Wednesday, June 3 2020 Devotional
"...𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙡𝙡, 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙙𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙨."
(II Peter 3:3)
We are living in unsettling times, but God warned us all about it from the very beginning. He told us what to expect and how to respond to it.
Years ago Christian churches began abandoning the Word of God and making up their own doctrine based on opinion polls. I remember hearing discussions about the need to “stay relevant to a changing society.” They abdicated the God-given prophetic role of speaking to the world on behalf of God and instead let the world dictate to the Church what she should teach. They became popular but ironically were rendered irrelevant, since they no longer had anything to offer that the world wasn’t already saying.
Then the scoffers arose; some in Christian pulpits, others in the news media, the entertainment world, and the education system. Emboldened by the fact that so many who should have been standing up for the truth were cowering in a corner, trying desperately to be relevant to the World, they ridicule anyone who still believes the Bible. Biblical morality must give way to a more progressive human ethics, they say; Bible history must bow to evolution. Faith must be replaced by “reason.” Light must be replaced by darkness.
Now we are told that the Biblical view of the nature of man, of human relationships, family, marriage, parent and child, all must be destroyed in the name of “science” and “progress,” They call it reason, science and progress, but they are simply the scoffing of men and women who are determined to follow their own sinful desires.
How should we respond?
"𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚, 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙙, 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙙, 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙡𝙖𝙬𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮."
(II Peter 3:17)
"𝐁𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞,
𝐁𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞
𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐬
𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝 𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐤."
𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯, 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘊𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘩. 𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘥. 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘶𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵. 𝘎𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘶𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩. 𝘌𝘯𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘊𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 “𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘭 𝘥𝘢𝘺.“ 𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘶𝘴 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘠𝘰𝘶. 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘯.
Pastor Dan Giles