According to the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary Online:
Culture: The integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations; the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also the characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time; the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization
Relevant: having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand;
Can Biblical Christianity be relevant to a post-Christian, neo-pagan culture?
1 Corinthians 6:9 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, (10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Romans 2:5 “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; (6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: (8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, (9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile.”
Galatians 1:4 “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”
Luke 4:5 “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. (6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.”
John 16:11 “Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”
The world considers wickedness to be “normal” and “acceptable” traits and behaviors. The Bible considers these the wicked, abominable acts of the spiritually dead, and condemns the world to destruction. Can the world accept this fact?
Romans 6:20 “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. (21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.”
Romans 8:8 “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Phillippians 2:21 “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.”
1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
1 John 2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;(19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. (20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four–footed beasts, and creeping things. (24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: (25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. (28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31 Without understanding, covenant–breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
Ephesians 4:17 “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, (18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: (19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. (20 But ye have not so learned Christ;”
2 Thessalonians 3:14 “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed… (16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. (19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, (21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
1 John 2:9 “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. (10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. (11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”
1 John 1:5 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.(6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
2 Peter 3:3 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, (4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: (6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: (7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
Jude 1:4 “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 2:12 “But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; (13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; (14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: (15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;”
2 Peter 2:9 “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: (10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self–willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”
Galatians 6:7 “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.”
Colossians 3:5 “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:”
2 Thessalonians 1:4 “So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: (5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: (6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; (7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, (8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: (9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;”
1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”
1 Timothy 6:8 “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. (9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. (10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
2 Peter 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
2 Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4 Traitors, heady, high–minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, (7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.”
James 3:15 “This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. (16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
James 1:8 “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
James 5:1 “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. (2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. (3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. (4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. (5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. (6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.”
Fornication is as the sin of adultery. Can the world accept this fact?
1 Corinthians 6:16 “What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.”
Jude 1:7 “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
God makes a distinction between those who follow Him, and those who follow the “world” and the prince of the world, the devil. Can the world accept this fact?
Romans 8:5 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Romans 6:12 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”
1 Corinthians 5:6 “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? (7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.”
God alone is righteous. Can the world accept this fact?
Romans 3:4 …Let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
1 John 1:5 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
1 Peter 1:15 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
The earth was made by God and belongs to God. Can the world accept this fact?
1 Corinthians 10:26 “For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.”
Colossians 1:15 “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
Ephesians 3:9 “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:”
Hebrews 1:10 “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:”
There is only one God, all other beliefs are idols and deceptions. Christ lived, died and rose again to save the world from sin. Can the world accept this fact?
1 Corinthians 8:4 “As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. (5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) (6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him;”
1 Corinthians 10:20 “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. (21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”
1 John 2:22 “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. (23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”
2 Peter 1:16 “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
The world’s “wisdom” is foolishness with God, and God’s greater wisdom is foolishness to the world. Can the world accept this fact?
1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. (20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: (23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling–block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; (24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
God will one day reign and rule over the world. Can the world accept this fact?
Philippians 2:9 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Marriage is between one man and one woman. Men are above women in authority and are to love their wives, while women are to be in submission and respect their husbands. Children are to honor their parents. Christians are to respect all lawful authority. Can the world accept this fact?
Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
1 Corinthians 11:8 “For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. (9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.”
Ephesians 5:22 “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. (24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.”
Ephesians 5:33 “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”
Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”
Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (2 Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
1 Peter 2:13 “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; (14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. (15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:”
Titus 3:1 “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, (2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. (3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.”
Christians are to live exemplary lives, especially according to worldly standards. They are to live in, but separate from, the world. Can the world accept this fact?
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Romans 12:19 “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 13:13 “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.”
2 Thessalonians 3:6 “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”
Galatians 6:14 “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
Ephesians 4:14 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
Ephesians 2:1 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”
Ephesians 5:3 “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; (4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. (5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. (7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. (8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:”
Ephesians 4:27 “Neither give place to the devil. (28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Ephesians 5:11 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”
Phillippians 2:2 “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
Philippians 2:14 “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: (15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”
Philippians 4:5 “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”
Philippians 3:17 “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Colossians 3:12 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
Colossians 3:8 “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;”
1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. (15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.”
1 Timothy 6:4 “He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, (5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”
James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
2 Peter 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; (6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; (7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”
2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
1 Peter 3:10 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: (11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
James 1:26 “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. (27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”
The world persecutes Christians, when they only want to live in peace. Can the world accept this fact?
Romans 8:36 “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
1 John 3:13 “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.”
1 Timothy 4:10 “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”
John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
1 Thessalonians 3:3 “That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. (4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.”
2 Timothy 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: (13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”
1 Peter 4:1 “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; (2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.”
1 Peter 3:14 “But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;”
2 Timothy 1:8 “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;”
The world sees the elderly as a useless expense of resources, and euthanasia is practiced against those the state considers having “no value of life.” Yet, God says that the elderly are to teach the young, to show proper behavior. Can the world accept this fact?
Titus 2:1 “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: (2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. (3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; (4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, (5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.”
Drunkenness and revelry is a sin according to God, yet the world considers alcohol over-use to be “normal”. Can the world accept this fact?
Ephesians 5:17 “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. (18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”
Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
Isaiah 5:11 “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!”
Proverbs 23:30 “They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. (31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. (32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. (33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. (34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. (35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”
1 Peter 4:3 “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: (4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:”
God teaches that all men should work to support themselves and their families. Can the world accept this fact?
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
The “science” of modern times is not scientific, but is deliberately twisted by the imaginations of those promoting such “theories” as evolution. Modern man believes more in fables than facts. Can the world accept this fact.
1 Timothy 6:20 “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.”
2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Titus 1:14 “Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. (15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. (16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
2 Timothy 3:13 “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
2 Thessalonians 2:10 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
If the world cannot accept these facts, then why would you want to be relevant to an idolatrous, oblivious, foolish world? How can truth and right ever be relevant to a world of that promotes ignorance and denies reality?
What exactly is the point of being relevant to such as this? Anyone who believes they can be Christian and relevant to this world/society is in denial.