Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Friday, May 13, 2016

Men will be lovers of themselves...

Believers have been amply warned of what the "last days" would be like throughout the Scriptures. Matt. 23 is filled with descriptions of what the religious elites would say and do. Parallels to today's crop of seminary or religious school graduates, pastors/teachers, authors, etc. are easy to spot for those who have not been deceived into thinking that just because a man went to seminary he is now automatically an authority on all things religious. Matt. 23:15 screams out the precise opposite saying that such men are "twice as much a son of hell" as those who recruited them, enticed them, lied to them and enlisted them into their religious school. A sad fact that is vehemently denied by all who believe otherwise, since they, themselves are part of the problem.

2 Timothy 3:1-9 gives short and specific descriptions of such people beginning with: "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: Men will be lovers of themselves..." Prime examples of men being 'lovers of themselves' are everywhere in the world of lost humanity. It does not matter what the social status of a man may be, from power broker, politician, white collar, blue collar, no collar, bum or thug, every lost man will be 'stuck on himself'. You can't expect to find a believer's trait of humility, muchless any meekness before God in a lost person eventhough some seem to be able to fake such traits before their peers. But God knows the heart and in the end all such 'fakery' will be revealed for what it really is: a mockery of God.

One might think that these verses in 2 Timothy 3 are talking about the lost exclusively, but such is not the case. Verse five destroys that notion when it says of such men: "having a form of godliness but denying it's power..." True, we find this 'form of godliness' in nearly all of the world's man-made religions, but it is also found in what passes itself off as "Christian" with the hundreds (thousands?) of flavors of "Christianity" presenting themselves to the world as "God's way" with each having it's own special additive to the Gospel while at the same time finding it necessary to delete from the Gospel that which does not coincide with their fantasy god and doctrine. Such combinations are endless, the results of adherence to them deadly.

The simple phrase "denying it's power" is key. Which of the "other gospels" presented by these various flavors of "Christianity" exhibits the power of the real Gospel? What is the power of the Gospel? Is it not that Christ Jesus died for His elect on the cross and rose again to secure their eternal pardon from their sins and to stand before the Father clothed in Christ's righteousness? Countless billions deny this who are not even "pretend" Christians, and countless millions (billions?) who claim to love and serve Christ find it necessary to add to His oblation with works of their own, they even worship other gods as they claim to be Christian. The RCC teaches that Jesus Christ is merely some footnote to Mary as they worship her (an idol) instead of Him. To them, He is still either a baby, or hanging on the cross---the resurrection and it's necessity is no where to be found. Then there are those who insist that man is master of his own fate (they worship the idol of themselves), that they can "accept Jesus" at a time of their own choosing or simply ignore Him without consequence. The list of such foolishness is endless, but the end result is always the same: no changed life, no "new creation in Christ", no regeneration, no humility before God Almighty, continued deception that 'all is well' and an enhanced love for self. There is no glory given to God, no gratitude for His love and mercy, only more arrogance and self love.

1 comment:

lyn said...

This love of 'self' is rampant in our culture, especially in those who make verbal professions of some sort. Lovers of pleasure follow this, naturally. If you love 'self' you are going to want to pamper 'self', giving in to your every whim. Society is in the fast lane headed down the broad road, and at break neck speed. This is why Christ stated we must deny 'self', we must die to 'self' daily. This is a great need for all who are in Christ, this death is more painful than a physical death. Only the power of God can help us overcome the love of 'self'.

Good post brother