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Can You Be Neutral?
by Scott Price
Can You Be Neutral?

"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." Matthew 12:30 

    The words of the Lord are very plain and to the point. This basic truth is much hated today. One reason it is hated is because both neutrality and heresy are not tolerated when it comes to the Biblical gospel. Today there is a big push in our country for "tolerance", especially in religion. Many have the idea that because we can have so many differing opinions within the borders of the United States on religion, that is what makes our country great. How ignorant of the truth can they be?! The main thing the country seems to be on unity is in the idea of tolerance. It is a doctrine taught by the world but not by Christ.

    The Scripture does not allow people to pick and choose what they want to take out or put in (in other words, make up) what makes the truth of the gospel. They act as if the "good news" is that they have all these options. Their biggest option being they do not have to chose if they do not want to, which is the boast of freewill. It is funny that many of the same folks who push for religious tolerance also complain about the fact that there are so many different denominations. They think this is their excuse to be neutral. Many religious leaders are working around the clock to take down denominational walls. With each wall that falls there is more tolerance and compromise.

    Truth divides. Truth hurts some but heals others. It sets God's people free and also separates (sanctifies) them from the lies of the world's false religion. As the great and final judgment day approaches all things are moving ever faster toward a revealing of what the truth is. Some claim they are satisfied in waiting till then. We who know the truth know that, for them it will be too late. This will be the time when many will say; "But there where so many different denominations and so many Bible translations that I did not try to find the truth". That excuse will not have any merit then.

    The more we tell the truth without compromise we are labeled "intolerant". The world will tolerate just about everything with the exception of the INTOLERANT. The intolerant believe the gospel of God's free and sovereign grace in Christ. They hold tightly to the truth that we are justified only, and exclusively by the imputed righteousness of Christ based on His accomplished work on the cross to satisfy law and justice for His people. The world will not tolerate THAT gospel. It is "the offense of the cross" to say that is the ONLY gospel that God loves and is glorified by. He says that everybody else that believes a different gospel or no gospel at all is against Him. Now I ask; who is on the LORD'S side?