Sunday, October 30, 2016

No Neutral Ground: Let The Soldiers Of Christ Speak To Our Own Generation!

Fight the good fight of faith... (1 Timothy 6:12 a)

Comrades, let us be resolute. Let us, by whatever name we are called..Some will praise us, some will blame us; let us not care too much about either praise or blame. Let us live looking up, looking on--true by His grace, who has called us.

..Things may be badly put. He will put them perfectly. We may be distressed about what will happen if we act upon the thoughts that are growing strong within us. He will make that all right if only we follow and obey.

-Amy Carmichael, God's Missionary

The Christian is to resist the spirit of the world. But when we say this, we must understand that the world-spirit does not always take the same form. So the Christian must resist the spirit of the world in the form it takes in his own generation. If he does not do this, he is not resisting the spirit of the world at all. This is especially so for our generation, as the forces at work against us are of such a total nature. It is our generation of Christians more than any other who need to heed these words attributed to Martin Luther:

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.

-Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

In an age of relativity, the practice of truth when it is costly is the only way to cause the world to take seriously our protestations concerning the truth.

-Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

Homosexuality is nothing new. What is new is that it is deliberately and systematically promoted. New also is the pressure to accept it as a valid norm. Political correctness sees to it that society in general and law-makers in particular bow to the agenda forced on us by lobbyists. .......Our need for harmony is so great that anything in connection with punishment seems narrow-minded, harsh, unkind and judgmental. Our Christian duty to love our neighbors is at the forefront of our thinking (Mat.22:37-39). 

However, the first and greatest commandment Jesus gives us sets a specific order for our love. We are to love God first and then our neighbor. There is a good reason for this. We can only truly love our neighbor if we love God first...Sympathizing with human weakness is not the same as sympathizing with human wickedness.

-S.Joela Kruger, Intolerance, Navigating the storm of end time humanism

I can see little consistency in a type of Christian activity which preaches the Gospel on the street corners and at the ends of the Earth, but neglects the children of the covenant by abandoning them to a cold and unbelieving secularism.

- J. Gresham Machen

And so I challenge you. I call for Christian radicals, and especially young Christian radicals, to stand up in loving confrontation, but confrontation---looking to the living Christ moment by moment for strength---in loving confrontation with all that is wrong and destructive in the church, our culture, and the state.

-Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster

When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!

-Jim Elliot, The Journals of Jim Elliot


Anonymous said...

Holy spirit does not belong to this world.And Godly value is so mush different from this world's one.Sooner or later,having Jesus inside us let us apart from this world.
To be a sincere christians often means becoming like a weird, absolute minority.But still I think that we are happy.
Because what we have to do while we live is to encounter God.
Everything will change and be lost.But He never changes.

I believe in His invisible church.May God bless all those who belong there.


Kinuko H said...

Dear Sanae, thank you for your comment! I think that the concept of "no neutral ground" has been foreign to Japanese culture/mindset for thousands of years. However, when the Gospel of Jesus Christ who is the absolute truth comes into our hearts, the process of painful revolution begins! As you rightly told me, the real battle is against ourselves. Mortification, detachment etc seem to be the unavoidable process of this journey. And I believe that in that place, we shall encounter Him in a deeper and even sweeter way. God bless you abundantly! Kinuko

Caro said...

Thank you Kinuko for providing so good contents to your readers, this post contains so important quotes and spiritual thoughts that are good to remember ! While I was reading this post, after each quote I was like "Yeeees this is so TRUE !!"

Kinuko H said...

Dear Caro,

Thank you for your passionate, sincere and lovely response!! Christian fellowship with sisters like you strengthens my heart. "Fire begets fire." I am going to quote a prayer for you;

"Oh! for a heart that is burdened!
Infused with a passion to pray;
Oh! for a stirring within me;
Oh! for His power every day.

Oh! for a heart like my Savior,
Who, being in an agony, prayed.

Such caring for others, Lord, give me;
On my heart let burdens be laid.
My Father, I long for this passion,
To pour myself out for the lost--
To lay down my life to save others--

"To pray," whatever the cost.
Lord, teach me, Oh teach me this secret,
I'm hungry this lesson to learn,
This passionate passion for others,
For this, blessed Jesus, I yearn.
Father, let Thy Spirit reveal this to me.

by Mary. W. Booth