Disengage From Unwholesome Chatterers

August 4, 2012

Friendship with the world is hatred toward God. (James 4:4) It is to put oneself at enmity with God. (same verse) Look at the mess, the sadness, the sin, the entanglement, and God’s judgement, it has reaped for so many. It doesn’t help to tread lightly in warning these people –many who claim to love Jesus. We must state the Truth, and if they mock, disbelieve, or remain unrepentant, we are to leave; otherwise we will be exposing our spirit to filth and that which the Lord detests. We must eliminate everything that is defiling to God’s temple, or He, abhorring the contaminants, will have to draw back His presence and blessing. (Jer. 7:14,15 & 16:5 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17)

Bad company absolutely corrupts good character (1 Cor. 15:33), hardly ever the other way around unless the others are genuinely willing to learn how to live righteously. Most lukewarm “Christians” and worldly people are not open to this at all, but merely want to air their own opinions in the hopes that they can find others to justify their wicked ideas and behavior.

God’s Word tells us, “Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Tim. 6:20), for it can definitely cause a person to wander from the faith. (v. 21) We are not above being deceived if we do not take these warnings in God’s Word seriously and obey immediately. We are not to engage in coarse talk (Eph. 5:4 // Col. 3:8), nor in foolish controversies about what’s right and wrong (Titus 3:9), nor to tip-toe around people’s flagrant contempt toward holiness. Instead, we should rebuke them by the authority of God’s Word (1:9,13 & 2:15), warn them twice, and then have nothing to do with them. (3:10) Such people are warped, full of sin, and self-condemned. (v. 11) We are not to be partners –even in dialogue (Eph. 5:12)– with those who disobey God (v. 6), but rather expose their filth (v. 11) for what it is. (v. 3-5) Then we need to exit their ignorant, darkened opinions (4:18), and their hard hearts and deaf ears (v. 19), for they are certainly lovers of sensuality who continually lust after impurity. (same verse)

Yes, we are to be witnesses to the ungodly. On the job or amongst family, we do this through our lives, if we’ve already stated to them the Truth. However, with those on the streets, on Facebook, or at blogs, we should present the Truth but remain engaged only if they are genuinely and humbly seeking God and righteousness. (Jude 1:22,23) Moreover, we must consider abhorrent the clothing (and words) of those who are corrupt. (v. 23) For these people are saturated with the pollution of the evil realm, and we should cringe in their company (same verse) as we stop our ears to their perverse dialogue; even so, loving them enough to fervently pray that God will open their eyes.

Let’s beware of these blog and Facebook conversations and remember that we will give an account before God on the Day of Judgement, not only for time we wasted (Eph. 5:8-17), but also for every single idle word we spoke (Matt. 12:36), as well as for every word we refused to speak (Ezek. 3:17-19) –either because we didn’t want to hurt their feelings (Jer. 1:9,10 & 6:10 & 38:4), or because we were ashamed of Christ and His words (Mark 8:38), or because we were afraid of men’s insults and persecutions. (Prov. 29:25 // Matt. 5:11)

Therefore, may God’s true people disengage from all unwholesome talk. (Eph. 4:29)

with love,

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