Thursday, 13 August 2015

Only through THE Way, who is the LORD Jesus Christ, can peace come

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints (1 Corinthians 14:33). 

God is not the author of confusion, but peace. The Greek word for 'confusion' or 'disorder' as used in some Bible translations in 1 Corinthians 14:33 is ἀκαταστασία which is pronouced 'akatastasia'. 'Akatastasia' is the same word used in James 3:16 when the Bible refers to evil disorder that results from envy and strife. Confusion, arguably, is a bad translation of the original Greek word in English. A better word would be disorder in the spiritual and moral sense for it captures the essence of what is meant by 'confusion' and 'disorder'. 

Spiritual disorder can occurs as a result of many things, including theology which has human carnality imputed into it, such as cultural sensitivity. It is such a deceptive and demonic doctrine, all the more because it is carnal, but yet purport to be Biblically justified because of its (false) 'gentleness'. It argues that  cultural sensitivity is to be equated to gentleness, because gentleness is measured by what others think, not what God and God alone thinks. Such is the way of many in the modern Church in the west, especially modern evangelicals. This is precisely what demons behind this doctrine argue, under the guise of false gentleness and graciousness. Such disorder comes from pandering to the human flesh, making provision for the flesh, both for one's own and that of others, which is precisely what the Bible warns against:

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof (Romans 13:14).

You may argue that the warning to make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts is referring to only sexual lusts. One need to read in context. That is true. Romans 13:13 the verse immediately preceding Romans 13:14  lists several things of the flesh: "rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying".  Clearly, it does not only list sexual immorality and drunkeness, but also envy, and jealousy. Romans 13:13-14 says: 

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Envy and strife are specially pointed out in James 3:16 to lead to all kinds of spiritual disorder. One can just observe the world around us and see that it is envy and strife that is the cause all evils. Envy and strife manifest in all kinds of ways, including the fear that one has a lack of basic earthly needs, and fear of a lack of respect from others which is a fear of people. 

How is fear of lack of respect and fear of people a manifestation of envy and strife, you may ask? It is of the desire to seek something that one does not have, nor one deserved. As long as one is seeking absolutely anything that is undeserved, that is anything earthly, one is in bondage to envy and strife. This very desire itself is envy which leads to strife.  Thus, the desire for earthly respect by others, whether as so-called equal rights or approval from the world in preaching the Gospel, one is in bondage to envy, which leads to strife. This bondage to envy leads one's to strive against those who challenge, or undermines one's false peace, security and comfort which is found in that desire for the earthly thing, which is envy itself.  Such a desire is of the flesh.

People who are in bondage to the fear of people, and full of it, such as many in the modern Church are under the spirit of mammon which works through the lusts of the flesh, of which envy is one, and pride of life, which is manifested in strife against others. Thus, if a person is full of the fear of people, no matter how much ministry work, evangelism or giving he does, he is under the spirit of mammon. The person has an envy of all things that that thinks benefits him, including both respect and his basic earthly needs. 

Do not think that a true convert cannot be envying some things, which he perceives as good for him, and thus not under the spirit of mammon. As long as one has envy in his flesh, he will, not may be, or possibly be, but will be under the spirit of mammon for he seeks to hold those who has envy in their members in bondage. It is precisely because a true convert can still be envious of others, a besetting sin that he wrestles that Colossians 3:5-7 commands:

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatryFor which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

Envy and strife are of the flesh, which do not nor can give peace. The flesh itself does not nor cannot give peace, not because of guilt from sins, but because its desires are never ever satisfied.  Many people in the modern world feel no guilt from the sins of their flesh, thinking it is legitimate and even righteous to feel envy and strife, which the world calls 'justice' and 'equity'.  Yet, they have no peace. In fighting for their "rights" and their false notion of justice and equity, they experience even less peace for they feed the flesh. 

Feeding the flesh increases its desire for more that satisfies the flesh, a desire which can never find peace because it hates peace, that is, true peace which comes only from walking in the paths of righteousness, truth, justice, and equity. Malachi 2:5-7 demonstrates that one can only have peace when one walks in fear of God, and lives in the way to seek the Law of God and please Him:

 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared Me, and was afraid before my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.  For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.

The Law of God itself is the Law of Love for God is love. His Commandments comes from His very nature which is inspired by His Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16). One of the fruits the Spirit is peace (Galatians 5:22-23), so thus, worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24), enables one is bear the fruits of the Spirit, one of which is peace. 

To not worship God in Spirit and in Truth will produce the all that is diametrically opposed to the fruits of the Spirit which are "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Galatians 5:22-23). Galatians 5:22-23 concludes that "against such [fruits of the Spirit] there is no Law".  This implies that the fruits of the Spirit can only be produced by a person by walking according to the Law of God, or the Ways of God. This is by no means implying that one is saved by following a set of moral "rules". 

The Law of God is not a set of rules as the carnal mind thinks and can only think, but rather, a reflection of His Nature, Character, Ways, and Purpose for humanity to live, a reflection and very product of His Love. Without the Law of God, there is no love for the Law of God is love. Without love, there can be no Moral Law of God for God is love (1 John 4:8). Living against the Law of God, by unrighteousness, which has no love, and is not love, and thus, hate in eyes of God (1 John 4:7-8), always produces fruit of the flesh (Romans 8:8).  

The carnal mind which know not love (Romans 8:7) can only think of the Moral Law of God as "rules" because it does not know love, nor cannot love. As such, it can only but genuinely think the Law of God is a matter of doing things. This is an indictment of the carnal mind, not a reason to not confront sinners with the Law of God in evangelism. It is all the more the reason why the Law of God should be used in evangelism - to show how the sinner cannot follow the Law of God, and that he does not love others as many sinners think.

No matter how hard one tries to be 'moral' or 'charitable' as many unsaved people are trying to be, one can only by nature live in the flesh, which is only unrighteous, and of hate, for unrighteousness does not love, and in the eyes of God, he who does not love, hates.  There is no middle ground between love and hate. A person only hates God and other humans, or loves God and other humans. There is no third alternative way as many in the modern Church would like to think.

The flesh can only hate all that is righteous, which is defined only by the Way to God. All that is righteous gives peace for peace is to be right with God, the only One from whom all true peace comes. The way to God is Jesus Christ who said "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one can come to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). Thus, Jesus who is THE Way, is peace.  Only true peace comes from Him. Only when one is in THE Way, that is in Christ can one have true peace. 

The flesh which cannot come to God (John 6:44) can have no peace, but only spiritual disorder and all kinds of evil which comes from envy and strife (James 3:16).