Saturday, March 26, 2016
Either God or They Must Change
We must not willingly enter into the company of fools. But if, through ignorance of their character, we happen to do so we must not stay in it, lest we be corrupted by their foolish conduct. We are either like those whose company we frequent or shall soon be like them. Evil companionships will efface our impressions of the evil of sin, and corrupt our own morals and character.
Lukewarm professors, who are perhaps the least dangerous of bad companions, will, if we take pleasure in their company transfuse their Luke warmness into us.
When are we to leave the company of a foolish man? As soon as we perceive that he has not the lips of knowledge. As trees are known by their fruit, so men are known by their words and works. But they are soonest known by their words, which are the most plentiful and the easiest products of the heart.
We are not to suppose men to be fools without evidence but profane or foolish words come from folly in the heart. A godly man out of the good treasure of his heart, brings forth good things but an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart, brings forth evil things.
This commandment should strike terror into the wicked! Since God will not allow His redeemed children to keep company with them on earth it cannot be supposed that He will admit them to His own eternal home in Heaven. Either God or they must change before they can be received into Heaven!
Proverbs 14:7 ... Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
2 Corinthians 6:14 ... Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Acts 20:28-29 ... Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.❤