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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Reconciling What God Has Put Asunder

The following is from Horatius Bonar's (1808-1889) message, The Evils Within The Church

"Jude, 'the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,' speak to us in the tone of an ancient prophet.  His voice is that of Elijah or John the Baptist.  It is 'the voice of crying in the wilderness.'  He speaks to the declining churches of his day.  He speaks to the Church of the last days.  It is against the evils within the Church that he specially warns.  What a picture does he draw of error, licentiousness, worldliness, spiritual decay, and ecclesiastical apostasy!  Who could recognize the image of the primitive Church in the description he gives of prevailing iniquity?  The world had absorbed the Church, and the Church was content that it should be so . . .

It is a picture for the Church in our day to study, for we are rapidly becoming part of the world and falling into the snares of the 'god of this world' (2 Corinthians 4:4).  Nay, and we glory in this as 'progress,' 'culture,' and 'enlightenment,' as freedom from the bigotry of other centuries and the narrowness of our half-enlightened ancestors, who did not know how to reconcile contraries and to join what God has put asunder; how to believe everything alike; how to combine earth's pleasures and gaieties with the joy of God; how both to pray and to dance; how to revel and to weep for sin; how to wear both the 'white raiment' and the jeweled ball dress; how to maintain friendship both with God and with His enemies; how both to pamper and to starve the flesh; how to lay up treasure both on earth and heaven; how to drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils; how to be partakers of the Lord's table and the table of devils."

(emphasis mine)

It is interesting how we have figured out a way to join together what God had clearly distinguished:

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Psalms 1:1 - Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Romans 13:12 - The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Ephesians 5:8 - For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
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