Are you a dog, evil, and a mutilator of the flesh?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 12, 2009
Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. (Philippians 3:2)
I am so glad that Pastor Paul was so sensitive to the feelings of those who disagreed with him, aren’t you? I mean, after all, can’t we all just get along? I pray that you understand that I am just jesting here. However, Paul does teach Christians exactly how to treat those who are in truth “dogs… those who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh,” doesn’t he? Now we know that Paul was facing both vocal and physical opposition from folks called “Judiazers,” who still wanted to go back to the old tired thinking of trying to work out their own salvation by following a set of rules and regulations. Paul would have none of it. Yet in our day and age these folks still exist and still give those of us who speak the truth of the gospel a frustrating time.
When Christians do not take a stand for the sake of the gospel truth but waffle on it instead, they are giving their tacit approval of evil and become “mutilators of the flesh.” Evil does indeed disguise itself as reasoned, intellectual, and compassionate, however when the light of spiritual truth is shined on it, it is exposed for what it truly represents. Sin and filth. So much of what some have excused as mere difference of opinion or personal interpretation of Scripture does this. The perverts of gospel who claim Christ yet excuse ungodly behavior are “dogs” and “evil… mutilators of the flesh.” The flesh is their god and however they can please it — instead of living righteous and holy lives — that is all they seek.
While the Judiazers want to weigh people down with the law, the mutilators of our day want to say they can cut the cause of Christ however they want as long as they claim kinship with Jesus. Yet I would ask of those who excuse their ungodliness the same question Paul did the Corinthians, “What do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-15) The answer of course is “Nothing!” How then can carnal Christians make excuses for their willingness to sin or justify their behavior? Too many who vociferously assert they are “Christian,” readily run after the things of the world: Tattoos, piercings, drinking, living together before marriage, premarital sex, and they willingly acquit abortion or homosexuality. Their open-minded reasoning is not to defend the gospel and godliness but rather to try and absolve themselves of being in sin. They become shame-faced and full of apologies for their narrow-minded brothers and sisters who dare stand for the Lord. This is the indulgent church of today. This is the emergent believer wallowing in the brothels they have built for their behavior.
Paul would say, “Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.” But Dear One, there is hope for you even now. For although you may have wandered far off the reservation of God, you can always return to Him who loves you. You can “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [you] heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)
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