Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sugar Coated?

"THE CHIEF DANGER OF THE CHURCH TODAY is... trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN COMPROMISE, APATHY, and PARALYSIS." ~ A.B. Simpson

2 Timothy 4; 3-4  '' For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.''

     As Mary Poppins sang, 'Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.'  Well the church in today's world often thinks we need to sugar coat the Word to avoid losing it's members.  It is a wrong, dangerous theory and misleading.  Sermons often preach 'the good life' message of wealth and earthly benefits to becoming a believer, which is false teaching.  God never promises an easy life but promises strength to get you through life.
     If you're attending a church that never deals with subjects like sin, hell, repentance or forgiveness then you need to think about whether the messages are spiritual doctrine or motivational jargon. There is a huge difference.
    We must remember that whatever we are going through or face in our lives that it's 'not about you but it's about God's glory.'  The Word is good for us, even when it's hard to swallow.