Is “Enmity” the Problem?? Pt.3

I am guessing this will be the last of the posts on the passage discussing “Enmity with God”.  If we were to insist on discussing every instance of the visible church trying to not only be friends with an immoral society, but to imitate them, well, we wouldn’t get any sleep.  Truly there is no shortage of folks imitating the sensual music, programs and lifestyles of those “in the flesh” in an effort to “reach” them or “engage” them.

For this last (I hope) installment of the series, I would like to point to the “Jesus Shore” outreach (based on the immoral “Jersey Shore” television program) as a perfect example of imitating a sensual culture to the point of being almost indistinguishable from it.  And, as in the previous posts, I must point out what God’s Word has to say about this kind of tactic:

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. –  James 4:4-5

And again I must ask the following question:  Do modern-day preachers NOT understand what the Word “enmity” means?  It means “enemy”!  The logic of doing this kind of outreach may seem to them to be sound, but the Word of God is crystal clear.  They are making themselves an enemy of God, no matter what their stated intentions may be!  We are to be Holy (visibly separate from the World, set aside for His good use), we are to be travelers through this current land, not a people who embrace or imitate the customs of it.  From the name of this event (“Jesus Shore” as compared to the sensual “Jersey Shore”), to the bikini-clad girls in attendance & in the marketing material, to the “christian” tattoo contest this is nothing more than a festival aimed at making Christ acceptable to the world by eliminating any sign of Holiness or righteousness in how they present Him.  Will it be acceptable to the lost who attend?  Of course!  It is sensuality, and that is exactly what they were looking for at the beach anyway!  Can anyone, anywhere, show me where Jesus, Moses, Gideon, John or anyone else in Scripture embraced wickedness and immorality themselves as a way to reach people who were in love with their sin?  Of course not!  It is a blasphemy of His name.  I literally shudder when I think of that day when the presenters will be held accountable before the Lord of Heavens Armies.

Please folks, if you know of anybody going to an event like this one, present them with the true, Biblical gospel before they go.  The only thing to be found at these events is a false Gospel and, of course, the chance to embrace iniquity and make yourself an enemy of God. All in the name of evangelism, of course!

See below for the other articles in this series:

Is “Enmity” the Problem?? Pt. 1 click HERE

Is “Enmity” the Problem?? Pt. 2 click HERE

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