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Devotionals    H3'ed 7/11/18

Casting the NAR Mountain of Government Into the Sea -- Part Two

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"So that leaves us with our last possible response to the culture, one of courage. God calls His people to be courageous. Christ commanded believers to be salt and light. So how does the courageous Christian interact with the culture. The first and foremost principle is to never back down from standing upon and for biblical truth. The second principle is to assume responsibility for challenging, as lovingly and yet truthfully as possible, the current ungodly movements in the culture that promote what is clearly biblically unacceptable. Jesus said that he would send the Holy Spirit and that He would convict the world of sin. All too often, Christians cop-out on their responsibility and say "see it's the Holy Spirit's job to convict of sin." But who lives in the believer? The Holy Spirit. Therefore, the Holy Spirit not only desires, but also expects, us to be His tools and instruments. The third principle that is necessary for a Christian to be successfully courageous is to count the cost ahead of time. When Christians commit to acting courageously in the culture, they will stand out. Sadly, oftentimes, not only the culture but other Christians will attempt to tear you down if you commit to challenging this culture in the truth and power of God. You have to be prepared to experience resistance, even from people who may name the name of Christ." -- David Hoffman

Be careful here of what Hoffman is espousing. He is making carnal arguments and attributing them to God. The first and foremost principle is to never back down from biblical truth? With the world? Has he even read the bible? The things of God, such as the bible, are utter foolishness to the lost! So according to David Hoffman the best evangelistic technique we have is to cross our arms and defiantly tell people they are wrong because a book they do not believe in says they are. Good luck with that. The second thing he thinks we should do is to "lovingly" challenge the ungodly movements in an ungodly culture, which is presided over by Satan. Seriously. Hoffman admits however his primary sin here. It is the same sin of Lucifer and Eve before him. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict people of their sins, through the preaching of the Word. Remember that faith comes through hearing and hearing through the Word. The Holy Spirit, who is God, does not expect us to try and usurp His throne and do His job. In the Great Commission, Jesus did not say go and convict the world of their sin! He said go and teach them all I have taught you! We are His tools and instruments for the Gospel but the church would rather extend its accusatory finger at the lost and scream, "sinner!" Hoffman's final point here is to poison the well ahead of time. Those that would dare point out the sheer carnality and unbiblical nature of his teaching are branded ahead of time as being resistant and desiring to tear him down. Thankfully, he concludes:

"Courage is necessary in the day we live in. There is absolutely no room for cowardice or complacency. Be a courageous Christian. Take the stands you know God wants His people to take even if you don't see the majority of other Christians doing it. As we are courageous, God will do mighty things in our culture and in our day-to-day lives. Jesus promised that He would be with us always even to the end of this age. You might say "What can I do?" The answer is, do something! Start somewhere! Be honest with yourself. If you are being complacent, or cowardly, don't run away from it in shame. We all fall short of God's standard and expectations. If you have been complacent, or cowardly, repent, and then make a commitment to stand in courage. Ask God to help you to do this. Pray for God to give you opportunities to courageously stand for the Gospel and biblical truth. Encourage other believers to do likewise. Don't be afraid to shine the light of Christ wherever you are and wherever you go. So fellow Christian, believer, confessor of Jesus Christ as Lord, tell me, "Courage, cowardice or complacency, how will you respond to this culture?" -- David Hoffman

Beloved, this is straight up NAR nonsense theology. Only the dominionist mindset seeks to supplant God and do the work of conviction. The bible cannot be clearer. The only thing with the power of God unto the salvation of man is the Gospel. I didn't see a lot of the Gospel in this "take over the world" teaching. Even if Hoffman achieved all of his cultural goals and people started "behaving" better he still saved nobody. Not without the Gospel. Courage is living your life as prescribed by the bible not demanding others do. Complacency is accepting all of the false teachings out here today. Cowardice is in failing to admit that your love America first theology is entirely carnal and beyond doubt idolatry.

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