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Enmity with God in the Church

The lack of fear of God has brought in so much worldliness and compromise within the Church it’s shocking. Every disobedient thing seems to be acceptable, whether it’s yoga, transcendental meditation (in the name of Jesus, if that’s not going beyond the limit then I don’t know that is!), live-in relations, night clubs, witchcraft/vampire-themed movies, etc. The list is endless. Why have Christians failed to recognize the enemy? Why are they so ready to believe a compromised gospel rather than the Gospel that says “do not love the world or the things therein” (1John 2:15)? The Lord was not using a figure of speech when He spoke through James saying, “know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God“? (James 4:4) Which “god” do you go to sing to on Sunday mornings? A god whose love is so overtly emphasised that he’s turned into a Santa Claus? A god who’s so “love-sick” that he’s begging you to love him back? That’s the not God of the Bible! We’re supposed to be on our knees begging Him for love; yet He’s so merciful He took the initiative to endow His love on us! He has not removed His indignation and fearful wrath from the disobedient and the half Christians (Rom 1:18).

If you do a research or at least look around in this site, you’ll find that this world is run by the Evil. He’s doing all he can to take as many souls as he can with him into the lake of fire. He’s created lewd entertainment, unjust politics and government, texts books teaching lies about history and science, false doctrines, false teachers, false “Christian” interpretations, New Age gurus,  confused gender roles, fairy tales, manifestations of aliens. Again the list is endless. Do you still not comprehend why the only wise and all-knowing God would tell His chosen sheep to stay away from the wolves territory? Are Satan’s strategies hid from Him? Why is every generation worse than the previous? Christians are perishing because of the lack of knowledge. It’s too difficult for them to give up the “fun” the god of this world has to offer. I often can’t tell the difference between a christian and a heathen. That’s the most shameful thing ever!

Fear God. And by fear I mean be afraid of Him. Enough of the mushy god the terrifying God is turned into. Because false teachers have managed to take out the fear of God from the minds of Christians, they are involved in every evil work because they think God is love and not to be feared. The Apostle Paul persuaded people to turn to Christ and obey Him because he knew the terror of God Almighty.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men… (2Cor 5:10,11)

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Heb 0:31)

This is holy fear, and not manipulation. Keep away from the things of this world; the things that make your flesh happy but grieves your spirit and the Holy Spirit. The only truth is the Gospel, everything else is a deception!

The Slavery of Serving Worldliness

“Oh that my child be godly. Oh that my child give it all for the sake of Christ. Oh that my child live for Him. Oh that my child not be enslaved to the very things that so enslave me.

Do you realize, now listen to this, there’s a balance in everything, there is… but do you realize that if you would just take an agenda/write down a list of how much time you invest in your children in extra curricular activities (versus) how much time you invest in your children with regard to godliness.

We buy things, we fill them full of media, we put them in the world, and we carry them every place on the face of the earth all throughout the week that our lives are so busy and scattered that we can’t even sit a meal and what are we doing?! We’re making our children enslaved to the very master that enslaves us and ruins our lives instead of teaching our children only one thing is needed: devotion to Christ.”

– Paul Washer

A different view on Calvinism

Although I do not label myself as a die-hard Calvinist, I do lean towards the Reformed Theology. However, the views I present are quite different to the mainstream/postmodern Calvinism. Here I wish to tackle the whole issue of this theology esp. focusing on the OSAS (once saved always saved) and losing of salvation according to how I believe the Bible carries it.

Many major theologians and Christian organization are perhaps Calvinistic. What they might believe is since God is going to save His elect anyway, the means and the doctrines used to proclaim the Gospel justify the end. The famous once-saved-always-saved (OSAS) is easily misinterpreted into believing that regardless of who the person is, how they live their lives, their obedience to the Lord they will be saved anyway if God has elected them. Hence most Christian youth organizations have their own way of spreading the Gospel since they believe that regardless of the methods used, those who are predestined are bound to be saved nonetheless. The concept of OSAS is biblical, but it is applicable to those who obey the Lord and do His will, and not applicable to any kind of Christian. The Lord “preserves” His saints; He will not allow them to be carried away by the manner of this world. The teaching of losing salvation isn’t accurate either because those who have never really believed will fall away. They were not elected, hence not saved, to begin with. Therefore there’s no ‘salvation’ to lose.

When a person of a pagan background comes to the knowledge of Christ, he is well aware that he didn’t choose Christ but He chose him. However, those with a ‘christian’ background seem to think otherwise. A person never chooses to reconcile himself to the true God. Mankind has never sought Him on its own. There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God (Rom 3:11) and the fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. 2The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (Ps 14:1-3). Nonetheless, there has always been something inside the heart that makes man believe in a higher entity, a supreme being; and they have come up with their own means to appease this being. However, the Lord cannot be known of them without Him revealing Himself to them first. And when a man comes to the realization of his sins and of who God is and what He has done on the cross, there’s no such thing as “losing salvation” for such a convert because such a one will never fall away, and OSAS is applicable to such a soul. And this realization of His mercy and love can only come to those to whom He pleases to reveal.

When a person backslides, he had never moved forward in the first place. Many backslide because their own personal needs/wants were not met by God to whom they had prayed asking for these things. However, their motive to become Christians was for the fulfillment of their own desires, and not for the sake of repenting and believing and obeying Christ. This takes us back to the same argument: God didn’t choose to reveal Himself to such a person and hence such a person does not have the revelation of who Christ is, and cannot know the need for repentance. Christian celebrities make the Gospel sound like an antidote to psychological problems, an ATM, a prescription to be healed by, a guide to self-help etc. Although I do not deny that the Lord heals, cures and blesses financially, this is not what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is about: it is about our sins, our need to be reconciled to God and be saved, and God in His love sent a Savior who died and rose again, in whom is found forgiveness of sins through His blood and salvation from eternal damnation, and therefore the need to repent and believe. When a quick fix gospel is taught, masses are deceived into becoming Christians. They have not truly known the depth of their sins and the urgent need for repentance and God’s forgiveness. So when this man-made gospel does not fulfill its promises, people leave God, whom they have not known to start with.

The Lord preserves His saints when He has called them. But to think that regardless of what people do they are saved is a lie. To think that since the elect are already chosen, the means justify the end is again a lie. The Lord Himself has willed that by the foolishness of preaching will He make His Gospel known. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1 Cor 1:18-21) (Preaching is still foolishness in today’s culture, yet that’s what pleases God.) It’s not our business to come up with ‘creative’ strategies to lure as many to the Gospel. God wants His elect to be saved through the foolishness of preaching Christ crucified, not through human wisdom of strategies. (In most cases such strategies result in syncretism.) So means do not justify the end as ‘any’ means are not God’s means. Moreover God’s expectation of His saints is that they live a holy life. The majority of the NT teachings are instructions and directions on living a sanctified life rather than strategies and trends on evangelism. (Interestingly Christians tend to focus more on evangelism while their lifestyle consists of crude jokes, filthy talks, lying, hating, deceiving etc.)

Calvinism itself has been twisted, making evangelists and other Christians believe that all ‘Christians’ are OSAS regardless of their lifestyle in the light of Christ, as long as they have ‘accepted Jesus in to their hearts’ at the altar call after hearing a therapeutic Gospel. Jesus said, Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt 7:20-21). While on the other hand, the elect is the one that does the will of His Father, and hence can never lose his salvation because he has been chosen of God to be predestined into His Kingdom and He will preserve/protect such a one: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1Cor 10:13

 As for myself, I prefer not to call myself a Calvinist, I do not title myself after another man but only by the name of Christ; to obey Him and to examine teachings in light of His Word. Those who are called to be His know they are His because they hear His voice and obey it. Let us therefore strive to live in holiness for the voice we hear and follow calls us to be holy!

God’s unfathomable holiness!

It’s only recently that I have come to the grips with the holiness of the Lord God (and by ‘grips’ I mean less than 0.1% of it since we can never fully know God!), and I’m awed by it day by day! Christians often miss out on this aspect of His, but it is this very attribute that defines His character and His other attributes: God’s love is holy; His wrath is holy; His ways are holy; His dwelling place is holy; His words are holy; His works are holy. GOD IS HOLY!

Now, the obvious question is, what is holiness? I tried looking up some definitions which sounded more humanistic than biblical; so I decided to dig into God’s Word itself to see what He says regarding His holiness:
The word “holy”  makes its first appearance in the book of Exodus, spoken by God Himself to Moses when he approached the burning bush: “And He said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” [Ex 3:5] In Leviticus , the book of commands and laws, God has oftentimes emphasised His holiness:

Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. Lev 19:2

…that they profane not My holy name in those things which they hallow unto me: I am the LORD. Lev 22:2

Neither shall ye profane My holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel. Lev 22:3

A better way to explain holy is by defining the term hallow as these two go hand in hand.
Some definitions of hallow are: to consecrate, sanctify, hold as sacred, revere, hold in highest esteem.
Some synonyms: dedicate, make holy, honor, set apart, worship.

God’s holiness implies that He is: consecrated and sanctified (set apart) from all things created – man, gods, idols,  ideologies, etc; He cannot be equalled to anything that came into existence as He is ever-existing, the only Creator. And because He is the Creator (sanctified and set apart from the created) He is to be revered, to be held in highest esteem, to be set apart, to be honor and worshiped. When God gave the laws and commands to the nation of Israel through Moses, He always referred to the practises of the pagan nations as abominable; commanding His people to not exalt and worship that which these pagan nations exalted and worship. Their ways were not His ways; their’s were the ways of the world.

“And one (seraphim) cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” Is 6:3

“…they (the heavenly creatures) rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.  And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” Rev 4:8-11

God created angels much before He created mankind. These angels are constantly in God’s presence, they see all His glory, all His power and all His majesty, yet they cannot stop crying out ‘holy holy holy’ day and night! It shakes me up! When the angels fear Him and cannot stop magnifying His holiness, how great is this holiness. GOD IS HOLY!

He is holy because He is sinless! No sinful thing can stand before Him. The best books to study God’s holiness are Leviticus and Deuteronomy. These books are often regarded by Christians as too legalistic, extreme and impossible to follow, yet all Scripture is given by inspiration of God [2Tim 3:16] and therefore must not be neglected. The reason I uphold these books of the law is because it unveils God’s absolute holiness! Yes, it is impossible for us to keep every single commandment and law, yet these are the requirements for man if He wants to commune with the holy God. The Lord’s primary intention was not to give His nation a hard time keeping up with Him, but rather He wants the world to know His holy standards, and that it is impossible for people to be holy on their own! In order to become acceptable in the sight of this holy God, people must die to sin and alive in Christ. It is only through Christ can a person be transformed into a new creation (no more a creation of this fallen world) and live upto the holiness that God demands by abiding in Christ.

As the title yells, God’s holiness is unfathomable! I have tried to give a glimpse of it but no one can fully grasp it until all eternity! Yet, what has been revealed in the Bible concerning His holiness is enough for His elect to know what God’s holiness is and to discern that living a worldly Christianity is blasphemous to Him; He commands His chosen to be holy (set apart, santified, sacred, hallowed from the world) as He is holy [1Pet 1:16].

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