Wednesday, March 16, 2011

THE NEW/OLD PAGANISM

THE NEW/OLD PAGANISM
A. Brother


"For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.  They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you."  1 Peter 4:3,4


Mankind has always waged war on God.  Man by himself is a terrible, egotistical, selfish, and evil race, bent upon its own destruction.  This is the world we live in, and it's the world the early believers lived in.  Nothing has changed.


In our modern educated societies we've been taught lies.  These lies consist of a worldview that contradicts Scripture.  


The reality is in God's Word--that we live in a fallen world, full of evil and wicked men, who run after pleasure and sin with all their strength.  This is why many Christians are confused today, and act as if they've been caught by surprise at how sinful the world is.  


We have been lulled into sleep by the world, thinking that it's really a pretty good place, and that mankind is working hard to get himself into a better situation, and that basically people are good and kind, and that if we only have enough education, and eradicate poverty, and have social equality, and if we treat the earth well, etc, that all will be fine.  This is our modern, and post-modern, mantra.  Even the churches who claim Christ have bought into these lies.


The reality is what we see.  What Peter called out in his day.  The world is a place full of Satan's deception, full of man's foolishness, full of his evil desires acted out on a daily basis.  


And we are aliens and strangers here, called out by Christ into His Kingdom, which is not of this world.  We are to live holy lives, full of good deeds, standing opposed to the evil, not because we carry placards in a protest demonstration, but because we bring glory to God by our actions.  The entire book of 1st Peter is full of this call to be separate, and to live powerfully different lives.  It is Christ in us that makes us different.


Today do not be frightened by the behavior of the world.  Expect it.  Understand it.  There are only two peoples on the earth.  There are pagans, and there are those elect of Christ, called into His Kingdom, and living as aliens and strangers in this world.

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