“For I have told you often before, and now I say it again with tears in my eyes, there are many who walk along the Christian road who are really enemies of the cross of Christ,” the apostle Paul lamented.
“Their future is eternal loss,” Paul continued in Philippians 3:18-19, “for their god is their appetite; they are proud of what they should be ashamed of; and all they think about is this life here on earth.”
I have been blessed to share my testimony at many churches, conferences and Christ-centered events around the country over the last few years. It has been quite inspiring to see pastors and congregations, faith-based organizations and Christian elected officials fighting to uphold laws which preserve our freedom to live out our faith and the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sadly, I have also witnessed those who have been on the battlefield for years who have turned away from the boldness of faith under pressure to conform to a culture that diminishes the authority of God and His Word.
As I write this article with a heavy heart and “with tears in my eyes,” I bear witness there are those who profess to be Christians but have become enemies of the cross of Christ. They were once followers of truth but through carnal and worldly influences, including social-political popularity, have forsaken the authority of Scripture to accommodate their own interests. The influence of popular culture, moral relativism and politics has turned their hearts from the truth.
How does a Christian know if he or she is any enemy of the cross of Christ? Paul set forth three descriptors: 1) “their god is their appetite” 2) “they are proud of what they should be ashamed of” and 3) “all they think about is this life on earth.”
Religious liberty is diminishing. Laws legalizing abortion the day before birth are being pursued and have been enacted in the state of New York. Biblical standards of marriage and family are no longer esteemed and have become highly politicized. The increasing trend of normalizing sexual immorality in entertainment, marketing and media has fueled the increase of enemies of the cross of Christ.
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Source: Baptist Press