Westside Baptist Church of York  

Welcome to West Side Baptist Church of York

Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor


"Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth?"                                    

  Luke 12:51

  Family ties can be dangerous to one's ties with God. The most fundamental relationship in life is not between husband and wife, nor between parents and children, but rather it is between an individual and God. As we are prone to be "lovers of pleasure more than lover of God," so we are prone to be lovers of money, lovers of self, and lovers of family more than lovers of God. In the Bible, God repeatedly warns us of this sinful tendency, but the natural human reaction is shock and unbelief that there can be such a thing as too much love for family. The first sin of Adam involved this very matter in choosing to heed Eve rather than God. God forbids many things which loved ones practice, and they want no one to oppose them, especially family members. God commands many things which family members hate, and they do not want anyone reminding them of their duty, especially their relatives. Those who are unconverted have a radically different moral standard than the law of God. Anyone who will be pleasing to God will be upsetting to unconverted family members. Anyone who will be pleasing to unconverted family members in certain matters is sure to anger the God who is holy. Jesus said, "Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son, and son against father, mother against daughter, and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law." He also said, "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me." Yes, the Bible does teach us to love our family, but it always warns us against loyalty to family over loyalty to God. We are not to love our relatives with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength as we are to love God. No one can have a good conscience trying to justify sin to please loved ones. God will not accept second place in our lives. If we please God we will anger relatives at times; if we please relatives, we show our enmity against God.




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