This is Part 2 of a multi-part series answering the accusation by New Evangelicals that Fundamentalists are too battle-thirsty. In the first part, the Fundamentalist is confronted by the accusation that we are constantly battle-thirsty. We opened God's Word and showed where the child of God is called to be a soldier of Christ. We are commanded to put on the whole armor of God and the fight the good fight of faith. The next issue that needs to be addressed is that the Christian who is living for Christ will be hated by the world.
Jesus Himself warned us of this danger:
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are a constant reminder that there is going to be a judgment day. Paul writes:
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Many times when an unsaved rebellious soul realizes that they are in the presence of a Christian who is living for Christ, they are reminded of coming judgment. This is why Paul said to the Corinthian Church:
2 Corinthians 2:15-17
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
Does this all mean that we cannot do activities with the unsaved? Are we so "holier than thou" whereas we cannot do anything at all with the lost? Of course not! One area where the Christian is admonished to develop and a prerequisite for a pastor to, "have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil". (1Tim 3:7) There are many activities I do which brings me in constant relations to people who are not saved. They know I am a Christian, and that if asked, I am always eager to share the wonderful news of salvation. But I don't sit on their chests and pound it into them. A soul isn't saved through intellectual or physical superiority. They can only be saved through the Holy Spirit of God convicting them of their sin.
Also keep in mind, the Christian who is living for the world, and choosing to walk in the carnal flesh will also be uncomfortable around the Godly believer. Like the lost world, we are a rebuke to them and to their carnal living. Though saved, they choose to play both sides of the game: going to Heaven, while living like the world. The Holy Spirit inside them will not allow this and when a Godly Christian comes around, the Lord will rebuke that carnal Christian.
Now, please, allow me to speak to my Christian brothers and sisters. If your lifestyle and walk doesn't bring rebuke to the lost, then my friend, you most likely are not living for Jesus Christ. If you walk like the world, and talk like the world, then I plead with you make sure you are truly saved (Phil. 2:12; 2Tim 2:15). What a terrible day it would be to finally stand before God and find out you really wasn't one of His. If you are saved, and your life doesn't bear a reproach to the lost, then may I lovingly point you to what our Lord and Savior said to the Laodicean Church (Rev. 3:14-22). You are neither cold like a lost person, nor hot like a child of God on fire for the Lord. The Bible calls you lukewarm, because you are useless to God. You might be smart. You might have that doctorate degree from such-and-such famous seminary, but if you are living like the world, you are truly not able to be used by God.
So, in this First part, we see that a Christian is called to live the life of a soldier, that we are in a war, and when we live Godly lives, we will be hated by the world (2Tim 3:12). Do we want to be fighters? No, any soldier I know longs to be home with family and friends, but the Christian isn't home. We are in enemy territory, so we must fight the good fight of faith if we are to be obedient to Christ (1Tim 6:12).
In the final part of this series, we are going to look at some of the problems that come up when Christians shift the battle from the spiritual to the carnal. I hope you will join me.