By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
A Puppet Christian is one whose actions are controlled or influenced by another. We are living in a world that dictates the moral habits of others; with one's behavior being the direct result of such influence. In such a setting one's strings are pulled to control movements to the glee of the puppeteer.
Scripture reveals: Know you not, that to whom you yield (present) yourselves servants to obey, his servants (slaves) you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness (Romans 6:16)? Those under such may be promised liberty, but become the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is brought in (into) bondage (2 Peter 2:19).
There are many who have become a slave to what is contrary to God's Word. There is ungodliness that has captured the attention of many; with little effort to rid oneself from its clutches.
When Moses, departed to go up to the Mount of God; the people soon returned to their pagan influence, by preparing a golden calf to worship. Scripture reveals: And the Lord said to Moses, Go, get you down; for your people, which you brought out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves (Exodus 32:7).
When the leadership of the church no longer ministers the wholeness of God's Word; congregations are more easily influenced towards the ways of the world, rather than God's Unadulterated Word, thereby allowing others to pull the strings, bringing one into a Puppet Christian status.
Scripture reveals the hazard of such action: For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, the dog is turned (returned) to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire (2 Peter 2:21-22).
Where is the godly leadership to encourage one to abstain from the influences that are being promoted? Jesus in speaking a parable, said: Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master (teacher): but every one that is perfect (trained) shall be as his master (teacher).
Why behold you the mote (speck) that is in your brother's eye, but perceive not the beam (plank) that is in your own eye? Either how can you say to your brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in your eye, when you behold not the beam that is in your own eye?
Cast out first the beam out of your own eye, and then shall you see clearly to pull out the mote that is in your brother's eye (Luke 6:39-42). Who is in leadership today; how can one lead when a mote is in one's own eye?
Who is at the helm? Does one view good moral programming or does it promote the very thing God's Word opposes? Does one continue to listen to profanity, view immoral behavior; unable to rid one's self of its influence, becoming a Puppet Christian controlled or in bondage to another?
How can God bless a people, or a nation, that is not in obedience to His Word? Moses was not allowed to enter into the Promised Land because of one act of disobedience. God no longer blessed Israel when, become of one man's disobedience, sin came in the midst of the camp; but after the sin was dealt with, God's blessings begin to flow again!
Many once godly nations have allowed themselves to be ruled by puppeteers, who pull the strings, allowing immorality to flood the land, with many becoming of a Puppet Christian status controlled by such movements; rather than be in opposition, by standing upon the Adulterated Word of God.
There are many ungodly issues being promoted with consumption taking place. There are many who cannot speak out concerning certain issues because they themselves are partaking of the same. Scripture reveals: You therefore which teaches another, teach not yourself: You that preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You that say a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You that abhors idols, do you commit sacrilege (Romans 2:21-22)?
We live in a land of plenty because this nation was conceived in God but we are now seeing ungodly influences having devastating results. Lifestyles, before unmentionable, are now openly proclaimed. Traditional Christianity is being replaced by the liberalism of the world. A cancel and submissive type culture is now outweighing Christian values; bringing many into a puppet Christian status.
Why is it that the world has become an influence to the church rather than the church to the world? Has this not prompted many Christians to flow with the wind of change as a puppet Christian?
Scripture reveals: Beware of false prophets (puppeteers), which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil (bad) fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil (bad) fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit (Matthew 7:15-18). Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them (Matthew 7:20). A Spirit-filled Christian need not fall into the mold of being a puppet Christian as long as they listen to the leadership of God's Spirit!
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