The Drift

The final scene of King Saul found him alone and in defeat. He died on a hill surrounded by his lifeless sons; the enemy had exacted their strength against him. When David heard the news, he tore his clothes, fell to the ground and wept. Saul had desired to kill David, but he still considered Saul to be “the Lord’s anointed.” David would not touch Saul, because he knew that some things should never be held in the hands of a man.

It is interesting how far the church has drifted from scripture. Many see the Bible like a buffet, picking and choosing what they like and discarding the rest. The Bible says, 1 Chr 16:22 “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” The Bible is often cast aside as criticisms and conversations ensue.

Consider God’s stand on who we are to marry. 2 Cor 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? This verse has been widely ignored by Christians who seek relationships outside of the faith. From young to old, God’s Word has been rejected. Even though the Bible is clear, many choose not to obey. The old adage says, “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.” Thus, disobedience reigns.

God spoke through Malachi about returning tithes and offerings. This Bible doctrine has been taught for thousands of years. Yet, there are “believers” who do not follow the scripture. God even called them “thieves and robbers.” However, these words have not provoked a change in their habits. Instead, the voice from the Pentecostal pews is that the preacher talks too much about money.

Adherence in lifestyle, modesty, language, and church attendance have all been diluted. The Bible is still the same, but “The Drift” has set a host off-course. It doesn’t take much. Just dismiss one sermon or even one part that does not feel good and the drift is on. While rejection is common in this modern era, it is still incumbent upon the pulpit to preach the Word. Regardless of who receives it, the Word must be preached. Even this communique must be written, even though it might be tossed aside or dismissed by the reader.

We are called to adjust our lives to the Word. So if need be, let conviction reign and let us return to the scripture which will make us “wise unto salvation.”

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole