DRINKING POLLUTED WATER
Jer. 2:13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
If we pay close attention, there are often spiritual lessons in our day to day experiences. On one of our infamous tree-planting trips, our whole team was afflicted with a horrible
case of diarrhea. We called it the Coos Bay quick step. On this particular trip, we were getting all of our water from a clear mountain stream. We found out too late that there was a herd of cows upstream using the same stream for whatever cows do. You get the picture, we were drinking from a beautiful stream that only had an appearance of beauty. It was actually full of bacteria that was was making us violently ill, absolutely disgusting. That brings us back to today’s scripture, the jews had forsaken the Lord, the fountain of Living waters and had replaced Him by drinking polluted water. In the same way, the modern day so called “relevant church” has done the same thing. They have cast away the ancient wells of foundational doctrine and are drinking from what appears to be clear waters of modern relevant teaching. One of these doctrines is the so called “grace message”. Don’t get me wrong, I preach the message of grace, the kind that frees us from the sinful passions of this world. This alternative “grace message” is just another polluted stream that is bringing poison into the church. These slickly packaged teachings are actually just a reworking of an ancient heretical teaching called antinomianism. Here is a quote from Wikipedia describing what has historically been called antinomianism.
“Antinomianism (a term coined by Martin Luther, from the Greek ἀντί, “against” + νόμος, “law” + -ism; compare antinomy) is defined as holding that, under the gospel dispensation of grace, moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation. Although the concept is related to the foundational Protestant belief of Sola Fide where justification is through faith alone in Christ, it is taken to an extreme in antinomianism. It is seen by some as the opposite of the notion that obedience to a code of religious law earns salvation…”
In other words, this so called message of grace frees the recipient from the responsibility of living a Christ-like life. The Christian, from this perspective, can live like the world, all you need is to understand “the message”. I think I hear the cows mooing upstream. The water may be looking good but it is polluted.You drink it and it will make you violently ill.
The true message of grace is sweet and brings healing to your soul. Not only does God’s grace wash us from the filthy stain of our past behavior, it liberates us from the chains of sin that have held us in its clutches. So today choose the right stream to drink from. We must drink of the ancient wells of the grace of God and not from the filthy modern streams of relevant heretical teaching.