Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Fighting evil not to glorify God and serve Him is itself evil

Many in the modern Church think that fighting evil is a righteous thing to do. This is only a half-truth, and a very very dangerous one. It is not that the unsaved do not seek to fight evil - they do, and often with a great passion, and devote their whole life to doing so. Take example, Joan Kirner, former Premier of the state of Victoria, Australia who passed away yesterday at the time of writing. She is described as one who 'hated injustice'. She was no Christian at all for she was a pro-abortion feminist; an ardent enemy of God who would now be burning in Hell.

The unsaved hate injustice. The whole world hates injustice, not because it obeys God in anyway, or is open to the Moral Law of God, but because of its own selfishness. Yes, the world hates what is perceives to be unjust because of its own selfishness. It is not because of God's common grace that enables the unsaved to agree with God about what is unjust that is hates injustice. Romans 3:10-12 make it clear that there is none good, righteous or who seeks to walk in the ways of God by nature.

Even the unsaved love those who love them (Matthew 5:46; Luke 6:32). It is not that they are even in the slightest bit selfless. No! Do not be deceived. No, they love others when others love them out of their own selfishness. They love others only because they think that, of course, others must love them. Many people, especially the typical modern western woman thinks that others are obliged to love them. Let this be clear: no one needs to love you. None of us deserve God's love. The only thing we deserve from God is His Holy hatred of sin and sinners.  This is precisely what the unsaved deserve in their hostility against God.

The unsaved do seek to do "good", good by their standards, but which works of iniquity in the eyes of God which will all the more reap more judgment and incur the wrath of God against them. Such is the hypocrisy of the world - to do "good" while boldly approving or promoting evil works. Indeed, the good works of the unrighteous are filthy rags to the Lord (Isaiah 64:6).

The unsaved seek to fight evil, out of their love of the world. They fight evil to satisfy their lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes and pride of life (1 John 2:16). You may argue that at least they seek to fight evil and at least not perpetrate evil. No! The issue is that all the
"good" works are not good works at all in the eyes of God, the only one whose view matters. That someone might seek to fight against some sin in our society (all while living an abominable lifestyle of sin, such as an sexually immoral one), is what makes his or her works an abomination. 

You may still argue, the secular ones are not trying to bribe God because they are not seeking to pretend they are good in the eyes of God. Likewise, it real issue is that they are trying to look good on the outside, like the pharisees who wash only the outside of the cup, but full of filth on the inside (Luke 11:39), precisely what all these secular people who approve of fornication and adultery, and dare even think about campaign against pornography and prostitution. They themselves are often, if not almost always, walking pieces of pornography, prostituting their looks to make others fall for their sexual immorality. Whether the unsaved person fighting evil is trying to bribe God or not, all their works of filthy rags and deserving of all contempt.

The unsaved seek to fight evil to satisfy the lusts of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. Tragically, many in the modern Church have followed their ways in helping the poor and needy, by only seeking to alleviate poverty physically, without preaching or only marginally preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ  to the unsaved poor and needy. Many in the modern Church in the west are only seeking to help the physical needs of the needy and poor out of fleshly worldly sympathy, not out of love of God. Is it no wonder that many in the so-called "poor" nations perceive the west, both the Church and the unsaved, as condescending in seeking to help them? No wonder! Your "good" works to them are filthy rags because it is done out of humanistic fleshly worldly sympathy.

When fighting evil and helping others is not done for the glory of God, it is done for one's flesh. There is no middle ground. You either serve God or your own flesh, and in serving one's flesh, serve mammon.  

Fighting evil to glorify one's own flesh is evil in itself for the flesh is evil and produces only evil. The spirit of mammon works through the fear and anxiety of being a victim of evil. Such fear and anxiety themselves are selfish because they are faithless. Anything not done in faith in sin. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). Hebrews 11:6 says: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Seeking to help others to satisfy their flesh is one of the most faithless things one can do. It is an abomination. 

The unbeliever fights evil out of their own faithless, a lack of trust in God, or because they treat God as if He will not destroy evil out of their own carnality. This itself is to serve the lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes and pride of life. 

The spirit of mammon seeks to enslaved the unsaved into thinking he is doing good by fighting evil and helping others, all while thinking that working for these mere earthly things, that is, the unsaved "good" works is good and right.