The Apostle John, by the inspiration of God wrote, "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." 2 John 9-11.
One of the greatest evils facing the Lord's church today is the willingness for some church leaderships to give in to unbelievers, false teachers, and those who do not contend for the true faith. Oftentimes this is done without much regard for the Son of God who was willing to give His life that we might have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
Paul wrote in his letter to the church in Colosse, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him" Colossians 3:17.
We have no right to change that which God has given to us through His holy and inspired word; yet, some men have taken it upon themselves to do so by fellowshipping unbelievers. They do this for the purpose of social status and numerical growth. The fact of the matter remains that 500 people sitting in a church building on Sunday morning who have not obeyed the pure, unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ are still 500 people sitting in a church building on Sunday morning who are not Christians!
Who are those whom we are addressing at this time? The unbelievers, those in denominationalism, cults, sects, false teachers (some in our own brotherhood), and the other false religions of the world. Jesus said, "He that is not with me is against me" (Matthew 12:20a).
Listen friend, you are either for Christ or against Him. You either obey His word and His will, or you do not. When you choose not to obey Him in ALL that He commands, you are not right with God the Father and will be punished for your sins.
Some brethren are at fault! By giving in to unbelievers, accepting them, and participating in their evil ways, they are bidding them God speed. They are encouraging them in their evil deeds and making them feel as if they are right with God when they are not! Much greater than this is the fact that in doing so they are partakers of their evil deeds. As such, they will be held accountable for those things they have done against the doctrine of Christ.
Jesus wants a spotless church, a church without blemish. It is our duty to earnestly contend for that faith that it would be just that: "... a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Eph. 5:27). PO Box 23, Bucyrus, OH 44820.
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