FRAGILE MORALITY

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Fragile morality is a result of consumption of ungodliness in once godly societies.  In the late 19th century the concept of morality waned due to secularization which is an indifference to or rejection of religions considerations.  Immorality begin to dominate the land through failed spiritual leadership.

Morality is the distinction between good and evil; right and wrong with conformity to moral biblical standards.  The moral compass of any nation needs to be zeroed in on the Word of God.  (Comment)


MOLD OF PRESENT DAY
THINKING

There are many once godly nations that have allowed immorality to invade the land without restraint.  The believer in Christ is to resist being poured into the mold of present day thinking, value systems, and conduct of this world that has helped promote a fragile morality.

The godly guidelines of the Word of God, that helps keep a nation afloat, are being recklessly cast aside.  Past utterances of a moral nature now seems to be distant or even non-existent. 

ASSOCIATION WITH IMMORAL
PERSONS

Association with immoral persons has helped create a fragile morality setting.  Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them (Ephesians 5:11).  Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). 

There is a tendency, in the church world, to extend tolerance and acceptance towards immoral lifestyles which keeps the concept of a fragile morality ongoing.  Come out from among them and be you separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17).

MORALITY OF THE CHURCH

It is indeed a fragile morality when one does not line up with God's Word.  Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

Morality of the church, in many Western nations, has been forsaken; with many overriding the concept of holiness (Hebrews 12:14), to walk in the ways of the world; because it is appeasing to the flesh becoming more acceptable in these latter years.

UNGODLINESS OF MAN
HAVING AN INFLUENCE

Fragile is that which is easily broken, damaged, or destroyed.  It is extremely brittle, and frail.  Similar words are: changeable, corruptible, and volatile.   Morality can become fragile in the sense that conformity or non-conformity lies within each individual  who has the freedom of choice in such a matter.

In the biblical sense of morality there is no such option; if one adheres to the Unadulterated Word of God.  Similar words of morality are:  Decency, ethics, godliness, integrity, righteousness, and virtue.  Living up to such terms has been lacking in these latter years; with the ungodliness of man having an influence, rather than being rejected.

FRAGILE MORALITY
YOUTH OF THE LAND

Fragile morality is becoming more of a norm with the young: who were instructed, at one time, towards adhering to the biblical principle of good morals.  Scripture reveals:  Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).

A Bible commentary noted:  This refers to the total process of molding a child's life.  Parental training should help children develop a taste of the things of God.  When one is grown up, or a mature adult, the education in the home will last a lifetime.  The parental role has diminished in these latter years; with the instructor having failed to be instructed, as a result there is failure to pass on biblical instruction to the next generation.

A WITHDRAWN OF RESPONSIBILITY
TOWARDS GODLY PERSUASION

The public school system has withdrawn any responsibility towards keeping the flow of godly persuasion alive.  It instructs the youth in the ungodly persuasions of our day, creating a fragile morality by polluting young minds towards acceptance of immoral criteria at a tender susceptible age.

There is a transgender movement that is exerting its influence; along with promotion of homosexuality, with both being inserted into modern day televised programming geared towards acceptance.  Such influence is also being nourished through political leadership; nurturing a already fragile morality.  The moral teachings of yesteryear are diminishing, as ungodliness increases.

THE SEARING OF ONE'S
CONSCIENCE

Scripture speaks of those who depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits, and doctrines of devils.  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared as a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2).

One who has been scarred in their moral conscience, imputes a fragile morality, rather than upholding the moral standards of God's Word.  Immorality in the land is being promoted by those who hold kinship to such rather than the blessed Word of God.

DERELICTION OF DUTY
IN THE PULPIT

Scripture reveals a time when one will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers; having itching ears, they shall turn away from the truth (2 Timothy 4:3-4).  Teachers who appeal to itching ears tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.

There is a dereliction of duty in the pulpit, as identified by Charles G. Finney of the First Great Awakening:  Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits to a great degree. 

If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If Satan rules in our halls of justice, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our  government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. 

Let us not ignore this fact; but let us lay it to heart, and awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation. 

REMOVE NOT THE ANCIENT
LANDMARK

Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers have set (Proverbs 22:28).  This comes under the moral, ethical, and spiritual guidelines identified in the Book of Proverbs (Chapters 16 through 24).  Among those listed are:  Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). There is a way that seems right to a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 16:25).  Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; strife and reproach shall cease (Proverbs 22:10).

Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers have set (Proverbs 22:28) could identify a church marred by acceptance of worldly ways with the instructive morals of yesteryear diminished or removed.   There is a trend to remove landmarks reflective of any blemish in history; those landmarks include representation of a Christian heritage.

ADVICE TOWARDS OVERCOMING
IMMORAL CONDUCT

Scripture gives advice towards overcoming immoral conduct and a fragile morality:  Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof (Romans 13:14).

A Bible commentary noted:  One should not seek opportunities to satisfy the deep-seated desires of the sin nature but should seek occasion to manifest works that are consistent with a new life in Christ. Be not deceived, evil company corrupts good habits.  Awake to righteousness, and sin not (1 Corinthians 15:33-34). 

A quote concerning morality:  To give a man full knowledge of true morality, I will send him to no other book than the New Testament (John Locke).  Search out God's Word for truths which the ungodly will not identify with.  The New Testament spells out the requirements for good morals and godly living. 

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