Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Irony of Progressives
“‘You will not surely die,’ the serpent said. ‘For God knows that when you eat of it…you will be like God…’ Gen 3:4-5. “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may some-how be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Co. 11:3-4.
It is so important to understand the danger of allowing our minds to accept versions of God’s truths. Versions are nothing different than opinions and perspectives offered by Satan to create pleasures and attitudes that lure us away from God. No wonder our culture accepts everything, all in the name of progress. The ironic thing about people claiming to be progressives is that they are doing the same old thing Eve did in the beginning of time. Being duped by the devil into thinking they know better than what God has stated. Their thinking is no different…no more progressive than the first people who walked this earth. Satan first paints pictures for our mind, then the more we think on those lies the more we rationalize our behavior. And before we know it, we’ve also been kicked out of the Garden. ‘When the enemy comes to deceive us he does so cunningly. Remember, the serpent in the garden of Eden…He must have seemed believable, his arguments buyable, and his promises desirable for Eve to be deceived. This is why we must continually immerse ourselves in the Word.’ All Things New, Kelly Minter, p. 162.
But we are welcome to return to His beautiful place…the garden of forgiveness and fellowship. The garden where we walk with Him in the coolness of the day and He continues to share both love and wisdom with us. We must protect our mind with everything in us as if our life depends on it…it does! We must guard our heart as if they can be ensnared…it can! We must read the Word as if it speaks truth to us…it will! Without renewing our minds, guarding our hearts and understanding what God says about everything we, too, may be led away by our desires.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2.