Dont Be a Sippin Saint 02 July Now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner.
Honestly, Im shocked at how some Christians live. When I see believers who go to church on Sunday, then live like the world the rest of the week, it disturbs me. Ken and I havent been raised spiritually like that. Our spiritual parents did not train us that way. They live what they preach. The people we run with act the same all the time. When we take off on our motorcycles, we might look like the world with our helmets and our leathers on, but we praise God, talk faith and act in love just like we do when were preaching at a convention. If your friends dont do that, you need to find some new friends. If your friends are worldly, you need to separate yourself from them because theyll pull you down to their level. Now its good to go to sinners and bring them the gospel. But the Scriptures tell us not to have ongoing fellowship with them. Theyll start influencing you toward their unholy way of thinking. Pretty soon, youll be talking the way they talk and watching the television shows and the movies they watch. Next thing you know, youll be doing everything else theyre doing too. Weve been set apart for Gods sacred use! We dont need to be watching television sitcoms that make light of immorality. Those programs are intended to desensitize people to sin. Satan takes his best shots in the entertainment industry. I realize some people will argue about that. But the Bible warns us that were not to be like the children of Israel when they indulged in the sinful ways of the world (1 Corinthians 10). Dont play around like the people in the world do. It will get you in trouble. (They are already in trouble.) You might start out doing something on a small scale. You might indulge in just a little glass of wine after dinner now and then. You might become a sippin saint. Well, Gloria, I dont think it will lead to anything else. Maybe not, but you have to admit that it is certainly an open door. Whats more, compromising ourselves for something as silly as a drink is foolishness. Why would we want something like that in our way when we can walk in the glory of God? If you think Im being legalistic, think again. There is nothing legalistic about holiness. In fact, under the Law, holiness is totally unattainable. Thats because holiness doesnt come by simply observing outward rules or laws. Holiness comes as the result of the work of grace God does in our hearts! It manifests in our lives as we live out what, by grace, God has put within us. So dont be a sippin saint. Be a doer of the Word. Live a life of holiness.2 Chronicles 16-18; Hebrews 5-6I walk in holiness, not in compromise with the world. 1 Corinthians 5:11
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 7:1