An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Mutual Abomination

(Proverbs 29:27 KJV)  An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

It would be a good thing if Christians could get over their Pollyanna complex.  We get this way in our concepts of evangelism and outreach.  It is the basic foundation for the idea that we can make our worship less threatening and more appealing to the world.  We see all kinds of churches and sincere believers who think that if they can just be nice enough and not offend their neighbors, the sinners will repent and come running to Jesus.  Others think that if we could just explain the gospel in simple, positive words then people would turn toward the cross.

It doesn’t work that way.  Paul makes a couple of statements in I Corinthians that should give you an idea.
(1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV)  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

(1 Corinthians 1:23 KJV)  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
The cross means that we are sinners in need of a savior.  We live in a culture that teaches that we are wonderful and it is the structures of society that are the problem.  To them we don’t need a personal savior we need a reformation in society so that we can reach our full potential.  When you live for Jesus, you are an offense to there sense of self-righteousness.

So?  The world hates you.  Some may feel it more mildly but you are still an abomination to them.  And, yes, the word is as bad as you think it is. 

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