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The apostle describes the believer’s relationship before God, the believer’s riches by Jesus Christ, and the believer’s role in this world of darkness. Listen carefully to the Scripture in I Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”  It should be a given in our understanding that the church is to be acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  Each member should strive and desire to be acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. I Peter 2:9 expands this thought when the apostle writes, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 

I was a long-haired, bell-bottom wearing, surf board toting, lost 17-year old driving a pick’em-up truck listening to Three Dog Night, Blood-Sweat-and Tears, Chicago and Cream.  What education I had was godless, evolutionary public school, and my thinking was stinking bad. Now listen to this. Today I am seeing and hearing vestiges of my lost days adopted by churches across America. That rock n roll is in the church with the beat, bass, and boom put to Jesus words. More and more from the pulpit to the pew they are looking like my lost high school buddies and even worse. Surely anyone saved out of this world system would recognize the world creeping into the church. That seems to be a ‘no-brainer’ let alone spiritual discernment for the born again child of God.

There is no one perfect writing or preaching this message. We all have feet of clay and daily deal with the flesh. No, it’s not a bunch of “rules and legalism” intended to take all the fun out of life. You see, my family and I have traveled around the world, and indeed it has been an adventure. We thank the Lord for these gracious opportunities. No need to post a selfie here or a moment of fame. All bragging rights left to others, but I can tell you we are having fun! So all that said, HIS CHURCH does not need to grapple with the world, stoop to the indignities of carnality, nor envy the wicked. As His chosen generation, a royal priesthood--HIS ABUNDANCE IS OURS.  Please don’t wear the world’s rags, eat the world’s slop, nor dance to the world’s tune. If you do so, you cheapen yourself and forfeit the best for the crumbs and dregs of mortality.

Just this week, I spoke with a dear brother whose church is regularly packed with people, souls are being saved, and their ministry is global. Yet they have not surrendered conviction, separation and standards. The church must not rock and roll and dress like the world with a Sunday, Hollywood production. Jesus promised, “I will build my church.” It is our responsibility to live acceptably according to His Word and Will. There must be a return to THE ROCK of TRUTH upon which the church is built. There is an urgent need for a transforming of our minds by the Word of God that we may discern that which is acceptable to Him. We can stand upon THE ROCK of JESUS CHRIST and not be moved by every wind that blows ill our way. Too many pastors in pursuit of success and fear of failure have thrown in with the compromise. The sheep are led astray, goats are mingled in, and thus you have this present world’s way of doing church. Yes, Jesus was a friend of sinners, but not a friend of this world’s system. Here’s the facts as they are:

You have a free will to choose. Standards and separation are choices that we as believers make even though God’s Word is clear on the subject. Sadly, today those who have chosen to move away from Biblical separation and embrace contemporary ideas that are unscriptural have become intolerant and even hostile toward their brothers and sisters who choose to stand where they once stood. Does “…it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord?”  Joshua told the people to choose this day whom ye will serve. His admonition was in the context of separating from the god’s of the Amorites. The church cannot choose to serve the Lord and not separate from this world. Does today's generation even understand these symbols? Well, the church is not far behind the confusion.

The church must look beyond the target. Never make the mistake in believing that your children will maintain or elevate your standard. For convenience, tolerance, or enjoyment of life a compromise will only be lowered by the next generation.  Often the slightest change and compromise can be devastating for the next generation. Take a careful look at this statement: “The Cultural Revolution was now underway, and its overriding mission was to abolish: Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas.”  Recently, a prominent contemporary church leader railed against the old hymnals, the old King James Bible, the old way of doing church, and the old dress standards. Barack Hussein Obama has kept his promise to change the old Constitution and the old founding fathers beliefs. By the way, that quote about the Cultural Revolution relates to Mao Zedong, who murdered over 50 million of his own people. This change that is going on in the church, and this change that Barack Hussein Obama is imposing on America is very similar to the Mao Zedong’s, Pol Pott’s, Stalin’s, and Hitler’s of the world. Mark it down, the changes that are being introduced in the church are far more expensive that any of us can afford.
Is there Bible on any of this?  Please don’t fall for the devil’s lies that the Bible does not speak specifically on subjects like divorce and dress. Take a look at and read our articles on Divorce and Remarriage and Why We Wear What We Wear. God’s Word gives clear teaching on issues facing the church today. It is crystal clear from Scripture that God’s children are distinctively different from children of darkness. May I say as kind as possible for those caught up in the present day shift toward the “new ways of doing church,” the Bible says we are, “a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;” and we are commanded to “love not the world…”.   Yet, plastered all over the worldwide web are “church folk” in love with the world. Disneys “Let It Go” has become the theme song. Forget trying to discuss Biblical separations and standards, there is now a venomous hostility toward anyone living or preaching the dress, worship and music that they who have moved, once embraced.

My wife and I stopped at a fast-food restaurant for lunch and the place was buzzing with several van loads of young people. They were wearing T-shirts printed with the name of their church. Again, as kind as possible, those young people and the adults with them looked like any other group. As a matter of fact, some would not have passed the dress code of the public school I attended before I got saved. Shorts, tank tops, skimpy tattered clothes, and worldly fashions seem to mean nothing to church folk any more. As a matter of fact, preaching on the subject are fighting words.

It has been a joy and privilege to travel around the world on numerous mission trips. Sadly, in developing and third world countries many of our dear brothers and sisters ministering under extreme conditions have known more about the daily activities of American churches than my wife and I. They have told us about all they’ve seen on Facebook.  Quite frankly, it is embarrassing, especially for these brethren, to see the extravagant, party life-style of many pastors and families in the USA. That says nothing of the casual dress posted for all the world to see. Even secular psychologists are saying the “selfie” crowd has a need to say “look at me.”  Look at me on my expensive vacation, look at me in my fancy restaurant, look at me and I could care less what you think! Duh? Could the church today be priming the Anti-Christ data banks for his computer systems information with our daily profiles and postings? Just this week, in lieu of the Supreme Courts decision on marriage, one radio personality mentioned the church has already destroyed the definition of marriage by the compromising position taken on divorce. When we back off on the Bible and fail to comprehend the consequences, it will be devastating to the next generation.  From a softening stand on divorce, remarriage, male/female distinction, uni-sex dress, tattoos, body piercings, abortions, amusements, not to mention Bible versions, the hedge is broken and now rushes in unspeakable consequences upon the church. If the world takes us to court, puts us on the witness stand, and accuses us on the grounds of carnal churchianity, the preponderance of evidence is overwhelmingly guilty. 

“The darkness grows thicker around us, and godly servants of the Most High become rarer and more rare. Impiety and licentiousness are rampant throughout the world, and we live like pigs, like wild beasts, devoid of all reason." Did that sound like Bible? - That was Martin Luther of the 1500s. What would he say today? What does the Lord say today?