I’m not a Starbuck’s kind of guy. The only thing I am particular about when it comes to coffee is that I’m not particular about my coffee. I’d just as soon as have the $1.09 convenience store variety as the mocha-frappe-latte mess they’re somehow are able to charge $5 for. I’ve grown accustomed to non-decaf, scalding hot black coffee – no cream, no sugar, no ice – shaved or otherwise, no French vanilla NOTHING.
Parents have an amazing impact on their children. The littlest of things can create impressions of such magnitude that they will literally touch generations to come. (If only more parents realized this, our country – the world would be a vastly different place today). For instance: my father always drank his coffee as I do – straight up, caffeine and all. My mother on the other hand adds quite a bit of creamer to hers. Watching this
for as long as I can remember, I grew with the assumption that manliness = straight black coffee and femininity = the doctored up cream ‘light brown’ variety. Of course now I understand that it’s simply a matter of taste and has nothing to do with masculinity – but that fact doesn’t stop me from poking fun at men who put cream in their coffee. ;)
I drink coffee straight now, in its pure, original, natural, unadulterated form – not because of any perceived notion of machismo, but merely because I’ve developed a taste for it.
I drink coffee straight now, in its pure, original, natural, unadulterated form – not because of any perceived notion of machismo, but merely because I’ve developed a taste for it. I figure if I want coffee I’ll drink coffee, and if I want milk, I’ll drink milk – and while the taste is not horrible, ice coffee just seems to me an oxymoron.
Through the years I’ve seen a variety of people prepare their coffee in a multitude of ways. Some simply pour it, while those on the other end of the spectrum add so much stuff that it vaguely resembles coffee and tastes like it even less.
People treat the Word of God much like they treat their coffee. Some want it in its pure, original form, while others want to call it coffee, but in reality it’s little more than milk – and skim milk at that.
Let me illustrate this as best I can:
First, let’s examine Scripture Simply Poured:
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
most Christians will ‘read over’ whichever sins listed that hits home to them
Here is a list of sins that Paul gives to the church in Galatia. Now, most Christians will ‘read over’ whichever sins listed that hits home to them. For adulterers and fornicators, they will just put a little cream there, while they will leave hatred and revellings alone if they feel that those verses do not describe them. (I know some people who must ignore these three verses all together so as not to be convicted by it, for they are guilty of all) Nevertheless, here is what this watered-down, creamer version of this verse may look like:
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; uncleanness, lasciviousness, hatred, variance, emulations, seditions, heresies, murders, drunkenness, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things inherit the kingdom of God.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
While it’s easy to love those who love you, it’s another thing entirely to love those who hate you. We all have problems with this from time to time, but it’s still there – like it or not. Tragically, most Christians will read the creamer version of this verse like so:
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love, bless, do good, and pray for them,;
Here is a couple other examples:
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2 Corinthians 6:17 I will receive you,
2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
2 Thessalonians 3:6 brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, every brother walketh after the tradition received of us.
people will conform Scripture to their liking and lifestyle as opposed to conforming themselves and their lifestyle unto Scripture
In other words, people will conform Scripture to their liking and lifestyle as opposed to conforming themselves and their lifestyle unto Scripture. So much could be said about how people treat major doctrines in like manner throughout the Word of God as well. Their thoughts and opinions revolve around what they’ve been taught instead of what the Bible teaches. Doctrines such as:
- Salvation through Grace Alone
- The Blood Atonement for Sin
- Jew and Gentile Distinction
- Rightly Dividing / Dispensation Truth
- The Tribulation Period
While there is nothing wrong with a little cream in a man’s coffee – when we attempt to water down the Word of God to make it more palatable, we do a grave disservice to ourselves, those who are witness to our testimony and most importantly, God and His unchanging Word.
Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Christian, while no one save Jesus Christ has lived a sinless life, let us not forget that there is not one sin after salvation in which we must commit. We commit these sins because we choose to. And while it may boost our self-confidence for the time being to excuse our sins and ignore what the Bible says against them, it damages the cause of Christ and potentially sends people to Hell. I implore you to set aside tradition and vainglory and seek His Will through His Perfect Word in its basic, pure, unadulterated form. It may be a little bitter at first if you're not used to it, but once you develop a taste for it - you'll never be satisfied with anything less.
Galatians 5:24-25 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.