The Law of Contamination

THE 21 UNBREAKABLE LAWS OF LIFE (17) – THE LAW OF CONTAMINATION

AVOIDING FLEAS

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

  1. INTRODUCTION –  THE AUTHOR BEGINS THIS CHAPTER TALKING ABOUT THE EARLY DAYS OF THE WILD, WILD WEST ON THE FRONTIER OF AMERICA AND THE LAWLESSNESS THAT ENSUED GIVING RISE TO JESSE JAMES, BILLY THE KID AND THE DALTON GANG.  FROM THERE SOME TOWNS AND STATES OVER-REACTED AND PUT SOME STRANGE LAWS ON THE BOOKS, TRYING TO LEGISLATE ANY THING AND EVERYTHING THEY FOUND REPULSIVE OR OBNOXIOUS.   FROM THE EARLIEST DAYS OF CHRISTIANITY THE CHURCH TOO HAS STRUGGLED BETWEEN TWO EXTREMES: LEGALISM & LICENSE.  TEXT: Pro 6:27, 28 KJV:   “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 28  Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?”

II)      WHAT IS LEGALISM?

A)     IT IS THE BELIEF THAT YOU CAN GAIN & MAINTAIN ACCEPTANCE WITH GOD BY OBEY GOD’S LAWS (AND OFTEN ADHERING TO A SET MAN MADE RULES).

B)     AN EXAMPLE OF EXTREME LEGALISTS IS THE PHARISEES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT; SOMETIMES THEY EVEN VIOLATED SCRIPTURE TO KEEP THEIR MAN MADE RULES (MARK 7:6-13)

C)     JESUS OFTEN CONFRONTED THE PHARISEES CALLING THEM WHITE WASHED TOMBS…

D)     WE OFTEN SPEAK OF SINS OF COMMISSION AND SINS OF OMISSION – SINS OF COMMISSION ARE SINS THAT WE COMMIT THROUGH OUR ACTIONS, SINS OF OMISSION ARE SINS THAT WE DOING WHAT JESUS WOULD HAVE US TO DO BECAUSE OF PRIDE, LACK OF LOVE, SELFISHNESS ETC.

E)      THE LEGALISTS TENDS TO FOCUS ON SINS OF COMMISSION like LYING, STEALING, SEXUAL SIN, DRINKING, SMOKING, GAMBLING, USING DRUGS, going to movies, dancing, IMPROPER DRESS, or TOO MUCH JEWELRY.  THE LEGALIST TENDS NOT TO FOCUS ON sins like pride, anger or lack of love.

F)      the legalist stresses separation from the world by misapplying scriptures like 2cor 6:14-17 :  we are not to practice the sinful things that godless people practice.  we should not date or marry or partner in business with an unbelievers , but Jesus often met and spoke with sinners.

III)    WHAT IS LICENSE?

A)      license is the attitude that we can do pretty much whatever we please because we are “free in Christ”.

B)    there is one verse that these folks can quote “judge not that you be not judged” or 1cor 4:3 niv: “but with me it is a very small thing that i should be judged by you or by a human court.  in fact, i do not even judge myself.”

C)       this verse should never be read without the verses that follows:    1Co 4:4 – 5: “MY conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.”

D)      these tend to not want to talk about any “good works or deeds” that god might expect of his children. (matt 5:16m, acts 26:20,  eph 2:10)

II)      WHAT IS AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY?

A)      SUMMARIZING WHAT WAS SAID ABOVE: LEGALISM SAYS “IF I KEEP THIS LIST OF DO’S AND DON’TS, I AM RIGHT WITH GOD AND MY FELLOW MAN.”  LICENSE SAYS “I CAN DO WHATEVER I CHOSE, I AM FREE IN CHRIST.”

B)       AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY SAYS, “I WILL DO THIS AND NOT DO THAT because I LOVE GOD AND WANT TO PLEASE HIM AND DO WHAT IS BEST FOR HIM, FOR ME AND FOR THOSE WHOSE LIVES I IMPACT.”  (SEE MATT 22:37-40)

C)       MAX ANDERS SAYS “IF WE ARE GOING TO LIVE LIVES OF BALANCED, RESPONSIBLE, AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY, WE MUST ACCEPT ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OUR ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS, WHETHER THEY ARE LEGALISTIC OR LICENTIOUS.  THE LEGALISTS NEED TO LIGHTEN UP AND ACCEPT THAT IN MORALLY NEUTRAL MATTERS THEY CANNOT IMPOSE THEIR OWN CONVICTIONS ON OTHERS.”

III)    WHAT MODERN “DOGS” ARE GIVING US FLEAS?

A)      STUDIES ABOUT DIFFERENT DIETS CONFIRM THE PROVERB “WE ARE WHAT WE EAT”.

B)       WHAT IS TRUE PHYSICALLY IS ALSO TRUE SPIRITUALLY.  WE BECOME WHAT WE PUT INTO OUR MINDS.

C)       TELEVISION, MOVIES, MUSIC AND MAGAZINES CELEBRATE SEX, VIOLENCE, BLASPHEMY, BULGARITY AND SELF-CENTERED BEHAVIOR.

D)      MODERN MEDIA IS LARGELY A MORAL AND INTELLECTUAL WASTELAND THAT AFFECT OUR MINDS AND ACTIONS.

E)       FIRST, THEY TEACH US TO VIEW THE WORLD WITHOUT GOD.  PRAYER, THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD, THE WILL OF GOD, THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE WILL ALMOST NEVER BE PRESENTED AS A LEGITIMATE WORLD VIEW: TELEVISION STORIES ABOUT THE BIBLE ARE USUALLY DISTORTED, MIRACLES, THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST, BIBLICAL CHARACTERS ARE EXPLAINED IN A WAY THAT IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE BIBLE.

F)       SECOND, VALUES ARE CAUGHT THE SAME WAY WE CATCH MEASLES – BY BEING AROUND THOSE THAT HAVE THEM.  IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO WATCH A LOT OF TELEVISION AND NOT BE INFLUENCED BY ITS VALUES.

G)      LIKE THE FROG BROUGHT TO A SLOW BOIL IN WATER, CHRISTIANS HAVE SLOWLY ALLOWED THEIR VALUES TO ERODE, ACCEPTING AS NORMAL THOSE ATTITUDES AND VALUES THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOCKING A FEW YEARS AGO.

H)      THIRD, TV AND OTHER MEDIA CONSUME OUR TIME AND KEEP US FROM THINKING ABOUT LOFTIER THINGS AND FROM PRAYING AND SPENDING TIME WITH GOD.  IT SHRINKS OUR INTELLECTUAL AND SPIRITUAL CAPACITY.

IV)     CONCLUSION – MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN SO AFFECTED BY MODERN MEDIA THAT THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF AND HUNGER FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH HAVE GREATLY DIMINISHED.  THE AUTHOR BELIEVES THAT MUCH OF THE PAIN IN CHRISTIAN FAMILIES STEMS FROM OVER EXPOSURE TO THE MEDIA.   HE ENCOURAGES US TO BREAK THE TV HABIT AND SPEND TIME WITH THE LORD AND IN HIS WORD – YOU WILL SAVE YOURSELF A LOT OF PAIN!

 life check

ü  DO YOU HAVE A TENDENCY TO LEAN TOWARD LEGALISM OR LICENTIOUSNESS?  WHAT HAVE YOU HAD TO DO TO AVOID THIS TENDENCY?

ü  DO YOU THINK JESUS WOULD HAVE THE SAME VIEWING, LISTENING OR READING HABITS THAT YOU HAVE?

ü  DO YOU SPEND AS MUCH TIME PRAYING OR READING GOD’S WORD AS YOU DO WATCHING TV?

ü  DO THE FRIENDS YOU KEEP HELP YOU OR HURT YOU IN YOUR PURSUIT OF PERSONAL HOLINESS?

SCRITURES RELATING TO THE LAW OF CONTAMINATION

Mat 5:17 – 20:   Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill  18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 WHOSOEVER therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

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