I graduated from high school 21 years ago. When I think about that, I’m a little surprised. After all, those memories are still vivid in my mind. I remember the things we did as teenagers. I remember the people I went to school with. I remember friends that I haven’t talked to in many years.
I have recently devoted myself to trying to write at least three times each week. I want to do this because I want to do everything I can to spread the word of God. To reach the largest number of people I can, I’ve decided to post links to the articles on the normal social media groups…namely Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. I have spent the past few days updating my Facebook page and sending friends request to new friends I’ve made as well as old friends that I haven’t spoken to in a while.
While looking at the profiles of some of my old friends, I couldn’t help but be reminded of what the apostle Paul said in Galatians:
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6-10 ESV)
It’s more than a little shocking to discover that some of the people I knew in high school have abandoned the ideals they held then. Sometimes that change is for the good. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see that some of the people who seemed to have no morals then have become good family people with high moral standards.
But, more shocking are those who shared some of my ideals in high school who have now abandoned those ideals. Sadly, this doesn’t apply to just people that I knew in high school but also to people that I’ve known for 10 years or less. Like Paul, I find myself marveling that it didn’t take very long at all for some of them to abandon sound doctrine and turn to false doctrine because they seek to please man (usually themselves) rather than God. Some have abandoned God altogether and have turned to such worldly concepts as earth worship, goddess worship, atheism, and agnosticism. All such thinking is false.
I realize that in the present climate of everyone teaching “tolerance,” I’m probably going to draw some fire for even writing this. After all, tolerance has become a virtue in our society. A brother in Christ recently wrote:
The United Nations Declaration on the Principles of Tolerance states that tolerance involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism. Thus, according to the UN, if you believe dogmatically in anything or if you believe anything is absolute, then you are by definition intolerant and worthy of rebuke.”
Even the United Nations says that if we don’t tolerate certain sin then you are worthy of rebuke. Well, I think I’ll go with what Jesus said while speaking to the church at Thyatira:
“But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.” (Revelation 2:20 ESV)
G.K. Chesterton wrote:
“Tolerance is a virtue of a man without convictions.”
We must never tolerate sin or those who teach others to sin. In this Christ is, once again, our perfect example and we must be intolerant when He is intolerant.
I realize that many take the “Oprah” approach to religion and have decided that there are many different paths to God, but that is simply a lie.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” (John 14:6 ESV)
I realize some may read this and reject it completely. I’m sorry for you. Some will read this and want to know more, but will be too afraid to ask questions so you will just continue along your path of life as if nothing happened. Winston Churchill was talking about you when he said:
“Occasionally a man stumbles over the truth. Most dust themselves off and continue walking as though nothing had happened.” (Winston Churchill)
To those left, I issue a challenge. Ask questions. Contact me. It would be my distinct privilege to study the Bible with you and help you understand what God wants you to do. There is more at stake here than intolerance.
Don’t be removed from the one who made you!