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December 27, 2013

TISCIONE: The Christian and the culture

(Continued)

The revealed proposition is that the world is opposed to Christ and, by implication, is opposed to those who live Christ. The Bible is clear in declaring that Christians are in the world but not of the world. (John 17:14ff)

We who profess Christ are aware that following Jesus is opposed to our culture. We are also aware that Jesus called His followers to be salt and light in the world. (Matthew 5:13-16) We dare not hide what we know to be true or live in opposition to the truth of God’s word. Rather we are called to let our light shine … so that the world may see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Peter’s first epistle provides a clear application for living the Christian life. “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)

The Apostle Paul’s declaration to the pastor Titus gives the church direction in standing for the truth of God. “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.” (Titus 2:11ff)

God has chosen to reach the lost through His people. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit’s work is to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8)

The way for Christians to live in this culture is to be holy people. God has commanded His people to be holy. (Leviticus 11 and 1 Peter 1) Holy people live under the word of God. Holy people live openly before a sinful world. Holy people declare the truth of a holy God. Holy people are ambassadors for Christ.

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