By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Present day mentality is notably different than of yesteryear. We live in an electronic age that changes the thoughts and patterns of many individuals. A new scope of reasoning plays into focus that can either be of a beneficial or destructive nature.
One's mentality consists on one's attitude and way of thinking. There are many in the world today that are being programmed towards a siege style mentality. Such are influenced by what has been injected into their thought pattern, processed, accepted, and acted on.
Many today are jumping on the bandwagon of this siege type mentality; as that of a puppet being controlled by a puppeteer, to dance to the glee of the puppeteer.
Scripture reveals that the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared as a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
Having one's conscience seared is to be led astray from the truth, falling into a siege type mentality, by going along with the crowd. One can be programmed into this type of mentality by listening to the tune of the present day drummer, rather than embracing the mentality of yesteryear that was aligned with God's Word.
Having one's conscience seared is to have it so hardened that it is past seeking any truth as it feeds upon falsehoods. Acceptance comes into the limelight through much clamoring on the part of those who wish to have it so. There has come an elevation of such with the developing of a hardness of heart towards the Word of God.
There is a breathing in of ungodliness; and unfortunately even churches of many Western nations are being swayed to embrace it as well. There is a present day mentality that enables acceptance, rather than rejection, in a magnitude that should trouble one's spirit; as of Lot of old.
Scripture tells of Lot's being oppressed with the filthy conversation (or conduct) of the wicked. For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, tormented his righteous soul from day to day with their lawful deeds (2 Peter 2:7-8).
Lot dwelt in Sodom, which after his deliverance, was turned into ashes, as an example to those that afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). Many once godly nations; with America at the forefront, have embraced ungodly ways that make the sins of Sodom, which God destroyed, seem small in comparison.
We wonder why we are seeing so much violence in the land; with little being said towards its promotion, through television, internet, movies, and other electronic means which readily program the mind towards acceptance of such activity.
God being locked out; as a present day mentality allows the killing of the unborn, acceptance of homosexuality (one of Sodom's major problems), same sex marriage that ignores God's ordained marriage between one man and one woman, and a transgender movement that questions a God-given gender at one's birth; to name but a few ungodly adoptions that have been allowed.
We are seeing a present day mentality of acceptance, even by some in the church, with tolerance towards that which was previously unacceptable. I do not believe such a failure on the part of man has gone unnoticed by God.
Scripture speaks of those who walk according to the flesh, in lust of uncleanness, presumptuous are they, and self-willed. They speak evil of the things they understand not. Sporting themselves with their own deceiving they feast with you. Which have forsaken the right way and are gone astray.
While they promise liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the gloom of darkness is reserved forever (2 Peter 2:10-19). This perfectly describes the present day mentality that exists in America and many nations of the world.
God's Word warns the believer in Christ: Beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness (2 Peter 3:17). The prelude to being deceived is walking away from the instructive Word of God; allowing the ugliness of sin to be embraced rather than rejected.
In the prophet Jeremiah's day, God seen that there was no shame in the committing of abominations; therefore He proclaimed: They shall fall among them that fall; at the time that I punish them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 6:15). Hear of earth, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened to my words, nor to my law, but rejected it (Jeremiah 6:19).
Locking God out of the picture was costly in Jeremiah's day; and will be no less costly for today's allowance for sin and its promotion by the ungodly. The present day mentality, of young and old alike, needs to have a mental inclination towards a fully focused and recharged look to God, and His saving grace, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
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