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Christians & Rioting Part 6

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Godly Constraints to Evil

The Church

The final restraint is the church, a spiritual restraint

  • The Spirit who indwells us truly changes our default nature.

Internal Restraint

James 1:14–15 (NKJV) 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.   15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

  • The real cure for problems in the world is to change human beings internally (the heart) because that’s where all the sin originates. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

  • You become a new kind of person.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV)  26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

  • The Church via the process of Salvation makes new hearts. 
  • The power of God then comes from the inside, overpowering that corruption. 

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How Should Christians Respond to the Riots?

Romans 13:1-7 1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.

5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Christians are to be:

  • Good citizens
  • Lawful
  • Obedient to the authorities unless they ask/require us to sin
  • Peaceful and quiet:

    Romans 12:18 (NKJV)  18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

    1 Thessalonians 4:10–12 (NKJV)  10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;   11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,   12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

Never with Despair or Hopelessness

No matter how hard things are or in what situation we find ourselves in, Christians should never despair or be hopeless.

  • No matter what, we are to live for Jesus and know that the day is coming soon when all the hopelessness of this life will be no more:

(2 Corinthians 4:8-11) – “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed– always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

Prayers of Repentance

(2 Chronicles 7:14) – “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

(Psalm 81:13-16) – “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries. The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him, but their fate would endure forever. He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.” (NKJV)

  • National repentance starts with personal repentance.
  • We must repent individually and then move on to teach our families, friends and those we influence.

Pray for Godly Courage

Pray for preachers, teachers and leaders who will proclaim the truth and wake up America. Pray that when the time comes, no matter what the circumstance, you will choose Christ over all else.

(Matthew 10:32-33) – “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. “(NKJV; emphasis mine)

Expectation

Christians should respond with expectation and the knowledge and awareness of the decline of our country.

Discernment

Instead, as wise Christians, we must be discerning in knowing the truth from a dream.

(2 Timothy 3:1) – “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

In context, this is speaking of the last days of humanity, but in application, it is equally true that in the last days of the nation’s existence, perilous times will be the natural result.

Longing for Heaven

It is a Godly byproduct of suffering in trials that our longing for Heaven is naturally increased.

(Revelation 21:3-4) – “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (NKJV)

Opportunities for God

All the troubles of this world open the doors of opportunity for the next.

  • In a very real sense, if the decline of America will bring about true hope and salvation, then it is a decline that we should hope for, even if it scares us.

Who is to blame for rioting, looting, turmoil and destruction?

  • The sinful human heart is the real culprit
  • Salvation is the only real and lasting solution
  • Only the return of Christ will end sin for once and for all.
  • Until then, persecution refines the church. Chaos creates hopeless which results in people looking for answers.

People looking for answers are more open to the Gospel.

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Christians & Rioting Part 5

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Godly Constraints to Evil

Government

Rom 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

The law is to convict sinners, to drive them to a Savior.

The law is to act in society as a restraint.

The law is as the path of obedience, clear boundaries for good and righteous behavior.

All humanity is under the law of God.

  • The divine law of God is written on every human hear
  • This reflects God’s holy standard and for those with a conscience are self-evident

God ordained that the living sacrificial church would be synergistic with a God-fearing, righteous Government… to the benefit of the culture and society.

Conscience

Romans 2:15 (NKJV) 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

  • From the very start, God declared that sinful man would have the divine knowledge of good and evil written on their hearts:

Romans 1:20 (NKJV) 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

This separates us from animals (as a side note, this also proves the Bible about origins; evolution has no answer for where “conscience” came from):

Ethical sense and moral consciousness are part of being human, the law in the heart.

Family

God created the family unit to constrain evil and pass down righteousness.

  • Family is the building block of society. 
  • God has established the family to be a loving, truthful, exemplary place that restrains evil in the next generation.

Children don’t naturally constrain their sin, fear God and honor their parents.

  • Proverbs 19:18. “Discipline your son while there is hope and do not desire his death.”  Undisciplined children die young. 

You Reap What You Sow

Through modern psychology, self-esteem and prosperity we have raised generations now who are then indoctrinated that:

  • there is no God (evolution),
  • all the past institutions are to be rebelled against,
  • America is not only not great; it is a racist greedy nation deserving only destruction.
  • family is whatever you want it to be.
  • marriage is antiquated and redefined to “anyone who loves someone(s)”
  •  and laws are optional based on whether you agree with them or not.

And we are somehow shocked at what we see today?

Next time we will talk about how the Church is the ultimate restraint of sin…

To be continued…


Christians & Rioting Part 4

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Romans 1:28-29a And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;   29 being filled with all unrighteousness…

How will the debased mind of Romans 1 be manifested in society?

Voddie Baucham – “Ethnic Gnosticism”

Voddie Baucham talks about “ethnic Gnosticism”, where a group of one skin color has special insight into racial issues that others don’t have and cannot have unless taught to them and they accept it without question.

  • Gnostics: gnosis, knowledge; secret knowledge, insider knowledge, knowledge that makes it “us vs. them”.
  • ETHNIC GNOSTICISM SUMMED UP: You are racist if you have certain skin color, and if you don’t know that you are racist you must be taught by me why you are a racist.. and by virtue of me having a certain skin color, I know instinctively what racism is, and what it looks like and no one must teach me to discern it.
  • The ethnic Gnostics have special knowledge about race that cannot be questioned or DENIED… denial is just further proof of the ignorance of the non-Gnostic.

This Is Not Confined to Black Vs. White

Throughout all human history this mindset has been common and remains so today:

  • Blacks vs. Whites
  • Asians vs. Hispanics
  • Spaniards vs. Mexicans
  • Central American Hispanics vs. Indigenous Indians
  • Muslims vs. Infidels

Ethnic Gnosticism is broken, wrong and unchristian whether by whites or blacks. It is unChristlike in every form.

Victim Gnosticism

Its not just a black/white skin color issue its any of the “victim” groups today:

  • Women just “know” when males are being sexist (always); men can just shut up
  • Homosexuals just “know” you are bigoted, and you must be taught to realize you are
  • Transgenders just “know” you are oppressing them even if you claim you are not or you’ve not actual done anything oppressive
  • Class warfare: the poor “know” the rich are oppressing them… the rich need to learn their lesson while the poor simply “know” by default instinct

Ethnic Gnosticism elevates a physical characteristic as a sign that one group of people is elevated above another in privilege, authority and knowledge and cannot be questioned or criticized.

Why not just ignore it (ie. “color blind”)?

  • Because its not possible, nor reality
  • We have skin color, we have heritage, we have culture

The beauty of Christianity is that it acknowledges humans of all ethnicities as equally LOST and salvation brings us all into God’s family as equals.

Paul recognized ethnicity:

  • Romans 9:1-5 9 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
  • Paul was passionate about “his people” … but that was not more important than their lost souls, nor did Paul elevate any ethnicity as superior to others

Christianity takes all ethnicities, all cultures and recognizes the only TWO REAL groups of people there are: saved and unsaved. There are only the two types of people according to the Bible:

From Matt 25… “Every person who has ever lived will be gathered before Jesus, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

And He will place those who are SAVED on His right, and those are LOST on the left. Then Jesus will say to those on His right, ‘Come, good and faithful servants, WELL DONE… you are blessed and now have eternal life.”

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘I don’t know you because you rejected Me…. depart from Me, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. And the lost will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Lost or saved… the only two groups of humanity when it really counts.

Approval of Evil

It’s not just the practice of evil, it goes further than that:

  • Scripture says they “approve of those who do”. Do what? Evil.
  • The equivalent today is “we elect those who approve of our wickedness, who will not prosecute evil and will criminalize anyone who does not actively approve as well

Systemic Wickedness

The Truth is, man is evil at heart, apart from God.

  • It is not social, it is systemic
  • It is personal, and nobody is excluded

Man naturally is a sinful beast at heart who rejects God, rejects His law, rebels, does not fear God. We were all born with that internal wretchedness that corrupts and defiles.

  • Jesus: Mark 7:20–23 (NKJV) 20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.   21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries (moicheia sex of any kind that violates a marriage covenant), fornications (porneia pornography), murders,   22 thefts, covetousness Greediness, wickedness (ponēria malicious evil), deceit, lewdness (aselgeia lewdness of behavior and speech), an evil eye, blasphemy (blasphēmia, abusive, blasphemous speech), pride, foolishness.   23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

This is a profound look at the condition of the human heart.

All People Are Sinners, Without Exception

Not all are equally sinful relative to each other, but all are bent in the same direction; and if you allow them to, they will run their wretchedness as far as you will let them.

Since humanity is so deceitful and so depraved and so degenerate and so dangerous, so destructive, so deadly, how did God ever expect us to survive?

Next time we will talk about what God has put in place to constrain the evil tendency of the human heart…

To be continued…


Christians & Rioting Part 3

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Romans 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

This sums up the root cause: “no fear of God”.

  • No fear of accountability
  • No fear of judgment
  • No fear of retribution or vengeance

Indoctrinate people and the fear of God disappears:

  • There is no God
  • You were not created, you evolved by time and chance
  • There is no judgment, there is no Hell, there is no after life
  • The Bible is false, the Bible is for the weak
  • Survival of the fittest, humanism

The Fear of God Restrains Evil

Our founding fathers in America knew that.

  • “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” (Benjamin Franklin)
  • “A Republic must either preserve its virtue or lose its liberty.” (John Witherspoon)
  • “The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy the gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people; then shall we both deserve and enjoy it. While on the other hand, if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves.” (Samuel Adams)
  • “I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom. Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is an [impossible] idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people, who are to choose them.” (James Madison)
  • “But neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. Here therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” (Samuel Adams)

The Rejection of God

Romans 1:18 (NKJV) 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

They suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

Romans 1:19–20 (NKJV) 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.   20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

  • We can know God exists by using our reasoning ability.

Romans 1:21–23 (NKJV) 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.   22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,  23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Humanity Rejects the True God

  • True reason would lead people to the true God.

So, what does God do in response?

Romans 1:24–32 (NKJV)  24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,   25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.   26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.   27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.   28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;   29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,   30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,   31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;   32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

  • Wickedness – the continued state of wickedness; being evil by nature and in practice
  • Covetousness – excessively desirous of wealth, greed, and the lust to have the possessions of others
  • Maliciousness – deliberately harmful, spiteful, vicious and evil on purpose
  • Full of envy – a constant feeling of discontent, coveting another person’s good fortune
  • Murder – the taking of life by violence or force for any reason other than God- ordained justice and self-defense; abortion, euthanasia, gang violence, crime
  • Strife – bitter conflict and discord, quarreling, rivalry and antagonism
  • Deceit – the distortion of truth through misleading, exaggeration, fraud, trickery and cheating
  • Evil-mindedness – having a mind that is continually weakened, a bad character and being completely desensitized to sin
  • Whisperers – spreading gossip and rumors
  • Backbiters – people who slander and speak evil of other people, back stabbers and betrayers
  • Haters of God – those who actively and publicly defame God, blaspheme Him and denounce Him
  • Violent – those who are uncontrolled, who wish to cause injury and destruction, furious and unconstrained, unrepentant of any pain or damage they cause
  • Proud – people who have high opinions of themselves, having pride in their behavior and their own wisdom
  • Boasters – those who exaggerate about themselves, vanity and excessive pride, to actively promote oneself
  • Inventors of evil things – people will not only do the evil, they will sit around and think up ways to be evil, actively trying to invent and promote new ways to hurt others
  • Disobedient to parents – dishonoring, neglectful and refusing to submit to the authority of parents; rebellious
  • Undiscerning – people lack the ability to comprehend or recognize truth easily, accepting evil ideas and being unable to distinguish or discriminate right from wrong
  • Untrustworthy – people will not keep their word; they have no conscience about keeping vows or doing what they know they should do
  • Unloving – those who do not give love and affection, and except for selfish reasons, are incapable of it
  • Unforgiving – people with no mercy who are completely unwilling to forgive any wrong or offense, no matter how slight
  • Unmerciful – cruel and without pity showing no mercy for any reason, even pronouncing the very presence of mercy as a weakness and undesirable

Three times God says, “When you act like that, I will turn you over.” To a debased [reduced quality] mind

Debased Minds

It explains so much of what we see today. A debased mind is a “lower quality” mind.

  • The inability to think clearly, properly, reasonably, logically
  • The inability to discern truth from lies
  • The inability to be self aware, to avoid hypocrisy
  • The inability to be self disciplined, truthful, of high integrity
  • The inability to think “rightly” about what is important

Next time we will talk about what results in a culture/society when debased minds become the leaders…

To be continued…


Christians & Rioting Part 2

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Romans 3:10–18 (NKJV) 10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;

  • All encompassing, NOT ONE
  • We tend to think it applies to everyone else BUT MY PEOPLE

11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.

  • NONE… and that is irrespective of political party, ideology or culture

12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Sin Nature Pathology (the cause of disease)

This is the truth about human nature. This is what we are dealing with. This is the root cause.

Essential Character

Ephesians 4:18 (NKJV) having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart

Even for Christians, generally speaking, about the best we can muster most of the time is “How much can I do and not actually sin?” (as opposed to how far away from sin can I get?)

What About Religions

All other religions outside of Biblical Christianity attempt to make man “good” in and of himself.

Religions replace the need for God elevating man to be his own salvation by earning it through being good, or having the right ideas or being part of the right group

  • Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV) 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Man-originated religions are satanic counterfeits sending men in the opposite direction from God.

Romans 3:12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”

  • Unprofitable, useless: the Hebrew equivalent is rancid, like rotten trash or sour milk or putrid meat

Human Nature in a Nutshell

  • None righteous
  • None understands
  • No one seeks after God
  • All have turned aside
  • All our corrupt and rancid
  • None does true good or righteousness, nothing acceptable to Holy God.

Deceitful Communication

What is the sum of man’s communication?

Romans 3:13–14 (NKJV) “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”;  14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”

What is in an open tomb: dead bodies. No matter how well you describe it in words, it is a pale imitation of the actual experience.

The communication of sinful humanity is like an OPEN TOMB, a pile of rotting rancid flesh in a pool of sewage in a landfill on a summer day.

  • Turn on the media and entertainment for a short while and any argument against this truth quickly disintegrates

Romans 3:13–14 (NKJV) “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”;  14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”

  • The term “deceiving” has as its root a word that means a fishhook.
  • They lie in order to catch you for the kill.
  • Think of how a fishhook works: it is baited with something desirable, slides into you easily, then gets snagged when you try to pull it out.
  • Deceit is packaged as a tasty morsel but ends up snagging you and pulling you to your death.

Filthy, rotten, deceptive, treacherous poisonous bitter cursing. This is the mouth of humanity. This is the summation of how sin-cursed humans communicate.

Default Conduct

Romans 3:15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

  • Humans are murderous.
  • Wherever murder has been legalized or sanctioned, the mass of common people flock to it

Wherever man has legalized murdered, cheapened life, and dehumanized a certain group, the masses are quick to participate in murder.

Black Lives Matters, Really?

  • Every day, a thousand black babies are slaughtered in their mother’s womb, the one place that is supposed to be the most sacred and safe for a human life
  • Every year, 2000+ black males murdered (mostly by other black males who are then incarcerated for life, FBI stats)

Do black lives really matter? Then why are we focused on the very very rare deaths of blacks by white cops, instead of the daily onslaught of blacks being murdered by abortion doctors, gang violence, drugs and criminal activity?

  • Answer: because “lives” are not important, politics and power are

Romans 3:16-17 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.”

Murder, hatred and evil is the natural expression of the unredeemed human heart.

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Next time we’ll continue with:
Romans 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

To be continued…


Christians & Rioting – Part 1

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Christians: Who Do We Blame for the Rioting?

Answer: Us.

But not in the way you think…

  • It’s not an answer based in white guilt or privilege or genuflecting to the reigning culture
  • It’s not buckling to the astonishing power one part of our society now wields that will cancel, crush and ruin anyone who not only criticizes the current accepted “correct thinking” but will do the same to those who won’t actively promote and support what is now pronounced “acceptable opinion”.

No, my answer of “US!” is based solely in the Truth of Scripture.

It’s Not About Politics Either

With all due respect and admiration for the accomplishments and influence of patriotic, diligent, law abiding talk radio and TV hosts:

  • All the optimism in the world about the American spirit, American exceptionalism and the “goodness of most people” is not going to keep our country from degenerating and imploding
  • Even the founding fathers of America declared that the government they had setup was only suited to a people who FEARED GOD and their ultimate accountability to him (more on this later).

People Don’t Change

Generally speaking. People don’t change. Apart from God, they only exist in various shades of the same form.

Genesis 6:5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Judges 21:25 In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

Matthew 24:37-39     But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage [hedonism, whatever they feel like, only “self” matters], until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

  • What has been true about people before the flood, is true after the flood and will be true until Jesus finally puts an end to it all.

Bizarre Times

We are obviously living in very bizarre times [compared to what we are used to, but not compared to most of human history] that have produced massive fear and confusion.

We have been lied to about everything and this is a sign of who is running things:

  • 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. [his appearance is a lie to begin with]
  • John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

The Truth

Truth can only be found in God:

  • Romans 3:4 By no means! Let God be true though everyone were a liar…
  • John 14: 1, 6 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

Isaiah Speaks to the True Nature of Man

By determining the truth about the character and nature of mankind, we can truthfully determine what is wrong, who is at fault, how can it be fixed.

  • Isaiah 1:2-23; Isaiah 5:20–23 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

The World is Upside Down

  • Right is wrong
  • Good is bad
  • Up is down
  • Virtue is evil
  • Evil is righteous

Lies, lies, lies… all is lies. Politics is lies. False religion is lies. Media is lies. Education is lies where is teaching on origin, worldview or politics. LIES… lies.

  • Isaiah 28:17 Also I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet; The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, And the waters will overflow the hiding place.

This is exactly what we are seeing today: REFUGE IN LIES

Lies become truth by simply declaring them relentlessly until there is no dissension

Isaiah 59:3–4 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with evil; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity.  4 No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.

Wow, if someone would have simply written that today about the world we live in, I would have never guessed it to be 1500 years old.

BUT… this sad state is not particular to Americans or the 21st century…

  • This is the nature of all of us, to believe lies, to follow the father of lies, to overturn right and wrong, and the current situation in which we live is just another historic manifestation and picture of the perversion of humanity.

It’s Happening Before Our Eyes

The world is turned upside down. Truth is a lie; the lie is the truth. Evil is reward, goodness, punished, Right is wrong, wrong is right.

  • Use the God ordained institutions of government and police to grind the world to a halt to stop a virus, then remove all restraint when a far more deadly virus sets out to destroy a whole nation (rioting, looting, destruction).
  • Demand justice when a man’s life is taken, and then applaud lawless mobs of criminals attacking the police.
  • Create a NO WIN situation for those who protect us – the police – where they are told to “stand down” to the need to protect property from rioting, but protect and defend rebel mobs who loot and destroy, then accuse them of racism, murder and call for their defunding.

NOTE: yes, there are racist cops; yes, there are cops who abuse their power. They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. FACT: “justice for George Floyd”? who was NOT calling for justice? Who defended the cop? NO ONE.

The Guilty are Innocent and Innocent are Guilty

  • Charges being brought in these riots, not against the rioters, but against the police or church goers and hardworking business owners and employees
  • Celebrities and politicians who encourage violence, hatred and spew venom at those they disagree with are being promoted, celebrated and applauded while those who are speaking the truth about the lies, pointing out the facts, and condemning the hypocrisy are censored, cancelled and deluged with death threats
  • We have Leaders who lord over and become mini-dictators of the weak using fear about public safety and health, but refuse to confront or control the violent and the lawless because those same leaders are moral cowards and afraid motivated only by popularity, fear of the mob or getting re-elected.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

All the Wrong Reasons

We hear much from experts and pundits and political commentators about the root cause of our cultural demise.

  • It’s climate change…
  • It’s lack of education…
  • It’s lack of economic opportunity…
  • It’s social inequality…
  • It’s racism…
  • It’s whites… it’s blacks
  • It’s leftism, its al-right, its blue, its red
  • It’s imperialism… its colonialism.. its statism… its fascism… its Marxism
  • Its politics… the wrong party is in charge… the wrong ideology embraced… the Constitution is being ignored…

I have my own very strong opinions in each of those areas, and I believe that changes in all those areas would result in some temporary civic good

  • But they are NOT the answer, they are NOT the root cause of our disintegrating culture

We Need Truth

We need the truth, and the truth is in the Word of God.

  • My opinion doesn’t matter, no does the opinion of any other human when it comes to exposing the REAL problem.
  • The Truth, the real reason and source of societal ills can only be found in the one unchanging source of Truth

Romans 3:10–18 (NKJV) 10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one…

To be continued…