As Those Who Profess to Be Followers of Jesus Christ, Let Us Take Care.
LET US RESIST THESE: 1. Resist the temptation to stay married to traditional religious forms of our Christian church heritage, for the sake of heritage only (Matt. 15:1-9; Mark 7:1-13). 2. Resist the temptation to follow modern-culture Christianity (Gal. 1:6-12). 3. Resist the temptation to follow movements, Christian or not, that are not mindful of the will of God but of the will of men (John 16:21-23). 4. Resist the temptation to believe every wind of doctrine that comes along for your attention (Col. 2:6-8). 5. Resist the temptation to love your own life and to defend the lifestyle that the rest of the world seeks (Luke 9:23-24; Matt. 6:24-34; Mark 4:19; I John 2:5). 6. Resist the temptation to restore an America that God is taking away for the purpose of the construction of His eternal kingdom within you (Heb. 12:27-29). 7. Resist the temptation to join America's citizens in movements that appeal to America's cultural Christianity, which is not Christianity at all (II Tim. 3:1-7; 4:1-5).
LET US PURSUE THESE: 1. Pursue His righteous gift through believing faith as God's gift to us through Jesus Christ's finished work alone (Rom. 4:1-5, 22-25; 5:1: 6:11,13,18,22). 2. Pursue holy living through continuing repentance from our own will and a constant surrender to His will by the Spirit (II Cor. 7:1; Eph. 4:24; I Thess. 3:13; Heb. 12:14; Rom. 8:1-2, 12-14). 3. Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that we may prophesy [glorify Him by speaking His word through us to others] (I Cor. 14:1-4, 39-40). 4. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness (II Pet. 1:4-11). 5. Pursue patient endurance through trials while seeking to be delivered ultimately (Heb. 6:10-15; 12:1-4; II Thess. 1:1-6; Rev. 2:10). 6. Pursue God's grace in these days of judgment on the world that are approaching so rapidly, and extend mercy to others (Matt. 5:7; 23:23; Rom. 11:31; II Tim. 1:18; Jam. 3:17). 7. Pursue His joy in trial, realizing that we have already been delivered from this world and placed into His kingdom (Matt. 5:11-12; Acts 16:25; Rom. 5:3-5; Col. 1:12-13).