature God implants on our spirits upon the reception of His Grace, and for the church to welcome that worldview into the body, the body will spiritually die.

John tells us that it is impossible for a person to continue in habitual sin if God's nature genuinely resides in his heart, therefore, wouldn't the same be true regarding a church body? The members of these congregations that have succumbed to the wiles of the infiltration of the worldview assume they are in the loving embrace of the Lord, and by coming to church week after week they assume they are protected by His salvation, but in the end may not really be saved at all.

The deception of the infiltration leads the followers to believe it is no big deal, and even masks itself as being biblical. After all, are we not to love our neighbor? Are we not to love our enemies?

The Presbyterian Church has voted to allow the ordination of openly gay and lesbian ministers. The church removed from its rules the requirement that all ministers, elders and deacons live in "fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness," allowing the inclusion of gay and lesbian clergy.

The excuse, surely influenced by the Presbyterian church's inclusion of the worldview into its midst, is that they believe such a move would build a stronger church.

The Presbyterian Church is literally allowing male reverends who have sex with other men in bodily orifices not designed for intercourse, and female reverends who have sexual relations with other women, to stand at the podium in God's household and preach their version of the Word of God.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. -- Romans 1:26-27

The worldview influence on the various churches has opened the Faith up to direct infiltration and attack. The church is literally being besieged from within. How can any Christian attend a church that openly and aggressively uses propaganda in convincing their flock that such dangerous sexual behaviors are good for your body and soul? How can any Christian bring their children to a "House of God" presided over by sexual deviants who recruit the young and vulnerable into believing they are "born that way?"

Why are Christian denominations leading their flocks into the abyss of habitual sin, and damnation?

As an individual, the gays may practice whatever they desire, for we do have a free will, as well as freedoms in this country. But just because you "can" do something, it doesn't mean you should, and it is an outright outrage to then try to receive preferential treatment by the government by proclaiming homosexuality is a civil rights issue, or to force the public at large to accept the behavior as "normal," or face incrimination through hate crime laws, or comparable legislation.

To justify homosexual behavior the gay community is infiltrating the education system, the churches, and are working to convince the courts that they were "born gay" so they require protected-class status.

If their sexual behavior is so normal, why the need to justify it through such radical means?

Aren’t some people born gay?

Perhaps a predisposition for homosexuality may exist, but that does not make the gay lifestyle normal any more than it would make it acceptable for a person to steal just because he was born with the predisposition to be a kleptomaniac.

Besides, there are some who enter a life of homosexuality after marrying and having children with an opposite-sex spouse. There is no solid scientific evidence that has established a genetic cause for homosexuality, nor have they found the gay community's holy grail, a "gay gene." There is no DNA or medical test to determine if a person is homosexual. Sexual orientation is a matter of self-affirmation and public declaration. Homosexuality is a deviant behavior, and a self-chosen identity.

The worldview argues otherwise, and has decided to launch an assault against the largest opponent of homosexuality, the church. The infiltration has convinced some churches in this country to condone that which God has called an abomination. God's laws and what he commands us to do, has not changed over the passage of time. God is constant, therefore, the church needs to be as well. The flawed nature of humanity, however, has enabled the church to be infiltrated by cultural influences. It's easier to embrace sin than to live as our Creator has commanded.

Those that infiltrate the church have historically mocked God by willfully accepting a bastardized version of His word all in the name of political correctness and tolerance. Now, they seek to change the church by pushing into the body of Christ their sexual deviancy. This isn't about tolerance. It's about sin. It's about sexual deviants who have convinced their flocks they are above God and that sin is a thing of the past. That they have a "right" to mock His laws and you must accept such blasphemy or not be accepted into their circle of perversion they call church services.

Satan is an artist who paints sin in rainbow colors, and he has sought to compromise God's influence on Earth since the Garden of Eden. He seeks to normalize in human society immoral, filthy sexual behaviors. He wishes to integrate the worldview into the church, and cover this world in a cloak of sin.

God's Word represents truth, and in the end, despite the attacks, the truth will surface.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. -- John 8:32.