Thursday, July 12, 2012

Responding to Blind Faith

We watched a movie, Blind Faith, that bandied the lies of the Nicolaitans and the lies of Jezebel back and forth between the plots and sub-plots.  That big bad mean 'ol Creator who gives us all of the big bad mean 'ol laws that are not love!  That big bad mean 'ol God who gives us unjust judges and unjust policemen and unjust white people.  That big bad mean 'ol God who says it is an abomination for a man to lie with another man as with a woman (men are so beautiful surely it is okay if a man lies with another man if that man is black and beautiful because after all if white is bad then black must be good right?) That big bad mean 'ol imaginary god that only loves white people.  The Nicolaitan god is this big bad mean 'ol god.

How about the other god?  The love, love, love god -- the god of Jezebel. Jezebel is the god of socialists.  She will wrest judgment from the poor in judgment by presenting love as a love without boundaries.  Love is not defined by the commandments of God for this Jezebel god.  Love is defined by false sweetness, false mercy, false kindness, false patience, false peace.  Instead of death by violence Jezebel produces death by deadly poison, death by putrefaction, death by deadly disease, death by the rotting of the flesh.

The movie is the typical bait and switch sales job.  It sells itself as a civil rights movie arguing against the injustices committed by sinners wearing white skin in black robes and business suits.  It gives what I understand to be a fairly accurate portrayal of the offenses committed by the unjust judicial systems against black people in America.  This is the bait. 

Bear in mind the laws of nature and of nature's God:  If you reject God's good commandments which are designed to keep you free from the law of sin and death that operate in the world, you will not commit the sins of the world and you will be protected by God because you will not participate in the death and destruction that operates to rule the world.

How does the law of sin and death operate to rule the world?  The laws of nature and of nature's God are written on the hearts of every man created in the image of God.  If you commit sin, you will die.  You will die the death that occurs when your flesh no longer houses your spirit and you breath your last breath on earth.  But, the spirit that your flesh houses will continue to live, that spirit will live eternally.  That spirit will spend eternity in the presence of God or in the presence of the fire that burns forever where the worm never dies and the fire is never quenched (there are no pain pills in hell).  No, man has ever lived without sin, except the Lord Jesus Christ.   Noah, Abraham, David, all obtained the grace of God by faith in God's promise of Shiloh, the Messiah, the Coming One.  They lived their lives in the fear of God and by faith in the goodness of God.  They refused to flee from God but in every way they ran toward God, trusting him as their redeemer "I know that my redeemer lives" was the testimony of their faith.

The law of sin and death operates through the natural man.  That is why God tells us if we die to our flesh and live unto the spirit of life in Christ Jesus we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

So, how does this relate to the movie?  The movie presented three different versions of how the natural man deals with sin.  But, they are all the ways of the natural man.  The first is the head nod to Christianity with the family meal and a prayer as the focal point of their faith, the second was the social justice god that tries to get the unjust justice system to change to provide justice and the third was the love, love, love Jezebel mantra that pretends love means letting every man do what is right in his own eyes as long as Jezebel gets to decide who to kill and when it is okay to kill them.  The abominable conclusion was just the same mess they will continue to pretend provides answers as long as they continue to pretend that sin is not the problem.  Sin is the problem and sin will not solve the problem.

The sin of blaspheming God by pretending a family meal and a prayer is the measure of a life surrendered to God is just as deadly as the sin of pretending the vile affections of a man using another man as a woman is not deadly.  The sin of denying justice to the poor and the weak is just as deadly as allowing the poor and the weak to wrest judgment from the Judge of all.  Whether we wrest judgment from the righteous judge through the operation of unjust men in black robes or through the operation of unjust men in white sheets, or the unjust women in bed with demons, doesn't change the fact that the Judge of all still maintains the final judgment.  If you put unjust judges with black skin in the same black robes as have protected the unjust judgments of the judges with white skin you have accomplished nothing except the change of corrupt powers.  The only solution is for all men everywhere to submit themselves to God and to his righteous judgments.

The movie depicted the torment of the father who had crumbled under the pressure of the corruption around him as the example of a "Christian".   The imaginary god he represented cowered behind the shield of his uniform begging crumbs from the hands of his master who kept feeding empty promises of promotion and prestige. The other imaginary righteous god was represented by a lawyer brother to the father of the son who killed in self-defense.  He represented the social justice god who loves-loves-loves in defiance of God's commandments while pretending to represent God's commandments.  The Jezebel god of lying filth was represented by the youngest brother of Haight Ashbury who successfully proselytized all but the crumbling father.  He preached a gospel of "Let's all just let every man do what is right in his own eyes!  Let's all just sleep with anyone and believe anything" because life is all about love-love-love.  If the Jezebel love is the only love that is allowed to be portrayed, then the laws of nature will continue to allow corruption to bring death to the life of sin.  This imitation love leads to the natural man killing each other because of the unnatural abominations that they all commit against each other because they have all rejected God's good commandments.  It is not a multiple choice proposition.  The laws of nature have been in operation since the day of Creation.  The God of Creation revealed how those laws operate when he committed them to Moses and had him give them to Israel.  Those commandments that are now written in the King James Bible existed prior to Moses because they existed in creation.  God chose to reveal the laws in human language through Moses, then committed them to us through the fulfillment of the King James Bible.  He has given them to us for our instruction so that we may learn how to live and not die.  The law was not given for God's benefit.  The law was given for man's benefit.  God doesn't gain or lose anything by the law.  God has given us the benefit of his wisdom, knowledge and understanding so that we may learn from his principles and precepts and gain life for ourselves and for the whole world. 

Repentance toward God and his altogether righteous commandments trusting in the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from all of our sins which are past is the only solution to the problem of corruption.  Marching in parades exalting sin doesn't solve the problems of sin and corruption.  It increases the violence and death in the world until there reaches a heart felt cry of the righteous unto God (who always hears the cry of the righteous) and when the cry reaches the point where God himself must come down and do something about the outcry.  There is hell to pay.

This is the law of sin and death.  It operates in the world.  It will bring death and destruction to the world.  There is no solution for the law of sin and death other than repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  It doesn't matter how many movies are created, giving ever so many fairy tale endings of happiness, peace and joy if we will all just follow some other more "inclusive" gospel.  The only true gospel we have is the gospel of "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life."  Jesus said, "If you love me you will keep my commandments."  He said he did not come to do away with the law but to fulfill the law.  He said in addition to the laws that he did not do away with he added a new commandment, that we love one another.  Love keeps the commandments of God.

So, the movie corrupted the only possible solution by pretending the father who was broken, alone, and had lost his whole family through the pressures of unrighteousness all around him, in him and through him was the representation of God and his commandments.  Then the movie corrupted the image of the black fight for equal justice under the law by tagging on the unjust issue of the abomination of the unnatural and vile affections of a man lying with another man as with a woman as an issue on equal footing with having been born black and wanting to be treated with equal justice before the law.  The one is an action that is punishable by death if one is under the law of sin and death.  The other is an issue of the color of skin one is born with.  One issue is about the fight for respect because one has been created in the image of God and happens to have flesh that is a darker pigmentation than another person also created in the image of God.  The law of sin and death operates in the world.  The only place to find freedom from the law of sin and death is at the cross of Jesus Christ.  The only way to come to the cross of Jesus Christ is by coming to repentance toward God and toward his righteous commandments and to walk in love toward God, toward ourselves and toward others.  God's love does not sin and does not permit sin because sin leads to death.  The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all of our sins which are past.  If we walk in the light of his commandments as he is in the light of his commandments, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

There is no other way by which a man might be saved.  None.  There is only one God and he makes the rules.  He rules in righteousness.  He loves the world so much that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  He calls all men everywhere to come to repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ so that all who come to him believing and receiving the gift of his holy spirit will be born again of the incorruptible seed of the word of God which liveth and abideth forever.  He calls all men everywhere to this same repentance for the remission of sins and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of our souls.  He calls all men everywhere to come and be filled with the holy spirit who will lead us into all truth.  Jesus, loves his creation.  God the father, loves his creation.  God has paid the price of redemption for his people.  The price of redemption was the blood of his son.  Satan no longer has the power to hold anyone in bondage against their will.  All men everywhere, are given this same opportunity to choose between life or death.  It is the opportunity to be born again.  It is the opportunity of a lifetime.  It is the opportunity that has an expiration date.  The expiration date is the day one breathes their last breath or the day Jesus returns in the clouds to receive his bride.  No man knows the day or the hour that he will breath his last on this earth.  No man knows the day or the hour that Jesus will come again.  But, while it is still called today, the door of opportunity remains open.

True faith is not blind.  True faith sees the spotless lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.  Blind faith is the faith that closes its eyes and looks at the world and says, lets just love, love, love -- no matter what --- just jump in bed with whatever lie comes along -- love, love, love.  This is the kind of love that ends up married to a wife beater.  This is the kind of love that ends up married to a whore.  This is the kind of love that ends up unmarried and with kids who have no father.  This is the kind of love that buys drugs for mommy and daddy and walks the streets for the protection of a john.  This is not love.  It is the law of sin and death in operation.  It is the laws of nature and of nature's God.  It is the foundation of the Constitution.  God guarantees all men everywhere that his word is true though every man be a liar.  We choose whom to serve every day of our lives.  Our Constitution was written to empower us to teach every generation the commandments of God without allowing the tyranny of a state imposed church and without allowing the state the power to interfere with the free practice of our religion.  The founders of the Constitution were 100% in agreement that without the commandments of God being taught in the homes and schools from infancy, the people would not have the knowledge, character or understanding necessary to hold their judges and representatives accountable for making righteous judgments.  The jury system was designed to give the people who knew God's commandments the ability to override the laws and the judges when those laws or those judges broke the boundaries of God's good and righteous altogether commandments.

When the people failed to hold their sheriffs, judges, neighbors and themselves accountable for behaving righteously before God, they opened the door for evil to triumph through corruption, death, and destruction.  When the people failed, to stop the corruption through actively defeating the corruption, the laws of sin and death began to operate in lieu of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.  There is no escaping the laws of God.  The laws of God operate through nature and nature operates through corruption.  The laws of God also operate through God's sovereign supremacy over his creation and in this he has provided his Son as the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  We face death in this life.  We face death by corruption or death by baptism there are no other choices.  God sent his only begotten son to save the whole world.  Not just those who have already come to repentance to the acknowledging of the truth and to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but also those who have yet to come.   The invitation is always the same.  There is no variation:  Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.  Beloved, I wish that all would come to repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ so all might be saved.  But, how will they come if they continue to believe the imitation gods are the gods of love and the true God is impotent?  Paul said, he fully preached the gospel with mighty signs and wonders so that the believer's faith would not rest upon the wisdom of man but on the power of God.  I think it is time we start fully preaching the gospel.  I would like to see a little fear of the LORD fall upon the people of this nation.

Perhaps if the fear of the LORD falls upon this nation, the fear of the wicked will be curtailed.  I think it is time to see a little of the power over all the power of the enemy.  Power to cast out devils.  Power to lay hands on the sick and see them recover.  Power to say to this mountain be thou removed and the mountain shall be removed.  I say, "let every knee bow and every tongue confess, Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."  Amen and amen.  Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD.  Let everything that hath breath come to the place of being in one accord with the God of all Creation.  Let everything that hath breath say, "The LORD he is God".

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