To operate in any part of the social strata that requires us to compromise the exclusivity of Christianity excludes us from taking part in it

by Mike Ratliff

30 ἐγὼ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ἕν ἐσμεν. (John 10:30 NA28)

30 “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

Genuine Christianity, not the false versions of it, is unique when compared to the world’s religions. In fact, those false versions of it are just like the rest of the world’s religions in one regard that makes genuine Christianity absolutely unique. All other “religions” are based upon some form of works based theology and belief system in which some form of justification is made through those works which increase the value of the person in that religion thereby gaining the reward. On the other hand, genuine Christianity is nothing like that at all. Salvation or justification comes as a result of something God has set out to do and has completed. Those who are justified were elected by him before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1) based upon no works or deeds or value inherent in them  (that none may boast). All of the work to justify these elect was done by God and completed; and he, being sovereign and all-powerful, saves them all as we will see in the short passage we will exegete below. Those who are saved are new creations after their justification because God himself regenerated them so that their dead faith is made alive and they are now able to believe the gospel and be saved (Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:5). Who believes? Who are these Christians? 

22 Ἐγένετο τότε τὰ ἐγκαίνια ἐν τοῖς Ἱεροσολύμοις, χειμὼν ἦν, 23 καὶ περιεπάτει ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ ἐν τῇ στοᾷ τοῦ Σολομῶνος. 24 ἐκύκλωσαν οὖν αὐτὸν οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι καὶ ἔλεγον αὐτῷ· ἕως πότε τὴν ψυχὴν ἡμῶν αἴρεις; εἰ σὺ εἶ ὁ χριστός, εἰπὲ ἡμῖν παρρησίᾳ. 25 ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· εἶπον ὑμῖν καὶ οὐ πιστεύετε· τὰ ἔργα ἃ ἐγὼ ποιῶ ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι τοῦ πατρός μου ταῦτα μαρτυρεῖ περὶ ἐμοῦ· 26 ἀλλʼ ὑμεῖς οὐ πιστεύετε, ὅτι οὐκ ἐστὲ ἐκ τῶν προβάτων τῶν ἐμῶν. 27 τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἐμὰ τῆς φωνῆς μου ἀκούουσιν, κἀγὼ γινώσκω αὐτὰ καὶ ἀκολουθοῦσίν μοι, 28 κἀγὼ δίδωμι αὐτοῖς ζωὴν αἰώνιον καὶ οὐ μὴ ἀπόλωνται εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα καὶ οὐχ ἁρπάσει τις αὐτὰ ἐκ τῆς χειρός μου. 29 ὁ πατήρ μου ὃ δέδωκέν μοι πάντων μεῖζόν ἐστιν, καὶ οὐδεὶς δύναται ἁρπάζειν ἐκ τῆς χειρὸς τοῦ πατρός. 30 ἐγὼ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ἕν ἐσμεν. (John 10:22-30 NA28)

22 There was at that time the Feast of Dedication among those in Jerusalem. It was winter 23 and Jesus was walking in the Temple on the porch of Solomon. 24 Then the Jews encircled Him and were saying to Him, “How long will you keep us in suspense?” If you are the Christ, tell us openly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you and you did not believe works which I do in the name of My Father. These testify about Me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not of my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow Me 28 and I give to them eternal life into the age and they will never perish and no one is able to snatch any one of them out of my hand. 29 My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch any out of the hand of the Father. 30 I and the Father are one.” (John 10:22-30 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

Those who believe the gospel and are saved are the Lord’s sheep. They are given to the Son by the Father and no one can take them from the Son or the Father. The last statement in v30 is our Lord’s claim to being the second person the Holy Trinity. The Jews understood this because in v31 they picked up stones to stone him stating in v33 that our Lord’s statement inv30 was a claim of deity.

Why bring up all this? We are in a spiritually dark time. God has allowed this and that means we who do know the truth are being called to stand firm, take a stand, and, no matter cost, tell the truth. During the last Presidential election I watched part of an interview in which one of the Republican candidates for President was asked by a CBS reporter her stance on homosexuality. This was his question. I am paraphrasing since this is from memory. “Is homosexuality a choice?” The way he asked the question with the tone of this of voice and facial expressions all made her know that to answer any way but with a “no” would be wrong. Why? That would be a claim of exclusivity and that is not tolerated in our pluralistic culture that will not tolerate any claim to absolute truth. Therefore, she caved in and gave the wrong answer.

J. Gresham Machen was continually in some sort of battle after he wrote his book Christianity and Liberalism (1923). His thesis in that book was that “Christianity” and “Christian Liberalism” were two different religions. Go back to my first paragraph in this post. I totally agree with him. It is just another of those false forms of Christianity that are of the “worlds religions,” but is not genuine Christianity because ἔχοντες μόρφωσιν εὐσεβείας τὴν δὲ δύναμιν αὐτῆς ἠρνημένοι·, “having a form of godliness but having denied its power…” That passage (2 Timothy 3:5) goes on to say, καὶ τούτους ἀποτρέπου. ,“and turn away from these.” The world’s religions all point to what man does within or has man look within to grow and become worthy, et cetera. When professing Christians do this they are falling into what Paul was talking about to Timothy.

Jesus said in John 15:5, “ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ἄμπελος, ὑμεῖς τὰ κλήματα. ὁ μένων ἐν ἐμοὶ κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ οὗτος φέρει καρπὸν πολύν, ὅτι χωρὶς ἐμοῦ οὐ δύνασθε ποιεῖν οὐδέν.” Or, “I am the vine, you are the branches. The one remaining in me and I in him, this one bears much fruit because apart form, you are not able to do anything.” We serve our Lord as we abide in him and he works through us. In this life, we will never be able to do his work apart from this arrangement. Also, we never look for anything worthy inside us to enable us to do anything good. No! We always look to our Lord and ask for him to work out his will in and through us. The difference may appear to be subtle, but it really isn’t. Genuine Christianity starts with Christ, not man. Real Christians serve him according to his will as they abide in him and he abides in them. They pray to him for wisdom and discernment, but never seek the inner voice within for that. Those who seek the “inner voice” within have been deceived and in this show that they are not Christians.

True Christianity is not politically correct nor will it ever be. To operate in any part of the social strata that requires us to compromise the exclusivity of Christianity excludes us from taking part in it.

Soli Deo Gloria!

4 thoughts on “To operate in any part of the social strata that requires us to compromise the exclusivity of Christianity excludes us from taking part in it

  1. Oh! Great!!! That is what I have been saying in a nutshell! People get so deceived on this one. They think it’s okay to ‘be a Christian’ and compromise, cave, concede, cower, crumble, and collapse on all of these issues! It’s like: NO! You can’t do both, you can’t have it both ways. Either you are a Christian, or you are not.

    If you are a Christian, you can never, ever condone other religions or belief systems. I don’t mean just ‘at a level equal to,’ but ‘at all.’ There is no validity to any other religion, period. You cannot wink at homosexuality. You cannot flirt with the ways of the world. It’s a long list. But you must stand firm and say “No!” If you do not, but rather join in hands with these folks, then you have excluded yourself out of the faith. It can be done, it’s all over the bible.

    For instance, take a million compromises: baking a cake for a gay wedding or any other service that condones the act, (and no, it’s not just business), a principal asking a teacher to endorse all the world’s religions in the name of ‘tolerance’ at an assembly, or homosexuality under the same banner of a thousand euphemisms, yoga, or anything like that.

    If you are a Christian, your only reply must be, “No, I can’t do that because it would compromise my beliefs.” ‘oh, are you a Christian?’ “Yes. I am.” (Remember the question put to Peter: Are you one of His disciples? The only correct answer is ‘yes!’ ). There is no pussyfooting around on this stuff, it is serious as can be. If you waver on any of this, you decline your status as a Christian. You don’t get a “get out of confessing Jesus” for free card. Either you are a Christian and deny the other paths and ways 100%, or you include them 1% and exclude yourself from being a Christian.

    Here is one of the tough sayings a true disciple heeds:
    “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10; 32-33
    There is no middle ground. If you say ‘oh sure, other religions are okay’ you have just denied Jesus, He is the only way to salvation. Now notice the subtle difference; we are not saying ‘no, you can’t belong to ______ religion,’ or ‘we won’t tolerate you,’ (we can’t dictate what others believe), but we are simply saying that we don’t validate their religion as a path to God, we don’t accept the homosexual practice, or yoga, or whatever else goes against the Word of God. That is what we must do as His disciples, or we have no witness as we have failed to confess Him before men as the way of salvation, but instead have denied Him. We must point to the gospel message at such critical times and not cave to pressure.

    If this has been the case; please repent now on your knees before the Lord. He will forgive you and you must affirm to remain loyal to Him only.

    With this message I always notice the replies of “oh, but then I’ll suffer this or that consequence”. Yes. Jesus never denied that, but to the contrary He said we would suffer persecution for being His disciples. That should not come as a surprise for those reading His Word. Consider also this Word from the Lord:
    “Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? “It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14; 34
    If we are not the salt of the earth, the light of the world as His witnesses, then of what use are we? He died for us so that we can be saved and spread that gospel message to the world. If we can’t even own up under pressure but think it is okay to cower and hide to save our hides, that is not okay. It also shows we don’t have faith in God to bring us through such trials.

    Many pressures lay ahead. Resolve to remain firm and not to compromise. Lean on the Lord for strength to do this. Rewards are great for the faithful, but woe to the ones who cave to the ways of the world.

    God bless you!

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  2. One last point, the church is the virgin bride of Christ according to Scripture. Once a ‘virgin’ goes and acts as the harlot, committing idolatry (spiritual adultery) with other religions/gods, just like in the Old Testament, that was labelled as harlotry by God. There is no way around it. You are either the virgin, or playing the harlot. It can’t be both. The only way to be part of the virgin is to confess that Jesus provides the one and only way of salvation and to refrain from engaging in any compromise with other gods/religions/etc. or becoming stained from the sins of the world. Once you endorse other religions, homosexuality, etc., you step out of that virgin bride zone. We all slip and yes you can repent, but until then, the person is outside of it. The virgin bride is loyal to her groom. He died to make her spotless and radiant. She does not go out and take the filth of the world and smear it on her white bridal gown. She abides by the word of God, who is her betrothed. She remains loyal unto death not out of obligation, but out of true love. That is the virgin bride of Christ. The harlots have no part in this, nor do they comprehend it.
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