Yes… someday… someday, the Lord will bring righteousness and justice to the earth.
But, for now, justice and truth have been perverted. For we live in a very fallen, condemned world, one which is under the cruel clutches of the “god of this age” who usurped God’s lovely creation through deception. And it is deception (as well as the love of sin) that still holds mankind in bondage.
For as 2 Cor. 4:4 tells us, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel…” “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.” (v. 3) For “the work of satan is displayed… in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thes. 2:9-12)
They don’t believe the truth, because they listen to falsehoods. Falsehoods that tickle their ears and give them license to sin. (2 Tim. 4:3 & Jude 1:4) Falsehoods that they love to deceive themselves with… that soon cause them to be delusional about their own state –their state of having fallen out of God’s favor– and loving the lie, they deny that they are in danger. Thus they hurtle right on into eternal destruction.
Even now, “Christians” are still eating up filth, even having “Bible studies” on such blasphemies as “The Shack” novel or the “Wild At Heart” blab –fulfilling what 2 Tim. 4:4 states: “They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
Jesus says to such people, “Nor does His word dwell in you.” (John 5:38) Instead, they are careless about the reality of such verses such as Josh. 1:8 which commands us to “meditate on it [God’s Instructions] day and night, [WHY?!] SO THAT you may be careful to do everything written in it.” They are not being careful, and they even get angry when someone tries to warn them of their foolish trek toward further deception and delusion. Of them 2 Kings 17:33,34 is applicable: “They worshiped the LORD, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations [the hip culture]… [Therefore,] they neither worship the LORD nor adhere to the… laws and commands that the LORD gave…”
In other words, serving idols of our hearts, while also “worshiping” the Lord, is NOT obedience, and is therefore NOT acceptable as genuine repentance. To these types, John says in Luke 3:7-9, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance… The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce GOOD fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” For SOON “the Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who DO evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (–Jesus speaking in Matt. 13:41,42)
Again, Jesus warns, “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:3) And the repentance must be genuine and thorough. Some people are sorry that they’ve had to “reap what they’ve sown” (Gal. 6:7), or regretful that their sin brought on misery (especially to their own “apple cart”), but this kind of “worldly sorrow [still only] brings [eternal] death.” (2 Cor. 6:10) “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation” (same verse). And those who are “saved from the coming wrath” (1 Thes. 1:10) WILL walk in the Light. (See 1 John 1:5-7)
“Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. [Meditating on His Word would be a good way to find out!] Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather EXPOSE them.” (Eph. 5:8-11) For many live “in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them DUE TO the hardening of their hearts.” (Eph. 4:17,18)
These purposefully deluded individuals make plenty of time to feed their minds and spirits with worldly philosophies and “wisdom”, but they are too foolish to realize that they invite the “strong delusion” right into their lives and their families’ lives! Of them, Ps. 36:1,2 can be said: “There is no fear of God before his eyes. For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin.”
And to those who SAY they have the truth, Jesus says in John 5:39,40, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.”
It is not enough to BELIEVE. “Even the demons believe –and shudder.” (James 2:19) For as we see in John 8:31.32, “To the Jews who had BELIEVED Him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. THEN you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'” We are not free from the kingdom of darkness and sin until we become His disciples. And we do not become His disciples until we HOLD to His teaching. Again, “OBEDIENCE = BELONGING = FREEDOM = ETERNAL LIFE.” How many times does this need to be said throughout God’s Word?! Yet STILL! –even those who profess the name of Christ, won’t turn away FROM deception –TO the truth!
2 Tim. 2:19 will always be true: “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” And that means ALL kinds of wickedness! –unwholesome talk; discord; SLANDER; lying; not forgiving; lovers of pleasure and oneself; not having self-control; ungrateful; FALSE humility; greed; selfish motives; being cowardly; disbelief of ANY of God’s Word or promises; being lax in service for God and others; being complacent in caring for others in pain or difficulty; setting before one’s eyes, ears, or heart ANY vile thing; putting one’s hand to the plow and looking back to the world; permitting things that cause others to sin; and the list goes on…!!! (See Eph. 4:29-31,5:3-5 / Col. 3:8,9 / 1 Cor. 6:9,10 / 2 Tim. 3:1-8 / Rev. 21:8 / Jer. 48:10 / Amos 6:1-7 / Ps. 101:3 / Luke 9:62 /Matt. 18:7 / & elsewhere…
“Let no one DECEIVE you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.” (Eph. 5:6)
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature… which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.” (Col. 3:5,6) “He will punish those who do not know God and do not OBEY the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with EVERLASTING destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord…” (2 Thes. 1:8,9) So “watch your life AND doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Tim. 4:16)
In other words, contrary to popular opinion, we are to be holy, blameless, spotless, and perfect! –in actions, word, thought, motives, and attitude! (See 1 Peter 1:15, 2 Peter 3:14, Titus 2:12, Matt. 5:48, & elsewhere.) –Can’t do? Oh, yea? Let’s be careful that we are not “having a form of godliness but denying the power.” (2 Tim. 3:5) “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” (1 Cor. 4:20) Power for what? –Power OVER sin’s power! –That’s what! Because to say we have the Spirit of God –the King above all powers– in us– and then whine that we can’t shake some sin-issue, is to treat His Word with contempt. For Jesus claims that “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
We have all BEEN WARNED: God says, “Not one of them will ever see the land I promised… No one who has treated Me with contempt will ever see it.” (Num. 14:23) To disobey God is to treat Him with contempt. “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did… in the desert… I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known My ways.’ So I declared on oath in My anger, ‘They shall never enter My rest.'” (Ps. 95:7-11) “Let us, therefore, make EVERY EFFORT to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” (Heb. 4:11) “For faith without deeds is USELESS.” (James 2:20)
So, if we truly have been born anew of God’s Holy Spirit (see John 3:5), then the OLD nature is gone and we are totally NEW CREATIONS (see 2 Cor. 5:17), unable to go on sinning. (See 1 John 3:9) If we have the Spirit of God living in us, we are controlled by HIM (see Rom. 8:9), and sin is now P-O-W-E-R-L-E-S-S in our new selves –because we have been crucified with Him. (See Rom. 6:6) “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” ((Col. 3:3) Indeed, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” (Gal. 5:24) So those who are “born again” (see John 3:3) should ALL be able to say, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal. 2:20)
If we cannot say that we are crucified, then we are still “slaves to sin, which leads to death” (Rom. 6:16), and we cannot expect “eternal life”. (v. 22) (Please! Let’s read the Bible! How can this not be understood?! –if one would just ask to be enlightened –enlightened by nothing but the truth?!)
So, okay, let’s look again: “…whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, OR slaves to OBEDIENCE, which leads to righteousness… But NOW that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” (Rom. 6:16,22) Just these verses alone should be able to open a deluded sinner’s eyes if he’d but TRY to seek truth!
Therefore –again: “OBEDIENCE = SLAVES TO GOD (BELONGING TO HIS KINGDOM) = ACTIONS THAT MANIFEST (SHOW) FREEDOM FROM SIN = THE BENEFIT OF A HOLY LIFE, PLEASING TO GOD = THE RESULT: ETERNAL LIFE.”
Well, back to my original comment –about yes, justice being perverted throughout the land… But it is perverted because righteousness and truth have been thrown to the ground. And the problem does actually lie with those who SAY they know God’s ways. For they are the hypocrites –of which there are hoards of!– that are spoken of by Jesus in Mark 7:6,7 –“‘Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me IN VAIN.'”
“But if they had stood in My council, they would have proclaimed My words to My people and would have turned them from their evil ways, and from their evil deeds.” (Jer. 23:22) But instead, we (the supposed “Spotless Bride of Christ”) have only given “birth to wind. We have NOT brought salvation to the earth.” (Isaiah 26:18)
Hardly! No, instead the world waxes worse and worse. “To the wicked, God says: ‘What right have you to recite My laws or take My covenant on your lips? You hate My instruction [–is that why you won’t meditate on it?] and cast My words behind you. When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot with adulterers. [Is that why you watch that violence and filth on T.V?] You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit. You speak continually against your brother [and wife, and friend, and co-worker, and relative, and neighbor] and SLANDER… But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face. Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue.” (Ps. 50:16-22)
And to the church: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! [Yes, so that maybe we’d stop deceiving OURSELVES!] So, because you are lukewarm –neither hot nor cold– I am about to vomit you out of My mouth…. [Open] your eyes, so you can see”! ! ! ! (Rev. 3:14-18) FOR: DEAR CHURCH PEOPLE, MANY OF YOU ARE WALKING EVER DEEPER INTO THE BONDAGE OF DECEPTION, LIES, DEATH, AND ETERNAL DESTRUCTION! ! ! ! ! ! ! –Denying you are doing so! Wake up! “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not OBEY the gospel of God? And ‘If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?'” (1 Peter 4:17,18)
I’ll tell you what Jesus says will become of them, AS WELL AS the slothful, unwise virgins who are actually waiting for (and believing in) The Bridegroom: They will stand outside a SHUT DOOR: “‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ But He replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ …And throw that worthless SERVANT outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 25:11,12, 30) For “the master of that SERVANT will come on a day when he does not expect Him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place WITH THE HYPOCRITES, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 24:50,51)
So one final warning: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is HYPOCRISY… [For] I will tell you whom to fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body [which, as verse 4 says, is nothing to be afraid of in comparison], has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, FEAR HIM.” (Luke 12:1,5) And WHO is saying such a dreadful thing? –None other than: Jesus! ! !
Read it for yourselves –you who may be hanging over that abyss –by your own ignorant folly.