Modern-Day Judaizers Are Threatening the Church
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On Wednesday, my daughter posted this post to her blog A Little R & R, and I asked her if I could share it here.
As she says, “My post isn’t about Lauren Daigle. However, her comments, and the firestorm that ensued, brought to the forefront something that has been on my heart for a long time.
The church is in a Galatians’ moment.
In fact, if Paul were alive, he’d likely copy and paste his letter to the Galatians church to many of the churches today.
Especially spirit-filled churches, who have traded the Holy Spirit for soft-serve sermons.
Who have traded the gifts of the Spirit for calls to social justice.”
Thank you, Rosilind, for your message:
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t at all surprised when I read the article that Lauren Daigle couldn’t definitively say that homosexuality is a sin.
Her answer is no different than that of a vast number of Christians today, who have ceased wrestling with the infallibility of Scripture and have succumbed to the belief that the Bible contains the Word of God.
And this is what happens when we elevate talent over those who are solidly grounded in the Word of God and whose lives bear a witness to their allegiance to Scripture.
Make no mistake, while contemporary Christian singers may not lead worship in our churches on Sunday, their songs are our soundtrack during the week.
Christian music is meant to glorify Christ; and by virtue of that, they are – in fact – worship leaders. Teachers in the body of Christ.
Their lyrics instruct us throughout the week.
“My brethren, let not many of your become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement.” James 3:1
But the church has opted make talent the qualification for this role; not a life that’s been proven and withstood the test.
But this isn’t even the greatest issue we’re facing in body of Christ today. Not by a long-shot.
In the book of Galatians, we find Paul horrified at the condition of the Galatian church. He says, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel.” Galatians 1:6
There was a faction in the church called the Judaizers who taught that faith in Jesus Christ alone wasn’t sufficient for justification, but that males also had to be circumcised.
They also taught that Gentile Christians needed to follow Jewish law.
They were convincing enough that the Galatian church was falling under their teaching; which is why Paul penned the letter to the Galatians, arguing that the Judaizers were preaching a false gospel.
“But even if we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8
Modern-Day Judaizers Are Threatening the Church
The church is being hammered by modern-day Judaizers.
No, they don’t preach circumcision and Old Testament law as a means for complete justification; in fact, just the opposite.
Today’s “Judaizers” preach tolerance and modern social justice.
This teaching has been slowing taking over the pulpit for the past couple of decades and is no longer silently whispering its doctrine, it is shouting it from the pulpits.
And now we have an entire generation of Christians who believe that unless you are tolerant of the LGBTQ community and vocal about social justice, you are a XINO (Christian In Name Only).
No, you’re worse than a XINO, you are a bigoted, uncaring, white-privileged, evangelical fundamentalist.
They would have us believe that our faith is proven and validated by our acceptance of alternative lifestyles, or at the very least tolerance to them, and our vocal support of modern social justice.
And I say modern social justice, because social justice today doesn’t resemble the social justice we see in the Civil Laws of the Old Testament. And I 100% stand for that kind of justice!
O foolish church, who has bewitched you?
I want to echo Paul’s words: “Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth?” Galatians 3:1
The level of our dedication to Christ, our justification, and our level of sanctification are not validated by our level of tolerance or alignment with social justice causes.
Our justification and sanctification rest in Christ’s blood alone.
Then our Christian walk is further lived out by grace on a day-to-day basis with the Word of God as our foundation.
If we seek to justify our faith in Christ through political correctness, tolerance, and social justice – just so the world will see that we are not the white-privileged fundamentalists they think we are, we have come under a new kind of law that trumps God’s Word.
This law demands that God’s Word bow the knee to its message.
This law demands that we morph our theology to the issue at hand.
Will we begin in the Spirit and be made perfect in the flesh?
If we truly believe that we are saved by grace alone…
If we truly believe that faith in the work of Jesus Christ and His shed blood is sufficient for justification, why then would we believe that tolerance and social justice is needed to validate our justification?
Why then do we believe that anything we can do in our flesh would further add to this miraculous work of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them….Christ as redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.” Galatians 3:10, 13 – Emphasis mine
Are we willing to suffer persecution?
Paul closes his arguments to the church in Galatians with this very sobering statement:
As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.” Galatians 6:12-13
This has been the driving force behind the church embracing political correctness, tolerance, and social justice causes.
And this is why modern-day Judaizers push back against those Christians who refuse to fall in line, because they don’t want to be seen as a part of a group of religious fundamentalists.
They want to be recognized as being inclusive and embracing.
But true Christianity isn’t inclusive. Christ cannot embrace those things that violate His standard of holiness. The Bible isn’t a social justice handbook – not in today’s definition of social justice.
The question is this: Are we willing to suffer persecution from the world, and the segment of the church pressuring us to embrace their message?
Are we willing to stand on the Word of God and let it determine our message and our cause?
Or will we be entangled again with the yoke of bondage that demands we change our message, our belief system, and our worldview just so they can boast in our tolerance and inclusiveness?
Just so we can have a seat at the table of the “in” group?
“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14
Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her Bosnian hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to live for the glory of God. You can follow her on Facebook, and Pinterest
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