Is there more to say than what God Has Said? Is there more to do than marvel at His Grace? All we can do is apply The Gospel of God, The Balm of Gilead to our lives that our eyes might be opened and we might see.
Cracks in the wall
False ideologies, lying about the future and the past, claim that they are new. By failing to acknowledge your sins and Jesus Christ Who Died for your sins, they devalue and misvalue you and all human beings. But like the frog who rode the scorpion, we should not be surprised when false ideologies lie to us. They absolutely must utter false prophesies and must devalue human beings. They cannot help but act according to the evil moralities from which they are made; according to their creator’s selfish knowledge of good and evil. Yet The Bible reveals that things and people are not good or evil because they help or harm
In this torrent of daily temptations, there are many holes a man must shore up and many doors a woman must close to stay close to God. But each crack and lockless door can be traced back to the day Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The fundamental rift and insecurity in every man and woman is this: you don’t want to live by God’s Declaration of good and evil. You want to create your own morality ... by stealing good and evil from God. Upon realizing that the false prophet has been lying to them, many believers feel betrayed; as if harm has come to them from the hands of another. But before pointing fingers, look in the mirror and touch the face of your deceiver. Only the deceiver can be deceived. You fell in love with the false prophet’s false words and false ideologies because you yourself are false. If you had loved the truth, if you were obediently intimate with God’s Holy Word, then by His Grace, false ideologies would anger and nauseate you. Instead, I embrace the false prophet and call her sister. I am deceived by the false prophet’s lie because we are both thieves who have “stolen” morality from God.
Let us remember, however, that we are not the originators of our love for Truth and our great effort at studying His Word. Goodness is the gift of God by which you love The Truth and study the Bible. If not for God’s Goodness and Mercy to keep us from temptation
From Rod to serpent
But we will not come to Him for life
The problem with their reasoning is not feminism’s demonic goal of trying to make men and women exactly the same. The problems are not the murder, societal degradation and sexual sins that blossom in the pursuit of this goal. Those are merely symptoms. Racism, feminism, communism... are diseases because they tempt us to become prodigal by attempting to steal The Father’s Authority. Despite sounding biblical or even quoting the Bible, the devil, his false prophets and their ideologies plagiarize and deform God’s Truth by encouraging us to “make ourselves like The Most High”
Thankfully, all of God’s treasures have the same defense: once removed from His Presence, without His Common Grace, these truths, these rod and staff meant to comfort and guide, become to us venomous snakes.
There are many paths to such destruction and all are faster than a brachistochrone curve. For example, consider that since all statements about good and evil are arbitrary, I cannot prove that my good is gooder than yours and neither can you. What then shall we do when your good is different from my good? What shall we do when we have no common ground, when my “good” deeds disgust you? Well, eventually, you must either move away from me or you must kill me. Consequently, feminism in America and communism in China have brought much “good” by facilitating the murder of 384 million babies over the past 40 years.
how to deceive yourself into heaven
Brothers and sisters, believers in Jesus Christ, we are in trouble. Every Sunday the good pastor uses The Bible to show us our lives that we might see all the places where we believed ourselves to be rich but are abjectly poor. Every Sunday, like the aforementioned Philistines, we bring back the things we have stolen from God with the precious gold of repentance
As we said earlier, after striving to behold God, the believer’s primary task is to daily remove this evil root of self-sufficiency
One of the easiest means of doing this is to play pretend. Treat yourself like the errant child you are. Say to yourself, “Listen, self. I know we think we are wealthy but we know that God Is Great and Holy. So let us approach God pretending, believing that we are poor
Be like the gibeonite
You might be rich. You might have all the morality you will ever need. But listen to God’s Word and you will know He Is Great and you are nothing. But still, you deceive your self because you are a deceiver. Good good. Why not use deception against itself? Since only the deceiver can be deceived, deceive the deceiver in you by pretending you don’t have anything. Deceive your self into faith. Lay aside your fine linens by pretending they are filthy rags. Dress yourself in sackcloth and a broken heart. Wash your self in ashes and the water of His Holy Word