You know that saying, “birds of a feather flock together”? Not a truer word has been spoken. People will always gravitate towards people who they have the most in common with, people who they feel the most comfortable and at ease with, people who make them feel good about themselves. For instance, people who do not think, or who don’t like to think much do not hang around with people who like to think a lot as it will annoy them, drive them crazy. It will be the same with people who cuss or cuss a lot and you don’t – would you be able to put up with them?
I take note of it all the time now, i.e., birds of a feather flocking together. When I was younger I didn’t mind it so much or really notice it, but since I was saved, I notice it more often now – actually, all the time.
One associates with those with the same mindset as yourself. If you’re a tin foil hat specialist, you’ll gravitate towards the “cuckoo’s nest” for sure, if you are tied to the world, you’ll see those out with the same status.
Hence the reason why saved people cannot/shouldn’t fellowship with lost people, but they do under the ruse of, “I find it easier being with lost people than saved people because they have less rules, they’re not as uptight or self-righteous”. Why do you think a saved person would say something like this? Because they’re spiritually immature and they’re still wholly controlled by their flesh.
The number of years a person has been saved doesn’t depict their spiritual maturity. A saved person can still be spiritually immature after 20, 30 or 40 years after being saved, and one can confirm this just by how they think, what they say and what they believe. They mind the things of the flesh due to their failure to absorb and act upon sound Pauline doctrine.
Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
The only way you can remotely set your affection on things above is through studying the word of truth rightly divided and more so, actually believing it.
I’ve discovered that one can study the Bible rightly divided (because it contains more than one word of truth, i.e., gospel), but whether one believes what one reads is an entirely different matter altogether. One good example would be those who do not believe that 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is the gospel because “the twelve apostles also preach Christ died for their sins, was buried and rose again on the third day” but that they believe one has to do good works in additon to this in order to be saved”, which is total bollocks. Hebrew doctrine which the twelve believed and preached doesn’t stated that one needs to believe that Christ died for their sins, was buried and rose again on the third day for their salvation plus good works (faith without works is dead). Point is, they believe it (erroneously) all the same and they run with it. Do they study to shew themselves approved in this regard? They would rather commit blasphemy and dumb-down the gospel’s saving power. The end result is : THEY go and find a new gospel. THEM. THEY say what the gospel is. I wouldn’t like to be in their shoes one day, especially not at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
One cannot act upon something one doesn’t believe.
It’s a given that most read the Bible with a preconditioned mind, that is, they read the Bible to back up their theories. People can make the Bible back up or confirm any of their theories.
Lost Bible blenders make the Bible confirm that salvation isn’t purely by faith alone but also with works, i.e., that one must repent of one’s sins in order to be saved (and please God), homosexuals make the Bible confirm that God doesn’t have a problem with homosexuals or homosexuality, Baptists see water baptism as an important step in the salvation process, i.e., you must *do* it to *show God* you are serious about putting off the old man (the one that goes beneath the water) and putting on the new man (the one that arises from the water, fresh, sparkling and without sin). And henceforth it is one long battle for them to remain saved because they ignore what the Apostle Paul said about salvation assurance, and prefer to put themselves under Hebrew doctrine, believing the Hebrew Kingdom Gospel because they ignore and do not believe the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
Furthermore, and to wit they don’t have a clue as to what 2 Timothy 2:15 actually means – so they take it to mean “handling the Bible with respect” which amounts to , “I believe the Bible”, but they do not have a clue that (a) the Bible is progressive revelation, (b) that Paul’s epistles are different to the rest of the Bible, doctrinally and (c) that the New Testament doesn’t apply to anyone today, so they think YOU are the lost one and that you’re being totally blasphemous. They fight tooth and nail over something that they don’t actually understand. How foolish is that?
Everyone thinks their summation of the Bible is right, hence the reason we have so many denominations. Lately they are “overcoming” the barriers set in place by their different beliefs by stating “as long as we all believe in Jesus at the end of the day, that is what matters”, and so you now have the Mormons fellowshipping with the Salvation Army, the Pentecostals fellowshipping with the Roman Catholics, etc, etc. Not that it makes an iota of a difference though – none of them are saved anyway, and it’s not like the one is going to corrupt the other because they’re both corrupted already, nothing lost – nothing gained.
In my opinion no saved person can sit in a skewed church for too long, it will drive them crazy, hence the reason why I believe that one cannot be saved and be a Roman Catholic, or a Baptist or a Pentecostal for that matter. Birds of a feather flock together.
If you are a saved Mid-Acts Dispensationalist and you see nothing wrong with, or your conscience doesn’t bother you about attending the local Baptist church (“because they’re the closest in doctrine and beliefs to Mid-Acts Dispensationalism”), there is definitely something very wrong with you and what you believe.
But to most things like this don’t matter – they think like denominationalists – “as long as we all believe in Jesus at the end of the day”.