Cultural Promises

Cultural Promises
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“…when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8

People argue that some of the biblical commands are cultural; they apply to the culture of that day, but not to ours.  If this is true, then you must answer two questions: 1) Who decides which commandments are cultural and which are not?  Warning: your answer will always be subjective, and ultimately based on today’s culture rather than the culture of the Bible.  2) If the commandments are cultural, then are not the promises also cultural?  Logically, you cannot conclude one group is cultural and the other not.  And if the promises are cultural, you lose all hope of heaven.

Commandments are by their nature clear and concise; you find them in the imperative voice.  There is no ambiguity in “do not steal,” and “husbands, love your wives.”  You may disagree on what loving your wife looks like, but the command is not ambiguous.  Doctrine may be ambiguous, but commands are not.

Most men love competition and hate confrontation.  For this reason they are willing to surrender to the argument of their wives that commandments like head covering in 1 Corinthians 11 are cultural.  Christians are far more influenced by their culture than they are by Scripture.

Jesus said, “He who has my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me.”1
If you do not have a heart to obey all that God commands, you forfeit a biblical hope of heaven.  Obviously, not all who have assurance of salvation go to heaven.  Remember, there is no necessary relationship between God using a man and His approving of that man.  God can use me to save the world and send my wretched soul to hell.

I eagerly concede that good, Bible-teaching churches exist today, and I am grateful for them.  Tragically, they are the exception rather than the rule.  Jesus asked, “…when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” I fear, lest the answer to His question is “no.”

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