CONSERVATISM AND GODLINESS
In our current political environment people are constantly throwing around the tag “conservative”. Some embrace it others avoid it or bash it.
Every serious Bible believer should be considered “conservative” at least on Biblical issues. Yet here is where Satan’s most clever deceptions may happen. See Jesus on the Pharisees!
Some assume that political conservatism comes from Biblical conservatism. It should but it does not always. Worse yet by far, some church leaders assume that Biblical conservatism equates to godliness. Again, it should but it does not always. Far too many spiritual leaders have become deceived by their conservatism while worldliness, carnality, and slackness have crept into their lives and churches. We pat ourselves on our collective backs for holding cherished beliefs unaware that personal sanctification from walking in the Holy Spirit has diminished. Vance Havner said that you can be straight as a gun barrel and just as empty. The context of James 3:10 is appropriate and sobering, “…My brethren, these things ought not be so.”
I believe humility and honesty go a long way in helping us turn from and avoid this deception.