|“Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church…so long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living. Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what is right. Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want to be saved from the penalty of their sin. Lukewarm people rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends. Lukewarm people are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor.” Francis Chan
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“So is it with this people, and with this nation before me, says the Lord; and so with every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean.” Haggai 2:14
Three parts comprise the prophecy of Haggai, one of the three prophets after the return of the Hebrews from the Babylonian Captivity. In the second part the Lord, referring to the Law, asks, “If one carries holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and touches with his skirt bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any kind of food, does it become holy? The priests answered, ‘No.’ According to Leviticus, the skirt was made holy by the holy flesh, but it could not communicate this holiness any further. Then God asks, “If one who is unclean by contact with a dead body touches any of these, does it become unclean?” The priests answered, “It does become unclean.” The legal defilement makes everything it touches unclean.
The defilement of sin is greater than the sanctifying of holiness. Because of our nature, sin spreads more easily than righteousness. It takes more effort to build than to destroy, to pollute the land than to cleanse it, to corrupt a person than reform him, to make a drug addict than to cure him. The supernatural work of Christ can correct the crime and corruption in you; when Jesus touches you, you are holy because of the imputed holiness of Christ. This work of Christ in you does not result in your making anyone else holy.
When you sin the defilement of your deed touches many; it does not stop with you. God says to His people that the effects of pollution are greater than the effects of sanctification. Remember this when you are tempted to think that your sin will only affect you. Your sin will spread its tentacles in every direction and by it “many are defiled.”265
265 Hebrews 12:15
Psalm 1-3 Acts 17:1-15 (New King James Version)
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