By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Dance to the tune is being influenced, through various persuasive methods, towards embracing the ungodliness of today. Secularism has crept into the modern day church in the Western world. The apostle Paul, in writing to the Galatians, said: You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth (Galatians 5:7)?
The Galatians were making good progress spiritually; but there were those who tried to persuade them towards a false doctrine. The apostle Paul wanted the Galatians to "stand fast" and retain their spiritual freedom and not be subject to the influence being presented to them.
In the days of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the king of Babylon made an image of gold. When one heard the sound of music they were to worship the image or be cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. When they failed to dance to the tune demanded, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were called to task by the king. They responded with:
O King, if it be so, our God with whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up (Daniel 3:17-18).
They did not waiver in their faith; and the king being full of fury commanded that they be bound and cast into the burning fiery furnace; and to make it seven times hotter than normal (Daniel 3:16-20).
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the midst of the burning fiery furnace; and those that looked upon them saw that the fire had no power upon their bodies, nor was a hair of their head singed, neither were their garments affected, nor the smell of fire upon them.
This had quite an effect on the king of Babylon; who made a decree that every people, nation and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut to pieces; because there is no other God that can deliver like this.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego kept the faith despite obstacles placed before them by a heathen nation. They would not dance to the tune of the ungodly persuasion of their day but rather stood firm in their resolve to serve God.
We are seeing many today take such a stand, in many lands, where many face persecution, even death, for having done so. There are many martyrs of today, as that of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, who was stoned to death for openly proclaiming Christ.
It is unfortunate that many once godly nations which stood firm in God's Unadulterated Word, have began to dance to the tune of the ungodly. It is unfortunate that because of the ungodliness that has infiltrated many lands; there has been millions of babies murdered in the mother's womb.
It is unfortunate that the sanctify of marriage, biblical proclaimed as between one man and one woman, has been challenged by man with same sex marriage instituted. It is unfortunate that a transgender movement has been also instituted that ignores God-given sex at moment of birth.
It is unfortunate that ungodliness is being promoted through the Internet; and being consumed with little regard of the consequences for having done so. That the teaching and preaching of those consequences have lessened to the degree that they are being absorbed with little restraint.
It is unfortunate that many once godly nations have departed from godliness, and are embracing ungodliness, immorality, and negative influences as that of a pagan society. It is unfortunate that many have left their former moorings in God; with that great deceiver Satan, being successful in promoting ungodly ways that defy God's Word.
Nineveh had fallen into the grip of ungodly and evil ways but they repented of their evil deeds when the prophet Jonah proclaimed: In forty days Nineveh shall be overthrown. On the basis of that change, with a renewal in God coming forth; they were then dealt with by God's grace; rather than judgment. Scripture reveals: And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way: and God repented (or relented) of the evil, that he had said he would do to them; and he did it not (Jonah 3:10).
God's Word reveals His mercy towards all of the same attitude: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
While this promise was originally given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel, it is applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith.
God's Word encourages the believer to be strong in the Lord and in the power His might. Scripture reveals: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12-13).
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (or of the flesh), but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations (or arguments) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). We do not war according to the flesh, or human standards, nor dance to the tune of ungodly, but our strength and power is in God whom we serve!
Scriptures reveal: That you (a Christian) present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; (nor dance to the tune of it) but be you transformed by the renewing of the mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2).
The believer should evaluate every decision on the basis of biblical principles, knowing that obedience brings God's blessings. For one to dance to the tune of this world will not gain God's favor, or His blessings, but rather the opposite.
Scripture reveals: Now the Spirit (or Spirit of God) speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing (or deceiving) spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Many have allowed their conscience to be seared through the sinfulness of this world that would intrude on the righteousness of God.
The apostle Paul charged Timothy, a young evangelist to hold faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away (or rejected) concerning the faith have made (or suffered) shipwreck (1 Timothy 1:19). He was speaking of those who rejected the inner moral voice of conscience; having strayed from the truths of God's Word.
The apostle Paul charged Timothy to endure hardship as a good solider of Jesus Christ. For no man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that they may please him who has chosen one to be a solider (2 Timothy 2:3-4).
Many have been placed on the battlefield for the Lord; but not without weaponry from on High to fight the good fight of faith. I served in the military for 20 years, but before being sent into the battlefield received training for the task ahead. Christians likewise have been equipped, not to face the enemy alone, but with the whole armor of God! Scripture reveals: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (or schemes) of the devil (or one's enemy) (Ephesians 6:11).
The world may wag its tail to get one's attention; but a child of God does not have to give heed to that wagging tail. Satan knows how to use the right bait to get one's attention; to dance to the tune he is playing, but one is not to be deceived or caught up in his snare of deception.
Scripture gives warning that one is to enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
This does not indicate that one should dance to the tune of the ungodly; nor be as a puppet Christian, but mature in the Lord walking according to His will!
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