Monday, July 27, 2015

We shall not Bow - and we must not bow

This morning, together with my family, we considered Daniel 3 and were moved by the bluntness, the resilience and the firmness of the faith of Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego when they told the powerful king Nebuchadnezzar, risking being thrown in the 'burning fiery furnace'. And they were indeed cast into the furnace but God came through for them and protected them - not that they were fearing death. They did not fear a man, who can only kill the body but not the soul.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king,

"O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up." 

Dan 3:16-18.

This message has been hammered home by Pastor John MacArthur in this video

We must warn this generation that has made a comfy bed and slept with sin:- sin of contraception, abortion, homosexuality among others and so destroying the created order of God; shattering families and so committing terrorism and human atrocities. We must not bow to Caesar when demands are made on us to sin against God.

We must say no even at the cost of our lives and preach the gospel to this fallen world, we must tell them of the saving grace of God in Christ. We must speak against sin and point out that they must repent of their sins and believe in Christ for their salvation, even eternal salvation. For a day comes when God's wrath, judgment, punishment and retribution will be revealed against all ungodliness and all who practice wickedness.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 

And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 
1Corinthians 6:9-11.

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