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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Righteous hate

This is from a meditation a brother in Christ, Frank, shared with me via e-mail. I thought it was wonderful; it's rare to read such sound commentary in this day. This was sent in response concerning a woman I had engaged, who claims to be a Christian, and upholds Franklin Graham and his Christmas shoe box 'ministry'. She was bragging about the thousands of dollars her church gave to this garbage and boasting of all those who would be saved.  I went to the website of the Samaritan's purse/shoe box and found this, "I realized that the family who packed my shoe box had given me the story of Jesus and His plan for my life. The next summer I came, I attended a Vacation Bible School and gave my life to Christ." from box-stories-index/. What's missing? There's no mention of repentance, sin, brokenness over sin, etc. Just a lovey dovey 'Jesus has a WONDERFUL plan for your life!' lie that is never found in scripture concerning the unsaved. Brother Frank's response concerning the 'social gospel' which is NO gospel at all, and giving money to the unregenerate is 'spot on'. . . 

"God said that David was in a sense a perfect man before Him.  1 Kings 9:4 “As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances,  Now since David was certainly a sinner, most think that when David repented and offered praise and worship to God, he did so in a complete and perfect manner.  With that thought in mind, didn’t David say in Psalm 139:21-22, “Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord and do I not loathe those who rise up against You?  I hate them with the utmost hatred; they have become my enemies.”  He then went on to actually ask God to search his heart to see if he had any “hurtful ways”.  Psalms 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. 
 Didn’t Jehu, a prophet of God say to the king, in 2 Chronicles 19:2, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord and so bring wrath on yourself from the Lord?”  God Himself commands Jeremiah not to pray for certain people, Jeremiah 7:16. "As for you, do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you.  The Lord goes even further in Ezra 9:12. “So now do not give your daughters to their sons nor take their daughters to your sons, and never seek their peace or their prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it as an inheritance to your sons forever.”  These verses clearly teach that sometimes the Lord does not want us to intercede for or to even help some people.  The need is not the issue, the Christian’s love is not the sole issue unless you are willing to say our love is superior to the Father’s.  Or, unless you are willing to say that we are somehow in some dispensation of “love”, then we should certainly consider what God might think when we decide to help or provide aid and comfort to everyone.
Notice the following scriptures!
Psalms 5:5 The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. 6 You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.  

Psalms 11:5 The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates  

Deuteronomy 25:16 "For everyone who does these things, everyone who acts unjustly is an abomination to the LORD your God. 

Proverbs 3:32 For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.

Proverbs 11:20 The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, But the blameless in {their} walk are His delight.

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight. 

Proverbs 16:5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished. 

Proverbs 17:15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, How much more when he brings it with evil intent!  Proverbs 28:9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

This meditation against loving God’s enemies will certainly sound harsh and uncompassionate at first glance, but it is not.  I am not saying we should not grieve when people are hurting, regardless of who they are.  When we see the unsaved suffering death, persecution, hunger, and sickness we should always grieve with them and pray for them to be delivered from the darkness of this world.  Within that framework the purpose and impetus for our grief and intervention is to always desire that all people come to a saving knowledge of the one true God.  And of course all suffering and sickness should make us thankful for our salvation and for God’s sovereign love and compassion in providing a way for mankind to escape the future consequences of sin for eternity.  If our grief leads us to give to them, then we should just make sure the gospel is presented along with the aid and comfort. We can do this personally or through other Christians who will ensure this is done. But, I truly believe that if we provide aid and comfort to those who will thank their “false” Gods without further contemplation, then we are guilty of drawing them even closer to their “false” gods.  Above all things we should remember, our Lord told us to love our enemies and neighbors and to forgive anyone who has harmed us or sinned against us in any way.  He also told us to let our lights (good works) shine before men in such a way that they give thanks to “our” Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.  Now with simple logic it is easy to see that if I give to God’s enemies, who are not also my enemies or neighbors, and I don’t give to them in the name of Jesus Christ, then the only one that will be thanked is their false gods, not our Father in heaven.  Of course if they are my enemies and neighbors, then I can give them the gospel while showing them God’s love and mercy.

God is not pleased with the do-gooder self-righteous attitude of His church that contradicts His word.  All of our theology must be grounded in spirit and in truth. Let the new-age folks and those who are trying to work their way to heaven take care of God’s enemies if they want to.  Instead of care packages and money, give them the most loving message the world has ever heard; the message of salvation through our blessed Savior.  Then give them the care they need, in His Name.  DO NOT FELLOWSHIP WITH THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE BLESSING GOD’S ENEMIES AND CAUSING THEM TO THANK AND PRAISE THEIR FALSE GODS.  COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM.  No one has ever been saved because their needs have been met, unless they also realize who really met the needs!" ~~ Frank 

And I add a hearty 'amen' to Frank's meditation


Susan said...

Good morning Lyn.

I agree. In my conversations with atheists they will bring up many of the verses mentioned in Frank’s email to say that this shows the Bible contradicts itself, or reveals its true colours that those whom God saves are arrogant and hateful while putting on a false mask of “love”...and although that accusation is true of many claiming to be Christian, it is not true of the born again....and to me reveals just how devious the devil is in his attacks against us.

I see those verses as God telling us that we are not to love the world nor the things of the world, which of course includes the unsaved, not so we Lord it over them, but so we don’t get sidetracked by it and needlessly involved in frivolous and time wasting efforts that add nothing to anything in the eternal sense. I agree that it also would add to a false sense of security to non-believers and that also is another aspect we should try to guard against.

The enemy of our souls would have us be fruitless and useless for what the Lord desires from us. He cannot unsave us so the next best thing is to keep us tangled in things that make us unproductive ....we are to hate those things because God hates those things...He told us to hate “Fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers” not to abuse them, but to not be wrapped up in the nonsense they are wanting to involve us in (if they are unsaved), not to put them before our love of God...and in their eyes it equals hating and ignoring them and their loves of sinful things.

It’s an area the Lord has really been helping me to understand while grappling with my unsaved family and friends whom I love very much.

lyn said...

Good morning Susan,

I appreciate your comment and agree. I think many Christians do not understand how precious the word of God is - if someone doesn't want to hear it, then shake off the dust. If someone twists it [and MOST do} then stop casting pearls. God's word does not return to Him void.

The 'social gospel' of the Grahams is hideous. Christmas shoe boxes with various things, including some 'tract' is so impersonal and so pointless. Telling sinners God loves them is never commanded in the Bible, for if that sinner is not of the elect, then God does NOT love them. The error of stating God loves everyone based on a translation- 'for God so loved the 'world'- has consumed Christianity. The God of love is presented to unregenerate sinners because that God is more palatable than the God who unleashes horrific wrath on the unrepentant. The biblical command is to 'repent and believe', and none will apart from the new birth. The Graham accursed gospel plays on the emotions, but never ever pricks the heart. We see no examples from the bible where the disciples did such nonsense - they went forth and proclaimed God's truth - THAT was their mission. Is it any wonder the so called 'gospel' in America packs no punch? American Christians are too caught up in the emotional state of sinners and too unconcerned in the eternal state of the soul.

Darrel said...

These Scriptures reveal an entirely different God to us as opposed to the god that is represented and worshipped by multitudes today. But who will hear? Only the elect. This is the GOD that is to be worshipped, loved, obeyed, and feared.