Monday, 17 August 2015

The "Enlightenment" ideas of "rights", "liberty" and "equality" itself needs to die: A call to the Church to rise up and return to Biblical, God-centred thinking

The modern Church in the west, that is, 21st century Christendom in the west, is extremely weak and useless to God. It is not that Christendom does not exist in the west, it does, but it is weak. The existence of some strong Christians in the west is exactly what Christendom in the west it. It exists but just not making the impact it should, by turning the world upside down as the early Church did as recorded in the book of Acts:

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 

Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.  But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. 

And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things (Acts 17:1-8)

The Church when it is truly being the Church, and not as though like the world, will be one that stirs up the world, hated by the world, and yet make the world marvel at its love for each other, and its unity; faithful to the teachings of Jesus,  hostile, and zealous against the false doctrines of the world, yet full of graciousness, kindness, understanding and gentleness towards the world. 

The modern Church has indeed focused on showing love through good works and no doubt is love the greatest of all (1 Corinthians 13:13). There is no doubt that good works are absolutely crucial as evidence of one's salvation and the love of God abiding in a person. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17). The Bible also makes it clear that if one does not act, one cannot say that one has love:

But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:17-18).

However, all good things can go bad and become corrupted. This is not being said to hurt the Church, but rather to call the modern Church in the west to examine itself, and in particular, its thinking. What one thinks is very crucial . This may sound like a clique, however, it is all too often that unbiblical mindsets creep into the  true Church and each individual believer in Christ. 

Such unbiblical mindsets, through contaminating the minds of members of the body of Christ, render the Church sick, weak and intoxicated with false doctrines which are manifested in all kinds of unbiblical practices, whether it be belief in "human rights", approval of abortion in "exceptional cases", satisfaction with one's walk in God without seeking to really fight and strive to cut off all earthliness in one's life, which  is exactly what it means to be under the spirit of mammon, or being culturally sensitive.

The modern Church of the west, owing to influence from the enlightenment era of "rights", "liberty" and "equality" has been poisoned. It is not the world truly knows what it is doing, but that the Church has allowed her springs to be poisoned by such vile filth. A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring (Proverbs 25:26). This is precisely what has happened to the modern Church in the west. Do not tell me that the true Christian cannot fall into sin and thus be under the influence of evil, behind which there is a demon. Proverbs 25:26 makes this very clear. It is not me saying that the the righteous cannot become as a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring. Rather it is the Word of God which says so. 

The Bible uses the cisterns, fountains and springs -  sources of water, as symbols of life. It warns against pollution of the fountain of life:

 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.  Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth (Proverbs 5:14-18)

Proverbs 5:14-18 does not only refer to avoid sexual immorality. No! It also has a very symbolic meaning of being faithful to truth, through seeking instruction and wisdom, so that one can have life. Doctrines, philosophy, and ideas feed the heart, and from the heart comes works which determine whether one has life or death. That is why Proverbs 4:23 warns the Christian to "keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life". Diligence comes from the Greek work 'spoudé' which means  earnestness in accomplishing, promoting, or striving after anything. Thus, keeping one's heart with all diligence as Proverbs 4:23 commands, means to strive to keep one's heart pure from all impurities that corrupt a persons' heart. This includes to keep one's mind free from all false doctrines, for the mind directs the heart, and the heart decides what the mind seeks. 

The modern Church in the west is like the righteous man who falls before the wicked, and rather than being beaten by the wicked to submit to their ways, is persuaded by the wicked to follow their ways of thinking; their vain philosophies, vile abominable ideas and evil doctrines. In seeking to show love to the wicked, they give the wicked food when they are hungry, but never do say a word about their death coming upon them which their vain philosophies, vile abominable ideas and evil doctrines.

You may argue that while believing, accepting or tolerating false doctrines, vain philosophies are sins, they are not the only sins. This is true, and only when the heart is regenerated can the wicked accept and have faith in the Truth of Jesus Christ who was, is and will forever be the Truth. However, such an argument misses the real point. 

False doctrine and vain philosophies hold people captive to sin, resulting in spiritual bondage. That is why Colossians 2:8 warns: "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ".

Such bondage through false doctrines or doctrines tainted by vain philosophy can be and are experienced by true converts who have been lectured by other true converts whose ideas have been influenced by the world, such as that of 'cultural sensitivity'. Despite its good intention, is one that is of the fear of people, and therefore fleshly, and can do nothing by pander to the carnal flesh of people. It will take away the offensive power of salvation which comes by the Gospel of Christ alone: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16). 

The power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ comes from the offence it gives, and thus, any attempt to take away the offence from it, such as seeking to pander to the carnal sensitivities of the unregenerate vile filthy sinners, will not only take away its power, but insults God by failing to trust in His power fully and speak in the true manner of spirit of the Gospel. Such is the blasphemy of cultural sensitivity. It seeks to combine flesh with spirit, out of a fear of man, just for the sake of self-preservation. 

It is by no means such that those who support cultural sensitivity in evangelism are preaching a false gospel. Rather, it is say that their manner of spirit of preaching the Gospel is wrong, and one done of out duty, rather than love, coupled with the fear of people, rather than fear of God. The typical modern Christian seeks equate love and gentleness to cultural sensitivity,  thinking that without cultural sensitivity, one is unloving and ungentle. He may not think that in this mind, but his actions and spirit of manner speak that way.

Why are there so many Christians in the west who act and think in such a way as described above? Why? 

It is because of worldly influences, in particular, worldly philosophies and doctrines that the modern western Christian is influenced by, all without realising it. He is influenced by the fundamental Enlightenment ideas of "rights", "liberty" and "equality". Many in the modern Church in the west love to talk about helping the oppressed and needy on the basis of their "rights", "liberty", or "equality". 

This is an extremely dangerous half-truth which cannot be emphasised enough. While it is true that the Bible does command the Christian to help the oppressed and needy, however, no where does it ever say that humans have rights and liberty given by God, nor to seek equality (as opposed to equity).  This is the very dangerous half-truth from satan which has really confused the Church in the west since the enlightenment era, and blinded the modern Church into worldly, earthly thinking. 

The Bible no where talks about "rights", "liberty" and "equality" for humans beings. This is because such doctrines are earthly, worldly, and demonic. They are doctrines of demons! If you want to argue with me on this, you may as well argue with the Bible, the Word of God, because with godly discernment, one can see that humans do not deserve anything at all, except for God's Holy Perfect Wrath. Therefore, no one has "rights' at all. None of us have any "rights". 

To Hell with your rights! If you want to cling onto your so-called "rights" which you do not have in any way in the first place, you will burn in Hell with your vile, abominable filthy "rights". It is precisely because you believe in your "rights" that you will burn in Hell. 

Liberty is only found in Christ, true liberty which is liberty from the bondage of sin.  Liberty is not found in earthly things, like  opportunities to be 'equal' to others in terms of obtaining earthly, material things, earthly basic needs, being well-looked after by other fallible human beings, and respect, or even justice being done on one's behalf.  You think you have your liberty because you think that you have no Moral Law of God to live by. Such is the vile, arrogance of humanity! 

To Hell with your liberty! You will have no liberty in Hell, but your so-called "liberty" which you believe in which will take to Hell with you. It is precisely because you believe in your "liberty" that you will burn in Hell. 

Equality is a doctrine of demons, which feeds on envy and the desire to have a opportunity to envy others. The flesh not only envies, but loves to envy. This is precisely the manner of spirit of the doctrine of equality. It is of the spirit of mammon which manifests in the fight for earthly, worldly equality. You may argue it is about "justice". This is exactly what the problem is. You think it is justice because you think you are entitled to have as much as others. What vile, abominable, filthy rags are the works of all those who fight for so-called 'equality'! Why can't you be content with what you have? The flesh in you is not suppressed, and so  "Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts" (James 4:2-3). 

It is precisely this envy, which manifests in thinking that one have "rights" or believing that one be treated as an equal that results in fighting and strife. That is exactly why the Bible asks "From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?" (James 4:1), to which the answer is, "Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts" (James 4:2-3). 

Such equality is said to be of the world: "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?" (James 4:4-5). Envy, which is manifested in believing one is to be treated as an equal to others, thereby thinking that one is owed something by others, is of the world. It is of the spirit of envy. The spirit behind the spirit of envy is the spirit of mammon.

To Hell with your equality! You will burn in Hell with your so-called 'equality'. It is precisely because you believe in your equality to others that you will burn in Hell.

It is no coincidence that when Enlightenment ideas were generally accepted by society, it was when the Church was weak, and compromised with the world, in all areas, such as the vile sin of usury. The west had already become secularised in the 16th century, when the Church succumbed to the world's ideas, and started to compromise as well as tolerate worldly ideas. As such, the ground was ripe for the seeds of the evil doctrines of "rights", "liberty" and "equality". These bad seeds had since been watered by the world  and satan, to grow into the tree and the bad fruits of all the modern ideologies of the west. These bad seeds have not rooted out, cast away and burnt. 

The most disturbing thing of all is that the Church in the west so often contributes to watering the bad seeds of "rights", "liberty" and "equality" in seeking to do good works, which have been corrupted and poisoned by such ideas. Almost all Christian charities, radio stations and talk shows today are unbiblical, despite being run by true converts and not promoting wicked acts such as drunkenness, abortion, adultery, fornication or homosexuality.

The Church has really allowed her pure springs to be polluted by the world. It needs to really study the Word of God, seek to purify her heart, mind and spirit through much struggles, wholeheartedly reject all doctrines from the world which a spirit of evil behind it, including that of "rights", "liberty" and "equality". 

The modern Church in the west is so blinded by the doctrines of "rights", "liberty" and "equality" which are of the spirit of mammon, which is part of why many in the modern Church are under the spirit of mammon and do not know it. They do not even understand what mammon is because of the mix of truth and lies by satan through evil doctrines. Not only does he mix truth and lies, but also mixes the wrong manner of spirit with truth, and right manner of spirit with subtle lies. Therein lies much of the midsunderstanding in the modern Church of criticism by true converts of its unbiblical thinking, words, actions and practices.

Belief in "rights", "liberty" and "equality" is innate to the westerner because it is inculcated in the person, even if the person is raised in godly household. This is the legacy the enlightenment era has left to the Church, and more importantly, the Church's failure to confront it in the past. 

The Church must rise up to attack, root out, cast away and burn the roots of all evil.