Monday, 9 November 2015

Why the Failure to Give one's Possessions to those in Need is a Vile, Abominable Sin the eyes of God

The Bible consistently commands the follower of Christ, not suggests or advises the follower of Christ to give what he has, but commands. Owing to the pride of the flesh, it is against the flesh to give selflessly in a genuine manner of love. Many in the modern Church find it very hard to accept. When confronted with such claim, they are quick to retort with all kinds of false doctrines of giving that are not worthy of discussion, even arguing that such a claim is one that implicitly justifies theft.

You may think that you are so righteous and holy because you give. The world also gives. It is full of so-called 'charities' that pride itself on its "good works" which are filthy rags on the eyes of God (Isaiah 64:6). Without the love of God in oneself, one cannot be truly charitable. One may be generous, but only in self-seeking, self-centred, and self-glorying way. You blaspheme God by even the thought that you are righteous and holy because you give freely, that is, give freely out of your wealth, as opposed to all of what one has (See Matthew 21:1-4). In thinking you are holy and righteous because you give out of your wealth, you blaspheme God by claiming that what you have is yours when it is God's, and that God needs you. What disgusting, vile, abominable, despicable blasphemy! 

You may say that you give freely and therefore are righteous, unlike the unsaved. Anyone who chooses to give in his freewill gives freely. You think that you are righteous in give freely, despite doing so out of your own wealth, precisely because of your uncharitableness. That is exactly what the problem is.

Such so-called charitable works done by the unsaved make them proud, and puffs up their flesh. In doing such works, they do not do good at all, but do evil in such works, by their pride and their false love. There is none that does good, no not one (Romans 3:11). He who hates, that is has no selfless love, but hides it deceives others. As Proverbs 26:24-26 says: "He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation". 

Thus, if you think you are so righteous and good by giving freely out of your wealth, you are acting like the world. The unsaved know only how to give out of their wealth, of course, and give only to who they want, as opposed to who truly is in need, all while thinking they are so generous and charitable. The world blasphemes God by their very thinking that they are generous for giving to those who they want. They pervert generosity, which only God has, for only God is love (1 John 4:8). No human has love selflessly or can even have the ability to do so in in themselves.

Jesus tells of how He will separate the sheep from the goats on the Day of Judgment in Matthew 25:31-46:

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

It is absolutely true that no person will or can be saved by works. A person can only by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. However, God will judge each person based on his works. Romans 2:6 says: "[God] who will render to every man according to his deeds". Works are a manifestation of faith as James 2:17 tells us: "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone". If a person shows no good works on the Day of Judgment, He will go away into everlasting Damnation in Hell. 

Jesus saves the Christian not merely to escape from Hell. He saves the Christian to do good works, from being a person who does no good, has no righteousness nor seeks God (Romans 3:10-12), to a become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) who does good, has righteousness and seeks God. Ephesians 2:10 makes this clear: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them".

Good works are the test on the Day of Judgment. This is not inconsistent with the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, faith alone and Christ alone. Jesus has demonstrated how the test of good works will be applied in Matthew 25:31-46. The righteous keep no record of the good works they have done, not regarding them as good works at all, but rather that which one is obliged to do. This is in contrast to the unrighteous who keep all records of the so-called "good works" they have done, regarding them as good works precisely because of their unrighteousness.

The mere failure to give one's possession to those in need are a vile, abominable sin that itself is worthy of God's wrath. A person can be very moral, hating sexual sins, drunkeness and abortion, but as long as he does not give what he has to those in need, he is also a vile, abominable, despicable, and a filthy rag in the eyes of God. 

Sin is self-centred hate in essence, just as righteousness is love in essence. Those who sin, by their sins hate God and also other people. The world not only hates God. It also hates others who oppose its own self-interests, not just the Church, but other people of the world who oppose its self-interests. All the conflicts, divisions and wars in the world between the unsaved are evidence of this. Such is the vile, disgusting, abominable hatred of the world. 

1 John 3:17 says: "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?" This means that as long as one does not give to a brother in need when he has the means to, he is unrighteous, vile, and abominable in the eyes of God because he has no love. He commits a vile, abominable, despicable sin by the his very questioning of Christ's command to give to a brother in need, when he has the means to, let alone that failure to give accordingly to the command of Christ.

The modern Church has unknowingly embraced the protestant calvinist doctrine that a what a person works for is for himself to accumulate as a blessing from God. This is a very subtle deception from the devil. God commands people to work so that they might give: "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth" (Ephesians 4:28). This is not only inconsistent with the protestant calvinist perversion. It is diametrically opposed to it. 

The Church must eradicate and cast away the doctrine that one need not give to the needy, or that it is in one's discretion to do so.  It is a command from Christ, not a suggestion, or opinion, to give to those in need.