Grateful For The Truth Of Christ

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Hi J____,

Thank you for sharing your story with me. God is definitely working His work in you as He is in all things. Reading till four in the morning is an indication that you are hungry for God’s Word. I appreciate your enthusiasm and zeal, and I appreciate your willingness to acknowledge God’s sovereignty in all things. That is nothing less than the first step to kicking the beast off the throne which so rightfully belongs to Christ. Your answer to your friend is true for anyone in whom Christ truly dwells. As you told her: “I want to know him more; nothing is ever enough when it comes to God.”

How true that is. We will never know too much about the depth of the love of God, and the wisdom of God in doing His work as He sees fit here on this earth. With that fact firmly in mind, let us get to your questions.

You ask:

First let me just say that we should be careful never to “cast our pearls before swine.” A principle that helps us to know when we should witness for Christ is:

1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

We “sanctify the Lord God in our hearts” when we live lives that reflect His presence within us. The fact that we are told to “be ready to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you…” suggests that some one first asked a question.

But you should never expect orthodox Christians to receive you with the truth that you have. That was never meant to be. You can do nothing to keep those of this world from hating ‘Christ in you.’

Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Joh 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

Our attitude in this case should be that of the apostles after being imprisoned for their witness to willing recipients:

Act 5:16 There came also a multitude [ out] of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
Act 5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,
Act 5:18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
Act 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

“Enduring to the end” is a grace that is given to but a few. Ask God for that grace, then be prepared to “endure” it.

I am not going to tell you what you should say to your children about Christmas other than to say what you should do in any other circumstance. You should educate yourself on any subject about which you might have a question. You ought never, under any circumstance, lie to your children or to anyone. When you educate yourself, then educate your children. When you are honest with your children, they will appreciate that honesty. It may not be what they want, but they will still respect you for your integrity.

There is no such thing as a ‘white lie.’ Every lie, no matter how harmless it seems, is as black as the night.

If I ever do find out about some one from your area, I will put them in touch with you, if they so desire. In the meantime, please feel free to e- mail me about any thing you might want to discuss. You will at least have that fellowship.

I hope this is of some help and comfort to you. God has a very good and loving reason for all of our trials. He will finish the work He has begun in you.


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