40297Fw: The tolerance trap~by Richard Mansel
- Sep 30, 2013The tolerance trap~by Richard Manselhttp://tinyurl.com/kooh43s
Since Satan never rests, we must remain constantly vigilant(Ephesians 6:10-17; 1 Peter 5:8; John 8:44).
Satan has found great success of late and too many Christians arefalling for his lies. Using his accomplices in the world and in the media,Satan is busy re-defining words and boundaries.
Mankind craves validation and camaraderie and naturally the Devil willuse that against us. Utilizing our friends, family and celebrities, Satan hascaught many Christians in the tolerance trap. The peer pressure isstaggering.
Tolerance, in itself, is not completely evil. We all must get along and notallow opinions and preferences to divide us. We must show love and respectfor others (1 John 4).
However, Satan's use of tolerance is spiritually lethal. The word means,"A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices thatdiffer from one's own." Yet, today that is taken to an extreme.
We build a tolerance by willful exposure to sin so that which we findoffensive becomes commonplace. A drug user escalates his usage so he cankeep getting high as his body grows tolerant of the drugs. So the more timewe spend in sin, the less repugnant it becomes.
At Satan's request, Christians are called haters in almost every segment ofsociety. Everywhere we turn, insults are hurled at us. We supposedly hatehomosexuals, for example. No matter how many times we say that we hate thesin and love the sinner, we are ignored.
Satan has convinced everyone that we hate when we do not like something.If we go to a buffet, we select certain foods and ignore others. Do we go back tothe buffet and yell, "I hate you!" at the foods we did no pick? When we choosea Coke Zero, do we hate all the other sodas? That is ridiculous!
We are told that we must "tolerate" people who live in lifestyles that we considersinful. We do, to an extent, but not as Satan demands. He says that we mustpromote and rejoice in their sin.
Like God, we must be strong enough to call a sin a sin(Romans 1:26-27).
We must not even think beyond what is written in Scripture (1 Corinthians 4:6).God's Word is our only standard (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 10:17).We must obey or be unrighteous (John 14:15; Hebrews 11:6).
Christians are often more afraid of the world than they are of God. Theycompromise the Truth so they will be accepted into the broader religiousworld's meetings and organizations.
Yet, we do not have the authority to do that. We are to go to the lost with theGospel, and we cannot change the truth in the process (Matthew 28:18-20).
Paul said, "I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some" (1 Corinthians 9:22). Anyone who believes that Paul was advocating sinful disobedience to save souls has zero understanding of God's Word(Galatians 1:6-9).
Paul also said that we should speak the truth in love(Ephesians 4:15).However, he would never advocate speaking love without truth. They areboth embodied in Christ and cannot be separated.
We must immerse ourselves in Bible study, prayer and fellowship so we canremain courageous in the face of insults, slander and persecution. God's peoplemust never fall for Satan's lies because his path never leads to heaven(Matthew 7:13; Revelation 20:11-15).
Satan's tolerance is another word for surrender and we
can never back down!