The English word NEUTRAL means - to not stand strongly for anything, by not taking sides in any controversy.
It has been said, "If you do not stand for something, you will probably falls for anything." I believe this is very true, and that is where a lot of folks STAND today. They are neutral about everything that is going on in the world today. So many fall for things they should not tolerate, because they refuse to stand for anything and you find them at the whim of the world, they live in. No convictions, no real standard or foundation to stand on in life, "everyone and everything becomes right, when there is nothing strong enough to stand on.
ONCE LOYAL AND FAITHFUL
We even find this among "Christians." Once loyal, and faithful, and now without the strength to stand for anything. Which is actually the falling for anything and everything that the secular religious world promotes. It is a neutral complacency of tolerance, until there is not any solid and unchangeable standard of truth. You suddenly believe anything.
That is when the famous quote by Edmund Burke an 18th century British statesman becomes true; "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
When these very things were happening about 30 years after the birth of the New Testament church, apostasy began to squeeze the life out of those that once stood firmly for truth. It was Jude, the brother of James who wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; "It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."
I wonder, if we are not seeing the same thing repeat today? If so, is it because of fear, prosperity, a desire to be accepted by the crowd or just the spirit of the world creeping its way into so many churches that believe they have a great move of God, when they have fallen for something other than the original faith that was once delivered to the Pentecostal fathers (Malachi 4:5-6).
In the sermon "The Rapture" William Branham, speaking of the preview of the Bride which he saw by a vision;
"Then I heard something like Onward Christian Soldiers. I looked, and here come that sainted bunch of little girls just exactly the way they was, all correctly dressed, their hair hanging way down on their back. Smooth, clean, marching like this, to the step of the Gospel. She was the Word. They looked like one out of every nation. I was looking at it as they passed by, and seen them pass by. Instead of going down, they started going up.
I noticed one of them trying, two or three of them trying, getting out of line. I screamed. "Stay in line." And the vision left me. And I was standing in the room, screaming, "Stay in line."
Wonder, could it be already past? Could the Bride already be called? Is that what we're going through today?" - WMB
Unquote: If you are NEUTRAL, you are out of step with the GOSPEL, and in step with the world. The solution; get back in step with the PRESENT TRUTH that has come to this final age - it screams out, "Stay in line" do not be like the world around you.
Pastor Bill Ivy - Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri USA - Our services are archived - www.livingwordtabernacle.com