Scandalous Conscience of Evangelicals

“Scandalous behavior is rapidly destroying American Christianity. By their daily activities, most 'Christians' regularly commit treason. With their mouths they claim that Jesus is Lord, but with their actions they demonstrate allegiance to money, sex, and self-fulfillment…Our first concern, of course, must be internal integrity, not external danger. What a tragedy for evangelicals to declare proudly that personal conversion and new birth in Christ are at the center of their faith and then defy biblical moral standards by living almost as sinfully as their pagan neighbors.”[1]

The problem of the 21st century church is the lack of holiness not numbers. Peter commanded that “as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."[2] In conjunction with this command, we find the Psalmist proclaiming, “I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…[3]

In searching the statistical report of this web site, I have been horrified by the fact that over 25% of the visitors to this site have come from a pornographic site – showing all forms of explicit sex, homosexual activities, encouraging pedophiles, etc.  Or maybe you're one of our visitors that just came from a poker web site. Now none of these sites have links to our site and I don’t believe most people who visit these sites have our site book marked.  Who comes to our site from theses pornographic or poker sites?  I believe it is evangelical Christians who have bookmarked our site and come to it after they visit these ungodly sites.  These pornographic sites offer evangelicals the opportunity to secretly visit this filth or gamble in order to seek satisfaction for their lustful desires. There is nothing remotely good on these sites and they are not the kind of sites Christians should be visiting. It is time for evangelical Christians to come clean, and realize what’s on the inside that counts. Outward actions that do not conform to the thought patterns is nothing more than hypocrisy.  Sooner or later, those of you who visit these pornographic sites or gamble will begin to act out your sexual fantasies. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” [4] Jesus is more concerned with who we are than what we do, because he knows who we are determines what we do. What you do in secret is the real you!  The real you is what you do when no one is looking, that is, no one but God and He’s the one you will one day give account for your idle words and deeds.  Consider Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” Can you stand before God with a clean conscience or do you need to clean up your inner most being?

Sooner or later the true you will manifest it self. I am afraid that one day it will be said of those who visit these pornographic and poker sites the same thing the Apostle John said about the people of his day.  “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.[5]

I have some questions for you that visit these sexually explicit or poker web sites. Are you really a Christian? If so, why do you do you continue to “commit treason” against the Lord?   It’s time for believers to be pure in heart – confess you sin, ask God for help to keep you from visiting these web sites and ask someone to hold you accountable for what you do when you searching the world wide web.

[1] Sider, Ronald J., The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience, Baker Books, pp. 12 - 14
[2] 1 Peter 1:14 –16 NJKV
[3] Psalm 101:2, 3a NKJV
[4] Matthew 5:8
[5] 1 John 2:19 NKJV

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