Friday, 22 January 2016

The Double-Minded are not only a Snare to the Righteous, but Taint all Righteous Works

Everyone knows what ‘abortion’ is, the slaughter of children in the womb. It is very clear in the minds of all people, regardless of how vehemently they may deny this. It is because people know that 'abortion’ is murder that they make all kinds of excuses, from the most conspicuously foolish excuses, to the most subtle excuse. As Romans 1:18 says about such people, “for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” who know the Law of God but suppress it (Romans 2:15) Regardless of what excuse may be made, there can be no denying that abortion is child murder, and nothing else by child murder.

The excuse that the baby in the womb is not a human is probably the most conspicuously foolish excuse, of all the excuses made for child murder. That people even think about making such an excuse, and yet think they are so sophisticated and enlightened is simply evidence of this darkened hearts and futile minds (Romans 1:21; Ephesians 4:18). Such is the mind of fools. A fool thinks he or she is wise in one’s own eyes, which is exactly what such people are (Proverbs 12:15;26;12).

The Bible makes it clear that such people are foolish that they are not worthy of being rebuked, but that such people need to be rebuked, for they will otherwise think they are wise. As Proverbs 26:4-5 says:  Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. That is why the fool needs to be rebuked, not according to his or her folly, but rebuked as he deserves, that is, by correcting his error and his wickedness without any reserve, apology, or fear of people whatsoever. The way Christ answered questions or responded to accusations demonstrates what Proverbs 26:4-5 requires. He would correct their false understandings as manifested by what they would ask or say to Him and then respond (See Matthew 22:15-20; Luke 18:18-19; John 8:2-7).

So, how should one response to such fools, such as those who ask abolitionists, whether they would support violent bombings of abortion clinics, or whether they would ‘force’ a sexually abused girl to carry a baby to term? Answer these fools according to what they deserve – rebuke. Boldly but lovingly correct the knowledge of the truth which they are trying to suppress by exposing their unrighteous motives in asking the question. Do so without reserve or apology, but graciously at the same time, which can absolutely be done as Toby Harmon and T Russell Hunter have in an interview with an MSNBC reporter: .

The abolitionist needs to always remember that he or she has nothing to fear and that no one can make an accusation against him for he is righteous before God (Romans 8:33), the only One whose judgments matter. He needs to always tell himself that only God is true (John 14:6) and that only what God thinks is true and matters. What people think, or says does not matter. For who is mere man? (Psalm 8:4-8; 56:4; 1 Corinthians 3:3). He or she is nothing but made of dust and will return as dust (Ecclesiastes 3:20). Who is he to fear people, when God is faithful and who will never leave or forsake him? For “the fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).

The Bible describes very clearly both the deeds and speech of the wicked, which includes that of the supports of child murder. The Bible throughout describes in great detail the speech of the wicked:

He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.” His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity (Psalm 10:6-7)

They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah (Psalm 140:3)

The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them (Proverbs 12:6)

Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness (Romans 3:13-14).

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be (James 3:8-10).

The abolitionist, or indeed the true follower of Christ must understand that the tongue itself of the unsaved is wicked, vile, abominable and dripping in poison. Speech itself can be a snare to the soul for both the speaker themselves (Proverbs 12:13), or the righteous who hear it (Psalm 119:110; Proverbs 6:2,5;10:11 ). It has a real effect on vexing spirit of the righteous, and holding them to bondage, even where it is not wicked, but deviates slightly from the Bible, as a result of overemphasising some Biblical truths as the expense of others.  

Even the speech of well-meaning Christians can be a snare, especially when it is delivered with a caring, gentle appearance, but the true motive has some truth, but is not pure, but contains a dangerous mix of genuine and wrong motives. Therefore, he must be as wise as a serpent in speaking, especially when being accused or asked a question based on a false or unbiblical doctrine, that is, any doctrine that deviates from the Word of God, even to the slightest.

Speech is not merely a reflection of one’s heart. It is the heart of who they are, as the heart is the very core of who a person is. The speech of the wicked is a manifestation of their wickedness. The speech of those full of the fear of people, and double-minded true converts, manifests as such. There are many people within the Church, true Church, who is full of the fear of people, and double-minded, and do not realise it. They say one thing to some person out of fear of people, with a false air of remorse and apology, to protect themselves, and then are as aggressive and hostile as a roaring lion behind their when revealing their true self-centred motives. This double-mindedness, although it is from the person’s own heart, has demonic influence behind it. They are described in James 3:10-12:

Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

Such people often love to say, with a false air of apology, that they will ‘give’ or ‘extend’ grace to those who offend them, often simply just personally offending them, without sin on the part of the ‘offender’. When such people are rebuked for their self-pitying ways, as manifested by their claims to ‘extend grace’ to those who offend them, as if they have any grace to give, they are as aggressive as a roaring lion. This is what reveals their true heart, not only hypocritical, but a liar, claiming to those who offend them that they will ‘extend grace’ but them aggressively hating that person when confronted in such self-pity and self-indulgence. They often love to preach grace and rush to quickly rebuke those who even mention the Law of God, to be gracious and gentle, out of a self-centred, selfish fear of people and fear of talk about the Law of God. Such people condemn themselves, by their very own words.

They are one of the most dangerous people within the Church. They come with a false deceptive guise of gentleness and graciousness, and rebuke people for a lack of it. While those who they rebuke may be truly lacking in graciousness and gentleness, these people lack such graciousness and gentleness themselves in rebuking such people.  They are gracious and gentle, only when it benefits them, especially out of self-preservation. When they are offended, however, and such people are extremely easily offended, they are as an aggressive as a roaring lion, ripping apart people, and causing much damage to the faith of the person who they are rebuking, and in some cases, irreparable damage to that person’s faith.

These people one of the main types of people who oppose abolitionists. They are people who are not unsaved, but saved. They are orthodox, conservative and evangelical. They are within the Church. They include pastors, theologians, youth leaders, missionaries and campus ministry staff workers. Their speech exposes their self-pitying heart which is full of the fear of people, and full of self-righteous hypocrisy, deluded about their own graciousness and gentleness. They rebuke people for a lack of gentleness and graciousness, not out of pure motives, but out of a dangerous mix of motives based on truths and half-truths. They are seeking to rebuke sin, which is good, but at the same time want to do so out of self-preservation, and self-pity. Such impure motives are vile, disgusting, wicked and abominable. Even their good motives are evil as the good works of the unrighteous are filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Even being able to contact such a person leads to spiritual bondage, and is leaven that leavens the whole lump.

The danger of such people cannot be emphasised. They are even more dangerous than pro-abortion people because they have a guise of righteousness, but it is tainted. Their effect on others will taint the righteous work of others. Such people need to not only keep out of the abolitionist movement, unless they repent. They do nothing but taint the righteous works of the righteous and pure in heart by their double-minded fear of people, which manifests in their self-preserving fear of people and the anxious rebuke of those who confront sinners with the Law of God. Such people need to only be weeded out from the abolitionist movement, but are to get lost and be completely shunned.