“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matt. 10:6).” So… what happens when an unholy church tries to win an unholy world (please see my post of 8/1/12 for pt. 1)? “The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise (Prov. 11:30).”
We are sent forth into this jungle to win the lost. Yet, we are cautioned to use wisdom in going forth. As wise parents, we don’t place our children in dangerous situations knowingly. Likewise, we must be careful not to place immature believers in these situations. That is, when we assemble to go out (into the streets) to win the lost, it must not be considered a ‘fun activity.’ And only those who are spiritually mature and prepared should go out. Otherwise, even with the best intentions, we place the new, immature, or carnal Christian at great risk and run the risk of sin’s nasty virus infecting a great part of the body. As they (the worldly Christian–with the ‘scent’ of the world on them) tag along, those that we witness to are many times not interested in the Gospel but are quite interested in the carnal-Christian tag along. They are willing to do whatever it takes to win the worldly Christian. So while we’re trying to win the world, the world is trying to win the worldly Christian. They may even come to church a few Sundays to show their “interest.” Soon after they disappear, but not by themselves, oh no… with the carnal Christian in tow. Of course, the other scenario that plays out is that they don’t even bother to disappear. Rather, they bring all of their mess into the church, sampling one man or woman after the other, turning the House of God into one of ill repute. The church must stand up and BE the church. We must “WATCH and pray that ye (we) enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matt. 26:41).” (to be continued…) Thanks for visiting, following, subscribing. Take care & be blessed.