Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Your Life’s Ambition

Very compelling article on how one should live: by focusing on God and God alone, forgetting everything else.

The Curse of Envy and Covetousnss on Those who Love Mammon

He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch (Proverbs 11:28).

Many in the modern Church in the west think that money is a sign of "blessing". They like to say, "God has blessed me with a new car",  "I am so blessed with a new house, or even "we [local church] are so blessed to have a new building", despite being in millions of dollars of debt for a "newer", "bigger", "better" building. Such is the case of many in the western Church who are totally under the spirit of mammon, and do not even realise it.

People from "protest"-ant denominations love to quote how countries with a former "protest"-ant influence are richer and more educated, as if it was sign that shows how good the Christian faith is for the world, and why the unsaved should believe in Christ. We might not think that that is the spirit which which such a statement is normally made, but that is often the case.

That is exactly what the problem is: to think that money is a sign of God's blessing for one's righteousness. Such thinking is not only a sign of self-righteousness, but is utter heresy. It is the heresy that one earns earthly blessings by being more holy and righteous.

Money does not only make people smug and proud. It makes people self-righteous, in thinking that they have more money than others because they 'deserve' it  more than others. This explains why so many people assume that a homeless person simply deserves it, because of his own wrongdoing. They think they are more righteous, whether they be saved or unsaved, because it is their own goodness that gave them their wealth, which they think they must have deserved.

As a result, it causes one to think that the money one earns is by one's own strength, when it is not, but rather, by God's grace. A person with such an mindset will, not might, but will be covetous of others who have or who he perceives to have more than himself, because of its pride in believing himself entitled to what he wants. 

He is not content, and therefore covets what others have:

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5).

Such a mindset leads to the belief that one is more righteous, superior, and more deserving because one has more than others. It lead one to despise those who have less materially but are more joyful, because it seeks joy from money, but cannot. 

That is why the happy and righteous poor in particular are despised by slaves to mammon, because they not only challenge their thinking that money does not bring happiness. They testify that the joy the slaves to mammon seek is not deserved by such people, precisely because they are seeking joy from mammon.  As such, such slaves to mammon think the happy and righteous poor steal their joy from them, literally, as they think only they deserve joy, but that those who have less money than them do not.

Such hatred is a curse on those who love mammon, and hate God. For they seek joy independently of God, hating God and loving mammon, only to be filled with envy and covetousness.

To think one deserves anything good at all is sin in and of itself, and the utter height of all pride, as none of us deserve anything good at all. We all deserve nothing except for Eternity in Hell (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9).

To Hell with your love of mammon! To Hell with those who think they deserve joy when seeking joy from mammon, and yet have such audacious pride hate those who are filled with joy because they love God and hate mammon!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Boasting in One's Temporal Earthly "Blessings" is Pride and Foolishness

Many in the modern western Church have a consumerist mindset. That includes a consumerist mindset in relation to God and the blessings His gives to people. This mindset is not only wrong, but it is absolutely despicable, disgusting, evil, and just vile.

Many Christians love to boast on social media about their blessings. They love to broadcast it to everyone in their circles, and perhaps, wider circles, to show how "blessed" they are. They post pictures of themselves at a family dinner, child's graduation where the child has received top academic honours, or a photo of an expensive dish, with the caption "#blessed".

Most Christians in the west do not understand what it means to suffer, especially the ones who are raised with a golden spoon, and those who live such easy lives, and become smug behind their wealth. Such people seem, at least on the surface, to have everything and are the envied by all, including many of their own church friends: they own their own large home, a successful and happy marriage, successful careers, abundance of wealth, successful and happy children, large circles of friends and relatives who they constantly contact and dine with, powerful influence in their circles, and being well-spoken of among all friends and family and broader circles.

However, such wealth and abundance is just temporal. Temporal. Such things are vanity. Vanity of vanities.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 says:

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

All such temporal things, that have only temporal value are vanity of vanities. How hard is that is understand! Seriously! 

Those who have never suffered will not and cannot understand suffering. Why? One reason is that suffering is only truly understood by the soul. The Bible indicates that suffering is felt in the soul, as it afflicts the soul:

My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? (Psalm 6:3).
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption (Psalm 16:10).

For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave (Psalm 88:3).

The soul can be said to be the part of you which is eternal and very core of who you really truly are. It does not really represent your very being. It is your being.

There are some things the soul can understand only through experience. Suffering is one such thing. So, he who has not undergone true suffering cannot truly understand it. True suffering is not simply some difficulties or stresses that occur time and time again. To say that would be an insult to those really do truly suffer. 

Suffering is to face adversity as a way of life. It is constant and often prolonged. It is typically accompanied by deep feelings of not mere loneliness, but despair, sorrow, pain, hopelessness, grief, shock, and bewilderment. It is typically accompanied by the belief that the whole world has turned against one, that there is no God that exists to help one in one's suffering, or that God has abandoned one.

To those of my fellow suffering saints, know this: no matter what people tell you, or what satan tries to say, God has not abandoned you, nor will He ever abandon you:

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee (Deuteronomy 31:6).

And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed (Deuteronomy 31:8).

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee (Joshua 1:5).

The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us (1 King 8:57).

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord (1 Chronicles 28:20).

For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off (Psalm 37:28).

For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance (Psalm 94:14).

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them (Isaiah 41:17).

And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them (Isaiah 42:16).

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5).

To my beloved fellow suffering Christians, God will never ever ever ever abandon you, leave you, or forsake you. He is the never-forsaking God. He is the forever-faithful God. He is the never-failing God. 

As long as you have God, you have all you need. It is all a matter of whether you dare to believe that, in defiance of a world, the flesh and even a Church full of people telling you that you need to have more than God. 

As the Psalmist says, "O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days" (Psalm 90:14). God's mercy in giving you each and every single breath is that a Christian should rejoice and be glad in, as His mercy is all one needs to be satisfied.

That is why makes boasting in all the earthly temporal so-called "blessings" that one has so foolish. Such boasting is the fruit of pride and thinking oneself entitled to what God has given you out of His grace, and not because it is due to you. Such boasting will bring shame as such things are just empty which can never truly satisfy and bring contentment. All things are vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

To boast about how "blessed" one is because of all the earthly temporal things one has is pride and foolishness, which can and is often done under the false guise of thankfulness.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Christian, Trust NOT in politics, including CON-servative politics. Many conservatives are NOT TRUE Christians

Many true Christians think that conservative politics is "righteous" and "legitimate" for a Christian to support.

Conservative activists may on the surface seem much more 'righteous' and 'clean' than their liberal counterparts. Their campaign against islam may seem righteous, in fighting against its evils, and even (supposedly) speaking up against the persecution of Christians. Their campaign against even homosexual 'marriage' may seem righteous.

But, some supposedly "conservatives" are for others evils like feminism, and other humanistic "rights" ideologies and ideas, such as "freedom of speech" and "freedom of religion".

Now, there are true Christians who are conservative politically, and take that stance from a righteous heart. However, the difference between such Christians and these evil conservatives who are not Christians is that they are 'conservative' on the basis that oppose sins supported by the liberals, such as homosexuality, child sacrifice, and assisted suicide. The non-Christian conservatives however, do not oppose such evils on the grounds that it offends God, if they even oppose such evil.

Rather, all they do is talk about "islam, islam, islam', and "halal, halal, halal", attacking only the evils of islam. 

If they are so concerned about evil and exposing evil for being evil, why are they not exposing homosexual agenda and homosexuality? Why do some support feminism, such as Kirralie Smith, saying that feminism has become a dirty word is an embarrassment for women, praising the early feminists for fighting for "equality", which means usurping man's authority over woman:

This "conservative" who says on her website that she "as housewife, mother, small business owner and 'accidental' activist, I will ensure the voice of mainstream, conservative Australia is heard and no longer ignored, ridiculed or cast aside" supports early feminism. All feminism is feminism whether early or contemporary.

Do not be deceived: just because a woman is a housewife and mother does not mean she is a godly righteous woman. Ask yourself, does this woman has a gentle and quiet spirit, as per 1 Peter 3:4?

Do not be deceived. Conservative politics is not righteous. As long as one is not fighting against evil for God, to serve Him, one will be fighting evil by evil. For outside the Christian faith, none can be good, nor is there any good outside the true Christian faith (Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19; Romans 3:10-12). 

Trust not in any politics, Christian, whether liberal, conservative or moderate, and trust only in God.


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Friday, 25 August 2017

A Rebuke to Christian Wives

The article is written not because I take pleasure in rebuking people, but because I have to. If one loves God, one will do His commandments without exception, and not try to find all kinds of excuses for it. The reason for the rebuke is because it is warranted. Most Christians wives are disrespectful, if not hostile and manipulative of their husbands. They cause them to suffer. Yet, they expect their husbands to love them, as if they "deserve" love.  

I would also like to make clear that this rebuke is targeted at unsubmissive rebellious Christian wives who are typically full of contention, stubborn, proud and self-entitled. They can include those who have children and those who don't. They can include both wives who have a job outside the home, and housewives. If you are not an unsubmissive, rebellious, albeit imperfect wife, it is not directed at you, and so, do not feel that way.

Everyone in the Church today, especially most Christian wives, hates and absolutely despises the doctrine of submission of wives (Ephesians 5:22-24). They make all kinds of excuses for it, and when a husband rightly asks her to fulfill her responsibility towards him, in order for him to fulfill it towards her, she refuses.  

Is that not why there is so much conflict within most Christian marriages,? Is that not why most husbands are not able to provide spiritual, emotional, mental and psychological support to you which you so desire and think you are so entitled to, you harpies? Is that not why they are sick and tired of you? Indeed, cursed are those who are proud, and who usurp rightful authority! 

Don't you dare think that because you are "married woman" with a husband to provide and love you, the gift of sex, the possibility of two incomes, a home, and children of your own, that are superior to everyone else, like so many of you do.

Don't you dare think you deserve your blessings, if your supposed blessings are blessings, or that you are more blessed that your husband, the single woman or man in Church, or the widow or orphan. You know what, all good things can turn into a curse when used for evil, a curse against the evildoer. Mark my words. Look at how money can be a curse. The same is with all other good things.

Do you think God only loves you? What do you deserve at all? Nothing, except for eternity in Hell like the rest of us. So, how are you to think that you "deserve" your husband's love for you? His love for you is his obligation to God, done for God, and not for you. It is done towards you, but not for you, where you are some "empowered queen" who can take the role of exercising authority over him, or making demands of him.

It is true that a husband is obliged to love his wife (Ephesians 5:25). However, this obligation is ultimately love God, in worshipping God. However, many of you interpret this to mean his worship of you, you vile, despicable, disgusting witches.

And of course, this obligation is often used against him, as a tool of manipulation, as as stick to beat his head, simply because a wife "feels" offended, out of her own mere carnal sensitivities, as she elevates herself above him or as equal in authority to him. 

The typical Christian wife loves to use their verse as a weapon against her husband, just because he asks for a cup of coffee or tea, asks her to tone down her voice, or to give him a massage. Yet, you have the gall to blame him for your hurt, when you are the one at fault, being the self-entitled, proud and selfish one!

Loving people in any sense does not mean to not offend, owing to a difference in personal preference, habit, mannerism, opinion, or view. Show me where in the Bible does it say that offending someone on a matter of personal preference or choice is a sin! If you think that a person must not offend you on matters of personal preference, choice or conscience, to be said to have properly loved you, you are sadly mistaken.

Is it no wonder there are so many unhappy Christians wives, who are unhappy because of their own unsubmissiveness and rebellion? Yet, of course, the typical Christian marriage counsellor or even pastor, owing to the sickeningly pervasive influence of feminism which has infiltrated the Church, thinks that it is almost always the husband's fault when there is a conflict. He simply just rebukes him to love his wife "more", all while ignoring or even justifying her rebellion against him, even advising her to divorce him! 

 Even secular psychologists are not so assuming as to the innocence of a wife, or so willing to advise a wife to divorce. Even secular counsellors and psychologists rightly acknowledge that the problem with mostly owing to the wife's hostility, uncorporativeness and disrespect.

Is it not clear to you that the Bible says that there are only a few good wives (Proverbs 31:10)? Is it not apparent why Proverbs is full of warnings about the contentious, nagging wife (Proverbs 21:19; 27:15)? Do you think you are wiser than God, thinking that most wives are innocent little rabbits, when the Bible says is clearly the opposite?

No wonder people are increasingly rejecting Church counsel. And rightly so. The days of trusting the Church to support a truly suffering person are over, not just a husband who is suffering because of his wife, but anyone who is suffering. For the modern Church is full of erroneous, unbiblical worldly thinking, which she does not want to repent of, out of her rebellion against Christ. 

Does Christ simply give his Bride, the Church, what she wants, because she wants it? A resounding NO!!! He leads her and loves her to sanctify her, not to spoil her or make her feel like a little princess, as so many Christian wives expect their husbands to do, whether unknowingly or knowingly.

If you are an rebellious unsubmissive wife, you need to repent of your rebellion towards your husband. You need to mortify your pride, and give up anything that causes you to be proud, whether it be success in your job, the contribution of work you think you make to your family, praise and admiration from others, or anything else.  You may need to cut yourself off from anything that hinders you from being submissive and obedient toward your husband, whether it be certain websites, books, ministries, or people you talk to.

If you don't, you will be judged by God, and you will lose rewards in Heaven for that, and rightly so.



Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The Prosperous Vain Life

A man is born
Growing up and maturing
With dreams and aspirations;
Seeking to pursue his dreams
Single-minded in his own dreams,
Full of ambition
For prosperity and security.

He toils all day and night
In all his pursuits;
Day by day he toils
Improving himself for his own glory
Until he succeeds.

A successful man became,
Gaining much wealth, a loving family, and many friends.
"Why" he asks, "do I feel so empty inside?"
Having everything yet nothing;
Having so much, yet so little;
Having all things, but yet nothing;
Having wealth, but yet poverty

For he seeks not God
But his own dreams and visions
His own prosperity and security;
Hating the Lord God who gave him his life,
And every single breath.

Old age comes,
His wealth becoming scarce,
Family members and friends
Decease one by one.

He asks, "what is the point of life?"
All is but an illusion
Man is nothing but an actor on a stage
And like grass
That grows up tall, and dies the next day.
Indeed, "what is life?"
Asks the wise man who counsels him.
"True life is this:

To seek the will of God,
Recognising one's sin before God,
And God's just wrath for his sin

Knowing one cannot be right with Him without Jesus Christ
Who died for the sins of the whole world,
Paying the price for our sin
So, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ alone".

So, the old man repented of his sins.
Though he be poor,
He was rich
As he sought the will of God
And not his own dreams or ambitions,
Laying up treasures in Heaven.

Treasure that will never rot,
Treasure that will never diminish,
Treasure than can never be stolen.

Indeed, vanities of vanities,
All is vanity,
But for true treasure in Heaven,
Which comes by truly obeying and trusting the Lord God,
And never looking back.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Earthly Wealth is an Illusion. Money has Wings. Do Not be Seduced by the False 'Security' of Earthly Wealth

Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven (Proverbs 23:5).

If there is one thing that everyone is concerned about, it is financial security. Not a fulfilling career, luxury cars, houses, relationships, or leisure, but financial security. It is simply so natural to the flesh to be concerned about earthly financial security, and set one's mind on such.

Christian commentator Ted Shoebat of wrote on his facebook page:

The conventional perception on wealth is an illusion. Just because you have a lot does not make you wealthy. True wealth is a life without debt, a simple life, and a life living within one's means.

Indeed, Mr Shoebat is correct. The conventional perception of wealth is that of possession and money amassed to some 'sufficient level', such that one can be financially 'secure'.

Well my friends, let me tell you this: there is nothing secure in this world, and that includes "your" money which you are so smug behind. The money you have is not even "yours". It is God's money given to you to steward. Only a proud heart thinks that the money he has is "his". Only a fool thinks that wealth is lasting and provides security. Yet, that is what so many in the west, including many in the modern western Church think. To Hell with such foolishness!

The King James translation of Proverbs 23:5 refers to wealth as "that which is not", implying not only that believing that wealth provides security is an illusion, but that wealth itself is an illusion. It is an illusion as it simply is that which can be gone at anytime, like a bird with wings which cannot be controlled. 

Other translations indicate the same meaning:

Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle (NIV).

In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle (NLT).

When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven (ESV).

When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens (NASB)

Wealth itself diminishes as that the nature of wealth. You may claim you have investments. That most definitely diminishes. Investments can decrease in value by nature, as they are speculative. Investment is simply only a foolish earthly fleshly attempt to increase wealth for wealth's sake. The spirit of financial investment goes against the spirit of Mathew 6:19-21:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

That is why the whole idea of superannuation in Australia is an anti-Christian concept, of the spirit of mammon. It ensnares the soul as it is the laying up of treasures on earth, as opposed to trusting in God to provide. 

More subtle and respectable among Christians, is the belief that one key benefit of marriage is increased wealth, (assuming it does not end in divorce), such that it is one reason why Christians should find joy in marriage.  The issue is not whether it is factually true. The issue is that such a mindset is one focused on earthly financial security. This belief is a despicable fleshly belief as it shows a lack of trust in God, in finding joy from increased so-called 'wealth'. 

Such a claim will only stir up anxiety in single Christians who are not that  strong in faith, and cause them to stumble, by tempting them to set their minds of marriage, rather than Christ and Christ alone. Such a claim needs to be rebuked!

As long as a person is anxious about money, he or she is under the spirit of mammon, and enslaved to it. Not only is he enslaved, but he is made foolish, and making himself susceptible to sin where mammon tempts him. For such a person loves money.

Love of money does not mean that one has emotional feelings about cold hard cash, though some silly irrational fools might have such feelings. Love of mammon is obedience to mammon. It is to serve mammon, submitting to its demands, being willing to sin or compromise with sin where money can be gained.

Just as to love Christ is to obey Christ, to love mammon is to obey mammon (John 14:15, 23). For example, 

Do not think mammon cannot be a snare to your faith, causing you to lose the race. There are many cases where people who are strong in the faith became successful in their careers, becoming rich, and as a result, erred from the faith. They are just evidence of what the Bible has already warned:

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
 (1 Timothy 6:9-11).

Hence, the exhortation in the following verse (v 12):

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Never ever ever ever let earthly wealth ensure your soul, and cause you to err from the faith. Do not listen to the lies of needing earthly wealth. Treat wealth as disposable, as you will either treat wealth or God as disposable. You cannot love both. Be warned.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Love Never Seeks to Ultimately Appease People, but Ultimately Seeks to Appease God

Many in the modern Church in the west think that love means to give people what they want to 'make them happy'. They think it means to appease people. 

They think that to saying homosexuality is a sin in a bold way is unloving. They think that saying that abortion is murder directly and clearly is unloving. They think that saying that homosexuals disproportionately abuse children is unloving. Whenever anyone says that, they are quick to rebuke people about 'loving' such sinners, as if they were so much for loving themselves. 

In John 14:21, Jesus says: He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

One such commandment is to preach the Gospel to every nation, baptize them, and teach them to observe Jesus' commandments:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:19-20).

Thus, teaching people the commands of Jesus, which involves rebuking sin, is to obey Christ. To obey Christ is itself to love God, and therefore love people.

True Biblical love always seeks to please God. Anytime where it seeks to please people at all, it is ultimately to please God, not people. It fears not people, but God and God alone. 

True Biblical love does not manifest in absence of fear, but in casting out fear, as it sacrifices its own pride and self-preservation to be righteous and holy. 1 John 4:18 says:
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

True Biblical love acts out of duty. Tragically in an age where emotionalism is rampant, acts of duty are thought to be inconsistent, if not against love, while feelings of meaningless feel-good sentimentalism are thought to be love. However, as Jesus commanded His followers to love, He was telling what they are obliged to practice:

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

(Matthew 22:36-40).

To Hell with the sentimentalism that is so rampant in the modern Church! To Hell with the emotionalism which thinks that love requires emotions! To Hell with the doctrine of demons that loving people means to appease their self-centred desires!  To Hell with the doctrine that sin is defined by how much people have offended mere human beings!

Zeal will reinvigorate the Catholic Church and awaken Christendom.

Christian collectivism

Thursday, 10 August 2017

True Biblical Love is Not a Sentimental Feeling, but Strives to Do the Will of God, No Matter What the Cost

Everyone in the modern Church loves to talk about God's love, grace and mercy, but hates to talk about His wrath, justice and anger. They snarl at anyone who dares point out that God is angry at the wicked everyday (Psalm 7:11) and that God hates (Psalm 5:5; Psalm 11:5; Leviticus 20:23; Proverbs 6:16-19; Hosea 9:15).

These Bible verses tell us this:

The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5).

The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth (Psalm 11:5).

And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them (Leviticus 20:23).

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

(Proverbs 6:16-19).

All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters (Hosea 9:15).

Yes, God does hate the sinner, despite what you might have been taught by pastors, Bible study leaders, youth leaders, evangelists, missionaries, or campus ministry staff workers. His hatred of the sinner is a justified. 

God hates the sinner because He is love. His love (agape) is righteous. 

Agape love is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the Bible, if not the most misunderstood concept among many concepts for which many have serious misconceptions.

Love seeks righteousness and holiness above all, and disdains all that opposes righteousness and holiness. Love pursues such things first. It is love for God itself by which a person seeks righteousness and holiness. Thus, where there is true righteousness and holiness, there is love. Show me a person who has no love and I will show you a person without righteousness and holiness. 

Such righteousness and holiness, that is, true righteousness and holiness manifests is love without hypocrisy, despise all that is evil, because it offends God, not for other self-centred reasons. It is pure, hating evil without double-mindedness which seeks both evil and good. Such double-minded love cannot be stable love as it seeks both good and evil, that which cannot co-exist, but are diametrically opposed.  It clings to that which is good, hating even the thought of compromising with evil, or bowing before evil. It despises even the slightest taint of evil. As Romans 12:9 says: Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Love is not a feeling. It is a  practice, by which a person must solemnly vow to oneself to love, manifesting in acts of love, be it forgiveness, kindness, graciousness, gentleness or peaceableness. It is practice by which a person must treat it as his or her duty to love. Feelings in response to such acts of love only follow the act, but feelings are never the foundation of love. 

Love does not simply give people what they want, just because they want it, as so many in the modern Church think. They think that telling people that homosexuality is a sin in a bold way is not loving, just because such sinners would not want to hear it. Love preaches the truth about sin. Love seeks to do good, clinging to it, despite the cost to oneself. Love is not blind as the world thinks, but seeks to discern between right and wrong so that one strive to do what is right and good.

God's love is not blind. It is because of His love that He sees every sin in all people every single time, and hates every single sin committed by every person, every single time.  

Love may lead to some feelings, but it is not a feeling which feels good. It is a practice.

The greatest act of love, performed by the Lord Jesus Christ, who was fully God and fully Man, was by no means a feel-good act. Jesus suffered the agony of the pain of dying a death He did not deserve, and being separated from the Father with Whom He had been in union with since before the beginning of time. He was betrayed, scorned, mocked, despised, and beaten, forsaken by God Himself.

Psalm 22 tells of His pain and suffering:

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the nations.
29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

His act of love, was in taking your sin and mine upon himself, for which you and I deserve to die, dying the death we deserve to die. He did so so that God's wrath may be turned away from you, so that we may be made right before God and live. 

You have sinned against God, incurring His just wrath. The just punishment for sin is eternity in Hell, a place of nothing but torment and suffering. Jesus took your sin so that God can dismiss His case against you, and declare you right before God. So, to be saved from the wrath of God, turn from your sin and trust in Jesus Christ. 

Do it today while you still have time.