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Victor M. Eskew


               Christians have the responsibility to grow in Christ (I Pet. 2:2, II Pet. 3:18).  As one grows, many things begin to happen.  A mature Christian has a deep appreciation for the price paid for his redemption atCalvary.  A full-grown child of God comprehends the level of service he is supposed to offer in the kingdom of God.  The mature saint is does not overly indulge himself in the affairs of the world.  The mature Christian also refuses to be overcome by sin.  Too, the mature Christian endures hardship with great patience. 

               Another characteristic of the Christian who is of full age is the ability to discern between good and evil.  The inspired penman of Hebrews emphasized this quality of the mature Christian in Hebrews 5:14.  “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”  This quality seems to be last one that some develop.  There are many children of God who just cannot grasp the difference between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and error.  When asked about various topics, they will reply, saying:  “What wrong with it?”  Let’s discuss some of the areas that sometimes have this question applied to them.




               Summer sees a rise in the temperature and a decrease in the amount of clothing that is worn.  Many of God’s children will expose much of their flesh to the eyes of others at this time of year.  They do this by wearing short-shorts, halter-tops, swimsuits, short skirts, half-tops, and other types of provocative clothing.  If a preacher, teacher, or elder condemns such dress, members will ask:  “What’s wrong with it?”  Several responses could be given.  Such attire violates the command for God’s children to dress modestly with shamefacedness and sobriety (I Tim. 2:9, 10).  Wearing immodest clothing can be a stumbling block to others by causing them to look at us with lustful eyes (Matt. 18:6).  It is a direct step into the world that constantly tempts us by exciting the lusts, passions, and sexual appetites of men and women (Rom. 12:2).  Some need to grow in their knowledge of modesty.  Maturity will help them to see the distinction between modest and immodest dress.




               The denominational world has always struggled to see what’s wrong with the use of mechanical instruments of music in worship.  More and more members of the church are beginning to fall into this group of people.  They listen to spiritual songs with instruments of music at home or in the car.  They attend the worship services of their denominational friends where instruments of music are used.  They do not find where the Bible specifically condemns it.  Therefore, they ask:  “What’s wrong with it?”  The answer to the question is really quite simple.  Jesus told His disciples to go into the world and teach only what He had commanded them to teach (Matt. 28:18-20).  If we teach only what is commanded in the New Testament about music in worship, we can only teach individuals to sing (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).  To teach anything else it to add to God’s Word, a practice that is forbidden by God’s Word (Prov. 30:6; Rev. 22:18).  The mature mind can grasp this simple principle.  The full-grown Christian is happy to do only what the New Testament authorizes.  This is what walking by faith if all about (II Cor. 5:7).




               The casinos, the lottery, betting upon all types of sports events appeals to the carnal minds of the world.  Some Christians are also drawn to this form of “entertainment.”  Members boast of the money they win and the “good times” they have at Tunica or Las Vegas.  When one rebukes their behavior, they ask:  “What’s wrong with it?”  The primary Biblical principle that they fail to apply to their gambling activities concerns covetousness.  Gambling excites our greedy, lustful, covetous desires.  We want something for nothing.  We long for the riches and wealth that gambling promises.  Jesus warned against covetousness when He said:  “Take heed, and beware of covetousness:  for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).  Paul exhorted the saints of Ephesus, saying:  “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints” (Eph. 5:3).  The full-grown child of God knows that evil lusts are ignited when one gambles.  Some call those evil longings “fun.”  Their immaturity causes them not to be able to see the danger of the gambling industry.




               Modern versions of the Bible have multiplied like rabbits since the 1970s.  There are so many different versions at the bookstores that one cannot keep up with the latest one that has come out.  Every one of the new versions promises the same things, easier reading and easier understanding.  The one that has had the greatest impact on the church is the New International Version (NIV).  If anyone speaks against the NIV, the user will ask:  “What’s wrong with it?”  The answer to that question is simple and sobering.  The NIV contains damnable heresy, which, if believed, will condemn one’s soul to hell.  Psalm 51:5 is one of the most plain illustrations.  The verse has David stating that he was born a sinner from birth.  That is the doctrine of original sin.  How can a book that proclaims to be the Holy Bible teach such?  In Galatians 1:8, Paul wrote:  “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”  The mature Christian understands that this condemnation of false teaching applies to modern versions of the Bible that teach error as much as it does to apostles or angelic beings who teach error. 


               These four examples barely touch the hem of the garment of topics to which individuals apply the question:  “What’s wrong with it?”  It has been asked about the modern dance, children’s church, social drinking, fellowship with denominations, denominational baptism, hand clapping in worship, the use of women in the public worship, and on the list could go.  Those who ask the question have seldom studied the topic in light of God’s Word.  They only have their “think so’s” as their authority.  They need to grow to be able to discern the good from the evil.  All must develop to the point that we can carry out Paul’s instructions in I Thessalonians 5:21-22.  “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.”