Monday, 18 April 2016

Believing in One's "rights" is Itself a Manifestation of Pride which the spirit of Mammon feeds On

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 

 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High (Isaiah 14:12-14).

We live in a world that loves to claim its "rights". Even many in the modern western Church, who are far more influenced by the western secular humanist thinking than they realise, love to claim their "rights". Such thinking is so pervasive and subtle that many in the modern western Church do not even know why they think the way they think, including the way they think about the Word of God, moral and ethical issues, and theology. 

The whole doctrine of "rights" itself is a demonic, vile doctrine. It is because people fight for their so-called "rights" that the world is full of conflict, hatred, bitterness, fighting, division and war. If no one claims their so-called "rights", or even believed in the idea of "rights", there would be no such things. There would be no need for lawyers, who make profit of the conflict and misery of others. The idea of "rights" itself is hostility against God, in serving oneself and one's fleshly desires (Romans 8:7-8; Galatians 5:19-21), because it is self-seeking, self-centred and proud, assuming its own place and desires is it sees fit. 

When satan fell, he fell because he claimed his so-called "rights", which is itself to be hostile against God, through pride, seeking one's own way, as opposed to God's way as shown in Isaiah 14:12-14:

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 


 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

That is how satan fell. Satan, before he fell, was an angel of God, named Lucifer, created to serve God. When he sought his own way as he saw fit, he fell from heaven because seeking one's own way is itself to reject God, deny Him, which is the ultimate manifestation of pride, the ultimate manifestation of evil. 

The spirit behind the whole idea of "rights" is the spirit of lucifer, the evil, vile devil himself. Since the world is under his power (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19), it should be no surprise it is like lucifer, claiming its own so-called "rights" and believing in their own "rights" out of its vile, disgusting, abominable, evil, arrogance pride. and its own manifold wickedness. It should not only be expected that the world would seek its own "rights", but that it be thought strange if it did not, for if the world did not seek its own "rights", it would not be the world. For the world to not seek and believe in its so-called "rights" is like a fish seeking to swim out of water. 

The flesh loves nothing, but to sin, hostile towards God and seeking its own ways (Romans 8:7-8). As such, it cannot but believe in its "rights", which no one has because no one deserves anything but Eternal Punishment in Hell in and of themselves. However, even if humankind did not fall into sin and therefore become deserving of God's wrath, it still would not be deserving of anything, because God is Sovereign and all His Creation are absolutely subject to Him (Psalm 24:1; Psalm 18; Psalm 103:19). To claim one's "rights" is itself always to claim that one can decide what one wants, which is diametrically opposed to submission to God precisely because it is to seek one's own way. Whenever one seeks one's own way and desires, even if what one is seeking is not evil or sinful in and of itself, it is sin because one rejects God's authority over him in even thinking one is entitled to seek one's own way. 

The spirit of mammon feeds on the desire to seek one's own way through one's anxiety to seek one's own needs, which is a manifestation of a failure to trust God in truly submitting to Him. Such is pride, manifesting in such anxiety. Anyone who does not truly and fully submit to God will automatically be under the spirit of mammon because his flesh is actively seeking to dominate him and tempt him to seek his own way and think himself entitled to do so.