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Monday
Feb052018

Living Between Two Opinions

Proverbs 18:17 The first to state his case seems right

until another comes and cross-examines him.

Many times in my life I have been persuaded between two opinions that seem equally important and valid. Even when my convictions are challenged I usually will weight the opposing view with interest but at the end of the day, it always comes back to the scriptures.

1 Kings 18:21 Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, "How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!" But the people were completely silent.

It becomes more difficult when you have two Christians who see things differently. Every opposing party claims their viewpoint is closer to the truth and usually neither party will ever consider any compromise. It then creates an environment where believers avoid topics of controversy so conflict is never present. This is where many pastors are today, keeping the highly charged themes away from the pulpit, allowing for more harmonious themes to set the precedent for all preaching. Yet what I find fascinating about the prophets is that they confronted the status quo of their day with the truth of God’s Word. There was no compromise in what they said - they delivered the message as God told it to them. So if my assumptions are correct, there are two explanations for why we have silent pulpits on controversial themes:

This may be a little simplistic for you and a bit sarcastic. However, I am concerned about the prophetic nature of the preaching today. If the culture is moving more ungodly, then the counter balance for truth should be our priority.  

2 Timothy 3:13 

“In fact, evil men and false teachers will become worse and worse, deceiving many, they themselves having been deceived by Satan.”

Preaching shouldn’t get milder and less intense as we move toward His return, especially when the conditions of our world are getting darker and darker.

So this brings me back to the dilemma many believers are facing today, the no man’s land between two opinions. There can never be ministry when we compromise God’s word. If a ministry or church refuses to tell the whole truth they are giving people an alternative that in essence is idolatry. The standard of our compromise is the idolatry of our opinions over the truth of God’s Word. Avoidance of truth is also idolatry, because it says to God, “I have a better way”.

This may not sit well with many of you because you have been told gospel light is better than no gospel at all. If crossing the street is dangerous but I only teach my kids how to get safely to the curb, I have neglected to tell them how to face the most dangerous part of their journey, the crossing of the busy street.

Telling people how to safely get to the curb is not that difficult because there is little danger on the sidewalks, but where people need the most help is in navigating across the busy street.

When I was a young disciple the prophetic teaching at that time was this: “the time will come when the darkness will confuse people so much that they will be rendered neutral in their response.”  In other words, people will be caught between two opinions and avoid both. This is the state of compromise, neither hot nor cold, and God says this is the state when he will spit you out of his mouth.

Revelation 3:15-16  "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot.   So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth.”

Some people think that keeping things neutral by avoiding controversy is a balanced way to do ministry today, but I would say they are in a state of compromise. Living between two opinions like the prophet Elisha said is no place for a believer to reside. Being between two opinions is being luke warm. 

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

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