Some claim to be a Moderate Republican. Some claim to be a Moderate Democrat. Those titles can represent both a strength and a weakness, depending upon the day and issue. There is one “Moderate” that is nothing but dangerous; that is the “Moderate” Christian.
Let’s look at three sources, the Old Testament, the New Testament and the life of Jesus for Biblical support against the concept of “moderate” Christianity.
God’s Design of a Holy Nation in the Old Testament: God’s original design and vision of Israel, as His Holy Nation, was one of complete separation from the world and in complete devotion to Him. Deuteronomy 7 outlines what Israel needed to do when they took possession of the land God promised them through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob years earlier. There was NO room for compromise or moderation because God knew anything less than complete devotion would result in TOTAL corruption. Much of the Old Testament documents this truth.
Jesus’ Declarations and Life: There are many examples from Jesus’ life supporting complete devotion; here are three specific examples.
Jesus declared in John 14: 6 that “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There are not multiple paths to heaven, there is only One.
Jesus stated repeatedly that the Kingdom of Heaven was worth more than anything you presently have. Matthew 13:44 states “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.” In verses 45-46 he states “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!” We are called to be willing to risk everything to gain so much more.
John 2: 14-16 captures the complete devotion of our Lord and Savior. “In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace.”” The moderate would have compromised and negotiated to pull together all the interests groups to find an acceptable location of the tables. There are times, especially in defense of the Church, there is no room for moderation.
The apostles both demonstrated and documented the call to complete devotion and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ but the most compelling verses are captured by the Apostle John in Revelation. Jesus declares in Revelation 3: 15-16 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” This is an inescapably clear call to complete, total devotion.
There is NO room for compromise or moderation of God’s truths. Anything less than complete devotion results in total corruption. This applies in every arena of life, personal, family, work, financial, and political.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Stand on this truth and follow Jesus as the worthy Lord.
Don’t strive for or hold onto temporary earthly possessions, positions, or pleasures. Be willing to sell all you have for the Kingdom of Heaven. Let go of the worthless to gain the eternal.
Don’t risk being “spit out” on the Day of the Lord. Let your life and your actions declare you completely devoted to God through the lordship of Jesus Christ.