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Monday, June 01 2015

Absolute is defined as, "free from imperfection; complete; perfect" and  "certain".  As I think of our society, I have come to realize that their are few absolutes.  We are willing to embrace political movements and beliefs that a few short years ago would have been considered unimaginable.  We have compromised as a society and culture.  Our attempts at absolutes include advertisements such as "No Fear" or political slogans including "Change" (change was certain).

Our founding fathers envisioned a country that included the freedom of religion, but we live in a society of intolerance toward religion preached as tolerance of sin.  Society will become darker and the church will shine brighter.  My concern is for our society, but I am more concerned that the doctrine of the Christian Church is not absolute.  Compromising the doctrine is not acceptable.  We must be part of a "no compromise" church preaching the truth of God's Word. 

I am heart broken by those that have compromised their doctrine.  Whether it is done to have more people in a church building or because they view certain doctrines as constricting to their lifestyle, we may never know. 

Margaret Thatcher said, "If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing."

Jesus "stirred" the people with his teaching and was crucified.  John was the only disciple to escape the executioner and the Apostle Paul was beheaded.  Followers of Jesus do not compromise despite what others may think.  Doctrine is not dictated by committees of well meaning people but by the Bible. 

I stand on the shoulders of those that have preached truth before me including my dad and father in law.  Who am I to change what they taught me? 

There is an absolute that is with us.  It is the Word of God.  We live by every detail of its pages and must consume it making it part of our DNA.  There will be a time when religious snake oil salesmen will convince you of a "better" or "emerging" doctrine.  If you have spent the time to learn the truth, their words will fall to the ground.  David said, "Buy the truth; sell it not".  No compromise!

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 12:27 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email