At church today, the pastor warned the congregation against allowing the culture to define the church. He spoke against the ecumenical movement in which the church is restricted. When the church is bound by a system, Christians no longer live according to the prompting of the Spirit, but by a legalistic obligation. The current culture is progressing towards unification. Unity in itself is not wrong. However, when unity is made a priority, our views, convictions and faith become compromised. Here is a well known poem that I have on a bookmark on my mirror in my room:
The world needs men
Who cannot be bought;
Whose word is their bond;
Who put character above wealth;
Who possess opinions and a will;
Who are larger than their vocations;
Who do not hesitate to take chances;
Who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;
Who will be as honest in small things as in great things;
Who will make no compromise with wrong;
Whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;
Who will not say they do it “because everybody else does it”;
Who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity;
Who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success;
Who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular;
Who can say “no” with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says “yes.”

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