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Utopianism and Revolutionary Radicalism
General James Green, August 8, 2011
“And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers. Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them. Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble”
(Jer 11:9-12, KJV).
THE RSV USES “REVOLT” in the place of “conspiracy.” “Conspiracy” suggests political action, whereas the reference is to “revolt against the commands of God.” Put into today’s setting, both “revolt” and “conspiracy” harmonize; we can interpret them from within the context of political as well as religious factors.
Because America (e.g., political/religious camps) has revolted, rebelled, made REVOLUTION against the Most High God, God is now revolting, rebelling, making REVOLUTION against them. He is using the political camp to punish this nation for its backslidings.
Most people of this nation “refuse to hear My (His) Words” (v. 10).
The “utopia” that America has been, for countless souls, has now turned into a NIGHTMARE!! The honeymoon is over, folks. OVER!
“Everything belongs together in the human understanding; the obscurity of one idea spreads over those that surround it. An error throws shadows over neighboring truths, and if it happens that there should be in society men interested in forming, as it were, centers of shadow, even the people will find itself plunged into a profound darkness” (Diderot, Encyclopedie).
Since the beginning of time, men have had sweet dreams of utopias and hellish nightmares, been organized and disorganized, enlightened and dumbed down. The phrase “vanity of vanities…all is vanity” (Eccl 1:2) describes man’s condition (without God) very well. This preacher uses “rhetorical flair in writing”: “one generation passeth away, and another generation cometh…the sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down...the wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north…all the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full…” (vv. 4-7) etc. etc. The same principle applies to “the obscurity of one idea spreads over those that surround it.” Men have their ideas, their revolutions, their restorations...in their “reasons and times,” and without God they are all meaningless.
The preacher in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 speaks of everything as being under inexorable law: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.”
Joachim, Dante’s Intellectual Mentor
MELVIN J. LASKY, in his Utopia and Revolution, writes, “...there is yet another ancient route to the new world of politics, and although it may be as long as a transatlantic voyage, our map would be full of blank spaces if we did not mark, at least in passing, the role of such adventurous souls as Dante and Joachim...in the formation of the modern utopian and revolutionary spirit” (p. 18).
Reading up on Joachim of Flora, I want to present my readers with some of Joachim’s and Dante’s ideas of “utopias” and “revolution”:
“1. The Evil. The present state of earthly affairs is, from top to bottom, evil, sinful, and corrupt. ‘We shall not be what we have been,’ Joachim prophesied in his Psalter of Ten Strings, ‘but we shall begin to be other’ [Psalterium decem cordarum (1527), in Frank Manuel, ‘Augustine and Joachim,’ Shapes of Philosophical History (1965), p. 40].
2. The Resistance. The evil forces (as Joachim’s followers came to insist) must be resisted and they shall be destroyed; and all will be subsequently converted to authentic principles.
3. The Decline. Things will get worse before they get better. An ‘abomination of Desolation’ leads to the Last Tranquility, and a terrible time of tribulation will precede the renovatio mundi. ‘One thing we can say with certainty,’ Joachim writes in his Exposition of the Apocalypse: ‘the sixth age will be worse than the previous five ages, and the seventh age will be worse than the sixth, and both will be filled with the evil doings of the dragon of the Apocalypse’ [Expositio in Apocalypsim (1527), in Gordon Leff, Heresy in the Later Middle Ages (1967), 1:72.
4. The Faithful. A small band of the faithful, the best of a new salvational generation, will serve as the heart of the resistance and the nucleus of an austere renewal, a reformacio, and the harbinger of a new communal era of universal love. ‘They shall increase,’ Joachim continues in his Exposition, and ‘their fame shall be spread abroad; they
shall preach the faith and defend it until the consummation of the world....They shall be an order of hermits living like angels, whose life shall be as a burning fire’ [Expositio, in Reeves, Influence of Prophecy, p. 265].
5. The Doctrine. There is a true and everlasting general doctrine that can guide the remnant on the unique mission, the evangelium aeternum, an ‘eternal gospel.’ (Certain extreme doctrinal elements were officially condemned in 1215, and a leading scholar on Joachist ideas has written: ‘Joachim’s philosophy of history, it was now realized, constituted an incitement to subversive thought and action that was dangerously infectious. It is always beliefs which provide a basis for action that must be watched.’) [Reeves, Influence of Prophecy, p. 62].
6. The Transition. The present age is only one of transition, a dramatic mid-passage, an untenable interim, a provisional moment in time. (Commenting on ‘the expectation of the Kingdom of God on earth after the terror of the end,’ one authority has noted: ‘And wherever Joachist ideas led to communist-chiliastic movements, like the Taborites in Bohemia or the Anabaptists or Thomas Munzer in the Peasant Revolt, their pamphlets are filled with quotations and reflections on the Apocalypse.’ And another has observed: ‘A Joachimist view of history produced a mood somewhat akin to that of an early Marxist, a mood of certainty and urgency. The Spiritual Franciscan knew he was right because he had the clue to history; he could expect the imminent crisis confidently, since history was on his side.’) [Freyhan, “Joachism and the English Apocalypse,” 18:226. Reeves, Influence of Prophecy, p. 175].
7. The End.”
Whatever one thinks of the above 7 points is up to them, but he saw both “utopia” and “revolution” as part of the human cycle of life.
Are we in the “transition” period which leads to “THE END”?
Well, living in America right now, we behold many terrifying (like living in TERROR) things transpiring.
[NOTE THE FOLLOWING section of quotes:] “AFTER WEEKS OF political wrangling, President Obama signed the debt limit compromise passed by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate into law on the afternoon of Aug. 2. By raising the debt ceiling, the new law will keep the U.S. from entering default and sending a shock through the global economy.
The measure was approved in the Senate earlier in the day by a vote of 74 to 26, easily passing the 60 votes required. Speaking in the White House Rose Garden after the vote, President Obama lauded the bill as ‘an important first step’ in creating a sound fiscal foundation for the U.S., and said that it avoids ‘cutting too abruptly while the economy is still fragile.’”
[Note these points about the decision:]
• “[It] adds at least $7 trillion to our debt over the next 10 years. The deal purports to ‘cut’ $2.1 trillion, but the ‘cut’ is from a baseline that adds $10 trillion to the debt. This deal, even if all targets are met and the Super Committee wields its mandate—results in a BEST case scenario of still adding more than $7 trillion more in debt over the next 10 years. That is sickening.
• [It] never, ever balances.
• The Super Committee’s mandate is to add $7 trillion in new debt. Let’s be clear: $2.1 trillion in reductions off a nearly $10 trillion,10-year debt is still more than $7 trillion in debt. The Super Committee limits the constitutional check of the filibuster by expediting passage of bills with a simple majority. The Super Committee is not precluded from any issue, therefore the filibuster could be rendered moot. In addition, the plan harms the possible passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment. Since the goal is never to balance, having the BBA as a ‘trigger’ ensures that the committee will simply report its $1.2 trillion deficit reduction plan and never move to a BBA vote.
• It cuts too slowly. Even if you believe cutting $2.1 trillion out of $10 trillion is a good compromise, surely we can start cutting quickly, say $200 billion - $300 billion per year, right? Wrong. This plan so badly backloads the alleged savings that the cuts are simply meaningless. Why do we believe that the goal of $2.5 trillion over 10 years (that’s an average of $250 billion per year) will EVER be met if the first two years cuts are $20 billion and $50 billion. There is simply no path in this bill even to the meager savings they are alleging will take place.”
[NOTE ALSO:] “In a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted this week, nearly three-quarters of Americans offered a negative word to describe how they viewed the budget negotiations. The top words were ‘ridiculous,’ ‘disgusting’ and ‘stupid.’ Overall, nearly three-quarters of Americans offered a negative word.”
TO MAKE IT appear like America can still be that wonderful “utopia,” in reality the government continues with its “soft revolution” against the masses. The government wants us to believe that everything they do is for the “GOOD of the PEOPLE”! HA! It is only GOOD for the International Bankers and those who are their whores.
One radio talkshow host said, “You’re being hoodwinked again.” He said today’s politicians need to learn lessons from history to understand what Obama is doing, asserting that the term “Leninist” better describes the president and his policies than “Marxist.” “Lenin thought that a nation could only grow more prosperous when a nation is controlled by a vanguard and elite—a people who know better than you what to do with your property,” he explained. “The Leninist elite would lead people to a world free of pain and poverty. There would be no more haves and have-nots or private property. Just boundless prosperity. All a nation had to do was transfer its entire wealth to Lenin’s vanguard.”
“Americans rich will be poorer, America’s poor will be poorer, America’s middle class will be wiped out...But America’s government will be more powerful than ever, as will the elected officials and their corrupt bureaucrats.”
Taxes, Not Guns
WE’RE ALL FAMILIAR with armed revolution, but the U.S. government isn’t using guns (yet!); it uses taxation and regulation. The government in reality is a THIEF.
Our radio host went on to state: “We have a government running record deficits, we have millions upon millions who are underemployed or, worse, unemployed; we have a socialized medical plan called Medicare Part A that will go bust in 2017; the United States has at least $50 trillion in unfunded obligations—all on account of policy makers like Obama who think that the redistribution of wealth makes a nation richer not poorer.”
So, UTOPIA = International Bankers and their hired whores; REVOLUTION = What is being done against America (and the world at large).
Dark Surmises of Terror
THERE HAVE BEEN those, including the Prophets of God, who wrote and spoke about and against terror and tyranny. We have such people still with us today: some belonging to the Christian camp; others, the political camp….warning, warning, warning.
Since America set about to make REVOLUTION against America’s utopia, to smash her visionary dream of “FREEDOM for ALL,” now this nation faces slavery, poverty, decay, DEATH! Many are torn between their secular faith in “nation” (“Humanist Socialism”) and their transcendental faith in God that made true utopias possible.
Prophets vs. prophets
IT HAS COME to this: What Prophet/prophet do we believe? (I use the capital “P” for God’s Prophets—those part of the True Church; the lowercase “p” for false prophets—those both in the so-called “Church” and State.) This dilemma was in the days of ancient Israel: God’s Prophets speaking for Him; kings’ (backslid ones) prophets speaking for them. But God tells His Prophets that the false prophet spoke out of the deceit of his own heart, therefore they misled the people...into DESTRUCTION.
America’s happy hours of “Golden Time” have passed, dear ones—PASSED. This nation has turned its back on God; God will turn His back on us.
The annals of “utopian longing,” like the history of human ideals in general, are replete with which one to please—God, or man? Is it the “hereafter utopia” (e.g., “Heaven”) or the “here-and-now utopia” (in the sense of what pleases the person)?
If the Christian Community relies upon the secular government, we risk the WRATH of God coming upon us. When Christians were relying upon God (in bygone days), the secular government followed Godly principles more closely. Reverse this, and it = the State becomes lawless and is tyranny! Such it is at the time of this writing.
DR. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER (an opponent of Hitler’s Third Reich) once said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil! God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” So, in a free society that is increasingly secular (like America), THE TOLERANCE OF SIN LEADS TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF SIN AND CULMINATES IN THE CONQUEST BY SIN! This is the (“transition”) period we’re in—from Godliness to godlessness. Socialist/Communist “cell groups” are interwoven into the fabric of America...waiting for their “Golden Time” to RULE! They already have their belated bureaucratic blueprints for TAKEOVER...for a “better society”—without God!! This will be their “utopianism,” but our “nightmare.”
God: Behind It All
MANY COMPLAIN THAT I scare people with what I write. Well, I wish I could SCARE THE HELL OUT OF THEM!!! People, both Christian and secular, get perturbed at me for suggesting that God would bring EVIL upon people. “Not the ‘God of love!’” they rant. Sorry! The Bible is full of such passages about God bringing “EVIL” (Heb. ra) against people—including His own! Allow me to quote one such passage here: “O Assyrian, THE ROD OF MINE ANGER, and THE STAFF IN THEIR HAND IS MINE INDIGNATION. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against THE PEOPLE OF MY WRATH will I give him a charge, TO TAKE THE SPOIL, AND TO TAKE THE PREY, AND TO TREAD THEM DOWN LIKE THE MIRE OF THE STREETS” (Isa 10:5-6, KJV). [For more on Isaiah 10, see General Jim’s article, “Two Edged Sword” (link at bottom)]
That, my dear readers, is the same God (in the OT) as today (in the NT).
Take closer note of the above verses: “The Lord may stretch out his hand in anger, but the anger achieves its actual effects thru human channels, for example, the Assyrians (and at other times, the Babylonians, the Romans, and so on).”
“Isaiah 10:1-4 marks the ‘transition’ from the presentation of past events illustrating the SINS and punishments of Ephraim, to the present condition and threatened doom of Judah, ‘My people’ (v. 2).” May I repeat what I’ve said in other articles: WILL WE EVER LEARN FROM HISTORY? I mean, look at the past nations that grew wealthy, proud, rebellious—see their end? Look at the nations that have tried to force Socialism/Communism upon the people who did not believe in it nor wanted it. Look at the sorry WORLDWIDE MESSES, the PATHETIC state of affairs, the MILLIONS who died because they refused to “believe” in Socialism/ Communism. And here we are, the current U.S. administration trying to take America under this satanic, iconoclastic, flagitious, MISOTHEIST (GOD-HATING) system!
My point is, this is what Judah was guilty of—she saw the 10 northern tribes of Israel taken away by the Assyrians, BUT SHE, JUDAH/JERUSALEM, CONTINUED IN THE SAME SINS AS HAD HER NORTHERN BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
If we go back to Isaiah 5:20, we read, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Hummm...that sounds exactly like AMERICA!—the DEPRAVITY of those religious/political perverts who no longer make moral distinctions.
“Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight” (v. 21). “The pride of self-sufficient reason which denies any need of understanding given by God is a recurrent theme in Scripture” (see Isa 28:9-13; 29:14; 31:1-2; Jer 9:23; Prov 1:7; 1 Cor 1:18-25; et al.).
“Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink” (v. 22). I might add to this: drugs (legal or illegal), sex, food worship, etc., etc. “With striking irony,” Isaiah pictures the drunken, the prideful, and the foolish as all boasting “under the influence”—bibulous backsliders.
God now sends the Assyrian Army, years later, to punish Judah as He did Ephraim.
God uses the king of Assyria and his army to carry out the sentence which has been pronounced against Judah. “But as the ‘rod’ with which a master chastises his servant is unconscious that it is but an instrument, so the Assyrian is unaware of the overruling divine purpose which his conquests serve. He becomes drunken (on power/victory) and presumes not only to bestride the world in pride but to assert that the God of Israel is a helpless idol like all the rest.”
Well said. But, be it known unto such FOOLS, like Assyria here as our example, that when they have served God’s purposes as the “rod(s),” the “rod(s)” will suffer the penalty of their impiety and arrogance and, dear ones, it will be made clear WHO it is that determines the course of history.
Proud and Boastful
IN THE COURSE of history, there are the dreamers and doers; dreamers also can be the doers, like the king of Assyria who had it “in his heart [‘mind,’ RSV] to destroy and cut off nations not a few” (Isa 10:7). Although it was God who overshadowed him, he thought it was his greatness. (The unbridled LUST for CONQUEST is used and limited by Yahweh/God, and eventually itself comes under His judgment.) This PROUD and BOASTFUL monarch boasts of the vassal kings he has conquered, and of the helplessness of their gods (vv. 8-11). But God, who controls history, oversees just how far things can go.
The “Assyrian tide” (“waters” are used in Scripture, such as floods, to = invading armies) had risen and receded many times; and now (during Sennacherib’s invasion in 701 B.C.) it was lapping the walls of Jerusalem: “Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria (of the northern capital) and her idols, so do to Jerusalem (capital of southern tribes) and her idols?” boasted the king (v. 11).
After all, the “images” (RSV) of Samaria did not save her. Better wake up, dear Americans: God will NOT SAVE YOU from what is coming, for all your gods/images will be helpless in JUDGMENT. I promise you this.
We all know the story here: The Assyrian king was turned back by God; Jerusalem was spared…for a short time, in order that she would rid herself of her idols, her gods, her SINS, the very SINS that provoked God’s WRATH, FURY, and INDIGNATION.
Once again, YAHWEH is both the God of wrath (allowing the 10 northern tribes to be OVERCOME and DEFEATED) and the God of mercy, for He overrules the FORCES of history to fulfill His purposes.
The Immanence of God
GOD WARNED Judah by sending the Assyrian army to Jerusalem as He did to Samaria (for her destruction). And because of the Assyrian king’s boastful attitude, God withdrew Assyria. But because Judah refused to learn from the past, God eventually sent the Babylonians to be His weapon of war against her. I’ve already written about all that.
My point is this: God is the God of history, for good or evil. I know our liberal, backslid, hypocritical, recreant opposites don’t see it this way. That’s because the truth on this is only clear to those who actually read their Bible.
I THINK THOSE two words pretty well sum up what liberal theology is. This is not new to the 20th and 21st centuries either. “Romantic Humanitarianism” has been around for a long time.
Modernism/Liberalism and (true) fundamentalism/orthodoxy go in opposite directions. The liberal Adolph Harnack, in his book (written in German) called Das Wesen des Christentums (English: The Essence of Christianity, 1899-1900), says that the Gospel “contains something which, under differing historical forms, is of permanent validity.” What this Berlin professor meant was that “behind the metamorphoses of Christianity, the changing formulations and expectations, the altering ways of feeling, behind even the form of the NT witness, there is that which is, as he said, ‘really classical and valid for all time.’” (He’s talking here in “tolerance” terms.) Harnack warns his readers that “we must not stumble over such matters as miracles, or belief in demons, or the apocalyptic element [i.e., the belief that the catastrophic end of the world is near].” Well, I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, IN DEMONS, AND THAT THE END WILL COME (though I have no idea when). And, by the way, the Gospel itself has NEVER changed, though men who’ve claimed the name “Christian” have not always lived true to it (especially in its entirety). Furthermore, we are not meant to judge the Gospel as a thing that has “differing historical forms” just because men have, throughout history, refused to live by all its simple tenets.
It is fair to say that Harnack was not a fully typical example of Protestant Liberalism, just as it is fair to say that Brian McLaren does not fully represent those within the Emergent Church. McLaren is the extreme. But I will note this: “Central among the presuppositions, or informing principles, of liberal Protestantism is the ‘liberal spirit’—the spirit of ‘open-mindedness,’ of ‘tolerance’ [especially of HOMOSEXUALITY and other ANTI-CHRISTIAN religions, etc.], of pride.” Of course, this “spirit” is not simply traced back to the mere 20th century. Now to my point of IMMANENCE.
This doctrine of immanence can be seen most clearly in the understanding of the way in which God works in the world. Isaiah 45:6-7 states, “...that men may know from the east and the rising of the sun and from the west and the setting of the sun that there is no God besides Me. I am the Lord, and no one else [is He]. I form the light and create darkness, I make peace [national well-being] and I create [physical] evil (calamity); I am the Lord, Who does all these things.”
“Good” verses “evil,” all under God’s superintendence. God is not one who, existing wholly apart from the world, acts only occasionally, or simply interrupts the national order once in a while in effecting His will. His providence, my friends, is the guidance and overseeing of the WHOLE process by His presence within ALL the processes of nature. As one professor of Historical Theology said, “If God appears periodically, He disappears periodically. If He comes upon the scene at special crises, He is absent from the scene in the intervals.” Many “Christians” believe that God is totally outside the affairs of men. Well, these folks have never cracked their Bibles! Others, as already stated, believe in an occasionally governing God, while those who read their Bibles believe in an ALL-Governing God (not that He removes our “free will” from us, but that He oversees all things—applying judgment when needed, and mercy when needed—punishing us for choosing sin, and rewarding us for choosing righteousness). For sure, the idea of an immanent God unnerves some.
In effect, “immanence” according to “liberal” doctrine involves the breaching of the orthodox/traditional distinction between the natural and supernatural (miraculous). As one professor put it in one of his speeches, “Miracle is only the religious name for event. Every event, even the most natural and common, is a miracle if it lends itself to a controllingly religious interpretation. To me all is miracle” (Friedrich Schleiermacher, Speeches on Religion, London, 1893). Now, if this were true, Jesus would not have made a distinction between natural events and those “signs” that He was performing by the power of the Spirit and direction of the Father to prove His Messiahship. Clearly, in truth, there is a distinction between what we generally call “natural” and those very “unnatural” MIRACULOUS EVENTS that are wrought by the Father.
GOD IS, AT this present time, overseeing current events. What is transpiring here in America is the result of America’s backsliding. I wholly believe this. And if this nation does not REPENT, things will worsen. God has told us this many times. One has to be blind (spiritually) not to perceive what I’m writing.
If one has perception, one sees events as good or evil because he/she apprehends the LORD working there or not working there, whether we speak of “ordinary and well-known natural processes” or MIRACULOUS EVENTS.
Another point is this: God is not equally revealed or perceived everywhere, for there are those who can’t understand the presence of God because of sin or some other reason. Moreover, because God is “immanent,” revelation comes from within (as Christ reveals it to us); indeed, forces of nature (wrathful ones) can be both seen and perceived by the natural man, but so few have eyes within (to truly understand).
Listen to what St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:13-14 — “...which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” At the end of this article, I want to present an expanded view of the above verses (see quote from The Full Life Study Bible below).
Divine vs. Human
HEREIN LIES THE world’s problem. Marxists believe not in Christ or the supernatural, but in man or what they consider “the natural.”
God is GOD; man is not God, but has God’s image (although marred by sin!). Man’s humanness contains both reason and conscience, therefore man is essentially and definitely capable of conforming to the will of God.
As the spiritual man is opposed to the natural man, the Church (as the “sphere of divine redemptive activity”) came to be distinct from the world (which still lies in darkness—see 1 Pet 2:9; Col 1:13; 2 Cor 6:14; et al.).
Since we have been delivered from darkness (from living in sin), it is really STUPID for Christians to play around with sin.
You see, God does not treat us humans as “things,” mechanically speaking, but as persons. Since we were given a will to choose right or wrong (fallen man still knows right from wrong because of his/her conscience), God, our Creator, respects human freedom and lets us choose without forcing us. We can complain, but this is true—God allows man to act upon his/her FREEDOM OF CHOICE. But from the historical accounts of things, both the Biblical and secular accounts, we see that man mainly chooses to do things that are TERRIBLE and HARMFUL. God oversees all this, too.
Our liberal churchfolks believe that God is “love, mercy, compassion, etc.”...and He is...but He also, out of those same attributes/characteristics, uses chastisements and punishments. God is the Divine Father who ever seeks the good of and for His children (children in the sense of being created by Him: the “saved” are His “redeemed” children; the “lost” are His “unredeemed” children).
Our liberal churchites refuse to believe that God’s punishments are ever retributive or vengeful, but must always be “corrective.” This “corrective” view is only half-true. God’s punishments for His “saved” children are “corrective” (read Heb 12:5-11 for clarification); His “chastenings” are our assurance of His “love” for us. But His punishments upon the backslidden/apostates and the lost are retributive (and, in the big picture, for redemption of those who will cry out).
“HELL NO!” is the reply from our liberal churchites concerning the fate of the unredeemed—“God would never send anyone to Hell!” they scream. Well, these liberal folks are self-deceivers: God has and will allow the sinner to choose his/her final home—Heaven, or Hell (write for our 5 FREE Hell booklets). While it is true that Jesus died for the (whole) world (mankind), not all will choose Him or salvation; thus, HELL will be their final abode. No way around this—NO WAY!! Apostates like Brian McLaren will go to the very fiery furnace he laughs at.
The LORD God seeks the salvation of ALL men, that all would be saved (from eternal DAMNATION/SEPARATION from God’s love); yet He does not impose His Will arbitrarily (generally speaking) upon them. He would that ALL men would come to repentance, but He does not deny their freedom to resist His Will.
There are those who teach “predestination” and “irresistible grace” (meaning some are saved and some are damned—man has NO CHOICE in this matter), but this is not true whatsoever. This false teaching must be given up as “heretical,” for this teaching violates human personality and contradicts our highest insight into the character of God. God has no puppets in this sense. Imagine an atheist being forced into eternal bliss; imagine a sincere seeker of Heaven being denied Heaven and destined and delivered to the flames of HELL!!
WHO DO WE obey: God, or government? This question is at the center of the fundamentalist vs. liberalism question pertaining to the authority and inspiration of the Bible. I have no problem in deciding who to obey and serve. When government plays the role of God—which the U.S. government is now doing—we had better choose GOD!! And don’t bother me with “the Bible contains errors.” I won’t ever believe that the “original autographs” contained mistakes, errors and contradictions. Since God created the world out of nothing and created man to fellowship Him, it goes without saying that He was capable of speaking to those who wrote down His Words—and help them to do it WITHOUT ERROR!
I do not deny that the Bible contains certain minor errors by the processes of transmission of the Scriptures, but no such concession can be made regarding the “original autographs.” I don’t need to see them for me to believe this (note: there are no original Scriptures; we have originals off the originals).
This is the BIG gripe with the babified Emergent Churchites—they don’t trust the Bible. Well, I’ll ask them: “Which Scriptures are inspired/infallible and which are not?” There is enough TRUTH contained in what we do have to make Heaven and bypass Hell. What we do have is reliable and authoritative. Heretic McLaren and Tickle want the Bible DESTROYED! Too bad. It will never be destroyed. They just have a BIG GRIPE that it still points out and condemns their SINS!
Back to “UTOPIA” / “REVOLUTION”
AT THE FUNERAL of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels gave the oration, in which he had no more to say than “So war dieser mann der wissenschaft!” (“So was this man of science!”). Marx’s goal in life was to dethrone God. Sorry about that, buddy: GOD LIVES AND RULES!! Engels argued that Marx, like Darwin and his discovery of the great laws of organic evolution, had revealed the essential pattern of historic change. And, guess who uses the word “change”? COMRADE OBAMA!—“Change you can believe in.” HA! This is pure Commie propaganda. Now Americans are beginning to see what COMRADE OBAMA means about “change”: this “change,” dear ones, is THE TRANSITION FROM FREEDOM TO SLAVERY…but most Americans are too DULL and DUMB to catch it! It matters not; you’ll feel it!
The One Worlders’ “utopia” will be the world enslaved to them.
Nietzsche had once referred to the French Revolution as the daughter of Christianity; Spengler thought he recognized Christianity as the grandfather of Bolshevism. I’ve got news for them: Biblical Christianity is and will always be opposed to violence as such—our weapons of our warfare are not the “sword of steel” but the “Sword of the Spirit.” With all that is looming like a dark cloud, it is time to do some “knee drills”—PRAY!
Now that America has divorced herself from God, don’t expect Him to do battle in our behalf. Anarchy could be right around the corner. With all this said and done, we can expect the convergence of wickedness to come upon this nation like a flood of dirty waters—more than what America is currently swimming in.
IT IS PAST time for the people of God to THROW OUT the “live and let live” attitude: it is time to REBEL against HELL!!!
We need the smell of fire and brimstone emitting from pulpits all across this land, not the stench of cheap french whore perfume. And I’ll add, as the closing note: BETTER RID YOURSELF OF YOUR “RAPTURE”/“UTOPIAN” FANTASY, FOR TRIBULATION/PUNISHMENT IS NEXT ON GOD’S AGENDA (write for our 4 “Ruptured Rapture” booklets!). It is only fair to reiterate what I’ve been saying for the past 40 years:
“The solution to the stinking pollution is HEAVEN-SENT REVOLUTION!!”
Be careful of what you believe, and who you believe in: these religious/political intellectuals are versatile, clever, volatile, always seeking for a “utopia” at the people’s expense.
[Study material for this article has been adapted from its original sources.]
THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE
From The Full Life Study Bible (—adapted for this article)
1 Cor. 2:14-15 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”
BASIC DIVISION. Scripture normally divides all humans into two classes. (1) The natural man/woman (Gk. psuchikos, 1 Cor. 2:14) identifies the unregenerated or fleshly person, i.e., one governed by mere natural instincts (2 Pet. 2:12). This kind of person does not have the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9), is under the dominion of satan (Acts 26:18), and is enslaved to the body and its passions (Eph. 2:3). He belongs to the world, is in sympathy with it (Jas. 4:4), and rejects the things of the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:14). The natural person is not able to understand God and His ways, but instead relies on human reasoning or emotions.
(2) The spiritual man/woman (Gk. pneumatikos, 1 Cor. 2:15; 3:1) identifies the regenerated person, i.e., one who has the Holy Spirit. This person is spiritually minded, thinks the thoughts of God (1 Cor. 2:11-13), and lives by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:4-17; Gal. 5:16-26). Such an individual believes in Jesus Christ, endeavors to follow the leading of the indwelling Spirit, and resists sensual desires and the dominion of sin (Rom. 8:13-14).
How does one become a spiritual man/woman? When a person accepts by faith the salvation provided through Christ, he is regenerated; the Holy Spirit imparts to him or her a new nature by an infusion of divine life (2 Pet. 1:4). He is born again (John 3:3,5,7), renewed (Rom. 12:2), made a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), and receives God’s righteousness through faith in Christ (Phil. 3:9).
FURTHER DISTINCTION AMONG CHRISTIANS. Although born-again believers receive the new life of the Spirit, they retain the sinful nature with its evil inclinations (Gal. 5:16-21). The sinful nature that remains in them cannot be made good; it must be put to death and overcome through the power and grace of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:13). They accomplish this by denying themselves daily (Matt. 16:24; Rom. 8:12-13; Tit. 2:12), removing every hindrance or sin (Heb. 12:1), and resisting all sinful inclinations (Rom. 13:14; Gal. 5:16; 1 Pet. 2:11). Believers themselves, by the power of the Spirit, must wage war against the sinful nature (Rom. 8:13-14; Gal. 5:16-18), crucify it (Gal. 5:24), and put it to death daily (Col. 3:5). By this process of self-denial and yielding to the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work, believers in Christ will experience liberation from the power of their sinful nature and live their lives as spiritual Christians (Rom. 6:13; Gal. 5:16).
Not all Christians put forth the required effort to fully overcome this sinful nature, however. In addressing the Corinthians, Paul notes (1 Cor. 3:1,3) that some of them were behaving in a carnal or fleshly way (Gk. sarkikos); that is, instead of consistently resisting the inclinations of their sinful nature, they yielded to at least some of them. Although they were not living in persistent disobedience, they were in the process of compromising with the world, the flesh, and the devil in some areas of their lives, while still wanting to remain a part of the people of God (10:21; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; 11:3; 13:5).
(1) The condition of carnal Christians. Although carnality and rebellion were not the rule in their lives, nor had they entered into the serious immorality and unrighteousness that would separate them from the kingdom of God (see 1 Cor. 6:9-11; cf. Gal. 5:21; Eph. 5:5), they were behaving in such a way that they were no longer growing in grace and acting as if they were new converts who did not yet understand the full implication of salvation in Christ (1 Cor. 3:1-2). Their carnality was expressed in “envying, and strife” (3:3). They were indifferent to and tolerant of immorality within the church (5:1-13; 6:13-20). They did not take the Word of God or His apostle with utmost seriousness (4:18-19). They were going to law courts over trivial matters (6:8). However, it should be noted that the Corinthians who had entered into sexual immorality or other gross sins are considered by the apostle Paul as being excluded altogether from salvation in Christ (1 Cor. 5:1, 9-11; 6:9-10).
(2) The perils of carnal Christians. The carnal Christians of Corinth were in danger of being led astray from sincere and pure devotion to Christ (2 Cor. 11:3) and being more and more conformed to the world (cf. 2 Cor. 6:14-18). Because of this, they would be chastened and judged by the Lord, and if they continued to conform to the world, they would ultimately be excluded from the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10; 11:31-32). In fact, spiritual death had already occurred for some of them who had committed flagrant sin heading to spiritual death (see 1 John 3:15; 5:17; cf. Rom. 8:13; 1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 12:21; 13:5).
(3) The warnings to carnal Christians. (a) Carnal Christians must realize that they are in danger of departing from the faith if they are unwilling to cleanse themselves from all that displeases God (Rom. 6:14-16; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 2 Cor. 11:3; Gal. 6:7-9; Jas. 1:12-16). (b) They must take warnings from the tragic example of the children of Israel whom God destroyed because of sin (1 Cor. 10:5-12). (c) They must understand that it is impossible to partake of the things of the Lord and the things of satan at the same time (Matt. 6:24; 1 Cor. 10:21). (d) They must separate themselves completely from the world (2 Cor. 6:14-18) and purify themselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord (2 Cor. 7:1).
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