Saturday, March 21, 2020

DO YOU FEAR GOD?


DO YOU FEAR GOD?
“Christians” find excuses to worship outside of the Church, live in adultery year after year, they go to bars and drunken parties, support the murder of innocent children in the womb, laugh at ungodly humor so they don’t “stand out” and even support sexual abomination like homosexuality (which before long will include bestiality and child abuse like “man-boy-love”). Our refusal to obey God is a real concern. Christians today have no fear of God.

We don’t fear God. There is more concern for being politically correct or losing current friendships and relationships than there is of opposing the sovereign God of this universe. Those calling themselves “Christian” must begin to ask, “Am I saved?” Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” When fear of standing out or not being politically correct or even losing a relationship or a longtime friendship causes us to continue in sin, then God has become 2nd place. That position in society, or relationship/friendship, has become more important than our relationship with God. In which case we must again ask, “Am I saved?” Or, am I living in false hope?

 Mark 12:29-30 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: (v.30) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Jesus made it very clear our first priority in this life is our love of God. That would clearly entail compliance with His laws in our daily lives. If we love God, we obey God. Loving others, which is the second, would never necessitate openly rebelling against God’s commands. Loving others would mean warning them of God’s divine judgment, not allowing them to face eternity in hell so that we can maintain a peaceful relationship with them today. Living in sin with them here, today, helps to secure their eternal condemnation and places us in a continuous state of disobedience with God. Can we knowingly disobey God without any real fear, if we are saved? Paul’s statement above (II Cor. 13:5) suggests that it is more likely that we have never truly been born again. When we truly get saved, we depart from sin. Jesus said in Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” We make a conscious effort to stop sinning when Jesus lives within us, Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

If there is no example of Jesus Christ living within us (“..how that Jesus Christ is in you…”) then Paul is saying we are likely still reprobate. Does sin offend you? Sin is the very cause of God having to allow His Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die on the cross, to be separated from God during that moment (“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”) so that he could redeem us. How horrible must sin be? Yet, to retain popularity, friendship/relationships many calling themselves Christian willing live in sin with no real fear of God. Does sin offend you? Do you fear God?

Jesus said that at the final judgment, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:22-23)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

WE WONDER


WE WONDER
Is pedophilia wrong? Isn’t it just an alternate lifestyle? Is man-boy-love wrong? Isn’t it just a matter of personal choice? Certainly, homosexuality can’t be wrong for two consenting adults. Men having relationships with adolescent girls, with or without their consent (common in some countries today), isn’t wrong, is it? What about abortion? And myriad other issues? All of these come to light in our society and demand answers. Shouldn’t there be more laws against each of these? Some say, “Yes, but not this one.” Others stand up and say, “No, because they are all matters of personal choice.” We have nations today in which, at least some part of society, accepts the abuse of female children as acceptable. Parts of our own society, here in the states, are beginning to accept all these immoral behaviors as well. Some claim we need more laws. But, isn’t the real problem an intolerant “moral” mainstream society? Shouldn’t the Moral Majority just shut up and sit down?
Questions like these must be answered. But where do we find the answers? What is right and what is wrong? Anything we conclude to be true or false, right or wrong or good or bad must have a basis of truth; something upon which it finds resolution. If you say trees are green, we find it to be true in common observation and we can confirm it in elementary science books. If I say light travels at approximately 186,000 miles per second, I can prove it to you in basic scientific literature. We have a basis of truth from which we can confirm or refute the simpler concepts of nature.
But what is our basis of truth for morality? If I say pedophilia is wrong and you say it is acceptable, who is right? When I was a youth it was commonly accepted that pedophilia and man-boy-love were evil and wicked. Today they are becoming more widely accepted as personal choice. In those days, homosexuals hid in the closet because most people still understood it was a wrong lifestyle. So, what has changed? The basis of truth has changed.
Today we have come to the place in society that anything can become right or wrong simply based upon its public acceptance. Today, when society (as a whole) accepts one behavior or another, the rest of us are expected to be silent, sit down and passively accept the “tolerance” of the current sentiment. Yet, some things seem to be natural. Even the Apostle Paul in one argument called upon nature as a source of truth. In I Corinthians 11:14 we read, “Doth not even nature itself teach you…?” There are some things which nature has set in place. Our genetic code is one example. Throughout the entire list of lifeforms in the animal and human kingdoms we see two sexes. Genetically there are only two. You have this genetic code or the other. Scientifically, without appealing to the Word of God, we see only two sexes. So, why is society so willing to accept the myriad aberrations presented to us today? What is the basis of truth referenced by those who plead the case of such behavior? Public opinion has become the basis of truth.
Public opinion as a source of truth is fleeting, to say the least. 50 years ago, when I was child, all the issues we have mentioned would be seen overwhelmingly as wrong. Just 50 years ago. Then public opinion agreed that all the issues mentioned above were wrong behaviors. Yet today, abortion and homosexuality are being exalted as normal and even encouraged. Others from our list are beginning to accepted by some and may well be seen as normal very soon. Why? Because public opinion varies with the corruption of the public. Remember, some societies in the world today (not in the states, yet) accept violation of women and female children as acceptable.
We must have a more solid “basis of truth” by which we can establish our laws. Morality is not a standard naturally within man (Romans 3:10-12). Left to ourselves we will eventually succumb to all the wickedness above, and more.
The Bible is God’s standard of truth for man. Using it as our guide we would love each other, respect our elders, obey government, reject all forms of sexual perversion, there would be no dishonesty, no coveting or stealing, and families would search diligently for ways to remain together without divorce. Why? Because our “basis of truth” (the Bible) helps us to understand that this is God’s plan. And even with our human frailty, God’s plan is the best path for our families and for our society.   
God’s plan is best when we worship Him and apply His principles. Yet, His principles work to some degree in any society even if they refuse to worship Him. They work best when God is worshipped, and His principles are the “basis of truth” for every decision made in the home and in society.
Still, our nation is bent on the removal of God from society. We wonder what is wrong. We are baffled by the depravity of current society. We have trouble understanding how our nation has become so evil. We wonder… as we push the Bible and its God out of our homes and our government… we wonder.