Word for Today – Philippians 3:18

Enemies of the Cross

I don’t know about you, but any time I hear the word enemy I immediately think “threat”. And, as a Christian, the most prevalent enemy I run into are those who attack the Faith. I don’t have many direct encounters, but even the distant enemies have far-reaching effects.

Many enemies of the cross promote legislation that is not family friendly. Some of their decisions even go so far as to give criminals more protection than victims. And, they limit the freedoms (speech and actions) of those who follow Jesus, while allowing other religions the liberty to do whatever they want no matter who they offend or injure.

Enemies of the cross have succeeded in taking prayer our of our public schools, restricting the public placement of The Ten Commandments, and removing any references to Christ in the celebration of Christmas. As Charlie Brown would say, “Good grief!”

“For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears” Philippians 3:18 NRSV).

Obviously there are many visible enemies of the cross of Christ, but there are very dangerous ones lurking around pretending to be something they are not. They don’t even bother to oppose the cross from dark corners; they are hiding in plain sight! This subject cut the apostle Paul to the core so much so that he had shed tears talking about it.We are never surprised when non-Christians attack our faith, but, as in Paul’s day, we need to watch out for those who claim to be believers, yet cover themselves with an anti-Christian cloak.

These tricksters warm the pews every Sunday. They talk a good game, but play by a different set of rules. These people lead our youth and sing in church choirs, but are powered by dark hearts. Have you ever encounter these threats to the cross?  I have.

I once knew a prominent youth leader who rejected the virgin birth. To doubt this miracle is to question Jesus’ deity. If someone questions that, what other areas to they limit God? I also encountered a pastor who was eager to usher in a “new song” (an Old Testament term used to refer to the redemption Jesus would bring) because of the modern world’s changing culture. It doesn’t matter how much time passes, God’s gift of redemption is always timely and never needs updating.

There are many enemies of the cross. They threaten the church from outside and inside. We need to be aware of them and avoid them lest they bring us down. In my case, I never let my children get in a position to be influenced by that youth leader who rejected the virgin birth. I left the church under the leadership of the pastor wanting to “update” the principle of redemption.

I encourage you to study God’s Word so that you are able to recognize and not be influenced by those who are enemies of the cross; which often includes Christians who don’t get it. These enemies are true threats.

Word for Today: Learn to recognize and not be influenced by enemies of the cross of Christ.

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