Some of the earliest arrivals to the shores of the “New World” were this author’s ancestors, along with ancestors of many of you, and the government and nation they created has been one that recognized the Creator as the One who has blessed us and “endowed us with unalienable rights” so that we may worship God as each person sees fit. Until now.
Today, the words “God”, “Jesus”, and “Christian” have become “offensive”, and in some locations, illegal. Christians can be stoned by those practicing another world religion, and then have the police threaten those Christians with arrest, in this country. The truths of the Word of God are now being called “hate speech” and pastors who preach these God-breathed truths are being arrested or threatened with arrest. And, as most people around the world know, USA justice has decided (well, at least five lawyers have decided) that the Word of God does not have the final word on marriage, and that God himself doesn’t get to say who is to marry. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin would not recognize the government they once created.
The truly amazing reality to some of us is this fact: some of the citizens of this free country hate the freedoms of America. Now, they don’t hate their personal freedom. They hate the freedoms practiced by you and me. Some of these people would like to see most freedoms removed from the “common people” and our nation cease to exist as a nation. They want a world government in which they are in charge. They are like Hitler, the Emperor of Japan, and others who wanted to control the world. The difference is that instead of using an army to destroy us, they use the courts, the presidential pen to override congress, and finance, the control over money. And they try to convince us that the government is our savior, and if we put them in charge they will provide all we need and we can just enjoy our pleasures and they will control the government. Does anyone see any danger in this world view?
Just like the “experts” in the stands of a football game, or the sports commentators in sound booths, who may never have played on any field, yet who expound on how the game should have been played, the would be “controllers of government” declare themselves the “expert” on constitutional law. Yet these “experts” may never have truly read the Constitution of the United States or the writings of the founding fathers. It is clear that we don’t just find “experts in the stands” of a ball game. These “experts” show up everywhere, and likely have never held an elected office, but somehow know exactly how or what “should” be done. And today we have commentary from these “experts” about the way churches should carry out the work of God, even though these “experts” haven’t even carried out the trash from a church kitchen – you know, the church kitchen feeding those who are in hard times. These “experts” are making grand speeches that sin has been declared “normal” and no longer sin, so churches can no longer “discriminate” against sin.
A true church of Jesus Christ (one who completely obeys Christ’s commands) never discriminates against people. That true church will reveal the truth Christ taught about sin and that none of us should practice sin anymore (for every person born to a man and woman is a sinner). But they also reveal that Christ died for every sin of every human person and that if we accept his forgiveness for our sins, we become forgiven sinners. But these afore mentioned experts are declaring there is no sin and so churches must stop talking about sin. In case they don’t know it, that is exactly what the Devil, the great deceiver, wants. If he can get mankind to believe there is no sin, then it becomes his pleasure to drag mankind into hell.
On many a news program on television, in the introduction of the next segment, some individual is proclaimed an expert in their field. And to show proof of that, the show host has outlined a long list of degrees or experience in the field so that viewers will accept the opinion offered by the expert as authoritative. Often we have no reason to doubt the learned statements made. Or do we?
It is often true, when the segment is on politics, the expert, being interviewed before our gaze and our listening ear, has never held the office being discussed, has never had to face, therefore, the decisions the office requires, and has never been presented the top secret information that affects the decisions made. This author, having served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman, sometimes as watch commander, received highly classified messages, and it was the sworn duty as watch commander to receive them in behalf of certain “eyes only”. The watch commander had to have the classified clearance necessary to receive the message and deliver that message to the correct “eyes”. The watch commander would thus have seen the message that affected the decision made by the commanding officer and would understand his decision when fellow sailors did not. Of course, the watch commander could say nothing. He was bound by sworn duty.
In the world of supposed Biblical scholarship many “experts” surface, often proclaiming loudly and with disdain toward alternate views, that they are the true voice of reason concerning the Biblical concept of sin, the person of Jesus Christ, the authority of the scriptures, the meaning of “the end times”, etc. They offer as proof of the accuracy of their conclusions, their scholarly credentials, their special fields of study, and the “preposterous” conclusions of others. They often so belittle their protractors that the audience, and even other Biblical students, are hesitant to disagree with them. Thus unchallenged, these “expert’s conclusions” find their way into the mainstream of Biblical thought, and into the highest courts of our land.
But there is a question that must be answered concerning their credentials. “Have you received the ‘Top Secret’ message, and been able to read that message, that was necessary to reach your conclusions?” Just like the Navy radioman who received the Top Secret message and then had to use the Top Secret code for that day to decipher the message, so every so-called expert on biblical ideas has to have the “secret code” to decipher the Biblical message. That code comes only by having a personal relationship with the Code-maker, and he is Jesus Christ. And in order to have that relationship the “expert” must acknowledge that he is a sinner in need of saving grace, and seek the forgiveness and grace that only the Code-maker – Jesus – can give. If he does “ask, seek, and knock” then he, and anyone who asks, will receive a personal understanding of the “decipher” necessary to read the Biblical message, and all its associated fields of study.
If, however, a so-called expert does not believe in the concept of sin or a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (and Jesus is identified as the Living Word, that “expert” does not have the message-deciphering knowledge necessary to study the Written Word and reach conclusions that we should listen too. If he hasn’t received the secret decipher, he cannot reach accurate conclusions. His conclusions are baseless, on “sinking sand”. Worthless. In fact, his conclusions are dangerous. They misguide people to follow a false path.
If a so-called What-is-not-sin Life-style expert’s credentials are to be authenticated, the first credential must be his relationship with Jesus Christ (who is the Son of God and the Word of God Author – you have to know the Author of the Book to truly know what the Book says). (Remember, the word “Sin” would not be in our language if it weren’t for the Book.) Having confirmed that relationship with Christ to be true, we can then determine whether his “security clearance” and “code reading skill” qualifies him to pass messages about sin on to others. We may then give consideration to his words. We are bound, however, to always check all thoughts and conclusions with the Code-maker ourselves. Remember, if we have a personal relationship with the Code-maker, we can and may talk to Him directly. He doesn’t just send messages to the self-declaring “expert”! Sin may be “a normal life-style” for these experts, but I am not interested in their “retirement program”.
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:9
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” Matthew 25:41