Real Men Love Pink – A Collection of Quotes by A. W. Pink

Danger Signals
December 29, 2010, 7:39 AM
Filed under: Carnal, Deceived, Worldly

“The Christian is to have good will toward all with whom he comes in contact, desiring and seeking their best interests (Galatians 6:10), but he is not to be yoked to (2 Corinthians 6:14) nor have any fellowship with (Ephesians 5:11) those who are unbelievers, nor is he to delight in or have complacency toward those who despise his Master. “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord?” (2 Chronicles 19:2).

Would you knowingly take a viper into your bosom? “The wicked is an abomination unto the righteous” (Proverbs 29:26).

So said David, “Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am I not grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with a perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies” (Psalm 139:21,22).

That holy man could not be confederate with such.

Evil company is to be sedulously avoided by the Christian lest he become defiled by them. “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20).

Nor is it only the openly lawless and criminal who are to be shunned, but even, yea especially, those professing to be Christians yet who do not live the life of Christians. It is this latter class particularly against which the real child of God needs to be most on his guard: namely, those who say one thing and do another; those whose talk is pious, but whose walk differs little or nothing from the non-professor, The Word of God is plain and positive on this point: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5).

This is not merely good advice, but a Divine command which we disregard at our peril.

In selecting your “companions” let not a pleasing personality deceive you.

The Devil himself often poses as “an angel of light,” and sometimes his wolfish agents disguise themselves in “sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15). Be most careful in seeing to it that what draws you toward and makes you desire the companionship of Christian friends is their love and likeness to Christ and not their love and likeness to you. Shun as you would a deadly plague those who are not awed by the fear of God, i.e., a trembling lest they offend Him. Let not the Devil persuade you that you are too well established in the faith to be injured by intimacy with worldly “Christians” (?). “Be not deceived, evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Rather “follow righteousness, faith, love, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

The Greek word here for “communications” properly means “a bringing together, companionships.” And evil companionships “corrupt.” All evil is contagious and association with evildoers, whether they be “church members” or open infidels, has a defiling and debasing effect upon the true child of God. Mark well how the Holy Spirit has prefaced His warning: “be not deceived.” Evidently there is a real danger of God’s people imagining that they can play with fire without getting burned. Not so: God has not promised to protect us when we fly in the face of his danger signals.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “Godly Companions” by  A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

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