OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Our Christian heritage is threatened by being hijacked of what makes a nation great.  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.  The sanctity of the church is being challenged by those in opposition to godly standards.  


Our Christian Heritage - A Younger Generation

Our Christian heritage is being walked away from by a younger generation of believers; who no longer hold fast to what has been passed from one generation to another.  In a electronic age that portrays ungodly lifestyles as acceptable; it  has caused many to reject godly ways that had been established.

There is a continued acceptance of ungodly lifestyles.  The compromising of God's Word, without correction, allows such to continue producing more ungodliness or deviation from God's Word.  Scripture reveals:  Shun profane and vain babblings (or worthless talk): for they will increase to more ungodliness (2 Timothy 2:16).

Selling One's Birthright

Many have sold their birthright as Esau, who did so for one morsel of meat.  Esau was referred to as a profane person.  For one to be profane is to regard something sacred as common.  Scripture reveals:  Lest there be any fornicator, or profane (godless) person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright (Hebrews 12:16).

Esau, who was totally committed towards temporary and material needs, gave them priority over his rights as the firstborn.  Later, when he wanted those blessings, it was too late. 

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: For where your 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 Our Heritage

Our Christian heritage is being hijacked with the acceptance of ungodliness.  Scripture tells us that the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold (or 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; but He does not condone ungodliness that is allowed to reign without repentance. 

Our Christian heritage is being hijacked because of the fact that light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light. Scripture reveals:  This is the condemnation, that light (the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ) is come into the world, and men loved darkness (the evilness of man) rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19).  Evil men and seducers shall wax (or grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (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 sin would not be as rampant and openly flaunted.  The apostle Paul told Timothy, a young evangelist: For the time will come when they 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, and shall be turned into fables (or that which is fictitious) (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Dereliction of a God-given duty is helping promote the ungodliness that has become acceptable.  Tolerance, and appeasement, have become the norm of the day rather than adherence to the Unadulterated Word of God. 

A Cry for Separation

Scripture reveals: Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship (or in common) has righteousness with unrighteousness?  And what communion has light with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14)?  And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For you are the temple of the living God: as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you.  And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:16-18).

Our Christian heritage is being hijacked.  When something has been hijacked that is sacred; it should not be tolerated.  One should not stand idly 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 readily revealed in His Word, towards any who have gone astray; and returned into His fellowship, through repentance.  

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