Title:- Those Awful Agnostics
Romans 1:18-23 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. ………. although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools----
The vicar stood at the exit of the church shaking the hand of each parishioner as they left the service. Spotting an elderly newcomer he reaches out his hand and taking her's, thanks her for coming and asks if she enjoyed the sermon? She looks him in the eye and forgetting the word ‘acoustics’, she replies, “Well my dear. I’m sure it was very good, but what with all the bad agnostics you have in these old buildings, it made it very difficult to understand precisely what you were saying.”
Bertrand Russell says that “An agnostic thinks it impossible to know the truth in matters such as God and the future life with which Christianity and other religions are concerned. Or, if not impossible, at least impossible at the present time.” On the surface this description might present agnosticism as a peaceful 'live and let live' kind of philosophical position, you know, liberal but without the teeth. Just like the little old lady. No sir, beware! Agnosticism is like an hungry alligator. It's got teeth alright and it'll eat you up if given half the chance.
Many so called 'free thinkers' may now join a multitude of libertine organisations ready to hire and utilize all the bags of disdainful rocks that other such 'free thinkers' have gathered throughout the years (and believe me friends, in our stupidity and naivety we have left a lot of ammunition lying around for them!). For example, the 'Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic'. (Tag line:- 'We don't know and we don't care') may have started out as a joke and an exercise in irony, but their published papers against Christianity and the knowable existence of a supreme being, show such barbed intensity against people who acknowledge 'revelation' and the 'knowing that they have in their knower' about God, that it's obviously way past time for us to wake up, suit up and stand up!
Beware though friend, for if we stand up, we then need to follow up! We have to practice what we preach, we have to exhibit that which we proclaim, we need to come up with unshakeable proof that God is indeed among us. The world has both nothing but disdain for the practitioners of religion and a particular disgust for those that do not practice what they preach. Maybe we should have the same approach? I think the time has come for us to come up with 'the Christian goods,' for I wonder if the world is truly groaning in longing to see the authentic and supernatural evidence of Christ in the redeemed people of God? Please God let it be so, for our Gnosticism is not the whispering of secrets in high walled cloisters, but shouts from the rooftop concerning the revelation of God in the face of Christ Jesus! The true Gnostics of God need to have a raging resurgence in our day.
So let me ask you today, “Do you know God? Can your enemies maybe say that you at least appear to know God? Do you have an answer to give for the hope that is within you? Is your relationship so vital with Jesus, so vibrant in connectivity, so visionary in insight, so voluminous in possession that you are called, a 'city on a hill', 'salt', 'light', 'mercy' and even, 'love come down'?”
You will agree with me I am sure that “The true Gnostics of God need to have a raging resurgence and those of us who claim to have possession of God, need to come up with the evidence of such a possession.” If you agree, then just what are you going to do about it my friend?
Listen:- And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20
Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Galatians 3:5
Pray:- Lord, in good fruit and wonderful works, show me the signs of my possession by You, amen.