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SCRIPTURE - Jas 4:4                                                                              JUNE, 2004

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.


This month's message, takes a look at the relationship of man, the world, and God.

The subject verse makes a plain statement, that needs to be heeded by those that name the name of Christ, but too often, is not.

The best way to illustrate the point of this message, is by using an old piece of childhood playground equipment, known as the seesaw.

The seesaw, was a fun thing to play on. It consisted of a long board, balanced in the middle, on a fulcrum. And, the way it worked, is that two people got on it, one on each end. Both of the people would have to be about the same weight, for the best result.

What would happen is that one would push down with their feet, making themselves go up, while the other, went down to a stooping position. Then, that person would push down with their feet, thus raising themselves up, and the other person would go down.

While one person would be on the top, the other would be on the bottom. That's the way the seesaw was designed, and that is why I chose to use it, as an example to illustrate this message.

Picture this, if you will.

Imagine you are looking at the seesaw, from the side. On one side, let's say, the right side, you put one person, and you make the low point (stooping position) the position of low popularity with God. You also, make the highest position on that same side, the highest popularity with God.

Now, you put another person on the left side. And, on this side, you make the lowest position (stooping) the position of lowest popularity with the world, and the highest position, the highest popularity with the world.

Now, if you will notice, it is impossible for both sides of the seesaw to be at the top, at the same time. If one side is at its apex (highest position), then the other side is at its lowest.

Now let's say, you, that's right, YOU, were able to split yourself in half, or make another you, identical in every way, and both of you got on that seesaw, one on each side. And, the one of you on the left side, sought to raise himself(or herself), to the highest position (the most popular with the world), that would mean, that the other you, would be in the position of lowest popularity, with God.

If on the other hand, the you, on the right side, sought to be popular with God, and thus raised themselves up, then, the you on the left side, would be at the lowest popularity with the world. It is impossible for you, me, or anyone else, to be at the highest popularity with the world, and God, at the same time. Yet, that is exactly what many Christians, are trying to do.

The two you's, are a good example, because there are two you's. One is the flesh, and the other is the spirit. The flesh you, is on the left side, while the spirit you, is on the right. The two, are each battling for the highest position on their respective sides, and if one gets what it wants, then that puts the other, at its lowest point.

Man, being the creature he is, seeks to have, the best of both positions, but realizing that he can't, he tries to settle for being middle ground with both. He doesn't want to be too holy, because he would look bad, to the world, and he doesn't want to be too worldly, because that would mean, he wasn't pleasing to God.

But, you see, to God, a person that seeks to get as close to Him as they can, gets blessed more than the one that seeks to stay neutral. And besides that, the one that stays neutral, might just as well, not be trying to be pleasing in His sight, because he is not really committing himself to God, all because he wants that friendship with the world.

As I look around, and see what some people that claim to be Christians are doing, it is obvious that they think they are doing what God wants them to do, by not being, as some people have said, 'too holy to be any earthly good.'

So, they sit in the middle. They go to church, and they hang out in the bars. They sing in the choir, and sing for the world. They take the Lord's Supper, then they engage in ungodly activities. All because they want that feeling of being liked by the ungodly.

Throughout His ministry, Jesus achieved everything that God sent Him here to do, by putting the Father, and His Will, above all other things, including His own Life.

Jesus loved the ungodly, because those are who He came here for. But, He didn't partake in their activities, and try to make Himself look good in their sight, so they would accept Him in their midst.

What He did do, was show them, that He was a true friend to them, even though He remained pure in God's sight.

You see, the world, is lost. They are seeking something to make them feel fulfilled. That is why they drink. That is why they do drugs. That is why they involve themselves in all sorts of sexual sin. That is why they lie, steal and gamble. They are looking for satisfaction, and some sense of peace of mind.

When a Christian, who is supposed to have the answer to their problem, starts, indulging in the things they do, it says to them, 'the God I serve, is not sufficient enough for me. I still need what you have." And that is making God appear to be less than what He is, and that is, 'One that can supply all of your needs, according to His riches in Glory.'

Why should they leave what they are doing, to follow a God, that can't even satisfy you enough to keep you from coming back to them for pleasure??

What made many seek Jesus out, was that He had something that they needed. When they were sick, they sought Him out for healing. When they were depressed, they sought Him out, for deliverance. When they had tried everything they could, and nothing worked, they sought Him out. And He met their needs. That is what the true Christian is supposed to showing the world.

Jesus said, 'Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.'

Jesus gave us power, 'Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you' to accomplish things that the world needs to see and experience, to know that God is real,

We are the example to the ungodly, of who He is. And many of us, are just dropping the ball.

And why is this?? One word, preachers.

When I look at some of my fellow ministers, I have to shake my head, because what I see them doing, and hear them saying, tells me, which side of the seesaw they are on, and which side they are trying to have lifted up, and in to many instances it is the left side.

Ministers are the ones that should be setting the example for those that are seeking God, to realize the fact that 'Lk 16:13....Ye cannot serve God and mammon.'

But, at every turn, they are out, playing up to them, like children, trying to please their parents. They go out to see what makes the world happy, and they bring it in to the church.

The world likes certain types of music, so the church, models its music after theirs. Then they bring some of their (the world's) entertainers in to the church, and have them sing a few selections, which tells their members that they can be in the church, and sing for the world, as well. How many artists, that are popular with the ungodly, came out of the church?? I could name a hundred of them, at least, but I feel I don't have to, because you already know most of them.

The world likes to gamble, so the church brings BINGO in, to give people something to do, as if they can't find something to do, without the church, helping to corrupt them. So, the members feel, that they can go out and gamble at a casino, seeing that their church, sponsors trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and other venues of instant poverty.

To be popular with those in the seats of power, they throw their support behind politicians, and groups that come up with ludicrous ideas to play to the whims of people, in order to be looked on favorably by them. These politicians, and groups, give them a little play, and they go around, preaching the virtues of their (politicians and groups) views, forgetting all about the word of God.

And you know what makes it worse?? When they attack someone that is preaching the uncompromised word of God. All because they want to be approved of by the world. They want to shut him up, because he is making them look bad.

Have you ever heard the term "religious right??" The religious right, are those that are on the right side of the seesaw. They are the one's that are trying to be pleasing in the sight of God, and have mortified (or put in low regard), their popularity with the world.

Now, have you heard of the "religious left??" Probably not, because the world is in love with them, because they are their friends. They are the one's on the left side of the seesaw. They have left the paths of righteousness, and even common sense. The world is going headlong towards destruction, and even many of them, that are not even thinking about God, know they are going in the wrong direction. Their (these preachers) goal is to be praised, and rewarded by those that are the enemies of God.

When we have examples like this, no wonder we don't see any of the things Jesus said He has given us, being manifested in their churches.

The bible says, 'Isa 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.' To put it more simply, if they are not anointed by God, then there is no power in them to break the yokes of bondage to sin, and therefore no deliverance for the people.

Some will say, 'but these are ministers, pastors, and bishops, that you are talking about.' That's right. But just because they are, doesn't mean they are God's ministers. 2Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 2Cor 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2Cor 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.' Just because a man, has a title in a supposed church, does not mean they are anointed by God. A 100% dyed in the wool atheist, can become a pastor or bishop, if they follow all of the procedures necessary to obtain that position in a particular church or denomination. They can go to college, and get a degree, and in the minds of the world, that is all that is needed. So, they get their degree from the world, and think they are qualified to speak for a God that they don't even believe exists.

So, the question must be asked, 'How can you tell??' Once again, it is the anointing of those that are called by Him, to set the people free of the bondage of ignorance, in this area, so they can see. Jesus said, 'Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits (the things that they do, or say), ye shall know them.'

It is the responsibility of each one of us to '2Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth', so we can know the Truth, and spot these false ministers, and steer clear of them, and then, warn others.

One final question before I close, think about it real carefully, 'Which side of the seesaw are you on???.'