By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Escalation of acceptance has become a reality towards the ungodliness of man. Scripture refers to the one who walks in darkness, and knows not where he goes, because that darkness has blinded his eyes (1 John 2:11).
Walking in such a manner infers that one lives in darkness, or sin, spending his life in the vastness of such darkness which has escalated into a ceaseless and tireless endeavor; along with encouraging others to jump on the bandwagon of acceptance as well.
There has been an escalation of acceptance of sin in these latter days; that God's Word reveals will take place, in saying: Evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). Never before has the advancement of technology been utilized more effectively by Satan towards the sinfulness that has embraced many a land.
The bait that is being used is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). When Satan, through the serpent, caused the fall of the human race, he appealed to each of these areas of weakness (Genesis 3:6). He still effectively utilizes the same source of temptation in the hour in which we are living.
Escalation of acceptance is breathing in ungodliness rather than the righteousness of God. It is unfortunate that there is an embracing of the ungodliness that is being promoted. This illustrates the fundamental idealism of a culture of acceptability that is contrary to God's Word.
The prophet Isaiah cried out: Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:20-23).
Man has allowed the appeal of the flesh to override the righteousness of God. There is an alarming indifference to God's Word; and in many Western nations the Word of God is no longer promulgated as it once was, under the power and demonstration of God's Spirit.
In speaking to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul wrote: In time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (or Satan), the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2).
He was speaking of values and lifestyles that were opposed to God and hostile to Him. Before conversion, the Ephesians had conducted themselves in accordance with ungodly values; living under the dictates of Satan.
The apostle Paul continued his descriptive narrative in saying: Among whom also we all conducted ourselves in times past in the lusts of the flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others (Ephesians 2:3). Children of wrath refers to people subject to divine punishment. Paul was revealing the state of the sinner; prior to salvation.
He continued in saying: BUT God is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. Even when we were dead in sins, has made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved;) and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-6).
If there is an escalation of acceptance let it be towards a life in Christ; for by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). The grace of God is an expression of His goodness toward the undeserving.
Grace means unmerited love. Grace is the basis of one's salvation. Repentance and faith leads to conversion. When the Philippian jailer cried out, What must I do to be saved (reflecting a spirit of repentance), Paul and Silas responded with: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (God's love and grace being applied) (Acts 16:30-31).
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