INFLUENCED BY THE WORLD
by General James Green, April 01, 2011
“God judges?” “God punishes?” These snide
remarks by the world have and are influencing the so-called people of God...in
One French philosopher declared, “I cannot believe in a God who allows innocent children to suffer.” Others remark, “I cannot believe in a God who can’t stop wars”—or something like this.
Many in the world are strongly committed to their own opinions—each to his or her own personal experiences of justice and injustice; and to accept a God, the God of the Bible, well, that does not conform to their experiences and “SACRED” IDEAS about justice and injustice!
Their criticisms of God, His Word and His people (who do believe in His judgments/ punishments) have affected many who are not altogether solid in their Christian beliefs—so much so that multitudes are bordering on cliffs of vertiginous (whirling and unsteady) confusion and bewilderment. But there should be no confusion here if one realizes that God CAN and DOES “bless” and “curse.” The sacred Scriptures make this point known very well.
Crisis of Truth
WITH ALL THIS “political correctness” BULL that has been spewed (VOMITED!) out over the whole world, believers have been “stunk-up” by such vomitous gall of the world.
We here have no problem with God's judgments—NONE! His Word tells us that MEN REAP WHAT THEY HAVE SOWN: if men have sown violence, death, and/or pain to others, etc., then eventually they reap it. The same goes for whole nations. The truth of God's Word has been maliciously put on trial by unbelieving and evil men; it has been judged in that same spirit; and now these evil men go about trying to execute punishment upon God Himself thru blasphemy, mockings, scoffings, hatred for His Truth, His Standards, His Laws, etc....and His people (like us) are hated for telling what the Bible tells us—that GOD JUDGES and PUNISHES!
—NOW YOU CAN see why God IS bringing forth His judgments upon the sons of men, upon nations that have forgotten God (or refused to know Him).
LET IT BE said here and now—NO ONE will stop what the Lord God has decreed. It is folly and arrogance to judge God in the light of human experience, norms and convictions. We are to judge righteous judgments ACCORDING TO HIS WORD.
“I Form the Light; I CREATE
THIS IS HOW Isaiah 45:7 starts out. Then the LORD states, “I make peace, and CREATE EVIL: I the LORD do all these things.”
“When ‘Light’ has the ascendant, then ‘good’ and ‘happiness’ prevail; when ‘darkness’ has the superiority, then ‘evil’ and ‘misery’ abound.” Evil and misery (Hebrew, ra) does not mean God is the author of SIN, but it does mean He sends/uses evil and misery, etc., AS PUNISHMENTS.
When Punishment Is Necessary
THE WHOLE BIBLE is replete with examples of warnings—more warnings than punishments. God “creates EVIL (ra = “misery, adversity, affliction, distress, grief, harm, hurt, sorrow, trouble, vexation, wretchedness”—a complete definition of “evil”/ra).” War, natural disasters, etc. are “miseries, afflictions, hurts (resulting in death)” that God allows, even designs/ promotes when necessary. Unfortunately, many people—too many—even most people in the “Church” and especially in the world do not understand the nature of God—“God is love,” they say. Yes, He is, but His “love” requires action when needed, even NEGATIVE action (FOR PUNISHMENT OF SIN).
GOD DOES NOT respect our “deeply felt values” if they oppose His. Neither does He validate certain “profoundly experienced” intuitions.
This is modern man’s problem. A crucial part of the “crisis of truth” is the FAILURE of Christians to submit those convictions, values, experiences etc. to God—letting His Holy Word JUDGE them.
Back in the 1970’s
AS STATED IN Words of the Spirit Issue 45, when God's Spirit began to speak to us about His judgments, we were confused, even frightened because we weren’t fully awake spiritually.
“Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man's scrutiny]. For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man's thoughts except the man's own spirit within him? Just so NO ONE DISCERNS (COMES TO KNOW AND COMPREHEND) THE THOUGHTS OF GOD EXCEPT THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God. AND WE ARE SETTING THESE TRUTHS FORTH IN WORDS NOT TAUGHT BY HUMAN WISDOM BUT TAUGHT BY THE [HOLY] SPIRIT, COMBINING AND INTERPRETING SPIRITUAL TRUTHS WITH SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE [to those who possess the Holy Spirit]. But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him]. For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart” (1 Cor 2:10-16, AMP).
Paul pretty well sums it all up here.
Indeed, the suffering, death, destruction, etc., brought forth by the judgments of God, cannot be reconciled with the ideas/understanding of natural men.
God's Word sheds light on His character, sin, satan, rewards and punishments, justice and injustice, rights and wrongs. All we have to do is believe in the TRUTH.
We can’t interpret Scripture in light of men’s understandings. This is the folly of today’s world/Church: they interpret God's Word to conform to their way of seeing and thinking. To claim you are a “Christian” and at the same time hate God’s Judgment Word is oxymoronic. To hate messengers (who proclaim His judgments) is flagitious/atrocious.
We can’t keep throwing up “God loves you” in God's face, reminding Him that He has “no right to ‘judge’; only ‘love’!”
THANK GOD!—HE doesn’t have to listen to men’s complaints about all His injustices.
It really is foolish to demythologize and reinterpret much of the Word of God to fit the anti-supernaturalist biases, “to pull His JUDGMENT THRONE out from underneath Him so as to satisfy an [unbeliever’s] ideological [humanistic] theology or so-called ‘science.’”
GOD'S WORD WILL NEVER be outmoded; His principles are good for every generation. True, some of the early Biblical metaphors/analogies can be “updated,” per se, but the principles behind them remain. Even some Biblical terms/words/idioms may be “archaic” to our modern ears, but the principles behind them still have meaning and remain in full force.
OH, YES, THAT word: we are not homophobic (“fear of the queer”!) if we point out to those lost in that sinful lifestyle that they are going to HELL if they don’t repent. NO! Sure, God's condemnation of homosexuality/lesbianism (in both in the O.T. and N.T.) is “distasteful” and “hateful” to the skewed Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer crowd. They have a shrewd way of twisting God's Word (with a “PINK twist”) to fit their Biblically CONDEMNED way of life. We’re yet to see what God will do to these people!
IT IS TIME to “stop inappropriately speculating on events that are transpiring.” Why has the so-called “Church” abandoned efforts to directly preach the JUDGMENTS OF GOD…seeing that they are in His Word? Why has the “Church” left off warning men and women about the consequences (rewards) of their sins? I guess I find my answers in 2 Timothy 4:3.
IT IS REALLY stupid for the Christian Church to submit/subject everything to critical analysis by the world’s standards....real STUPID! The world is UNSUITED for the job—their perception of spiritual realities and values is humanistic.
I’ll end with this: God is going to judge whomever and whatever He deems need it—WITHOUT the “Church’s” or the world’s consent or permission.
AND WE STAND WITH HIM IN IT!