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IMPLICATIONS

Revelations 17:8 states:

The beast that thou sawest was , and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder , whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was , and is not, and yet is .

By context, this Scripture is speaking about the arrival of “the beast” of Revelation.  Let us take a look at the implications of the following statements : “and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder , whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was , and is not, and yet is .”

(1)The people who wonder after the beast will wonder only because (2) their names were not written in the book of life (3) from the foundation of the world.  The implication is that God’s elect are protected from the deception of the personality called “the beast” in this Scripture, and this protection was given FROM the foundation of the world, when their names were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Now, besides these, what other implications do we glean from these expressed truths ?

I venture to say, that one is that “hell”, the place of torment spoken of by the Lord Jesus in Luke 16, so often preached with much vigor by hellfire and brimstone, pulpit-pounding, Bible-waving, well-meaning preachers as the place everyone must avoid at all costs, and also preached as the place from which our Savior saved us, is not, was never, and will never be the lot of God’s people.

None of those whose names have been written down in the Book of Life were ever meant for hell.  Yes, they will be born of a fallen nature, being descendants of Adam, alienated from God by their inherited Adamic nature,  but, hell is NOT their lot, never was, never will be, because they were created by God for Himself, for His glory, and He called them out by name from the foundation of the world.

Even foreseeing Adam’s fall and the birth of a rebellious race, even foreseeing that He must judge sin and punish the sinners with eternal damnation, He had singled out those who will NEVER be bound for hell, claimed them as His own, and covered them with the blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

They have always been HIS SHEEP.  On earth, in the Person of His Only begotten Son, His firstborn among many brethren, He always referred to them as MY SHEEP.

He never taught that He came to make sheep of certain goats.

The Lord Jesus Christ paid the wages of sin for the elect which is death, gifting them with eternal life (Romans 6:23) guaranteed by His resurrection from “sheol”, death, the grave (Romans 1:1-5),  ransoming His people with His blood as demanded by an offended Holy God, and He saved them from the wages of sin – death, and corruption, guaranteeing their resurrection in their new nature (1 Cor. 15:47-57).

In God’s mind, they were never bound there.  How could they be, when they were chosen FROM the foundation of the world.   Hell was created  for the devil, and his angels and for the unregenerate, unelect portion of fallen mankind,  just as heaven was created for God’s redeemed, regenerated people among fallen mankind.  The Lord Himself said :  and none of them is lost , but the son of perdition……….john 17:12

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Random Thoughts

 

GUILT TRIP

Listening to one preacher this morning in the car radio I was struck by what he was saying.

This was a preacher I liked listening to because although we differ in the doctrine of salvation, he has always been a strong practical preacher.

He was talking about how Christians  have so compromised their standards and their world views for so long that such compromises gave rise to evil men, then, and now, and he cited the case of Christian Protestant Germany and the rise of Adolf Hitler, and he went on and on and on, and, yeah, if the listening church goer who thinks being a Christian is to be able to influence a corrupt world and have it “turn to Christ” for salvation, well, this is one heckuva guilt party right here.

Because what struck me was not the truth of what he was saying, but the falsities in his statement, and, to his credit, with apologies to whatever titles were before or after his name, he had no idea that what he was saying were false from the standpoint of what Scripture really says to whom.

You see, this world is fallen, inhabited by fallen men and women, dominated by the personality the Bible calls the prince of the power of the air, and the most righteously living, gentle, God-submitted, faithful Christ follower cannot change it, at all.

It is anti-God in its philosophies and outlooks, it is anti-God in its purposes, and will remain that way.

Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, came, lived righteously, committed no sin against God or anybody, and what did the world do ?

It crucified Him, both Jew and Gentile.

That is why it took the Son of God Himself,, on the cross, in time, to make sure that those who are God’s people, His elect from the foundation of the world, are safe and secure, atoned for and redeemed.

Because the wrath of God rests on this world already.

There is nothing in Scriptures that instructs the New Testament church to “influence the world” and have this world “turn to Christ for salvation”.  These are man-made, seminary-taught, concepts  built on doctrinal conclusions that God is a wanting, imploring, hoping God dependent on an organism called a church, composed of men and women called out from a fallen, rotten, decaying, self-willed, sin-shot world, to convert and influence such a world and hopefully turn it away from the wrath of an offended God.

Doctrinal conclusions that were arrived at through the misuse, misapplication, and misinterpretation of many Scriptures, quoted out of context, and interpreted from multi-faceted views of  God as a God of chances, a merciful, pleading God, a loving God, an angry but patient God,  a God whose sovereignty is as supreme only in as far as his fallen, sinful, creation called mankind’s will is concerned, defining that pseudo- sovereignty as grace extended and offered to a creation by an indiscriminately loving and self-assured God secure in His Sovereignty enough to allow weak-willed beings the exercise of their own free will.

These observations will meet resistance from many well-intentioned people who think of themselves as Christians, and, yes,  the big majority of them are, if one considers that being a Christian is defined from the points of view of ownership and identity and not church membership and conduct towards self and others.  

These points of view cannot but lead one a doctrinal conclusion (unacceptable to many well founded Christians) that one may be an atheist and yet a Christian and have no idea that he is a Christian, bought, atoned for, redeemed, andowned by the One who knew him from the foundation of the world, knew all about him and his hatred for Christ and anything that has to do with anyone that is worshipped, and yet loved him when what he deserved was wrath.

Or that one may be a Muslim, or a 7th day Adventist, or a devout Catholic, or an agnostic, or a “free thinker” (if ever such a one exists), and still be a Christian, not by virtue of his creed, or church affiliation, or tags, or confession of faith, or doctrine, but because in eternity past the Creator God foreknew him, wrote his name in His mind, the book of Life, knew of his coming bondage to sin and his being hocked to Satan, and set His face on earth to go to Jerusalem at the cross to shed, here in time, the blood He shed in eternity past as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world in order to atone for and redeem the elect sinner caught in the divisions of a fallen world.

Or, one may be unregenerate, but a Christian, since the Savior did not wait for the Spirit to regenerate all His people before He went up that cross to atone for and redeem His elect.  Let me qualify these statements at this point:  all of God’s people for whom Christ died at Calvary have been redeemed, even those still unborn as of today in time, but because they also are of Adam’s seed, dead in trespasses and sin and at enmity with God in their natural state, are to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit, in His own time, apart from any means.

The death of Christ here  in time, atoned for the sins of His people, and satisfied the wrath of an offended Creator.

The blood of Christ, shed at Calvary, here in time, redeemed His people from their bondage to the wages of sin and from Satan.  That blood broke Satan’s ownership.  The ransom has been paid, the property redeemed.

The resurrection of Christ, guaranteed to the owned, that he is a citizen of heaven, has always been a citizen of heaven, never abandoned by his God.

The word of God, the Bible, the Scriptures, the Old and New Testament, were written for the saints of God, His elect, everywhere, anywhere, and not for mankind.

The Bible is the instruction manual, not for the world, in general, but for His people, in particular (Romans 15:4; 1 Cor 10:11).

The words and instructions in that manual tell the addressee how he is to conduct himself among “the Gentiles” (the unelect, the ungodly) in order for them to know that there is a God in Israel.

There is nothing in the Bible where God mandates his people to influence rulers, or nations.

Any reprimanding, any correction, any disciplining is directed towards God’s people.

John the Baptist did not go to the Gentiles to reprimand them of their ungodly lifestyles.

He reprimanded Herod, a Jew, an Israelite.

God did not tell Moses in the Old Testament to make sure the heathen around him knows and hears of Jehovah God and His ten commandments.

God gave Moses the law which was for all HIS PEOPLE, Israel.

Neither did Joshua receive instructions from Jehovah to subjugate the heathen around and MAKE THEM BOW to Jehovah.

Calls for repentance were not made to those outside of God’s people.

If God sent Jonah to Nineveh to call these people unto repentance, it was because He had ALREADY softened the hearts of the Ninevites, not because they were especially drawn to God.

The Bible is chockful of instructions to God’s people to live peaceably among others, yes, but God never blamed the spread of evil, or of evildoers, on His people.

Preaching is for the edification, instruction, correction, and discipline of God’s people IN THE CHURCH.

In other words, let God’s people MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS.

Disciplining, cutting off, judging, of those without the church is God’s problem, and He has already done so at the cross.

Judgment is over, finished, done.

What is coming for those who are not among God’s people is eternal damnation, hell, lake of fire, separation from God eternally.

The cross sealed it for them.

The blood sealed them out of glory already.

The preacher’s business is not to make God’s people in his flock go on a guilt trip because somebody like Hitler, or bin Laden, or because a creed like Islam, or a corrupt “Christian” government, came about.

Or because the society they exist in is hellish, hell-bound, or hell-influenced.

The truth is, nothing short of God’s own power will change any society.

The preacher’s business is to correct and edify, and to have Christians in his flock go on a guilt trip when THEY begin to act, walk, talk, and quack, like the heathen.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Random Thoughts

 

enemy killed

When I heard the news, I was glad, happy, content, peaceful.
Back in 2001 when this guy sent his boys to crash their planes on the tower and at DC I watched in terror, anguish, and frustration at the carnage.
I saw people I thought were just papers floating down from the buildings.
I imagined the horror and terror of those who realized they couldn't get out of the buildings that they knew jumping out and slowly watching the ground meet you was much better than collapsing on the floor of whatever building they were on and burning to death.
I wasn't thinking in terms of Muslim or Christian, Asian or American or African, white, black, round-eyed, slit-eyed.
I was just thinking PEOPLE.

People who had people who loved them, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, nieces, in-laws, friends, mothers, fathers, just people going about their daily business of living, of worrying about whatever it is that was bothering them, people who were expected to come home to their families, or to birthday parties, or weddings, or hearings, people who expected to be home to their flats, apartments, RV's, or whatever it is that they go home to.
Now they're dead.

Osama bin Laden and his "martyrs" destroyed the lives of thousands of people.
I felt angry, I didn't know who to lash out at.
I see a woman in her Muslim dress and it takes all my effort not to get out of my car and just tear off that stupid dress and face-covering.
I see a man with Middle Easter features and the same thing happens to me.
I imagined things to do.
It took a lot of effort not to go down to the level of these terrorists and hurt somebody whose only fault just about then was to be a Muslim.
I pass by this mosque on my way to my church and feel so mad that this country their fellow Muslims so hated, would send its police to make sure they were unharmed in their going to and fro in worship, and I feel ashamed of myself at the thoughts in my mind,  sitting there in my church, singing the songs of Zion.

That very day, I wanted to go to any recruiting center and say: ENLIST ME, GIVE ME A GUN, TRAIN ME, SEND ME.
But, I was over 50.
Not even a citizen.
I felt violated, just like many Americans.
I felt dared, wanted to fight, ready to fight.
But who to fight ?

And so, from then and the years that followed, that frustration stayed within me, a simmering anger, fed all the more by the sight and news of Palestinians and Egyptians and others dancing and exchanging gifts because bin Laden had the boldness to send in his troops AT THE VERY HEART of capitalist America, never mind that they MURDERED innocents, which very well included their own fellow Muslims.
I felt angrier, and angrier, watching the news of suicide bombers blowing themselves and  MURDERING more innocents in Israel, and Spain, and London.

I felt nauseated at natural-born Americans fighting their own people, murdering them, because they have converted to Islam and felt more loyalty towards a religion than a country and people who nurtured them since birth.
I wanted my hands around the neck of the New York bomber, a naturalized US citizen who SWORE AN OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO THESE UNITED STATES.
Oh, what contemptible filth.

I watched aghast as a mother who lost her son who proudly went to serve his country turned against her own president, and government.
I couldn't believe the news coming out of Fort Bliss.
Of an army major shooting fellow soldiers because his mind was poisoned by the same filth that poisoned bin Laden's mind, and the minds of his minions, and of many other Muslims here in this 
country, and in other parts of the world.

And now bin Laden is dead.
How did I feel ?

Like somebody with a great weight lifted off his shoulder, who can once more leave his home and feel the sun shining on him and smell the fragrance of flowers.
Last night, for the first time in many years, I slept with a smile, with the feeling akin to a husband who just had a satisfyingly intimate relationship with his wife.

I REJOICE at his death, I am happy he is dead, I do not, will not, and cannot feel compassion for those he leaves behind.
Justice is served.
This country and its people, citizens and residents, have been avenged.
Honor is restored.

And, as usual, the hypocrites, the wet blankets, the tongue-clucking, head-shaking, arm-folding critics of the circle I move around in, those who fancy themselves holier, gentler, more sensitive, than others, pipe in with their pseudo-pious pronouncements of how so unchristian, how so un-Christlike, it was to rejoice over the death of one who brought so much sorrow and pain into American households as well as those of other nations, of how one is supposed to love their enemies because that is what Christ said to do.

I don't know what the term means:  Love your enemies.
I know Christ said that, but exactly what did He mean.
Which enemies are these ?
Theological enemies ?  Military enemies ? Racial enemies ?  Petty enemies ?
How do you, as a Christian soldier, love your enemy ?  Do you, like the Seals that took down the filth named bin Laden, shoot him on the forehead, and say, "Sorry, but, I love you, bro" ?
How do you, a physically stronger one, for example, drive that bayonet into the chest of your enemy as you and he wrestle with each other, who will surely kill you if he can overpower you, and still love him?
Do you look him in the eye and say, "I love you with the love of Christ, I'm a Christian.  Sorry to do this, but it's you or I" ?.

There has to be an explanation to that phrase, but in all honesty, I do not believe it has anything to do  with enemies like bin Laden and the kind of war that he wages, in which our men and women have to fight.
I can only fall back into Christ.
No, that wasn't an error in English.
I meant "into", not "fall back on".
I cannot do, given the flesh I live in, what is commanded, that is why He had to fulfill every iota of the law, because I am unable to, and I must hide once more in the cleft of the Rock that is mightier than I.

When  I think of the young Muslim man, or woman, who will continue to strap bombs onto their bodies, so they can blow up people just going about their business, how do I love the likes of bin Laden and those who plant hatred into the hearts of these young Muslim men and women who end their lives, and others, for a cause that exists only in their minds, and a religion as empty in its soteriology as Islam ?
I can't.
I can only respond in hate to their kind.
And when they are cut down, my response is : joy.
I'm happy bin Laden is dead.
And will be happy everytime a known terrorist leader is killed:  the leader, not the follower.
For the follower, I feel sadness.
Him or her I can love.
Him or her I can feel sadness for because he or she is as much a victim of those who call themselves leaders.
But the leader ?
Forget about it.
 
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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Random Thoughts