For years now we have been seeing Coexist bumper stickers on cars and windows. The idea has taken the “progressive” world by storm, but in reality it is utter nonsense.
Coexist means to exist at the same time. In this proper sense of the word we can coexist with others. However, that is not what the movement is trying to push. They want us to think that all ideas are valid. All ideas are equal. We should not question another religion and to each his own.
This sounds great on the surface, unfortunately it is plain ignorance. There is such a thing as absolute truth. There is absolutely only one God. His name is NOT Allah, Buddha or Zeus. He has many names but none of those are Him. There are not many ways to God, only Christ.
To take the progressive idea of coexist is to condemn people to hell. To tell them that their view is OK and to give it validation is to secure their eternal torment. Christians, we need to be bold with the Gospel of Christ. We do not coexist in that sense, we have the truth, the only truth, and we need to proclaim it with boldness.
The world today is hostile to Christianity, true Christianity. We are told that we are bigots, we are on the wrong side of history, and a host of other attacks meant to shut us up. On the liberal side of Christianity we are told we need to be accepting and speak the truth in love and they do that by eliminating what the Bible says and only talking about the love of God. Unfortunately, that is not the truth, nor is it love.
Let’s take the example of homosexuality. The culture dictates that we accept homosexuality as normal and healthy. Certain Christian denominations have come out and accepted homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” outright. However, Paul is clear that homosexuality is not normal, nor is it to be accepted.
 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;  and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:26-27 ESV)
Notice that not only is it not normal, not only is it sinful, they receive the due penalty for their error. That due penalty is death (Romans 6:23). To speak the truth in love in the politically correct sense is to condemn someone to death.
Speaking the truth in love in the biblical sense means that we speak the truth out of love. If we truly loved the practicing homosexual, we would tell them about their sin, we would not accept it. We would tell them they are sinning against God and that the wages of that sin is death.
But we do not stop there. At that point we share the Gospel. We let them know there is a way out of their sin and there is a better way to live life. More importantly, there is a way to eternal life. That is speaking the truth in love.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1 ESV)
Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I think it is important to remember the One we are to give thanks to.
The Lord is good. His love endures forever. Think about that. God is GOOD. He is in control and His love will endure forever for His children. Take comfort in that Christian!
The world may be in shambles from our perspective, but God, who is good, is in control. Nothing happens without His knowledge, He is the One who decides what will or will not happen. He is sovereign. Give thanks to Him and trust that He knows best!
The Deity of Christ is under attack in today’s culture. However, one only needs to read the first chapter of John’s Gospel to understand that Jesus is in fact God. But that isn’t what I am debating here as I believe that is indisputable. The problem I want to tackle is this, can someone be saved and actively deny the Deity of Christ?
First, I think we need to examine what is the requirement of Salvation:
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31 ESV)
We must believe in the Lord Jesus. Now, if one denies the Deity of Christ, it is my argument that they have not believed in the Lord Jesus, but rather, a false Christ. If someone has received the Holy Spirit he will be guided by that Spirit. If you have a relationship with Christ you will know Him. If you do not know Him and who He is, do you really have a relationship with Him? I have to think that the answer is that you do not.
Now, let’s be clear. We are not talking about someone who has been saved but may not be aware that Jesus is God. We are talking about people who actively and purposefully deny His Deity.
It is a dangerous thing to deny Christ and who He is. We need to make sure that people are putting their trust in the real Christ and not some humanized version of what they believe Christ should be.
When discussing the Doctrines of Grace you may hear the term, “The Golden Chain.” This simply refers to a passage in Romans that gives us a picture of predestination, election, and effectual calling.
The passage is Romans 8:28-30:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30 ESV)
This is a clear picture of what happens for salvation to be possible. God foreknew us. This does not mean He knew what actions we would take, although He did, and that he based His election on that, no. It means that he knew each one of us and specifically chose us to be His.
After this foreknowledge, or better, because of this foreknowledge, God predestined some to be confirmed to the image of Christ. These are the elect, those chosen before the foundation of the world to be one in Christ.
The elect then receive a call. We have no power on our own to choose God. Paul writes earlier in Romans that there are none who seek after God. In our state of depravity we do not have the desire, nor the capacity to seek after God. We must be changed. That call, effectual call, is the call of the Holy Spirit to make a change in our soul. That change enables us to choose Christ and become one in Him.
God is merciful, and we need to take comfort that He cared enough to call us out of darkness and into the light.