The Way of Balaam: Madness

2Pe 2:12  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
2Pe 2:13  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
2Pe 2:14  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
2Pe 2:15  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
2Pe 2:16  But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

J.I. Packer stated, “The relativism, materialism, narcissism, secularism, and hedonism of today’s western world help him(Satan) mightily toward his goal. His task is made yet simpler by the way in which the world’s moral weaknesses have been taken into the contemporary church.”   The sad reality today is that the vast majority of mainline churches have not only given up the battle against worldliness, but have welcomed it with open arms, loving and desiring the reward of unrighteousness over the rewards that come from God.  EVERY CAPITULATION COMES WITH A HIGH PRICE! Just ask Balaam.  In the end, Balaam died for his iniquity (Joshua 13:22) by the hand of God’s people, Israel whom he betrayed.

God is not mocked!  He always wins!  What is the high price?  Your conscience.  J.I. Packer went on to say, “An educated, sensitive conscience is God’s monitor. It alerts us to the moral quality of what we do or plan to do, forbids lawlessness and irresponsibility, and makes us feel guilt, shame and fear of the future retribution that it tells us we deserve, when we have allowed ourselves to defy its restraints.  Satan’s strategy is to corrupt, desensitize, and if possible kill our consciences.”

I am convinced that “preachers” today must rediscover the Biblical meaning of words like sin, shame, repentance, and guilt; to open men’s eyes to the awareness of their exceeding sinfulness and God’s opinion of it.  The preaching should trigger within the conscience of man grief, guilt, shame, regret, and fear before a holy God.  But in most churches today, they purpose to alleviate you of such emotions.  They avoid bringing conviction to your conscience at all cost by teaching you how to overcome those feelings of guilt with reinforced positive thinking giving you an environment that entertains you, literally causing people to laugh their way to hell.

The goal is to get you to silence God’s conviction in your heart.  The conscience is God’s auto-warning system to keep us from allowing sin to separate us from God’s presence and fellowship and to ignore or shun the warning of our conscience only brings us to place we are at today in the 21st century.

If you have a Bible preaching pastor that truly declares the whole counsel of God, BE THANKFUL!  If you had terminal cancer, you would not want a doctor to give you a placebo! You would want him to give you the truth about your situation and then give you the proper remedy for your healing.  In fact, if he did anything else, you would sue him!  If you are in a church that is more concerned with imitating the world than building your relationship with God, take my advice and Peter’s-RUN!!!

May God help us to be sensitive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  May we not silence His warnings, but correct our erring way to simple faith and obedience to God’s Word.  God’s way is the best way!

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