BEWARE WHEN ALL MEN SPEAK WELL
To warn against permitting popularity that may come to the church through the press and other media from giving us a false impression of spiritual prosperity.
Luke 6:26: When we should beware.
Thoughts to be developed:
1. Favorable publicity the church is receiving today from many quarters.
2. History of apostasy in the Christian church-popularity succeeded when persecution failed.
3. A "called out" people; we are to be separate.
4. Beware lest we equate popularity with spiritual prosperity.
5. Call to rededication.
John 15:19; 1 John 4:5; Luke 6: 22-25; 2 Timothy 3:12; Revelation 18:4; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Revelation 3:17; Hosea 4:7.
Spirit of Prophecy and Other Helps:
See E. G. White Index and the S.D.A. Commentaries for comments on Scripture references.
See also: GC 42-Satan's subtle plan; GC 43 -What happened to the early Christian church; GC 144- Spirit of the world same today; PK 570- Constant danger; 8T 127-If we glory in anything save Christ; PK 570-God's people must strictly guard; PK 571- The Lord requires vigilance; PK 570-Demarcation line distinct.
Use illustrations from your own experience.
Base on 2 Corithians 6:17, 18: A challenge to dare to be different. Then we may be sons and daughters of God.