Excuses, excuses, excuses… We live in a world of excuses. No one does anything wrong anymore. If you can explain your way out of it you did nothing wrong. All of us parents remember that memorable statement of President Bill Clinton, “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”. No one can be wrong, and if no one can be wrong then everyone is right. We are coming closer and closer to the day when there will be no more shame. We are approaching that day, as we see in our society no blushing over sinful actions and words. “The ends justifies the means” truly is the rallying cry. Let us be lights in this world to pluck as many as we can from the edge of hell. (Jude 1:23)
There is no shame anymore. We would be naïve to think that it has not entered the church. Now we have churches ordaining homosexuals. We have ecumenical movements who believe in religious unity at the cost of sound Biblical doctrine. Where is the shame? Where is the mourning? It’s leaving the professed church. We have a large evangelical church who will not come out on the record with a stand for Biblical principles but will instead look to “…[merge] biblical truth with a changing world.” The only problem is light cannot fellowship with darkness. (2 Cor. 6:14) The only way to mix light with darkness is to diminish the light. So let’s diminish Jesus to change the world. It doesn’t work, it only deceives people into thinking they are “ok” with their present condition. It removes the need for a Savior. It defies the Apostle Paul who said that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. It is anti-Biblical and anti-Christ.
Surely we need to preach the truths of the scripture in love. The truths that must be spoken never change, the heart from which it comes must be the heart of God. It must come from a heart of compassion looking for restoration of these souls to right standing with God. (Mark 6:34) The way to affect that is not to change the truth but to change our heart.
The mourning that is described by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, is not a mourning over natural circumstances. It is not a mourning over consequences of sin. It is a mourning that comes from the very heart of a holy God. It is the heart that sees everything through the eyes of God. To hate sin because you have encountered the holiness of God, that is the true result of a heart that has seen God. Then, because you hate the sin, you hate the results of the sin. You mourn over the lives that on their way to a devil’s hell.
Do you hate sin? Do you hate the sin that is in the world? The answer is not marches on Washington, D.C. to promote anti-abortion legislation. The answer is not calling up Jay Sekulo to promote new legislation. The answer is not forming a coalition to combat the evils of this society. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty through God. (2 Cor. 10:4) The answer is proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Proclaiming to this generation the need for a savior. Weeping over your neighborhood as you pray for their soul. What’s the result of mourning over the lost? “He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Ps. 126:6) Jesus said those that mourn shall be comforted. You are comforted in knowing that the lost you wept for have the greatest opportunity to turn to Jesus as you minister to them with His heart. That’s the answer. Jesus is the answer.
About Calvary Temple
Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.
Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.