Obedience, not Negotiation

There seems to be a rising consensus in religious circles today that certain parts of the Bible are up for negotiation.  Of course this is in perfect alignment with the idea that there are no absolutes.  The concept of the Ten Commandments as only suggestions that God made and that they are open for negotiation is gradually eroding the church today.  Already whole denominations have opted to scratch out Biblical admonitions regarding marriage, sexual behavior, divorce and abortion under the guise of being “inclusive”.  Anyone who stands on Biblical foundations is quickly labeled as “intolerant”.
The reality is that when we begin to think that we have a better, more enlightened idea than what God put forth in scripture, we have moved into the realm of idolatry.  We have set ourselves up as god, at least on a level with if not elevated above the God of the Bible.  We are not the first of created beings to do this.  It all began with Lucifer and his 5 fold declaration in Isaiah.
Isaiah 14
12   Shining morning star, (Lucifer) how you have fallen from the heavens!  You destroyer of nations, you have been cut down to the ground.  You said to yourself: ‘I will ascend to the heaven; I will set up my throne above the stars of God.  I will sit on the mount of the gods’ assemble in the remotest parts of the North.  I will ascend above the highest clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.  But you have been brought down to Sheol into the deepest regions of the Pit.”
We would do well to remember what Paul wrote in his letter to the church in Galatia.  Galatians 6:7-8 “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked.  For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.”

And this, friends, is not open for negotiation.


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