Hebrews 5:12-14 (ESV): "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Would we find it offensive if a 40 year old man still ate baby food and drank milk from a baby bottle? It would be repulsive; yet in the church we tolerate and in some way “like” spiritual immaturity. I mean, if Joe is a spiritual lout (oaf) and could care less, I’m not challenged either and I find my spiritual “loutiness” quite acceptable.
Why do we tolerate spiritual malaise in ourselves and others? Because we think we’re ok just as we are.
In this part of scripture “for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness (being right with God) since he is a child.” It goes on “but solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”
Many of us are spiritual babies and we like it that way. We believe we are just fine as we are. We don’t ever really believe in the eternal battle of good and evil, and if we did, we could not distinguish “good from evil.”
Yes, we tolerate mush, love mush. We love “make us feel good Christianity” and all the while the devil loves it because we are so indifferent or stupid we cannot distinguish good from evil.
Armor up; go to battle; study and know the word of God and practice constantly to discern truth. We are drinking mint julep on the deck of the Titanic while our culture slides into hell.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
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