Truth convicts, confronts, it exhorts, BUT MOSTLY IT CALLS US UPWARD. It says with a smile and a heart that is full of grace, “My conviction is that this (whatever “this” is) is wrong, but God invites us out of that, with forgiveness and acceptance.”
(3) We’re trending towards embracing culture, instead of being distinct from it.
How do we live this life of faith, loving and welcoming our friends who do not Jesus to discover Jesus with us? WHILE REMAINING DISTINCT FROM CULTURE THAT IS NOT GOOD?
There used to be a phrase, IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF IT. The old-time word for a lack of discernment that embraces the habits, values and lifestyle of culture…is WORLDLINESS.
That sounds so 1950’s to use that word, but it’s NOT 1950’s. It’s around 75 AD when a belief called Gnosticism began to emerge which essentially said you can follow Jesus and live HOWEVER THE HECK YOU WANT!!!!—The Apostle John, the first follower of Jesus, wrote 1 John and used that word, worldliness, to protect Christians from losing Christianity.