The Dangers of Extremism
Take God's Word and go back to the book of Titus where we began this series of messages on grace. And find Titus chapter 2 and in a moment I'm going to begin reading in verse 14. Now grace is a wonderful, wonderful attribute of God and we're saved by the grace of God. And the grace of God affirms something and the grace of God tells us to avoid something and the grace of God achieves something. And that's what we're going to see today as we deal with this message on "The Dangers of Extremism". Last week we dealt with perfectionism. Today, with extremism. And both perfectionism and extremism are the enemies of Grace. I've been in the ministry long enough to know that the cause of Christ has been deeply hurt by extremists with their misguided zeal. These are the people who need to understand more and more about the grace of our Lord. Now look if you will please in verse 14. I'm going to just jump right in to the middle of a sentence. It's speaking of Jesus and this is what it says, "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Underscore the word "zealous". "... zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee." Now what Paul says to Timothy is, affirm this. This is what grace affirms and what does grace affirm? That we are to be zealous of good works. Do you know what we need in the churches in America today is zeal. A burning, passionate, emotional zeal for the Lord Jesus. Our Lord had rather have you out and out against him than to have you lukewarm pretending to be for him. The middle of the road is bad place to drive, it's a bad place to live. We ought to be all out, out and out, one hundred percent for the Lord Jesus Christ. And in our lives, we ought to be zealous for the Word of God and for Truth. There's certain things that are non-negotiab ...
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