Devotional for Thursday October 18th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Telling the truth”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20 (CSB)

 

Our thought for today: “God hates cultural deception”

 

When it comes to values and principles, our culture has been turned upside down. Traditional values of character and morality, which used to be universally recognized as right and good, are now portrayed as archaic and narrow-minded; while conduct that used to be condemned as wrong and evil is now widely accepted and even celebrated.

 

From the earliest days of the pilgrims in America in 1620, and then down through almost 400 years of our history, as a people we have based our understanding of what is right or wrong, moral or immoral, good or evil, on Biblical principles. It’s only been in the last fifty years that there has been a sharp turn away from Biblical truth to a cultural ethic that is literally the antithesis of Biblical truth – the exact opposite. In our day we’re experiencing Isaiah 5:20 in all its fullness.

 

Distorting God’s truth is a deception straight from the father of all lies – Satan. And there is probably no other issue in our culture today of which this is truer than the issue of sexual ethics. The cultural sexual ethics of our day stand in stark contrast to Biblical truth. And even though for most of our 400 year history Biblical sexual ethics were the recognized standard for sexual morality, today those standards are depicted as narrow-minded, archaic, intolerant, and even hateful. While homosexuality, sex without commitments, open marriage, and much more, are celebrated as good and natural. And, those who oppose the new sexual ethic are condemned as bigots and haters.

 

This is why I wrote my new book “Getting Along without Going Along: Biblical Sexual Ethics in an Age of Controversy and Conflict” (www.JimMersereauBooks.com). The book consists of thirty-four short essays designed to provide Christians with the information we need to clearly and confidently contend for Biblical truth regarding sexual ethics, as well as to have good answers to difficult questions.

 

In one of those essays I refer to the work of noted British philosopher Dr. Theo Hobson, who developed a theory about how cultural revolutions come about. He explained that in order to bring about a cultural revolution there are three stages a society must pass through. First, the moral beliefs and behaviors which used to be condemned must now be celebrated. Second, the moral beliefs and behaviors that used to be celebrated must now be condemned. And third, those who refuse to celebrate the new moral standards and behaviors must also be condemned.

 

This is exactly what has happened in our society with respect to sexual ethics, and Christians must be prepared to stand against it. There is only one truth and it is God’s truth as given to us in the Bible. God hates the cultural deception that Satan has perpetrated upon our society and we, the people of God, must be prepared to boldly and confidently oppose that deception by speaking Biblical truth in response to the issues of our day.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

 

 

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