OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel

INTRODUCTION

Our Christian heritage is being threatened; to hijack that which has made America great!  To hijack is to overpower; or take over something, with no right to do so. 

A Christian should readily see that our Christian heritage is being threatened; not only from outside the boundaries of the church, but from within as well.  We are seeing the Unadulterated Word of God being compromised by allowing ungodliness to filter into the church; first in a subtle way, then more openly opposing the Word of God.  The sanctity of the church is being challenged by those in opposition to godly standards.

OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
A YONGER GENERATION

Our Christian heritage is being hijacked by a younger generation of believers; who no longer hold fast to what has been passed from one generation to another.  In this electronic age it has accumulated data that has caused many to doubt previous traditions and standards; even though they have been established by God's Word.

There has been acceptance of ungodly lifestyles, that are condemned in God's Word, in the name of tolerance.  The compromising of God's Word, without correction, allows misdeeds to continue that only produce more ungodliness or deviation from God's Word (2 Timothy 2:16).

SELLING ONE'S BIRTHRIGHT

Many have sold their birthright as Esau, who did so for one morel of meat (Hebrews 12:16).  Esau was referred to as a profane person.  For one to be profane is to regard something sacred as common. 

Esau, who was totally committed towards temporary and material needs, gave them priority over his rights as firstborn and heir.  Later, when he wanted those blessings; inherited as a firstborn, he was rejected. 

By allowing one's Christian heritage to be forsaken; for temporary and material needs or pleasure seeking activities, it places one in danger of a great loss as that of Esau.  Scripture reveals that where one's treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21).  When Esau realized where his real treasure was; it was too late to claim it.

HIJACKING OF OUR HERITAGE

Our Christian heritage is being threatened; or hijacked, with acceptance of the traits of the ungodly.  Scripture tells us that the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).  Ungodliness is failure in the religious realm.  Unrighteousness is failure in the moral realm.

There has been an allowance made for sin rather than adhering to God's Word.  God loves the soul of every individual; for He created both male and female; but He does not condone ungodliness that is allowed to reign without repentance (2 Peter 3:9). 

Our Christian heritage is being hijacked; because of the fact that light is come into the world (the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ), and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil (John 3:19).  Evil deeds are being manifested increasingly more in these latter days (2 Timothy 3:13). 

DEFECTION FROM THE TRUTH

Preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth.  There has been a deviation from such a responsibility; for had it continued as before, sin would not be as rampant; and openly flaunted before all.  The apostle Paul told Timothy, a young evangelist, of a time that there would be those who  would turn away their ears from the truth (2 Timothy 4:3).

Dereliction of a God-given duty is helping promote the ungodliness that has become acceptable; even by some churches in Western nations.  Tolerance has become the cry of the day rather than adherence to the Unadulterated Word of God. 

A CRY FOR SEPARATION

The apostle Paul cried out:  Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness?  And what communion has light with darkness?  And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For you are the temple of the living God; wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, saith the Lord (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

Our Christian heritage, in America, is being hijacked of its previous status as "One Nation Under God."  When something has been hijacked that is sacred; it should not be tolerated when one has no right to do so.  One should not idly stand by and allow the sacredness of God's Word to be violated.

For a return to our Christian heritage; compliance with 2 Chronicles 7:14 needs to come into play:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

God eagerly awaits a repentant heart so He can forgive; and restore His blessings, as so readily revealed in His Word, towards many who had gone astray and returned into His fellowship through repentance. 

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