Riches of God’s Grace vs. Fool’s Gold of Lust

“Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins. He did this that He may deliver us from this present evil world, not so that we can set our affections on it,” said Jeff Pollard. 

“He died to deliver us from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  It is impossible then to love that world and the God of light.  No man can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other.

“God decreed from all eternity to save His people from the penalty, the power, the pleasure, and some day – praise the Lord – even the presence of sin.

“He predestinated us to be conformed to the image of His Son, not to the image of movie stars, rock stars, and celebrities of every sort.  Wrong image, wrong model.

“He did not lavish the riches of His grace upon us so that we could clutch the fool’s gold of lust and clutch it to our bosom as if we needed it for life.

“He did not hang the Son of God upon the cross so that we could live like those who hate Him.

“He did not send the Holy Ghost to stir up our affections for sensuality, materialism, self-glorification.  ‘If ye then be risen with Christ,’ writes Paul, ‘seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God.’

“He does not give us new hearts so that we might be fashioned according to our former lusts.

“He does not feed us the bread of life so that we can hunger and thirst for the dead things of this world.

“He does not instruct us from His holy truth so that we might consume and live by the lying philosophies of darkened hearts.

“He does not add us to His holy church so that we can hang out with lost people and adopt their attitudes, their dreams, and their ways. You can have friends that are lost, but you ought to be talking to them about Christ.

“He does not give us His holy worship to be set aside for hunting, fishing, concerts and unnecessary travel.  We are not to take His worship and lay it aside like an empty dress.

“He did not clothe us with Christ’s righteousness so that we can expose our bodies with the immodest and licentious fashions of perverted designers.

“He did not open our eyes so that we can inflame our lusts with pornography or any of the media’s impure images. This is Christ’s blood-bought mind and body and soul; it is His — bought for and paid at Calvary.

“He did not open our ears so that we can listen to the lies of ungodly people.

“Brethren and young people, please hear this. Do we understand? Do we have enough discernment to know that much of the music, the videos, and the films of the world are simply catechisms from hell?  Over and over and over so that you love what they love. 

“He did not illuminate our minds to make them temples of Hollywood or false religions.  God does not reveal His eternal love in Christ Jesus to us so that we might love the world, but that we might know Him, fellowship with Him; know joy inexpressible, full of glory. 

“How is your joy level?  It won’t be true for everybody, but it might be connected to the love of the world. We want real joy, that lasts, that cannot be taken away from us,” said Pollard

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