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Thursday
Nov022017

The Drifting of Spiritual Trash

I was recently walking along a sandy beach in Hawaii and I was amazed at how much trash gets washed up every day on the beach. When you watch the waves come crashing to shore you never see any debris in the waves washing up on the shore. Yet in the morning after the tide goes out, the beach is littered with all kinds of plastic, rope, and bottle tops. You name it, and it is deposited. It seemed to me that it was a good illustration for how often we find ourselves as a depository of drifting trash. We hear it every day in the news - opinions, like trash, deposited via TV or radio. Internet is another form of trash depository; clearly so much opinionated trash, like the washed up garbage from the ocean, is worthless information. It has been my opinion for some time that anything other than what is deposited in our hearts from the Word of God is trash talk - fake information that is full of opinion and deception. Even preachers who have a reputation for building big churches can use tactics that good salespeople use to get attention, and are subject to being sold a bill of goods that is tainted with human ambition. I have said this many times in this blog. So much of what is said today where the Bible is used as an authority, is speculation, and a good portion of that is simply good salesmanship. I am not trying to be disparaging for the sake of a blog article, I just want you to qualify that you read, hear, or see is the genuine article from God’s Word, and not someone’s opinion. Many times in recent months I have said out loud, “prove it” when I hear a minister of the gospel say something that is not confirmed by the Bible. Trash can be deposited anywhere; it can be thrown out a window of a car, dropped in the street, or be deposited in the ocean by people who discard things overboard from a ship. Trash can also come from pulpits, books, articles or websites that claim to be Christian. Spiritual trash is anything that is not ordained by God in His Word, but is presented as truth or fact! I just heard evangelist Ray Comfort say that most pulpits do not tell the whole truth, and that has opened the door to more atheism. Many people don’t respect the Church because we are too busy trying to be liked by everyone, that we are no earthly good to anyone. All I can say to preachers who hold back the whole truth, get out of the ministry, you are a detriment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are a preacher or a Biblical communicator/teacher of some sort, you had better be challenging the immoral issues facing our day. Those who don’t are cowards and are littering spiritual trash upon the earth. A watered down message of God’s Word is just as bad as no Word at all, because people who accept a watered down version of God’s Word are just as blind and lost as those who have never heard the gospel.

Simply put:  We are ambassadors for Christ, and we represent Him by telling the whole truth that the gospel represents. We are not called to edit the words of God; we are called to proclaim them in their entirety.

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Telling the truth is the goal of every Christian, to be like Christ in kindness, mercy and grace, but never fearful of telling the whole truth of God’s Word.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K 

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