Becoming all things
"To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."- 1Cor 9:22
Becoming all things to all men that by ALL means we may save some. This is quite the quandry for the ultra strict, overly self righteous, and dogmatic; primarily because they expect others, non believers included, to bend to their particular set of standards. They also happen to be some of the same people that question their Salvation and whether or not they can lose it. they are constantly in fear of doing or saying something that will jeopardize their own standing in their own eyes. They also will never be of any use to the Lord, having refused in their heart to be maleable and flexible enough to be put out there in sacrifice in order to bring a soul to eternal Salvation.
They will argue time and again on how going into a bar with the intention of finding and eventually bringing someone to Christ is "going into the nest of the devil". This is so hypocritical; you are already "in the nest of the devil" this WHOLE world is the nest of the devil, it was given to him for a time, so to get all high amd mighty about entering certain places as being "unacceptable" is nothing but spiritual pride.It is an ego trip. They do not want to make even the slightest sacrifice for the Lord when He sacrificed everything for us.
When the Bible says; "...as deceivers, and yet true;"- 2Cor 6:8 (take in v 1-8) what do you think it is takling about ? "But I can't (won't) do THAT" or "I can't wear THAT" or "I won't go in THERE" but it was fine and dandy for Jesus to suffer untold humiliation, torture and death so that your scrawny butt could be saved though.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. "- Jn 13:16 unless you are part of this that or the other denomination and are overly concerned with the opinions of men. How about just doing what the Lord said to do and going to where the Lord sends you, and allowing the Holy Spirit some working room without having to jump through some hoops in your dog and pony show ?
What happened when David was brought before Israel to act as champion in the battle with Goliath ? The people almost fell off their chairs 'cause David was a scrawny little guy and it didn't appear as though he stood a chance; but what was God's reply to that ? "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."- 1Sam 16:7 Never mind what it "looks" like, be concerned with what the Lord is doing for He sees your heart and the intention within it.
What is more important, to hold on to your pride or follow the will of God ? "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. - Acts 5:29