To Go Right Is Departing
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. God expects obedience (I John 5:2-3).
1. That means everything (Deuteronomy 6:25 and James 2:10).
2. Without partiality (Matthew 23:23-24).
B. You and/or I are not the standard (II Corinthians 10:12; 17-18).
1. I cannot claim I am “conservative” because I “lean to the right” on issues (Mark 7:1-9).
2. There is a way (John 14:6), which is narrow (Matthew 7:13-14), and we’re expected not to turn as away from that way (Hebrews 12:24-25).
II. Body: “Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left” (Deuteronomy 5:32; cf. Revelation 22:18-19). Consider some applications…
A. The Bible teaches us to be properly clothed (Genesis 3:21 and Leviticus 18:17), but some people go too far under the subject of “modesty”…
1. Instead of long [hanging] hair being enough (I Corinthians 11:3-15); some want women wearing hats, etc.
2. Instead of shorts that cover the thigh (Exodus 28:42), some say no shorts at all.
3. Understanding that outward beauty & apparel doesn’t define the real beauty of a woman (I Peter 3:1-5), but missing the fact that reasonably “looking & smelling good” is not wrong (Proverbs 31:10; 22 and I Corinthians 7:31-34).
B. The Bible teaches us against friendship with the world (James 4:4), but some people goo too far here (I Corinthians 5:9-10)…
1. We certainly should know the danger of worldly influences (Proverbs 4:14-16 and I Corinthians 15:33), but that does not mean I have sinned if I attend a function where there are non-Christians (Luke 5:29-32 and I Corinthians 10:27).
2. You have to balance II Corinthians 6:14-18 with Mark 16:15-16 and Philippians 2:14-16.
C. Crossing the lines of law vs. lawful liberty (Romans 14:1-3; cf. I Timothy 4:1-5).
1. A man may be the sole provider for his family (I Timothy 5:8), but I cannot say he MUST be the sole provider for his family (Genesis 2:18 and Proverbs 31:10; 18-24).
2. I may choose not to do business somewhere because they support ungodly things in some way, but I cannot say it’s wrong for others to do business there (I Corinthians 10:25).
3. I may choose not to observe certain cultural days for various reasons, but I have no right to force others to my conclusions (Romans 14:4-6).
4. I may choose NOT to spend my money on entertainment [lawful entertainment; cf. Psalms 101:3], but I cannot tell someone else that they must follow my conclusions (Matthew 11:16-19).
a. Some “right leaners” conclude that anything with “violence” in it is bad for the eyes or ears. Really, (II Samuel 4:1-6)?
b. Some “right leaners” conclude that anything with “sexual content” of any type [I am not talking about pornography or such the like] is wrong. Really, (Song of Solomon 7:7-8)?
c. The point is, be careful about what you call wicked in these areas for many such opinions ignorantly forbid the reading of the Scriptures (Isaiah 5:20).
III. Conclusion: You’re going aside when you go right or left (Deuteronomy 28:14).
A. You are not sound in the faith when you take self-defined “conservative” views. You are actually adding to the word of God (Proverbs 30:5-6).
B. Be content to allow God to direct you, through His word, rather than you coming up with your “RIGHT” way of doing things (II Timothy 3:15-17).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager