031206 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Proverbs 29:5 A man that speaketh to his friend with flattering and dissembling words, spreadeth a net for his feet.
Matthew 5:37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
How many times has it happened to you? You listen to what someone says and a moment later they are saying the exact opposite of what they just told you. Even the post Pentecost apostle Peter struggled with the pressure of “going along to get along” -Galatians 2: 11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
This seems to be a huge problem for people who call themselves Christian but retreat in the face of the first wailing outcry from those living today who have chosen the road that leads anywhere but toward God or His holiness. It would be well to temper our love and faith with a desire for the strength to resist this terrible form of temptation. To step back from the truth is to step that much closer to Hell