Saturday, February 09, 2008

BE CAREFUL ABOUT GIVING PERMISSION

Do we give permission for people to go where God has not given permission? Do we give our stamp of approval for people to do and say what God has not given permission to do and say?

I heard someone say that there may be times that you have to lie in order to achieve a greater good. First of all, we don't really know if we are doing the greater good. It may be that we are justifying the doing of what is easier. The Bible says, "Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices," (Col. 3:9). So are we really sure that there is an acceptable time to lie? We are supposed to be like God who never lies (Titus 1:2). The Psalmist wrote, "He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me." (Psalm 101:7). Instead of teaching people that sometimes our ethics can be altered depending on the situation, let's teach the old proverb that "Honesty is the best policy."

Do we give people permission to worship in ways that God has not given permission? "Oh, God doesn't care about THAT as long as your heart is right." People are dancing in worship, lighting candles in worship, burning incense in worship, playing mindless music in worship, and it is all permitted without God ever giving His permission (don't turn to the Old Testament for justification unless you are going to say that animal sacrifices and Paschal lambs are acceptable too).

There are many who seek the approval of men rather than the approval of God, John 14:23. And there are many who give their hearty approval for men to do evil (Rom 1:32). There is no shortage of people who will say exactly what men want to hear (2 Tim. 4:3,4). They are called menpleasers. They tickle the ear by giving approval to lifestyles and worship practices that cannot be established in the Word of God. The leaders at the Quail Springs church, with Mark Henderson and the Elders of that congregation, are guilty of this.

Do we permit people to live together in adultery when it is a sin (Mt. 19:9; 5:32)? Do we permit people to skip worship when God said do not forsake the assembly (Heb. 10:25)? Do we? I don't trust people, no matter how bold their assertions, who cannot show me what God says on the matter. And don't look for me to give you permission to watch what may be questionable. Don't look for me to give you permission to say what may be inappropriate to one making a claim to godliness. Don't look for me to give you permission to lay down your cross even for a minute. Don't look for me to enlarge the "eye of a needle". Don't look for me to approve what God has not given approval to. We permit what God has permitted, and we do not approve what God has not approved.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:32 PM

    Daniel and Corbin say...
    I agree! we cannot justify what is not approved by God. The Bible is our instuction from the Lord, and anything aside from scripture is stepping outside the bounds.

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