“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, how that Jesus Christ is in you-- unless indeed you are disqualified?”—2 Corinthians 13.5 (NKJV)
Paul wrote this letter to a churches that looked for all purposes like the churches of today. They had been influence by many worldly factors:
1. The Humanist Manifesto and their bible, political correctness.
2. Universities and seminaries that have been influenced by PC.
3. These institutions produced preachers, ministers and priest who were at least partially, if not wholy, by those ungodly philosophies teaching the same.
4. Pew sitters, as the term applies, who are like sheep without a shepherd influenced by all of the above, yet weak in their knowledge of the Word of God.
5. The media which routinely portrait’s deviant behavior as normal which is contrary to godliness and the Word of God.
The media preaches political correctness. The follower of Jesus must be aware it is happening, and become prepared with a healthy dose of the Word of God. Without this you are no doubt unknowingly practicing this ungodly philosophy yourself.
My undergraduate thesis was on a Puritan in England during the years 1616 through his death in 1683. His name was John Owen who was quite a remarkable follower of Jesus Christ. One of his sermons was on “Gospel Grounds and Evidences of the Faith of God’s Elect”. (Owen, Goold vol. VIII 12)
John Owen would not be considered in the least today of being politically correct. In fact, quite the opposite. Neither would Jesus Christ; He was not then, and would not be now. John Owen believed that true faith would evidence itself in both private and public expression.
Your ability to be a follower of Jesus Christ and the Word of God will be restricted by and in conflict to political correctness. John Owen in his sermon on the evidences of our faith listed several things that will be evident, both private and in public.
1. A follower of Jesus Christ will be convinced in his own sin nature, and that of all mankind. This creates apostasy from God, the loss of His image in us, and the direful effects that this state has on us and the world around us.
2. In point two I’m going to quote John Owen: “That he has due apprehensions of the holiness and severity of God, of the sanction and curse of the law, with a right understanding of the nature of sin and its demerit.”
3. That we have a complete understanding of the nature of our own sin which produces a compassion for others who do not know the saving grace of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
4. The follower of Christ should routinely ask God for forgiveness of unknown sins in thoughts and actions, which produces in us a non-motivating guilt for keeping sin secret.
5. To keep in mind that the follower of Christ will have to stand alone before the Bema seat of Jesus Christ and give an account of his actions after his new birth. (Owen, Goold, vol. VIII 212)
A follower of Christ must examine themselves for the extent that the ungodly political correctness is evident in our lives, and eliminate it. The Word of God is complete and almost untouched by the average Christian, which produces a friendliness with world.
James, Jesus Christ’s half-brother, states, “Adulterers! Do you not know that the love of this world is hatred toward God? Therefore whoever chooses to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God.” We are in the world, and not of the world.
Paul states in Philippians 3.20 from the NKJV, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;”. I tell you these things not to make you guilty, but to motivate you to learn the Word of God so that each of us can walk on the earth more like Jesus Christ.
When we begin to walk more like Jesus Christ then, and only then, will strife, envy, lewdness, hatred, wrath, murders and drunkenness cease to exists through the light and love of God. I hope you have enjoyed and learned something from the article. I hope that it encourages you to get into and study the Word of God and come to your own conclusions. I would enjoy hearing from you. You may email me at email@example.com .
Owen, John, W.H. Goold. The Works of John Owen Vol. VIII, 1968. Reprint. London: Banner of Truth Trust. 1965, Print.
Scofield, C.I., The Scofield Study Bible, New King James Version, 2002. New York: Oxford University Press. 2003, Print.