Friday, February 07, 2014

Consider All Things A Loss That I May Know Christ

It has been clearly shown that once a group of believers gives up on adherence to Sola Scriptura that it isn’t very long, perhaps one or two generations, that that group becomes irrelevant (apostate) as a religious entity. However, this is not the primary focus of this post. Instead, we are to look at the exact opposite. What happens to those who absolutely refuse to compromise when the pressure comes to do so? In our time, that pressure will come from the secular humanists to be sure, but, sadly, it comes most often from professing Christians who are on the wrong side of the dividing line, that is, they have already compromised. They are apostate yet they demand to be counted as Christian. However, the genuine Christian, the one who has not compromised and refuses to do so, stands as an accusation against them. They see one who stands for all they have turned from. The genuine Christian, the uncompromising Christian as Paul describes in Philippians 3:8-11 (above) is willing to suffer loss of all the world holds dear, even seeing all of it as σκύβαλα or skybala or dung, saying clearly to us, “in order to gain Christ  and be found in him, not having my own righteousness that is of the law, but the righteousness through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based upon faith,  to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings being conformed to his death,  that if somehow I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” 

~Mike Ratliff

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