By Patrick Hawthorne
“Of all the devils in the world, I hate a roaring devil least, but a flattering devil is the worst devil that ever a man meets! When the world pretends to love, understand that it now hates you more cordially than ever and is carefully baiting its trap to catch you and ruin you! Beware of the Judas kiss with which the Christ was betrayed and with which you will be betrayed unless you are well upon your guard. In the world and from the world you will have tribulation!”—1887, Charles Spurgeon
Beware the Judas kiss! Day by day we are seeing a departing of faith by those who have been baited by the cordiality of the world. Being no more than ticklish ears in search of a home free of the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, they seek to exchange the glory of God for a golden calf; they have forgotten their Savior. (Psalms 106:20).
Professing themselves wise, they have surely become fools. Adulterers and adulteresses, do they not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? (James 4:4). Yet, they continue to seek the approval of man while undermining the power and the presence of Almighty God whom they claim to cherish. Seeking to conform to the moral standards set by the world, they cast aside the unyielding commands of the Father as set forth by Christ Jesus. The snare has found its prey. Death and destruction smile in glee; the pretense of the world has claimed another victim.
Who are they? “They” are potentially you or me. They are those of the Body of Jesus Christ who are not well upon their guard and have fallen prey to the flattery of the world. They are those of us who have fallen silent upon our beds of sleep, oblivious to a world fallen into a state of moral decay. They are those of us who worship at the altar of “Stuff,” while ignoring the needy.
Stand tall upon your wall. Watch, seek, and pray without ceasing lest you too fall into temptation. Be as the wise and build your foundation upon the immovable rock of Jesus. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Let not the cares of this world find anything in you. Be blessed.