Navigating Through Uncertain Times // Part 3
Bible Text: Hebrews 4:12-13 (NIV) | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: Navigating Through Uncertain Times | For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. /// Hebrews 4:12-13 (NIV)
For last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about applying biblical solutions to societal problems. The church is the hope for America. Better said: the gospel is the hope for America! Since the church lives the Word of God and contains the Spirit of God, it is the place to look for real solutions. Inside the church we see differing racial, socioeconomic, and gender dynamics yet it is the one place true unity is possible because of the exaltation of the Word of God and the Spirit of God over every other identity and experience.
As a country, we face some real issues. Inequality, prejudice, greed – and others like them cause problems in our society. The world’s solution is to work from the outside in – change circumstances and people’s hearts will change. The church works from the inside out – change people’s hearts and the circumstances will change. Which has the better chance of success? The murder of George Floyd was a painful incident in our nation. It has caused us to reexamine our methods and motives. This examination is a good thing. Peaceful protests are a right of our Constitution. But at some point, other agendas began to try to hijack these protests and in some instances were successful. They could be called “hidden” agendas but that wouldn’t necessarily be correct. The presence of these agendas has divided our nation for quite a few years.
As the Body of Christ who exalts the Word of God and the Spirit of the Lord, we must work toward biblical change and not be blind to unbiblical solutions. What agendas are we speaking of? Products of so called “progressive” philosophy. We used to call them “humanistic” because they were based in life centered around humanity and his needs/wants. Humanistic or progressive philosophy has several core beliefs that are unbiblical. For instance, here’s the definition of humanism from the American Humanist Association:
What is progressive philosophy?
That’s it in a nutshell. At the basis of these agendas we find the following: Man is basically good. People are good at heart and are capable of making the right decisions for themselves. The key to happiness is to be your “true self”.
As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none who understands. There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside. They have together become unprofitable. There is none who does good, no, not one.” /// Romans 3:10-12
So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. /// Luke 18:19
Peace through universal equality
This is my definition. If everyone had equality in resources and opportunity, peace and happiness would result. This has never happened and will never happen under the rule of man. These motivations will be in those who live for something other than the will of God.
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. /// 1 John 2:16
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” /// John 8:31-32
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. /// John 14:6
There are no moral absolutes. Truth is relative to the individual. Therefore, to enforce your morality is immoral and damaging to people. Beware of these agendas! They are in direct conflict to the faith!
Hebrews 4:12-13 (NIV)
1 John 2:16
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