Without clearly defined and well articulated
behavioral boundaries a society wanders aimlessly in
its attempt to establish moral and ethical parameters.
Without predetermined absolutes, sadly the practice
of drawing such parameters follows a typical trial
and error methodology. Boundaries are either
agreed upon limits (promulgated laws) born from
consensus or they are authoritarian-issued statutes
(e.g., Exo. 20:2-17) which mark the line between
acceptable and prohibited behaviors. God
established His first set of boundaries in Gen.
2:16-17 when He clearly indicated the 'trees' and
the 'fruit' that were available to Adam and the one
'tree' and its 'fruit' that was off-limits to him, along
with the consequences for violating His
command.
denominations are fundamentally modifying their
creeds or ordinations, and promiscuity is no longer
the exception but becoming the norm. We are in an
"out of bounds" condition and only the grace of
God and the power of the Holy Spirit can bring us
back into a '
rightwise' position with the Lord's
plan to "... gather together in one all things in Christ,
both which are in heaven and which are on earth; in
Him" (Eph. 1:10).
A scripture we seldom hear much about today is 1
Pet. 4:17 which reads "For the time is come that
judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it
first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that
obey not the gospel of God?" Unless we are just in
blatant denial, we must rush to enter into intense
corporate intercession for this country, repent of
our laodicean-type 'lukewarm-ness' (see Rev.
3:16) and stop listening to the 'dreamweavers' that
spin webs of instant self-fulfillment, laissez-faire
concern for the unsaved and tolerance for
individual indulgences when those gratifications are
in glaring opposition to scriptural commandments.
The unambiguous support of rules (boundaries)
for governing
righteous behavior is as much a
responsibility of
the church as it is for the society
in which worshipers reside. Each and every
evening ALL Ten Commandments are willfully
violated on popular network television
programming. We read in 2 Thes. Chp. II that
lawlessness will greatly increase in the last-days
and in 2 Tim. 4:3-4 "For the time will come when
they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their
own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
having itching ears; And they shall turn away their
ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto
fables". We see in many churches the gospel
giving way to illustrated mini-sermons, dramatic
and choreographed skits, Broadway-style
performances and various pageants. With such
dilutions we are also seeing the emergence of a
spiritual-type bewilderment and apparent loss of
'spiritual-centeredness'. Are these style churches
engaging in
entertainment-type activities to
further the presentation of the gospel or are they
caught up in a
promotional spin often believed
necessary to attract media savvy enthusiasts?
Church shopping is on an upswing and
technique-centered church growth seminars have
never been more popular.
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also
reap."(Gal. 6:7) Is this not the time and season for
the
Church to come out from behind its
whitewashed walls and
corporately enter into the
places frequented by the unsaved? All of the
healing, deliverances and salvations during Christ's
ministry were out in the market place of life and not
behind secluded walls. The boundary markers of
society are crumbling under their own weight; let
the
Church take the advice given by the Prophet
Isaiah to Zion (Isa. 54:2-3) "Enlarge the place of
your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not
hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your
stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to
the left; your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities." If (we) the
Church refuse, then who will?? The drifting
boundaries of our culture and society have become
way too broad and the parameters of the
Church
have remained way too narrow and restrictive when
it comes to proclaiming the gospel to all nations. TV
'
Christianity' can only make initial inroads into
untracked territory, it often takes a personal
witnessing to "close the deal" through the Holy
Spirit's ministry. The Apostle Paul did not rely
exclusively upon 'tracks' and 'tapes' to win the lost
into the Kingdom of God!   Proclaim
your
personal witness of Jesus Christ
today to
someone you don't know, yet ... even if you have to
walk across the street to speak His name of
salvation! Go beyond your limitations!      JDH/AMA
Our youth today are observing social and moral
boundaries shifting like sand dunes on a storm
swept beach. They watch  as reprehensible
behaviors emanate from the highest echelons of
government, publicly regulated financial institutions
swindle their investors and Hollywood icons
popularize sordid lifestyles. And the 'people
wonder aloud in amazement', "why are acts of
manifest and unspeakable violence occurring in our
schools, the work place and even the church
house?" Our  jails  are  brimming full, gangs run and
traffic  unfettered   in   the   streets,    some
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