Virus Protection

I recently woke up one morning to my computer blocked by a virus that crept past my firewall. I was clearly upset as I spent $100 and 5 hours getting my computer back to where I was able to use it. Later as I thought about that incident I wondered how many virus’s we as Christians have left through our spiritual firewalls. The Truth today is often watered down to the point that many don’t know what the truth really is. We are quick to repeat phrases heard spoken by men we respect and often never check it with the Word of God. The messages that come across our pulpits range from “Accept Christ and prosper on this earth” to “Surrender your life to Christ and serve Him as Lord.” Repentance is a thing of the past, humility has become a sign of weakness, and holiness is now no more than a word.

Because of our lack of truth we have embraced a cross-less message, professing Christ without the desire to be like Him. Christian marketing experts have discovered that more people are drawn to a message that emphasizes the love of God and de-emphasizes His judgment. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 says “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.”

What has happened, are we allowing a virus in our churches? What many churches in America are offering is a new religion that guarantees no hell and requires no holiness. I pray that we as Christians rise up and take up the armor of God and stand firm against this pollution. The one who is behind this virus is the devil and he offers a gospel that makes no demands, expects no sacrifice, and yields no eternal rewards—except eternal separation from God!

What happened to gut-wrenching examination of their hearts and lives? Where is the acknowledgment of sin and rebellion? Where is “the sorrow that is according to the will of God [which] produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation…”? Where is the true repentance that dethrones self as the master of the person’s life and bows in submission to the lordship of Christ? This is the message of Bible.

James 1:27 says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless
and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Christianity is giving
ones self without expecting anything in return. Christ did not come to this earth to live, but to bring life,
to give His life. Christianity is not about us but about God, our purpose on this earth is not to prosper
ourselves but to serve. If we are to put an end to this virus, we need to surrender our lives to Christ,
pick up our Bibles (Virus Protection), serve our Lord in the purpose of Discipleship, and block this
virus from taking over our churches. I pray we as Christians would sell out our lives to the service of
our Lord.

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