Articles by - Mike Muzzerall

A Line In The Sand

August 2020
  • Should Christianity be progressive?

  • Should the Bible be a living document that evolves as society deems necessary?

  • Should Jesus be reimaged every generation to be relevant to that generation?

  • Is doctrine expendable?

  • Should Christianity be progressive, or is it time for devoted saints to draw a line in the sand?

Give Me That Old Time Religion
There will always be more critics than those who choose to stand up for the Bible. Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:13-14). From the dawn of civilization, mankind has chosen a wayward direction. Isaiah, likening mankind to rebellious sheep, says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” (Isa. 53:6). The majority of people today do not want to be bound by Christian beliefs or God’s Word. Sadly, we live in a time when it’s popular to be critical of “the old time religion.”

Changing Times
The latest models, the latest versions, the latest upgrades, and the latest polls seem to drive society to be progressive. The old must be forgotten. Those who consider themselves to be “enlightened” feel that it is their duty to challenge traditional Christianity whenever possible. They love to quote from the serpent in the garden of Eden, “Hath God said?” (Gen. 3:1). Everything is open to being questioned. Nothing is sacred. As a result, there is nothing solid. The foundations of Christianity are eroding. The spiritual map is fading. The influence of the church is waning.

Social Acceptance vs Spirit Acceptance
Social acceptance has become more important than Holy Spirit acceptance. Pleasing man has become more significant in the eyes of the progressive Christian than pleasing God. There is no shortage of paraphrase Bibles that claim to be God’s Word. It is difficult to even call some of these translations “Bibles.”

The New Norm
Isn’t it interesting how those who oppose the instructions of the Bible love to suggest their lifestyles as being “the new norm”? Repetition reduces resistance. The more we hear unacceptable statements accepted by the masses, the more we become inoculated to its errors. They want their interpretation to be the new norm, but it doesn’t have to be. Their new norm makes conservative ideology social leprosy. In their eyes, being a conservative Christian is an incurable disease to be avoided at all cost. If they could, they would quarantine all Bible believing Christians.

A Line in the Sand
Draw a line in the sand. Make a stand for God. Defend Christ. Hold your Bibles high. Those who practice progressive Christianity act as if the Bible does not matter. They suggest that there is no way of knowing God or what He expects from us. They inject doubt by stating as fact that “God’s Word is unreliable. You cannot live your lives according to it. Jesus is not ‘the way, the truth, and the life.’ He is not the only way to the Father.” Progressive Christianity is nothing more than a movement to progress the lies of the devil. They need to go back and read John 14:6.

I Still Believe … Do You?
I still believe in the inspired Word of God (II Tim. 3:16). I still believe that the message of the cross is for salvation and day-to-day victory (I Cor. 1:18). I still believe that God’s “Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Ps. 119:105). I still believe that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide those who desire to live for God (John 16:13). I still believe that there is an ultimate reward for those who endure to the end (II Tim. 2:10). Do you? If you do, draw the line in the sand.


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