The Left; Cruelty to Women …

“… The Tender mercies of the wicked are cruel…” Proverbs 12 

“… And He said to the Serpent, I will put enmity between thee and the woman…” Genesis 3

Those who are proponents of the left in this nation, pretend to be so compassionate and concerned , for minorities, women, children, “working families” etc. .  Supposedly Leftists are the caring ones, for they defend the interests of the weak, disenfranchised and powerless.

I am not qualified to judge anyone’s intentions, but the truth is illustrated in the above mentioned proverb,that such “compassion” as the left practices, is actually quite cruel, particularly when it comes to women. No one is as cruel and as demeaning to women as the so called progressives who have seized power in this country.

Take the issue of abortion on demand, something the left foisted upon us without a vote or referendum, instead it came as a curse upon America through decree of the Supreme Court. Abortion was going to “liberate women” so they could be free to become independent of men,  to have sex without consequences, pursue careers, forego marriage, children, family, in short to fulfill life on her own terms.

To leftists in America, Abortion on demand is a virtual religious sacrament. Any attempt to lessen or eradicate in American public life is met with the same fury Mohammedans showed when people made cartoons of the (false) Prophet, Mohammed.

The truth? Abortion is murder. It is unnatural and soul destroying to kill one’s own baby in the womb. Abortion is the murder not only of the baby, but of everything feminine, nurturing, and tender about the mother. There are accounts of many women sinking into depression upon the anniversary of their abortion.

Legalizing abortion has opened many women up to countless pressures from parents, abusers, boyfriends, etc to simply abort the child, “You could do something to solve this problem…if you wanted to, you could simply abort it, I will even give you the money to do it”.

There was a time where simply disposing of a baby in the womb would have been unthinkable, and beyond the realm of possibility for most people. There has always been sex, and there has also always been pre-marital sex, with the ever present chance of pregnancy and shame.

In the tender mercies of the wicked, the shame has been expunged, allegedly, by a simple “medical procedure”. In the process, so also has the soul of the mother been expunged, or at least badly damaged, for one cannot commit the sin of murder with impunity, even if the so called “Supreme Court” says that you can. The Tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

It was leftist agitation in the 1950s and 60s, which loosened our nations laws against pornography, making a very hostile and dangerous moral climate here in America particularly for women and children.  The twisted and deformed moral twin of pornography is abortion on demand. Both of these societal tumors demean and debase women and children.

This led to the sexual anarchy movement, the so called “Sexual Revolution” which has all but destroyed love and romance, and set men against women and women against men, and has scarred almost everyone in our society, spawning a “war of the sexes” which we see paying out in Washington DC today.

The “Me Too” movement is also extremely dangerous and demeaning of women. Consider the current obvious fiasco occurring in Washington DC in the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and how ultimately damaging they are to women in general.

  • Senator Diane Feinstein’s last minute hail Mary pass, cynically pulling out an unfounded, unwitnessed allegation of sexual abuse 36 years previously does a serious disservice to all true victims of sexual abuse who had the courage to tell someone what had happened to them. Feinstein so obviously used Ford’s confession as a Trump card (no pun intended).
  • Throwing accusations around as a tool in the political war chest, demeans the suffering of real sex abuse victims, and is likely to have a possible chilling effect on those who would reveal it.
  • Feinstein , the feminist relic from the 1970’s showed contempt for all women when she so viciously used Ford, who is an obviously damaged soul, to gain political power. Satan can only see women as a means to an end, and so also do his leftist disciples.
  • What about the other female victims in this travesty?  I mean the wife and two daughters of Judge Kavanaugh. Are we supposed to just “Shut up and believe “the accusations against their Father and Husband in this perverse re-reading of “To Kill A Mockingbird”? Does Kavanaugh’s wis not have feelings? Do His daughters count for anything? Leftism is cruel.
  • . Kavanugh’s daughter’s prayers for the accuser have been mocked in a vicious political cartoon in the Illisnois Times newspaper, which has her asking forgiveness for the sex crimes of her Father! (This is sick and twisted stuff).
  • The very fabric of our society is being torn apart. Do you realize what life will be like in the west when the ‘presumption of innocence’ is lost? When a mob of hysterical and screaming women can corner a US Senator in an elevator, and bring to a halt the confirmation of an extremely qualified jurist, we know we are very close to anarchy.

The cultural winds which are blowing in the last couple of decades have driven leftist men and women out into the streets in costumes which reveal the utter hatred Satan has for women; they wear hats which are modeled after female genitalia, young girls and boys not even teen aged sport signs with obscene messages of hatred, women routinely talk like the roughest of men, blaspheming, taking God’s name in vain, debasing sex by using ephitats, such language which was once only heard in a prison, or on a battleship at war.

The policies of the left have hurt women also.

By subsidizing single motherhood with welfare payments, the family has been seriously eroded and undermined. Now women can do without a husband, they have been liberated from the need for a man, now they marry Uncle Sam! The Government is the new Husband. Children are raised without Fathers, women are “set free” of marriage, commitment, honor and dignity, and the unhappiness which this new status cultivates within women,(and men who think like this) is directed against everything traditional, patriarchal and biblical.

The Left is proving itself to be Satanic and hateful and extremely harmful to women in particular. Soon though, we will witness the advent of the “Seed of the Woman” who is coming to crush the serpent once and for all. Maranatha!

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Troubler Why Do You Trouble Us?… a Pastor’s lament for a backslider

Oh Troubler, why do you trouble us?

We had just talked to you, we thought you were doing better…

Why did you take your eyes off of Him who comes to us in the midst of every storm?

What did you see, when you gazed at the Babylonian garment?

What misery was so great that you were willing to sell out,

just to relieve it?

 

Foolish one, why did you stray?

Did it work put for you?  Are you better off now?

Now, that we who love you are made miserable?

Wouldn’t it be better to suffer than to sin?

Which is worse, suffering or sin?

Which is the cause and which is the effect?

 

Hider, why did you hide from us?

We would have kept the vigil with you through the long , painful night

We would have prayed with you and staved off the evil One,

One day at a time, “Each day has evil enough”

But it is not good to be alone my brother…

 

Achan,We don’t want to go on without you…

We are worried about you brother…

but we worry in all of our prayers for you …

Why did you let us down?

If one suffers don’t we all? If anyone of us sins, don’t we burn?

Now we remember

how painful it is to love someone,

to hope for something better,

 

We all hoped against hope for you, (We still do)

But this fall is an offense…a stumbling block and a burden…

Now we remember, how bitter death is

in all of it’s forms…

truly the wages of sin is death…

When you sin, we all die for we are one…if one suffers…all suffer

 

Troubler why did you trouble us?

What were you looking for when you went out from among us?

Admit it,

Did you think you could grab for yourself

some of the solace once found in the garden?

Were you going to force your way past  the flaming Cherubim and take for yourself?

 

I mourn for you my brother

I remember by the fire at the lake,The men of Christ gathered around you,

they prayed and sang hymns

as you were born again

unto a living hope…

You called upon Jesus,

 

Remember that we told you once,

That the mercies of the Savior, are new every morning?

(Haven’t we sang that in song, time and again?)

That should you fall a thousand times, get back up,

Even in prison, or as they say ,(The ends of the earth)

“If you seek me, you shall find me, if you seek me with all of your heart”.

How could we disown you? (Never)

 

We are not ashamed of anyone who sins,

as long as they return…

We know, brother, none of us are far from defection,

Could it be that this trouble and pain is what it might take

to finally bring you to the One who has loved you Brother?

to Him who Has washed you of your sins in his own blood?

 

Forgetful One, we call you to  remember,

If God marked iniquities, who could stand,

but with Him there is forgiveness,

that He might be feared…

Troubler, All does not have to be a loss-

Just remember the thief on the cross!

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You Choose ; Bride Or Harlot? …(the false Church 1)

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.(John 14:1-3)

I have been told that the words above, spoken by Jesus on the eve of his crucifixion, are almost word for word the typical engagement speech to a young bride to be, in First century Israel. Here speaks the ultimate groom, to all of those who have heard his voice and have left this world in spirit, to put their trust in him.

The engagement is binding, for He will never leave us or forsake us. In first century Judaism, betrothal was as binding as marriage, which is why Joseph almost divorced Mary when he found her with child before the marriage occurred.

From the very beginning, the true body of believers, redeemed and saved, have been likened unto a virtuous woman, a daughter, a fiancé, or a wife. We hear of the ‘daughter of Zion’, or the Wife of Jahweh in the Law and the Prophets. In the New Testament, we are presented with the Bride of Christ, and the prospect of participation in the marriage of the Lamb!

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.(Revelation 19:6-9)

The bride makes herself ready for the great day. She knows it is coming, and is oriented towards that day, come what may.

But scripture presents another feminine metaphor, the Bride is rivaled by the Harlot. What is a harlot , but an obscene parody of a bride?

The book of Revelation and the book pf Proverbs both have the Bride and the Harlot as a running theme. We hope that the Son of the King, in Proverbs, will chose the right woman, lady Wisdom, who sets a fine table, (bread and Wine) and has a teaching for the simple wayfarers of life.

But the spiritual reader of Proverbs holds his/her breath, hoping that David’s Son will not fall for the beautiful seductress, whose lips drip with honey, and who flatters and even impudently kisses the inexperienced one, speaking of her devotion to God, yet describing the sights and sounds and sensuality of her bed!

So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.(Proverbs 7:13-17)

Who is this mysterious woman? What cognitive dissonance! She assures him she is “Saved, sanctified, and right with God”, then goes on to describe the potential pleasures of her bed!

This woman is none less than the false Christian church. She doesn’t really love Jesus, but she pretends to, and she seduces many by her ways. She loves self supremely, and imagines that she can have it all, Jesus and the world. She is sensual, not spiritual, but is deceived into thinking that sensual is spiritual.

But the Proverbs warn us, that in the end,

Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.(Proverbs 7:27)

By the time we get to the end of Proverbs, we are relieved to see that the son of the King has chosen the right woman, the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31. (Proverbs 31 is a heavy trip to put upon a real live woman, for few can ever live up to her. Actually she is a metaphor for the true worshippers of God, whose“Light never goes out at night…” and who glorifies her husband.)

The Revelation of John is similar. We see the true and good woman, suffering long as she awaits her husband to be, the true groom, the coming King. The whole world hates her, and falsely accuses her, and there is no one on earth zealous to set the record straight, for she has no earthly resources. She suffers for the truth that she witnesses to, and because she won’t just bow down to the great LIE being foisted on the world.

Yet She remains faithful, ready to “have and to hold”, awaiting the glorious wedding, through the long night.

The Groom gives her words of comfort such as;

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.(Revelation 2:8-11)

But the Revelation warns of another woman, a horrifying, gaudy harlot, dripping with wealth and worldly influence. She holds a chalice (as if she provides the sacramental meal ), but She herself is drunk on the blood of the Saints of God!

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.(Revelation 17:3-5)

The great Harlot is not simply false religion. She is not Hinduism, Bhuddism or Islam, all of which are expressions of Demon worship and easily detected by Christians as false.

Instead the Harlot is an imposter, an obscene parody of the only true religion, she says she is Christian and speaks of Jesus, but has long ago sold out to the god of this age and is seducing many.

To those who are impressed by numbers and power she has great appeal for the false church is exploding in popularity and worldly influence. She has cast down many wounded…there are many back slidden pastors and christians, for whom her charms are almost irresistible because she can appear to sooth their troubled consciences in ways other than repentance and faith.

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Wisdom Cries Out In The Streets…( Judge Kavanaugh )

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. ( 2 Timothy 3:1-5)

I believe that at all times God’s Wisdom is crying out in the streets to every generation, both through Scripture, as well as through ordained witnesses of God’s truth. Every day and night, knowledge pours forth, for the Most High would rescue men, from their own folly and from His Holy wrath.

But humanity will not listen to scripture, for the most part, neither will they pay heed to those witnesses God has sent to them. Therefore Wisdom also cries out through current events as well. God is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance, so he speaks to us in our times through the things which occur in public life.

But like the handwriting on the wall, who knows the interpretation of the strange writings? Only the righteous and faithful, those who have ears to hear.

I believe there is a message in the current vicious controversy swirling around the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I consider the two sides in this controversy to be representative of two kinds of American citizens.

Kavanaugh seems to be a throwback to the old Judeo Christian American ideal. He is a family man, someone who has worked hard to attain high standing in Law, one who holds to an “originalist” interpretation of the Constitution, a “man of the book”.  By every appearance he is a loving Husband and Father, and one who has been noted as being respectful of women and men.

Kavanaugh Was a Virgin In High School and College

I do not know this man personally, I am talking about appearances, and general testimony by those who do know him, and by all accounts , humanly speaking, He is a good and decent man.

Kavanaugh’s story seems to typify our highest ideals as a culture back when we held a Judeo Christian consensus; hard work, delayed gratification, reason and logic ( he is an originalist), objectivity, equity, decency and the Christian notion of respect for women.

The America He came of age in, was in the spasms of a cultural revolution. The yearbooks of the high schools that he and his accuser attended celebrated “student life” as a Bacchanalian existence, full of sexual immorality, drunkenness, and excess.

From the 1960’s all the way through the 1980’s, Chastity was ridiculed, and even despised, drunkenness loosened inhibitions, and there is no doubt that people were victimized and taken advantage of since “strong drink is a mocker and wine is a brawler”. 

They said “Everybody is doing it” but not everybody was doing it! There were and are people who keep their integrity in such times. Evidently Kavanaugh did, and he made something substantive and beautiful of his life.

What I believe Wisdom is saying to all of us is that it is the fact that He is good and what  he represents is good, that the left hates with a fierce passion. “….THEY WILL BE HATERS OF THOSE WHO ARE GOOD…”.

He is not only what the left is cultivating people to hate, but to envy as well.  He is “privileged” according to the dictates of the modern “egalitarianism”, he is of European ancestry, He is Male and straight, he has worked hard and attained without Government assistance, and therefore is at the bottom of the so called “intersectional” divide.

It also looks like he turned down the debachery that swirled around him in high school and college. I guess you could call that ‘privilege’.

It is as though a well dressed man or woman saw a fetid swamp, stinking and bubbling with putrid sludge, and they found a way to go over it, without being spattered. Clothes remain neat and tidy and decent. Whew!

But now 35 years later, a long, grimy, arm emerges from the swamp  dripping with fecal matter, and is attempting to drag Kavanaugh into the Swamp, and to baptize him, ( and all he represents ) in the muck.

Those who in the 1980’s scoffed at the notion of virginity until marriage would now spatter him (and all men) with the muck of their own depravity. “They all do it!” .Part of this putrid “Me too” movement is an attempt to slime all normal and decent men, another way of saying “everybody does it we all know that”, and to cynically deny that anyone can ever be decent.

Kavanaugh is pro-life. He believes life is sacred and it seems that He could be used by the LORD to finally remove the reproach of the abominable Roe vs Wade decision which foisted abortion on a Judeo Christian nation which never would have voted for it. The Left is absolutely religiously devoted to Abortion, it is sacramental to them, they are neo-Molochians!

Those seeking to slime Kavanaugh represent the other soul of America. They are the anti-God, Anti-Life revolution, which seeks to destroy everything of the old Judeo Christian order and culture. They hate the Good. They Love death, because they hate God. They also hate beauty, and order . They can hardly contain their contempt for Kavanaugh and all of those he represents.

Kavanaugh brought his family into the Senate gallery; his lovely wife and two daughters and his parents, but the proceedings were so upsetting to them, they had to be removed. An organized calvacade of radical Muslims, Lesbian activists, Feminists ann other horrible misfits shrieked and flailed to desecrate the decorum of the United States Senate, supposedly the “world’s Greatest Deliberative body”. So much for dignity.

This charade is so obvious it is embarrassing. Kavanaugh had already went through several severe FBI vettings and passed without any trouble. The Senate had already virtually unanimously approved of Him for a lower court decision.

But the Left is ruthless and unprincipled in their sheer will to power. They are willing to trash a decent man in front of his own family, (As they did Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork before them), in order to protect their most sacred religious rite, abortion on demand. This is a spiritual spectacle in a spiritual war, they will stop at nothing to achieve their power.

The nation means nothing to them, neither does the constitution or any law, nor do good men. Because their ideas are so putrid, the left has had to resort to successfully lobbying for millions os third world immigrants to flow into our formerly civilized society, to cancel out the votes of responsible taxpayers and to keep themselves in power.

They are haters of the good…

They actually hate them as Cain hated Abel, because “…Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous…”.

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.  ( I John 3:11-13)

Harlots are being brought forth out of the ranks of the left, to falsely accuse this decent man, in spite of his stirling public record, in a desperate bid to keep the curse of Roe s Wade active and to continue to slaughter babies in America. This is a portent of the coming judgment.

 

 

 

 

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Satan Desires To Sift us …

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.(Luke 22:31-32)

Everywhere I turn lately I have been seeing brothers and sisters in faith undergoing intense trials in many areas of their lives. Of course we know that the Christian life consists of manifold trials, for as the book of Acts tells us, “through many tribulations shall we enter into the Kingdom of heaven” .

But recently it seems to me that for those around me, the trials are of a particular intensity and seem to be focused upon the tearing apart of families and the putting to the proof of the faith of children who have been raised in highly conscientious christian homes.

I have asked the Father in heaven for wisdom and I believe He reminded me of this scripture as an answer. What we are experiencing is the end times sifting of the faith of our families, especially our children.

Jesus told us that this pressure upon families would be one of the evils to endure as a consequence of the last days before He returns,

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

Time and again I have been hearing from heart-broken parents who have given their children a christian home, education and environment, yet whose children upon coming of age, have seemingly rejected it all, repudiating their own upbringing and abandoning their faith.

These parents are stunned that seemingly devout and compliant children are defecting in various degrees from the spirituality that the family had raised them in.

What we are going through is what Peter went through, on the night Jesus was betrayed. The events leading up to and including the crucifixion, foreshadow the last days and the tribulation that we must partly endure. Satan has been allowed to sift us.

Everything that can be shaken is being shaken…

The sifting is designed to “put to the proof”, or reveal to us how much of our faith is truly grain and how much of it is bran, husk , pebbles or other debris. That element must be sifted out of us, but this trial is admittedly painful and bewildering .

A good many of us who have been christians through the last twenty years and have raised children as Christians, have done so almost believing that our committment to alternative education , (Homeschooling, Christian school), and discipline, (Proverbs, spanking, correction and training) would guarantee the salvation of our children.

Although such things are certainly Biblical and greatly beneficial, and can even tend towards the ultimate acceptance by our children of the grace of God revealed in Jesus the Saviour and Lord; they are certainly no substitute for Salvation.

Salvation is of the grace of God alone. Our homeschooled, highly disciplined, creation believing, counter culturally raised children , are still sinners in need of the Saviour. Unless they are born again, they are only well-behaved, highly educated, well spoken, Bible versed sinners.

There are so many ways our children, even in the best of spiritual circumstances are being appealed to by the world and seduced by the Spirit of the Age! The only true refuge from the world for our families is the Lord himself.

Simon was so sure He was ready to go down fighting for the Lord, even if all else deny Him! How ‘confidence in the flesh’ collapses in the time of sifting! This had to be exposed in Simon, He had to be put into a position that brought this out!

God wasn’t surprised by Simon’s collapse and denial, only Simon was surprised. God allowed Satan to expose Him so that He would truly turn to Jesus and be saved.

So it is with the homes and families of many of us going through serious personal tests. Children who were formerly compliant are telling off parents, willfully defying them, casting off respect, reverence, love and committment that they might follow their own lusts.

Satan has requested it and God is allowing this sifting. But Jesus is praying for us that our faith not fail us. He wants us to know that He cares for us and our children. “I have prayed for you that your faith fail not”.

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.(Hebrews 7:25)

Don’t despair if your family is in the sifting, cling to the One who lives to intercede for us in all of our weakness! Don’t forget that even the best trained children are yet sinners in need of New Birth! Jesus has allowed this exposure for their salvation.

Remember that Jesus looked ahead and told Peter “When you are converted…” Not if, but “when”! There are promises from God for our children to plead before the throne in the time of sifting, such as,

Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.(Isaiah 49:24-25)

Finally Jesus predicted that these “children of the sifting” would one day be converted and strengthen their brothers . We have often pleaded for our children,”whats it going to take?” ,so why should we be surprised by what the sifting reveals?

Many will fall, many parents hearts will be broken before its over, but these children will come back stronger than ever one day, and be used to strengthen and refresh the brothers.

And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: …(Daniel 11:35)

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God Loves His Righteousness (more) … Hell pt 3

In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.  If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.  The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.  ( Psalm 11)

“… God is Love …”, ( I John 4:8)

Everybody agrees that God loves. God is Love. God loves man, that is why He sent his only beloved Son to come and die as a substitute for our sins. “Greater Love has no man than this…that He lay down his Life for his friends …”.  This is the attribute of God which is most widely known and appreciated.

This evil generation has virtually been hardened into irrepentance by an over- emphasis upon God’s Love. Obviously it is impossible, on the one hand to ever overstate the infinite, abounding and eternal Love of our Creator, His Son and the grace which he extends to the rebellious race He has created.

I liken our current western society to the French Atheist on his death bed. When He was asked what if He was wrong about God, he answered, “God will forgive me, that is His job isn’t it?”.

But God’s love comes in a context, it cannot be isolated. The trueLove of God cannot be appreciated without contemplating the Holiness of God. His Love is Holy Love. God hates all that is evil, false, defiled, twisted and perverted. He hates sin and rebellion, and lawlessness.

People cannot contemplate the Love of God until they appreciate the enormity of their own sin against God. We have forfeited any right to live in God’s universe by our transgressions against him! Neither do most of us have any concept of the fact that we are utterly impotent to save our own souls. We are ruined by our sins, and there is nothing we can do about it.

Another reason people fail to be amazed at the Love of God, is because they do not understand the doctrine of the freedom of God. God doesn’t have to save anyone. It would be perfectly constant with his Holiness to damn everyone of us. He would be in the right were He to do so.

But God loves man and has found a Righteous way to save us from our sins.

This is one of the great truths of the eleventh Psalm. God loves man, but He doesn’t Love us more than He loves His own Righteousness!

Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous Lord liveth righteousness …

As recorded in the Revelation, when His Holy Angels pour out vats of agony upon the people of the earth, they are not doing anything wicked, they are doing the right thing!

And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.(Revelation 16:1-11)

There is no remorse from Heaven when God orders these vials to be poured out, for the Righteous God loves his righteousness. In fact the angels proclaim the Righteousness of God  (vs 5,7)  as they do so, although the agony, pain and suffering upon mankind is intense. God is praised as “True and Righteousness” and is lauded, “for you have judged thus”.

People have been conditioned to think of Divine Love in humanistic terms, and therefore are unable to really know the Love of God. God loves people, but not as much as He loves his own righteousness.

 

 

 

 

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Holy Wrath…Hell pt 2

For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.(Deuteronomy 32:22-24)

The doctrine of the Divine judgment of sinners is terrible to truly contemplate. So terrible that many evangelicals are retreating from it as though it is somehow beneath the concept of a loving and merciful God. But hell is of God, He ordained it as a place of punishment for unrepentant men and angels. The wrath of God is a Divine attribute, it is His glory as much as His mercy and truth are .

Earlier we made the point that Hell is a Divine revelation of the hatefulness of sin, and of the justice of God. We should be glad that we worship a God who truly, deeply hates evil in all of its malignant forms. I would hate to think of a universe where goodness goes unrewarded, whilst Evil goes unpunished. Hell teaches us that sin will always receive the punishment it deserves , forever.

We have a God who has placed us into a moral universe. Be assured, both good and evil are rewarded in kind. No matter how many people band together in unity and consensus to do evil, the infinite, personal, holy God will have the final word.

Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished…(Proverbs 11:21)

We also showed how Hell is an eternal demonstration of the Infinite worth of God. All sins are against the infinitely holy and good being, to whom we owe our very existence.

Who is this God that people routinely sin against? For a wrong done is aggravated according to whom it is the wrong is done against. Striking me would be bad enough, but striking the governor, or the president or the king would be much,much worse ! We are talking about the consequence of sins against the infinite, personal God , the King of the universe!

If people could see God, they would instantly know that there is a hell and that they deserve to go there, for hating Him. All beauty is derived from Him, He isn’t merely beautiful, God is beauty itself! God doesn’t have goodness, God is goodness itself. God doesn’t merely love, God is love! God is Truth! God is the very concept of Right-ness. What shall be done with those who hate and resist Beauty, truth, goodness and love forever?

Continuing on with this subject, here are more aspects of how Hell glorifies God;

* Hell and the Cross – There is much in common with the awful prospect of going to the lake of fire forever, and the obscene spectacle of the cross of Jesus, the Son of God hanging naked, tortured and helpless before his enemies, abandoned by all, including God himself.

To both the cross of Jesus, and the lake of fire, the unbeliever asks the question, Why? Why did it have to be so awful? How could a God of love allow this? How is it that this is what it took to save us? Why would a loving God send anyone there?

The cross is awful and of course the lake of fire is awful, but the rebellion of mankind against the thrice Holy ,good,God of truth and mercy, is infinitely awful. Evil is so toxic and terrible , and so deeply ingrained in humanity, that the cross of Jesus was the only righteous way to eradicate it!

Rebellion cannot stay in God’s universe forever, iniquity must and will be removed! Either by the cross of Jesus who bore the wrath of God for our sin, or by the lake of fire as an eternal holding place for those who refuse to part with it.

“Could there be anyone so high and exalted that to sin against him would merit eternal suffering ?”. The answer is yes. God is truly so Holy and beautiful that sinning against him is of eternal consequences.

* Hell is testified to by the faith of those who repented , believed in Jesus and suffered for the gospel –

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;( 2 Thess 1:7-9)

There are millions of people who have heard God’s gospel call to repent and believe the gospel, and have done so, in spite of tremendous pressure, rejection, and pain. They have turned their backs on families, tribes, false religions, special privileges that they might be saved from the wrath to come. There have been millions of martyrs over the centuries. The fact that they have done so is a heavy witness to the reality of hell.

How? Do you really think that such sacrifices are not going to count for anything in the end? Is the universe run like the US department of Immigration, in which people around the world are required to pay a heavy price, jump through several hoops, wait for years in some cases, pay high fees and pass tests, in order to become citizens of the USA, only to see others criminally cross the border, and almost instantly receive the benefits of full citizenship at the whim of self-serving politicians?

We live in a moral universe, most people know that in the back of their minds. The fact that they know it deeply, is why the world is in bondage to the fear of death itself. They know this universe is moral, and that there will be an ultimate accounting for everything, even though they work hard to suppress that knowledge.

A God who winks at and tolerates evil is not worthy of worship, because he is no god at all. The infinite personal God of the Bible is the thrice holy Creator,Redeemer, and Judge. He is a God who hates sin and lawlessness and will punish with “everlasting destruction” those who ignore his Authority.

* Because Holy Love is the only Good, and those who reject it reject all good – Jesus told a rich young ruler one time, There is only one good, that is God. How few actually believe this! The only good this world has ever known is from God. Any good anywhere else is good only to the extent that it derives from God. Those who reject God, reject all good, Hell is the only place for them, in the end.

This is why I believe that for the sinner and the unrepentant, the only place worse for them than hell, would be heaven. They would hate heaven even more than they would hate hell, because God is there, and the people who believe and trust in God are there, it would be unbearable to them to have to go there.

Oh my reader, I pray that you will not have to go to hell ! There is still time to repent, make your peace with God, and believe that Jesus died for your sins! Read the gospel of John and allow Jesus to speak to you, He is in those gospels for they are living records! I beg you, flee the coming wrath!

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