Strong Meat is for the Mature

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The Bible makes a clear distinction among those who consume the Word of God:

1.Milk Drinkers – 1 Cor. 3:2; 1 Pet. 2:2

2.Bread eaters – John 6:50-71; 1 Cor. 11:24

3.Meat eaters – Heb. 5:14

Milk drinkers are baby Christians who’ve been born of the Spirit. These can be very young or very old, depending on when they were saved. Baby Christians should be on the milk for a while. Did you ever see a baby munching on a steak at Outback? But among the babies are some older Christians, who prefer milk to sustenance that challenges their faith. They are often legalistic and focus more on their own denominations than the kingdom of God. These are often obsessed with the rapture because they would rather “go up than grown up.”

Bread eaters are usually those who have gotten off milk entirely and have begun to eat the word vigorously but who are still lacking in maturity. These feast on things they mostly enjoy, more than likely TV evangelists or authors, who have a short feel good message than is more geared to the audience’s prosperity and success than their being deeply conformed to the image of Christ. If we choose the former message, we will have chosen wrong. God wants prosperity for His people but not at the expense of real transformation of life.

This is not to say some “milk or bread teachers” don’t give more than this – they do – but as a whole, they don’t want to offend their audiences with deeper truths because they are more concerned with maintaining large crowds and budgets. Not be unkind, but milk drinkers and bread eaters only are generally unwilling to die to themselves, give it all up for Jesus on daily basis and sacrifice their reputations (in a good way) for the advancement of the kingdom. They often have a man-fearing spirit, which we should all hate.

We all have been on milk and bread at some time in our lives, and sometimes we need to go back to both. After all, God commands us to eat “the daily bread” and drink milk as newbies. However, there is another category of Christians found in the Book of Hebrews called “meat eaters.” They are identified by the author of Hebrews as “those who go on to maturity.” In Hebrews 5:14, he rebukes that church for their inability to discern the difference between good and evil because they have not yet joined the ranks of meat eaters:

“Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb. 5:11-14, KJV).

Note the pitiful state of these believers:

  • They have become dull of hearing.
  • They ought to be teaching others instead of always being taught.
  • They have to be taught the same foundational truths repeatedly.
  • They are milk drinkers.
  • They are poor discerners between what is truly evil and what is truly good.

Meat eaters, on the other hand, are people who:

  • study to show themselves approved as people who are faithful followers.
  • have tasted the power of the kingdom and have decided that identifying with Jesus and growing to maturity is more important than popularity or church labels.
  • stumble a lot, and sometimes set bad examples while reaching forward to get hold of the prize.
  • are often pioneers, who will often go where others won’t go and do what others won’t do to get more of God.
  • are usually much more interested in truth, even if it offends them, than milk drinkers and bread eaters.
  • will painfully endure hardship for the kingdom of God for the growth of others, who may even persecute the meat eaters as “fanatics.”
  • will take it on chin for biblical stances, while exhorting their brothers and sisters to refocus on the tyranny of the urgent.

Such is the life of a meat eater.

One of the greatest problems in the church today, what Hebrews 5:14 focused on, – and thus for many Americans — is the inability to discern the difference between good and evil, preferring to keep their heads buried in every day affairs. Sadly, many are staring in the face of evil on their TV screens and computers and are failing to see how much evil has taken over in government and even religious organizations.

These Christians can sometimes maintain membership in denominations that have defied and perverted the Word of God by their erroneous interpretation of the Bible. They like to make it fit the culture, as they perceive it, often loving more their past traditions that once made these biblically strong churches beacons of righteousness than the One these churches call Lord. In other words, beware of churches that give lip service to the Lordship of Christ while they foster their doctrines that are utterly opposed to that lordship.

Evil people today throughout society, particularly in government, put on a pretty public relations face and appeal to the masses on the basis of their selfish need to be catered to. These leaders know well how easily deceived people are and always paint reality according to the “need” of the public, while consistently and continually practicing hellish agendas for the so called “greater good.” They will embrace “religion” but not the real Christian faith, preferring a universal “church” in which everyone is saved, no matter what they believe.

We live in a day when good is called evil, and evil is called good. The Bible saw this day and others before it and warned us about failing to discern the difference:

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isa. 5:20, NIV).

America, we have been duped by materialism and an easy life and the foolish notion that Socialism has become preferable to the country we have called our nation since 1776. We have been deceived to believe we can defy the explicit truth of the Word of God with impunity, while we look the other way and build bigger barns.

There is no doubt that without deep change we will soon find ourselves subject to the ungodly whims and powers of the United Nations, as our Congress gives way to an unprecedented departure from Constitution of the USA. Little by little, our nationalism is being stripped away and replaced by an international body that cares little for the USA, its values or the God of the Bible. As a matter of fact, it is blatantly antichrist in many of its views.

As we move more quickly than ever to that situation, several things will happen.

  • Those churches that opt out of the “world church” system will lose their tax-deductible status.
  • Churches that are true to the Bible will have to go underground to survive since UN regulations will supercede any church doctrines that are contrary to them.
  • The “world church” will thrive for a while and will persecute true believers.
  • Crime and evil will accelerate.
  • A world dictator or dictators will emerge, and in the name of peace and security, seek to control it all.
  • Many true believers will die for the faith – or as some teach – be raptured sometime during this time.

If you’re thinking this is a long way off, consider again that in five short years we have seen radical changes from a government by the people, a removing of personal rights in many areas and an incredible move to install the UN as the ruling body over our country. Even this past week (April 21, 2013), the Senate barely defeated legislation to allow the UN to regulate our small arms (http://constitutionclub.ning.com/forum/topics/united-nations-small-arms-treaty-narrowly-defeated-in-the-u-s-sen).

When a society reaches our current state, it can take one of two roads: Either it will continue remain in a stupor while evil promotes false doctrines that will ultimately lead to our destruction. Or, it will opt for a new society that is could come by way of some kind of revolution that would be costly to those who would pay the price. There is likely no alternative.

One way or the other, the wheat, the real church of God (also known sometimes as “radicals” and “extremists”) will step forward, while the tares vote for a world church that is marked by jezebelic compromise and promoted by those who call evil good and good evil.

Considering all this, don’t you think it’s time to take another step toward the main goal of the Christian life?

Let us go on to maturity (Hebrews 6:1)…

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