Captain Obvious

In this message I want to share some obvious things from scripture that hopefully apply to our lives in a practical way.  One of my daughters has the gift for overstating the obvious in most situations and has affectionately earned the name “Captain Obvious” in our house.  This message is my turn to play the role of Captain Obvious (O.R.P.).

Let me preface this message by stating that everyone is at a different stage in their walk with Christ and no one has been made just like Jesus if they are still on the earth.  I have a long, long, long way to go but I move forward each day.  So don‘t feel condemned if Captain Obvious pulls out a shoe that fits you perfectly.  I don’t write to condemn.  I write to declare what the Bible has to say.  If you find your life in opposition to the Bible you have a great opportunity to turn (repent) from where you are and turn towards where God wants you to be.  This is what grace is all about.

Sometimes we need to have the basics pushed back to the forefront of our thinking.  We need to be reminded of what we already know.

So now that I have properly disclaimed the message let’s see if we can overstate what should be obvious.  These are not in any planned order.  I am going to hit all over the map in hopes that one of them hits you.

  • You cannot be a Christian and…
    • There are not Christian Muslims, Christian Buddhist, Christian Witches, Christian Hindus, Christian Bahai, Christian Taoist, Zen Christian, etc.
    • For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:5)
    • You can be a convert from any of these religions but you cannot practice both and be a Christian.
  • Fornication is a sin, regardless if the fornication is heterosexual or homosexual.
    • We have a tendency in the church to vehemently decry homosexuality while many within our ranks frequently fornicate as heterosexuals; violating the commandments of God.
      • I know Leviticus 18:22 calls homosexuality an abomination
      • I also know that 90%+ of the fornication in the church is heterosexual
    • God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
    • If you want to have sex, have it with your spouse (not your committed live in boyfriend or girlfriend).  Sexual sin in the church cannot be treated lightly.
  • Tithing is a Biblical principle and act of worship that transcends the Old and New Covenants
    • Everything you have belongs to God.  He only requires that 10% be returned to Him.
    • You will never be able to afford to tithe – you will have to make the leap of faith and trust that God is able to do more with 90% in your finances than you are able to do with 100%.
    • If God does not have your wallet I do not believe that He has your heart.
    • Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. (Luke 12:34)

  • Secular music has a strong tendency to promote values and lifestyles that are diametrically opposed to scripture – regardless of the genre.

  • Viewing pornography is like committing adultery or fornication according to Jesus
    • But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

  • Holiness and standards of dress apply to Christians in the 21st century as much as they did in the 1st century.
    • And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. (1 Timothy 2:9-10)
    • This verse of scripture was written to a culture with public bath houses, temple prostitution and the toga as the standard outfit.
    • We can look nice, neat, professional and even attractive without looking like the world.
    • The only reason we uncover parts of our body through revealing clothing is because we want them to be seen.
  • Not singing and worshipping God because you don’t like the song or the sound of your voice is not acceptable.
    • Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! (Psalm 150:6)

  • Not knowing the scriptures is not acceptable.  No one expects everyone to be a Bible scholar but we are all students of the Word of God.
    • All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

  • Not sharing your faith with those who are lost is not OK.  The Great Commission was not given to the preachers it was given to us, the Christians.
    • And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” (Mark 16:15)
    • Being called to a specific area of ministry (music, helps, prayer, giving, etc.) does not exempt us from being Christians.  We are all supposed to be soul winners.
  • Donating to a charity or ministry that helps poor people does not exempt us from helping those in need that we interact with everyday.
    • Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? (James 2:15-16)

  • God hates divorce no matter how many people you know have been through it.
    • “Then why did Moses say in the law that a man could give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away?” they asked. Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended.  And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful.” (Matthew 19:8-9)
    • In most countries the divorce rate among Christians is on par with the divorce rate among non-Christians.  This is a tragedy that needs to change.  By this shall all men know that you are my disciples; if you love one another (John 13:35). If we cannot love our wives and husbands how can we possibly fulfill this verse?
  • If Genesis 1 cannot be believed than John 3 cannot be believed.
  • Voting for politicians who support issues that are contrary to the word of God is the same as supporting the issue yourself.
    • If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work. (2 John 10-11)
    • Yes – I am referring to abortion
    • Yes – I am referring to gay marriage
    • No – I am not referring to taxation
    • No – I am not referring to military strategy
    • No – I am not referring to a specific political party
  • Getting drunk is a sin regardless of the beverage you consumed
    • Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)
    • You never will have to justify yourself in front of me.  The only persons who matter are Jesus Christ and those who know you are a Christian and are observing you.
    • But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck. (Mark 9:42)
  • If you live in a constant state of depression that requires you to take antidepressants in order to function in society you may not be filled with the Holy Spirit.
    • I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (John 15:11)
    • Grieve for the losses in your life and then give them to Jesus.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30)
    • Trade in the spirit of heaviness for the garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3)
    • I am not making fun of depression – the fruit of the spirit is joy.  Let Jesus set you free from depression.
  • You have to forgive others.  You cannot be bitter, mean spirited and hold grudges and live the Christian life.
    • If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15)
    • It does not matter how wrong the other party was or is – it only matters how we respond.
  • If I love you as I love myself I will not:
    • Steal from you
    • Sleep with your spouse
    • Lie to you
    • Gossip about you
    • Commit any other sin against you
    • Refuse to tell you the truth of God’s word
  • Grace, mercy and forgiveness are never an excuse to engage in sin.
    • Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? (Romans 6:1-2)
    • We never fall into sin.  We cannot claim accidental sinning as an excuse.  We cannot compare sin to spilling a glass of milk.  Sin takes place when we do that which we know if wrong or when we do not do that which we know is right.
    • Grace, mercy and forgiveness are the gifts of God for all sinners.  If you sin – repent – and get back on the highway of holiness.
  • There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun regardless of who is or is not in agreement with the truth.
    • And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)

Captain Obvious is going to stop now.  As Christians we are called to be different, separate and holy.  We are in the world, but not of the world.  We are called to be like Jesus and to bring Jesus to all those who do not know Him.

As Christians we live in an era when the gospel has been watered down by many.  We have discarded the biblical standards of Christian living and exchanged them for modern lifestyles that are slightly better than the average non-Christian.  The Bible has not changed – it continues to call us to change.  We (as individuals and as a whole) must return to the truth of scripture and pursue Jesus Christ with our whole hearts.

My hope and prayer for you in reading this message is that I will have provoked you to be bold in your faith and in your living.  I pray that you will be a Christian who unashamedly lives the word of God and that you will love those around you enough to share with them the truth.

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