Archive for November, 2015

Doing Away with Terror!

Right from Adam’s fall, man finds trouble with everything except himself. It is like a person in a group doing a head count but forgetting to count himself in. The most recent hostage situation in Mali among other atrocious threats of terror, cries out loud for the need of moral reform in this world.

Now how do you think that is going to come about? For those who believe, that to love Christ is to live by His commandments (Jn14:15), should know that Jesus propitiates/overcomes the sinful nature of the world (1Jn2:2) by the power of the blood (Rom3:25), in which is His life (Lev17:11). The Moral Law is the standard of Christian living, where God is first in the believer’s life and second in thy neighbour, who is loved as much, as the believer loves himself/herself (Mt23:36-40).

Every act of ethnic cleansing or genocide like the Holocaust under the Nazi regime, the Armenian genocide at the hands of Ottoman empire or the genocide in Darfur, are all atrocities that have abused life from a perspective of lawless anarchy, leading to the downfall of that ruling regime by the Sovereign hand of God.

Now reading the Bible is like learning your ‘a, b, c’ and sentence construction then, is when you interpret scripture in the light of scripture. We therefore understand that the Church did not begin at Pentecost but began with Adam, where the first gospel that cited God’s redemption through the Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned in Gen3:15. By definition (Gen32:28) “Israel”, is one who strives against God and men and prevails; also from Ex31:13 we know that sanctification is of the Lord. Further, we must understand that Salvation is, God saving you from Himself, not from Satan, because it is God and not Satan who truly is judge, who pays the wages of sin, which is eternal death in fires of hell. So from the fact that the Holy Spirit gives life, we understand from scripture that the Son of God came, taking on the complete nature of man, to be that substitute and spotless sacrifice who would bear to the full extent, the wrath of His Father for sinful men, by carrying the guilt and sin of all people in His body (1Pet2:24). By this, the Lord Jesus Christ merited salvation for God’s elect, thus purchasing for His Church, the life giving Holy Spirit

Job 23:10
“But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

So bringing it all together, the Lord sanctifies His people in the furnace i.e. this world, while He purchases a living spirit from the Holy spirit for these who are His people, that they may come forth as gold, as He burns out the dross from within them.

In the light of Dan2:27-47/Mt16:18/Col2:11, we understand that God’s Church is built with living stones (Rev3:12) i.e. the testimony of Christ eternally enabled by the Holy Spirit to abide in the heart of every believer (Jn3:3,16). We however live in a world, where the sons of Adam are under the sway of Satan because in the loins of Adam they chose to believe Satan’s lies as over heed God’s truth. These fools have wicked survival instincts and perceive everything that has come from God, including: Satan, money or a mate to be somehow greater or more valued than God, who actually defines life itself. In heeding the lies of Satan, the world has received Satan as their father and it is by Satan’s spirit the world receives its nature but it is by God’s life giving breath that this anti-Christian spirit is destroyed.

From Gen2:17/Jn20:22/2Tim3:16 as against 2Thes2:8/1Jn4:3, we understand in the light of Rom9:17 that power was given to the Satanic anti-Christian Spirit so just as God raised Egypt to be destroyed that His might be known among His people, so too the power Satan in his sway has over the world is what he has been given, until the day he meets his eternal destruction at the hands of God who is Sovereign.

Nehemiah 4
16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”

Luke22
35 And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.” 36 And He said to them, “But now, [e]whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and [f]whoever has no sword is to sell his [g]coat and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘And He was numbered with transgressors’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.”

We know the nature of the world is against God’s Church, since the world’s lawless fools heed the spirit of Satan, who is the father of lies (Jn8:44), the accuser of God’s people (Rev12:10) and having no other purpose but to steal, kill and destroy (Jn10:10). Against these who operate under Satan, we must arm to protect ourselves and those unto whom God calls us to deliver His saving Gospel.

If we believe that there truly is a God, who gives and sustains life then we ought to admit that godless rebellions like: blood thirsty Islam, state provisioned murder through abortion/euthanasia and state licenced marriage encouraging homosexuality and bestiality; are what we must bring to an end.

The issue with apostate religions like Islam is that it gives in to the people’s lusts of putting the blame everywhere else but upon the individual himself/herself. I say this from things I have heard Muslims say; that music is banned in Islam because music once distracted certain people from hearing their call to prayer. Also chess, which according to a particular Islamic authority is banned because it once distracted a certain ruler from engaging in war, as this ruler was more keen on finishing his game of chess. So it is that Islam appears to be just another religion of outward religiosity that fails to teach self-examination before God who is Majestically Holy, as over blaming everything else. Simply because in their denial of the Lord Jesus Christ who merited salvation by His blood, the Spirit of repentance (Acts11:18) was not given to these and so they are left with a spirit of anarchy from Adam.

Again, if we believe that life is dependent on God, we ought to know that a blessed life can exist only in obeying the Lord Jesus Christ. Either way we are going to glorify Him, if not His mercy then surely His justice; a choice which is ours to reap (Deut30:19) while nothing shall thwart what God has planned (Is14:27) as He is Almighty. Even what we may refer to as God’s foolishness, that is greater than our intellect and what we may refer to as His weakness, that is greater than our strength (1Cor1:25).

Ezek 36
30 I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 I am not doing this for your sake,” declares the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!”

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

In King Christ, God is reigning in His righteousness and reconciling the whole world to Himself (Col1:16-20). The Church and Israel are one and the same, a people who are brought to repentance, healed and restored unto God through Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross (Is53:4-6).

John3:18
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

So the bottom line is, if we are looking for a world that is free from terror, we ought to turn to teaching the people about the Prince of Peace (Is9:6) i.e. the Lord Jesus Christ, who propitiates the sins of God’s people unto living by the healthy standard of God’s law. This evangelical work must be initiated by the Church, under the protection of the Church and the State throughout the whole world.

Hab2:14
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.

This we can do by either choosing to wilfully obey God and please Him or we can give in to our slothful and lawless nature from Adam but no matter what we choose, it shall not serve to dampen what God has promised through the saving knowledge of the Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ for all creation.

The Truth we must learn from the Paris Attack!

We live in a society where believing in God is one of life’s many options, to this extent we have gone liberal. In our mushy moments we like to think and talk of God and His moral requirements but in our critical decision-making we stand on the faux grounds of evolution being a reality and so people live as they deceptively see fit ( Rev12:9). Hence believing in God is merely a matter subject to people’s choices and not one which is most critical to life.

I do condemn the Paris Attack that occurred this morning but I know this from scripture, that Judgement begins first with house of God (1Pet4:17). If I were to consider the religious identity of France, I would say it is close to a Christian one though many may argue it is Secular from the perspective of democracy, which precisely is the issue am addressing.

The godless liberal may see the terror attack as one on democracy and the French way of life but democracy is what the people want and the terrorists got what they wanted at a death metal concert in the Bataclan club. Is life really/only about getting what you want? If you believe God exists, then isn’t life dependent to how we live according to God’s moral precepts? The media may throw the Paris attack in our face and enrage us from unholy fear but the truth is our governments have sponsored the slaughter of the innocent through abortion and licensed gay marriage to appease godless liberals in society, who care little for God’s requirements for a healthy life. This has grieved & angered the Holy Spirit (Eph4:30-31).

I am no Islamic sympathizer and I sincerely hope those who were involved in this attack get the justice they deserve, which is capital punishment (Ex21:12,14). However, liberal mentality from unholy fear is such that, from its ignorance of God it has no knowledge of what really is right and what really is wrong. These self-righteous lawless fools run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, in the sense that these would condemn the attack while later wanting mercy for the perpetrators linked with this crimes. Such is the fallen lawless mindset of self-righteousness which people received in Adam, who rejected the knowledge of God concerning right and wrong for His own deceptively enlightened state of knowing right from wrong (Gen3:1-6).

Prov 8:36
“But he who sins against me injures himself;
All those who hate me love death
.”

It’s not that am a sadist or God is a sadist who enjoys the suffering of His people. It’s just that the path we chose for ourselves in Adam is one of death and suffering itself. It’s funny that we should ask, why God makes us suffer, when He has never been our standard for a healthy moral lifestyle. There is no life outside God and just as creation longs for the coming forth of His adopted sons (Rom 8:19), creation is disgusted with those who are their own standard of life and a law to themselves. My duty therefore as an adopted son in writing this post is similar to the role given Ezekiel as a watchman to warn people of their sins and it wages (Ezek33:7-9).

James 1
14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

God loves His people, and Jesus is that cornerstone who turns curses to blessings by making Himself subject to the wages of all sin (Gal3:13/Rom8:28). For those who belong to Jesus, these alone are the godly, discipled by the Holy Spirit; as the word disciple refers to one who is disciplined by God.

Let us take a look at Israel at a point of time in the Old Testament, when they turned from God and went their own way and how God brought them back to Himself through spiritual realization i.e. repentance. We must look at this scripture below in the light of knowing God is sovereign and even those who rebel against Him, serve His purpose and glorify His justice, just as God’s people mutually delight with God in glorifying His mercy.

Isaiah 10
5 “Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger,
   in whose hand is the club of my wrath!

6 I send him against a godless nation,
    I dispatch him against a people who anger me,
to seize loot and snatch plunder,
    and to trample them down like mud in the streets.

7 But this is not what he intends,
    this is not what he has in mind;
his purpose is to destroy,
    to put an end to many nations.

8 ‘Are not my commanders all kings?’ he says.

9 ‘Has not Kalno fared like Carchemish?
Is not Hamath like Arpad,
    and Samaria like Damascus?

10 As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,
    kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria—

11 shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images
    as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?’”

12 When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes. 13 For he says:
“‘By the strength of my hand I have done this,
    and by my wisdom, because I have understanding.
I removed the boundaries of nations,
    I plundered their treasures;
    like a mighty one I subdued[a] their kings.

14 As one reaches into a nest,
    so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations;
as people gather abandoned eggs,
    so I gathered all the countries;
not one flapped a wing,
    or opened its mouth to chirp.’”

15 Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it,
    or the saw boast against the one who uses it?
As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up,
    or a club brandish the one who is not wood!

16 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors;
under his pomp a fire will be kindled
    like a blazing flame.

17 The Light of Israel will become a fire,
    their Holy One a flame;
in a single day it will burn and consume
    his thorns and his briers.

18 The splendor of his forests and fertile fields
    it will completely destroy,
    as when a sick person wastes away.

19 And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few
    that a child could write them down.

The Remnant of Israel
20 In that day the remnant of Israel,
    the survivors of Jacob,
will no longer rely on him
    who struck them down
but will truly rely on the Lord,
    the Holy One of Israel.

Col1:16-20
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ
19 For it pleased the Father that in Jesus all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

The validation of Christianity as life’s ultimate truth is in the transformation an individual goes through when he/she begins a relationship with God, made possible in the Lord Jesus Christ. As Charles Spurgeon once said, the Salvation God offers us in the Lord Jesus Christ is one which works like a double cure. Where first, our record of sins is passed on to the debt Jesus paid for on the cross, making us free of the subconscious guilty of sin against Almighty God and second, by sanctifying us through life’s furnace experiences into the likeness of Christ, like gold blasted in the furnace, purified by burning out the dross. Godless liberals may be sophisticated enough to hide their guilt of sin but like the radical Islamists who go marauding to earn themselves their paradise of virgins, these fools learn they are deceived by the haughtiness of their own fallen pride when they receive the justice on His divine Majesty.

John 14
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Prov 9:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Bottom Line, you: western countries who delight in being sophisticated and cultured, you forget these etiquettes, are not something of your own invention but what has been handed down and watered down from generation to generation, from a time when theology was every gentlemen’s hobby. Today the Westminster Shorter Catechism is taught in Seminary but back in the 16th century it was taught to Sunday school children. Over time you chose the ideology of evolution over creation and taught lethal devices in your schools to your own children despite the glaring conflict of scientific evidence available. Do you think you can be of substance without truth? No, you can’t! So repent France and all of you in Western countries who have forgotten to thank God for your development and return to God in Jesus Christ… lest you be left behind.

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