Daily Devotional – Who’s Approval

What Does Galatians 1:10 Mean?

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CONTEXT:

Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia is both passionate and admonishing at the same time.  He begins it in Chapter 1 with:

a firm declaration of his credentials. He is a servant, more specifically an Apostle, (messenger) specifically chosen and sent by Christ. v.1-2

It is written to all the churches in Galatia not just one specific church, v.3-5.

He is amazed, disappointed and  calls them out for being so easily swayed from the true Gospel, saying anyone who preaching a false Gospel is to be condemned (cursed) by their own words. v.6-9

Paul’s love and concern for the churches of Galatia can surely be seen in the manner in which he addresses this issue. He does not attack the people of the Church but the bearers of the False Gospel. Then he makes the statement in our main text…


BREAKDOWN:

For do I now persuade men, or God? – Paul makes the case why am I writing to you to persuade God of these things? Is there a need to persuade God, to convince the all-knowing, God? If so He does not deserved to be called God and glorified as such. No Paul says clearly I am writing to Persuade, convince you Galatians, that there is only one True Gospel

or do seek to please men? –  Or maybe you think I write to please you and get accolades from you? NEVER!!!  Here Paul makes it clear His intent was not to seek the accolades of the Galatians or anyone else. 

for if I yet pleased men, – Paul had once studied (prior to his conversion) to please man. As a Jewish leader he was expected to fall in line with “party line” of the day. After his meeting with Christ on the Road to Damascus Saul was forever changed, a new creation Paul was now not seeking the approval of man but of God only. 

 I should not be the servant of Christ. – Here is the pinnacle of Paul’s argument. He says ‘one cannot serve Christ while seeking the approval of man.’  This should sound very familiar to all of us, in Acts 5:29 Peter said we must obey God rather than man.


APPLICATION: 

While getting acknowledged for going well, is in itself not a bad thing, the reason you did something matters.  Paul is making the case that he is not admonishing the Galatians to bring praise upon himself, but to bring Glory to God. He seeks not their approval to do this, but God’s.

While we may not run into a situation like Paul where we need to scold an entire region for their lackluster adherence to the True Gospel; none the less the same message applies to us daily. Whom do you seek to please, men or God? 1 Corinthians 10:31 says we are to do everything, even eat to God’s glory. A very similar passage can be found in Colossians 3:17 here again Paul reminds us to do all for Christ for we are dependent upon His salvation. 

In yesterday’s devotional, Known Fruitwe discussed how you can know if someone is truly saved by the Fruit they bear. One way to insure you are a Fruit Bearer is to always insure Who’s Approval you are seeking; God or Mans. 

Daily Devotional – Keeping Ourselves

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BREAKDOWN:

The book or Epistle (letter) of Jude written by the brother of James addresses many of the heresies (false teachings) going on and points out the truth in Christ Jesus.

The first 16 verses are a warning about these false teachers and their treachery. In the remaining verses 17-25 Jude urges the church to be steadfast in the love of Christ Jesus. 

 


Breakdown:

Keep yourselves –  Not a command in the biblical sense of “Thou shall…” but a command to born again believers nonetheless. We are to “Keep” here meaning to tend to as in the Garden of Eden, to take care of, to preserve ourselves from all unrighteousness noted in verses 1-16

 in the love of God, – How; not in or by our own power but by remaining steadfast in God’s love. As we noted in yesterday’s devotional this can only be accomplished by knowing God and walking in His light. We are dependent upon the Power of God’s Love to see us through. 

looking for the mercy – When times get tough (and they always do) look for God’s mercy 

of our Lord Jesus Christ – if you need no other reminder think upon Christ and Calvary 

unto eternal life. – Who demonstrated a love so great that the day is coming when God’s complete mercy will be unleashed and fulfilled upon all His chosen in Glory. 

 


APPLICATION:

Times can be tough, things do not always go SMOOOTHLY. Yet for the true believer we have a promise of eternal glory that can never be taken away to be counted upon. Jude reminds us not to loose hope and Faith in that promise. 

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Millennials and the False Gospel of Politics

In my humble opinion this is one of the scariest commentaries I have read in a long time. 

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Millennials and the False Gospel of Politics

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JOHN STONESTREET  WITH SHANE MORRIS

Have you seen the image of that woman during President Trump’s 2017 inauguration who threw back her head and screamed “NOOO!” like Luke Skywalker did when he found out Darth Vader was his father? Well, the woman has since become a meme. And while it’s always unacceptable to ridicule or belittle anyone made in the image of God, I remember an insightful remark about this woman’s show of emotion.

For her and for many others, the 2016 electoral results meant that hope itself was lost. For those who gnashed their teeth at the inauguration, politics had taken on the role of religion in their lives.

January’s cover story of TIME magazine all but admits this, although the hope is noticeably revived. Charlotte Alter, the author of the forthcoming book “The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,” makes no effort to hide the fact that for many millennials, political reform has become a kind of gospel—and they its evangelists.

In a few years, writes Alter, millennials will be a majority of the electorate, and with historically favorable views of socialism, low views of organized religion, and liberal views on sex and gender, the up-and-coming generation looks ready to reverse what older voters have tried to accomplish by electing conservatives.

Alter is not only okay with this, she’s more than okay. Her tone throughout the TIME article is triumphant. She can’t wait for millennial leaders and voters to transform America, nor does she expect their zeal to lessen, even as they age.

The odd thing throughout the article is that Alter never bothers to argue that these ultra-liberal views are true. For her, young voters’ passion to “change to world,” together with the fact that they’re young, are all the evidence she needs to know that they’re right.

If millennials’ and Gen Z’s political views are near-religious, then the devotion to that religion that Alter describes and reflects can be called a cult of adolescence. I used that term last year on BreakPoint after 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg was applauded for shouting, “How dare you?” at a room of adults at the United Nations. It’s also the same cult we saw after the Parkland high school students slammed adults as ignorant and lazy for not passing the gun control laws they wanted.

Writing at First Things last month, Theodore Dalrymple compares the activism of millennial progressives with an account by a young Marxist who traveled to Syria to fight for ISIS. Like this recruit to totalitarian ideology, Dalrymple thinks the rising generation of American voters is seeking more from politics than just good laws. They’re seeking salvation—they’re seeking a cure for the world’s evils, and an escape from what feels like a meaningless existence. Having abandoned any hope that these things will come from God, they’re left hitching their hopes to the next election, to the next Supreme Court ruling, or the next session of Congress.

“There is an evangelical tone to their declarations,” Dalyrmple writes, “a sorting of the wheat from the chaff, the sheep from the goats, the saved from the damned. They do not merely want formal changes…[t]hey demand a reform of the human heart and intend to bring it about.”

But of course, politics can never deliver those things. For those who look to activism and policy to fill what Dalrymple calls their “existential void,” the only thing worse than losing elections might be winning them.

I don’t know whether Alter is right about the way millennials will vote in the long-term. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last few years, political pundits struggle to predict the future. Whenever they tell us an outcome is inevitable that’s almost reason alone to doubt it.

But what is inevitable, I’m much more certain, is disappointment for anyone who makes politics their religion. As Christians who have answers that actually can satisfy and a gospel that actually can change hearts and the world, we should see in that disappointment a chance for truth and love, not for gloating.


 

Resources:

How Millennial Leaders Will Change America Charlotte Alter | TIME | January 23, 2020

Identity As Ideology  Theodore Dalrymple | First Things | February 2020

Greta Thunberg and the Cult of Adolescence John Stonestreet | BreakPoint | December 26, 2019

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and the indoctrination continues – Mike

Students at the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the U.S. believe socialism is “all about inclusivity and kindness,” while a recent poll found that seven in ten Millennials will likely vote socialist.

Continued at Source: College students have positive vibes about socialism, plan to vote that way