Summary: "We face a secular culture that is becoming increasingly strident and militant in its anti-Christian, anti-truth, anti-God mentality and I fear the danger of facing this spirit with a lackadaisacal heart." Dr. James Merrit


By. Dr. Dennis Deese -

JOHN 15:18-27

Dayna Curry, 30, and Heather Mercer, 24, both graduates of Baylor University and members of the Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas, were among eight westernerns arrested by the Taliban in August and charged with breaking Muslim law by teaching Christianity.

Police arrested 50 pro-homosexual demonstrators on the first day of the June 11-12, 2002 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis. Protesting the SBC’s strong stance on the Bible’s teaching about homosexuality, 38 were arrested outside after refusing to clear a sidewalk, while 12 inside were charged with felony trespassing.

Dr James Merritt while giving the annual President’s message at this past years 2002 SBC meeting (while under the constant stream of protestors walking and jeering) said,

"We face a secular culture that is becoming increasingly strident and militant in its antiChristian, anti-truth, anti-God mentality and 1 fear the danger of facing this spirit with a lackadaisical heart,"

"More and more we are being told to sit down, shut up, go along and get along, be inclusive, be tolerant, be nice and be quiet," Merritt said. "More and more I see pastors, churches and denominations crumbling before this onslaught of humanistic, political correctness."

Merritt acknowledged that certain groups protest the annual meetings of the SBC every year, stating that they will not go away. "Well, I’ve got news for the pornographer, the adulterer, the homosexual, the pedophile and the abortionist. We are not going away either," Merritt said, drawing a standing ovation.

"With love in our hearts, tears in our eyes, but resolve in our souls, we are not going to march under the white flag of compromise. We’re going to march under the bloodstained banner of the cross of Jesus Christ. Flying the flag of biblical truth higher than we have flown it before, we will never give out, never give up and never give in when it comes to standing up for the truth of the Word of God."

I can testify to this personally. The night I was saved when I saw the preacher pulling into my drive and began yelling at my wife and saying, "I knew I shouldn’t have gone to church yesterday. They always come by and bother you after you visit." When he asked me if I knew I was going to heaven, I replied (roughly) "when I get my life changed, I’ll get saved. I am not going to be a hypocrite." But praise God! - He then read the scriptures from Romans chapter seven and my attitude completely changed instantaneously. We went into our house and there received Jesus.

On the other hand, since becoming a Christian, I feel like the victim of the lady who was bitten by a rabid dog, and it looked like she was going to die from rabies. The doctor told her to put her final affairs in order. So the woman took pen and paper, and began writing furiously. In fact, she wrote and wrote and wrote. Finally the doctor said, "That sure is a long will you’re making." She snorted, "Will, nothing! I’m making a list of all the people I’m going to bite!" Russell Brownworth

15:18 HATE: 3404 misew miseo mis-eh’-o (miss-seh-o)

I believe this is why Jesus said in Luke 10:5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace [be] to this house.

1) to hate, pursue with hatred, detest, abhor 2) to be hated, detested

How significant and powerful is this generated hatred? Jesus said this,

Luke 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

What are the agitating ramifications of this that exude in irritation, strife and hatred? That is why does the world hate Christianity? Primarily because:

1. JESUS IS EXCLUSIVE 15:18, 20-21, 24-25; 16:2

What’s the implication here? The world says this is unacceptable (15 ;19) Why? Because of

1. The crusade of our tolerate society under the guise of freedom

The greatest threat to Christianity today is TOLERANCE!

2. The consumption of dictatorship’s & tyranny’s lust 15:2 Don’t buck the system

Luke 4:6 And the devil said unto him (Jesus), All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

3. The condemnation and unacceptability of a11 beliefs and religion

2. SIN IS DAMNTNG 15:16,21-22,24

John 3:18-20 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son

of God. John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

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