Thursday, May 11, 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!)
A preacher bluntly stated, “Our conduct is that we are either pointing people to Jesus Christ, or we are leading them to Hell!” Like today’s Scripture, we should remember these direct words before pursuing “loose living” in front of people with whom we want to share the Holy Bible. In the words of another dear brother in Christ, “We can either be the sinner’s gospel or the scoffer’s creed.” Whatever reputation we have, someone will see one of two scenarios: sound Bible doctrine on display (sinner’s gospel) or an extra reason to complain about “Christianity” (scoffer’s creed).
If we are in doubt, it is better not to do it. If we are in doubt, it is better not to teach it. If we are in doubt, it is better not to believe it. If we are in doubt, it is better not to say it. Not only do we want to avoid evil, we aim to abstain from all appearance of it. Similarities and likenesses can be more influential than we think. This is a lost and dying world, languishing in spiritual darkness and ignorance. If we believers in Christ reflect those pitiful conditions, we have no way to prove what we have is superior to Satan’s policy of evil. In fact, if we are thoughtless and reckless, we will demonstrate we really have no discernment between right and wrong, good and evil, truth and error, either! The Bible never commands us to be sinless, but it does urge us to be different—and a respectable lifestyle will carry far more weight before lost people than idle words and shallow clichés.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain” (Philippians 2:13-16).