"The lukewarm Christian literally dances with the devil and plays with sin like it's some kind of a toy."

Family Discussion:

  • Who is the antichrist and how will we recognize him?
  • What are examples of the antichrist's work on earth today?
  • How do you think you might get caught up in on diluting influences in your life even now?

Transcription:

00:06 This tiny little book we're looking at is Second Thessalonians and it is about that big, but it is about that big in meaning because it's talking about the return of Christ and the antichrist, the enemy and the last days before Christ returns. Listen to this. Second Thessalonians 2:8-12. This fits today. Talking about the antichrist, it says: "Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of his mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of his coming. That is the one who's coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, the antichrist, with all power he'll have signs and false wonders. And with all deception and wickedness for those who perish because they did not receive the love of truth so as to be saved. For this reason, God will send upon them a diluting influence so that they will believe what is false and in order that they may be judged who did not believe in truth, but took pleasure in wickedness."

01:21 The diluting influences, and there are so many of them. Now check out this story and it will help you with the diluting influences in your life. I heard the story one time of a transport company that placed a very important ad in a local newspaper, and the ad said something like this: Wanted, conscientious and experienced truck driver to transport TNT across narrow mountain roads. The pay is excellent. Three brave drivers interviewed for the job. The foreman asked each of the drivers this question: When you turn a corner on a tight mountain road, how close to the edge can you get without slipping off the edge of the cliff? The first driver came in and proudly responded, "I've had years of experience at that. I can get as close as a foot from the edge without slipping off." The second applicant came in and he was like the first, he said: "I can hang at the outside edge of the tire on the truck and still stay on the road." The third man was more humble. He said: "I respect the road and that load with great care and danger. I would never get close enough to the edge to find out." Guess who got the job. A radically committed Christian stays as far from the edge of the cliff of sin as he can get. The lukewarm Christian literally dances with the devil and plays with sin like it's some kind of a toy. I honestly don't believe a good share of Christian wannabes will even recognize the antichrist when he comes. The things we accept today in movies and television and just in our daily lives are so much like him. Satan could slip into most people's world without even being noticed.

03:21 And then the Lord will return, and the groans of disappointment will be everywhere. Just a little alcohol won't hurt, just a little marijuana won't hurt. Just a little pornography, it's just the sports illustrated swimsuit issue, it's just the Victoria's Secret one runway models. It's just a little bit of hate. It's just a little bit of anger, just a little bit, just a little bit, just a little bit and Satan's way. And you've seen it and I've seen it. It's like a fishing lure that goes in front of the fish and pretty soon you bite the lure, the treble hook catches you in the mouth. Here's the questions for today. Who is the antichrist and how will we recognize him? And secondly: What are examples of the antichrist's work on earth today? And then thirdly: How do you think you might get caught up in on diluting influences in your life even now? And then the lifeline for the day is this: The Angel of Light as scripture calls Satan makes sin look camouflage. Walking in the light makes him look obvious.

"A true sincere Christian is solidly warned not to be partners with somebody who is not truly a sincere Christian."

Family Discussion:

  • What do you think God is saying to you personally about not being unequally yoked?
  • How can the desire for love or friendship or the desire for money blind you to this command in scripture?

Transcription:

00:04 Man, this book we're studying together has got so many treasures. There's so many promises in this book, they're countless. But there's also some commands in this book, and you know what, God is not timid about his commands. And if we would listen to this one today, I can think of hundreds of conversations I've had over the years of of pain and heartache that they would be saved if we just listened to this one. Second Corinthians 6 verse 14 through 16, this command like all the rest of the scripture is to protect us and provide for us. Here it is. "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers for what do righteousness and wickedness have in common or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the Temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God, as God has said, I will live with them and walk among them and I will be their God and they will be my people."

01:17 Can you imagine two oxen unequally yoked, one is aggressive and one is lazy and how awful the ride would be behind that cart of those oxen. That's the picture of the devotional today. And you know what? I can think off the top of my head of half dozen conversations I've had in the last couple of years, you know, with businessmen and businesswomen who've yoked themselves unequally with an unbeliever, a believer making a partnership or a deal with an unbeliever. And when the money showed up and the company began to grow, the unbeliever showed his colors. And even though he might've said he was a Christian, he truly wasn't a follower of Christ. It didn't have the same values. And the partnership broke up and the company disappeared in debt. And lawsuits often ensued.

02:09 And then there's the teen cards that I get it at the youth rallies that I do. And the college events that I do where they fill out these cards and they tell me their stories and the stories of being unequally yoked are heartbreaking. Here's one that said, "Joe, my friends told me that by getting high, my problems would go away. That wasn't true at all. First we tried speed and then pot and angel dust and LSD, although I only tried LSD one time. It was an experience I will never forget. It literally blew my mind." And then there was another one that said, "Joe, he told me that he loved me and like all the rest we'd get married someday. He talked me into sex and then we broke up. I was crushed. I felt like I had 200 knives going through my heart. And another one wrote me and said, "you know what? I began to hang out with the wrong friends. They were always partying and drinking. And before long they took me down with them."

03:15 Unequally yoked, paired up with an unbeliever, scripture carefully and clearly warns that's a mistake that will bring us down every time. You know what, a Christian has got a witness to the laws, you know, no doubt. But a true sincere Christian is solidly warned not to be partners with, not to be boyfriends with, girlfriends with, to date, to fall in love with somebody who is not truly a sincere Christian. You know what? This passage is a clear warning from God that if you don't listen to like, the two oxen trying to pull the cart in opposite directions, you know, it'll fall apart every time. And here's the question today, what do you think God is saying to you personally about not being unequally yoked? And then secondly, how can the desire for love or friendship or the desire for money blind you to this command in scripture? And then this takes it home: If you find yourself unequally yoked today, what do you need to do? And then the lifeline today is this, men, keep the yoke of family going strong and make it a relationship of give and take where you give more than you take. It'll make your family strong as all get out.

"When a friend of mine was running for Miss California and they ask her, who her hero was and she said, Jesus. It was the most unpopular thing she could have said, but she still won it." 

Family Discussions:

  1. What security where the Jewish leaders in the scripture passage were they afraid of losing when Jesus was in town?
  2. How did Jesus shake their security?
  3. How does being a Christian put your temporary security at risk?
  4. What would cause you to have your Christianity?

Transcriptions:

00:14 He as a Grandaddy. When I'm with my grandkids, a little grandkids every night I tell them hero stories. Tonight, I'm going to talk to you about heroes and we're talking from a John Chapter 11 verse 47 through 52 and it says this "Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. 'What are we accomplishing?' they ask. Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. Of course they're talking about Jesus. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation. Then one of them named Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year, stood up and said this, "you know nothing at all. You did not realize this better for you. That one man die for the people than the whole nation perish." He did not say this on his own, but as high priest, he was actually prophesying that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation and not only for that nation but also for the scattered ones of God to bring them together and to make them one. Pretty awesome passage.

01:20 Y'all remember when a friend of mine was running for Miss California and they ask her, who her hero was and she said, Jesus. It was the most unpopular thing she could have said, but she still won it. I remember a few years ago are grateful mom came to me and told me about her daughter, uh, who was running for junior class president. Oh, there's a girl named Janice and she was well liked in her public high school and she prepared an excellent campaign, but at the completion of her make it or break it, 20 minute campaign speech in front of the entire student body, the panel of judges ask her the leading question, who's your hero? Who's your superhero? Who's your superman? You know, Janice knowing that her truthful response will alienate her and split the students and, and, and probably lose precious votes. She responded in a heartbeat. My hero is Jesus Christ.

02:09 Undoubtedly he died for my sins. I have a friend who passed up $100,000 plus real estate deal because it was unethical. I have a doctor friend, um, who had passes up, literally, he's an OBGYN. He passes up tens of thousands of dollars a year because he won't do abortions. Um, recently remember a story about a close seventh grade friend named Jill who told me how tough junior high social life was. She was amazed when she went to her first junior high party. That a boy brought some things to the party that were way against her morals. Almost everyone told him how cool it was, but Jill knew it was wrong, you know, risking her popularity and being called a freak. She called her mom to come get her. College friend, you know, a great college of mine recently. You, you know, they're at a beach party trip and they're going to leave.

03:02 And she stayed. She stayed in her hotel room the whole week because she wouldn't get to go out there on the beach and do what they were doing. Boy the questions are this, today you guys, what security where the Jewish leaders in the scripture passage were they afraid of losing when Jesus was in town? And then how did Jesus shake their security? And in here it takes it home with this question, how does being a Christian put your temporary security at risk? And then, uh, try this one on this last question. What would cause you to have your Christianity? And the life line for today is this in the home, in your mood, in your relationship with your mom and dad, or with your kids encourage each other build our security in Christ.

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