February 1, 2015

Modern Man – Philip C. Strong

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Modern man’s BIG three problems are not jobs, healthcare, and taxes- in any order.  Instead, they are…
Not believing in the God of the Bible.  One of the major purposes of the Bible is to further reveal God to mankind.  We can discern the power and the goodness of God from the creation itself, Romans 1:20, but the Scriptures reveal the mind of God- at least those portions of His thoughts and ways that He chose to reveal to us, 1Corinthians 2:10-13.  But, modern man has sought to reinvent God in his own image and according to his own desires instead of believing in the God of the Bible.  How so?  Modern man has chosen to ignore much of what God reveals about Himself through the inspired text.  For instance, the attributes of God that are deemed favorable to man- such as His love, mercy, grace, and capacity for physical provision and spiritual forgiveness are readily accepted, while the righteousness, justice, wrath, and vengeance of God toward those who rebel against Him and refuse to do His will are conveniently minimized to the point of being overshadowed, if not ignored completely.  Passages such as Romans 2:4-10 speak not only of the kindness, forbearance, and patience of God (v.4), but also of the wrath, judgment, indignation, tribulation, and distress He promises for those who are “selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth,” vv.5,8,9.  Thus, modern man’s one-sided view of God yields a very distorted perspective of Him as being unwilling to punish disobedience, which in turn produces a very dangerous false sense of security, cf. 2Peter 3:3-13. Additionally, modern man’s fascination with and dedication to pantheism (that God is in and is everything, and that everything is God) and pluralism (basically, the notion that most if not all religious belief systems are of equal authority, relevance, and value) clearly contradict the Bible, Ephesians 4:4-6.

Not believing in the Savior of the Bible.  Modern man has sought to reinvent Jesus Christ according to his own desires instead of believing in the Christ of the Bible.  How so?  The modern concept of Jesus is that of a Savior who loves and accepts everyone as they are- without reservation or qualification.  This, too, is a false perspective.  Although the Bible certainly presents Jesus as a Savior who loves and sacrificed Himself for all of mankind, cf. Revelation 1:5, it does not follow that such equals unconditional acceptance of us- i.e. without our repentance and transformation.  Jesus died to save us from, not in, our sins.  The Savior demanded that His disciples: deny themselves and follow Him (Matthew 16:24) and keep His commandments rather than just professing their love for Him (John 14:15) and claiming to be His (Luke 6:46).  Jesus demanded repentance and obedience to the gospel because He loved us and wanted us to be saved from our sins.  But the modern view of Jesus as one who loves, accepts, and saves everyone without qualification or reservation is just not the Savior of the Bible.  “And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.  The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has been truly been perfected.  By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked,” 1John 2:3-6.

Not believing in the Church of the Bible.  Modern man has sought to reinvent the church according to his own desires instead of believing in the one in the Bible.  The church, as presented in the Bible is a collectivity of individuals: who believe and obey the gospel, cf. Mark 16:16; Acts 2:41,47; who stand for and upon the Truth, 1Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 3:10; who worship in spirit and in truth, John 4:23-24; and who continue to grow in and teach the Truth, Ephesians 4:11-16.  But modern man has sought to redefine and reinvent the church for which Jesus died as a center for social activities, a place of academic learning and daycare, and an organization to meet the physical needs of man and society.  Friends, the church of the Bible is: God’s household, Ephesians 2:19; built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets of God with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone, v.20; a holy temple, v.21; and a dwelling of God, v.22.  Man, whether ancient or modern, has no right to turn it into anything else, or less!

If we fail to believe in the God of the Bible, the Savior of the Bible, or the Church of the Bible, we do so at the peril of our souls, Hebrews 10:26-31.  Please consider these things carefully, and read the Bible for yourself to see if they are so.

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