There's no dual citizenship

By Eddie Watson | Jun 20, 2014

There is a saying that I stand in absolute agreement with — “You cannot walk with God while holding hands with the Devil.”

In Matthew 6:24, Jesus tells us, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Then in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, the apostle Paul teaches, “… what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath a believer with an infidel?”

It is the same within some church denominations today as they are attempting to combine Christianity with other religions. One says “Thou shalt not kill,” while the other teaches “Kill the infidel.” If they are diametrically opposed to each other, how can one pledge their allegiance to both? The Bible says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” There can be no straddling of the fence.

Today more than ever, the church that once stood proudly, upholding God’s word with conviction, is now preaching acceptance and tolerance for what God calls abomination. Yesteryear’s fear of the Holy Ghost in the church has now been replaced with folly for his Holy Word. What kind of message is the church sending out to the world, when it sees the “saint” living the very same lifestyle as the “sinner?”

In that same chapter of 2 Corinthians, Paul implores the Christian to “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” The greatest example that the church could ever offer to a hurting world is a testimony without spot or blemish, a testimony of hope and truth, a testimony guarded with the same conviction as a godly father would for his young daughter. “Oil and water do not mix,” they resist each other, and “sweet and bitter water cannot come from same fountain,” it is either refreshing or repulsive; they cannot co-exist together.

Some may call me gullible and naïve, but I still believe that there are down-beaten, discouraged, displaced, destitute and dying people — even here in our own community — that are desperately in need of the answer and Christ is that answer. Joshua said it best, “Choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” It is either Heaven or Hell; there can be no dual citizenship.