Abstain From All Appearance of Evil #1

Friday, May 5, 2023

“Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV).

Could we follow today’s Scripture to prevent the founding of another false religious system? (Yes!)

Many, many, many years ago, a certain man who had been raised in
“Christian religion” observed some hypocritical behavior. The men who would watch vulgar performances on Saturday night would show up Sunday morning for “church services.” Eventually, he became so cynical toward Christianity that he actually defied it by founding an evil religious system to compete with it. That instance of spite, of course, is definitely not isolated. We can only wonder just how many souls were forever lost to the world, the flesh, and the Devil because of something insincere they saw or heard from supposed “Christian” people.

One of the saddest cases of compromise in the Bible regards Lot, Abraham’s nephew. Lot knew the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah, and while he did not originally live in Sodom, his front door faced it! “Abraham dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom” (Genesis 13:12). By the time of chapter 14, however, Lot was dwelling in Sodom (verse 12)! Moreover, by the time of chapter 19, Lot “sat in the gate of Sodom” (verse 1), indicating he held a prominent political position. When the two angels notified him the LORD was soon to destroy Sodom, we finally see the bitter harvest of his worldliness.

“And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law (Genesis 19:12-14). Having lost his testimony and their respect, Lot was unable to convince his sons-in-law to take his warning seriously….

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