THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17:10

And Jesus said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person. Mark 7:20

The horrible truth of the above Scriptures is evident in the following video revealing the lives of those that conducted the day to day activities at Auschwitz. It is important to remember that God will not only judge those that do not repent and accept Jesus offer of salvation at the White Throne Judgement but in the Scripture below, here on earth, God sees fit to give some up to a debased mind.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.Romans 1:28-31

DOES GOD FORBID KILLING

One of the most common questions that someone serious about the Bible will ask has to do with one of the Ten Commandments; namely the sixth commandment that seem to prohibit the act of “killing”.

Putting aside for a moment the question about taking the life of an animal, the case of homicide (taking the life of a human) seems to be closed. Upon further examination of the underlying Hebrew original, however, a different, more nuanced picture emerges. 

Most English Bibles, especially the monumental KJV version, inaccurately (or rather not accurately enough) translates the sixth commandment simply as “Do Not Kill” (Exodus 20:13). But the Hebrew under the English translation justifies a much better alternative: “Do Not Murder”. To put this intense ethical matter into simple terms, every murder is killing, but not every killing is murder. (Murder is killing without a just cause.)

The Hebrew verb להרוג (to kill) can include unjustified homicide, but the Hebrew verb לרצח (to murder) is never used to describe a justified killing, such as killing in self-defence or court-ordered capital punishment. (This “justified killing” can also be translated by a different Hebrew verb להמית that is best translated as “to put to death”).

Keeping these insights in mind, the question then becomes simple. Which Hebrew verb is used in the Decalogue? The answer is לרצח – the verb that must be more accurately translated not with the broad meaning–“to kill”, but with a more particular definition–“to murder”.

So does God forbid homicide? The answer is yes, but He does allow it under certain circumstances such as murder.

Why did I include this post on living eternal now? In large part, because the world and even Christians no longer fear God and yet the Bible clearly says that the beginning of wisdom is to fear God. Sadly, the world does not believe in Noah’s Flood and yet the fossil evidence clearly reveals billions of living things, plants and animals were buried quickly worldwide. The evidence is a stark reminder of the judgement of God. He destroyed all but eight people and all the animals except two of a kind (some cases seven) of animals, birds and insects needed to repopulate the planet.

 

POWER & VICTIM NARRATIVE PERMEATING SOCIETY

When people believe they are victims, they can’t do anything about it, and it’s someone else’s fault, they first resent then ultimately hate the “someone else.”

You may have heard the terms “Political Correctness” or “Cultural Marxism.” These things are dangerous for the same reasons old-fashioned Marxism was.

No longer are the evangelists for these ideas parroting lines about rich and poor. The lines of oppression are now divided between many more categories.

Women and men, trans* and cis, gay and straight, black and white, poor and rich… Or perhaps more accurately, women against men, trans* against cis, gay against straight, poor against rich… Female victims at war with male oppressors. Trans* victims at war with cis oppressors. Gay victims at war with straight oppressors. Poor victims at war with rich oppressors… You get the idea.

The narrative of power and victim-hood is starting to permeate everything, including religion.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) recently produced a children’s song called “The Privilege Bridge.” The video shows two women dancing to a story about “Ross” and “Stevie” who both want to cross a river.

Fortunately for Ross, he is a man, he’s white, he’s straight, he’s wealthy… So he gets to use teleportation to cross the river. Handy! Sadly for Stevie, she is a woman, she’s not white, she’s a refugee, she’s not well off, she’s marginalised. So Stevie has to swim. That’s unfair.

The song concludes with a quick lesson, telling children that Ross got a “free ride” because of “privilege.” That is, some people get a free ride “just because of how they were born.”

Aren’t they just teaching kids to think more compassionately? The simple answer is no. Children who grow up believing that life is all about power imbalances between victims and oppressors grow up with a quiet sense of resentment towards certain groups of people. It breeds tribalism and anger.

We see it in the changes taking place in social life.

This is why debate in Australia is becoming less civil and more polarised. People are getting angrier and more resentful. This is why activists are shutting down opposing voices. They are waging war with oppressors.

Every week a new story seems to emerge that brings these ideas to light. Yesterday we heard that New South Wales hospitals will now be required to have segregated “Culturally Appropriate Spaces” for indigenous patients to use as waiting rooms. Again… compassion? Or fuelling a narrative of victim-hood? Apparently going to a “culturally inappropriate” hospital waiting room is a form of oppression.

The narrative is made worse by the fact that, according to these ideologies, none of these groups can resolve their differences through dialogue. Dialogue is just a ruse of the powerful to keep on oppressing.

Small wonder then that the societies who go all the way down this road descend into a pit of conflict, oppression, war and terror. Some humans become more equal than others. Speech and dialogue are suppressed by the state. Anger, resentment and arrogance are the order of the day.

South Africa should be a grave warning to all who would engage in identity politics. Not only for its history of apartheid, but also due to emerging tensions between white and black communities. White farmers are having their properties broken into, robbed and their families brutalised and beaten. They are targeted because they are white. The Australian carried a story last week of a white South African woman who had her feet drilled through with a power tool, chunks of flesh cut from her skin, and her property stolen. It told the story of a man who was beaten and bound whilst his wife was raped in front of their three children. People told of their security precautions – regular perimeter checks, concealed firearms, sophisticated security systems. The end of all this is very serious.

Jesus warns us in the Sermon on the Mount that the escalation from resentment, to hatred, to murderous intent and murder is one that we shouldn’t dismiss lightly. These are all species of the same state of heart and they are all related to the sin of murder itself.

If we have come to a point where we teach our children, through animation and song, that there are categories of people in our community to be resented and brought down from their pedestals of power, we are asking for terrible trouble.

It stands in stark contrast to Christ’s message that what really matters is not privilege, tribe or birth. What really matters is the condition of one’s heart before God, and in that is great blessing.

We must teach our children what Christ teaches us: blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

But we have taught them instead that privilege is what matters and we have divided them against each other in tribal battles.

In one generation we have seen reasonable public debate and principles of tolerance begin to collapse spectacularly.

Where will we be in another generation? Will it take that long?

Surely, as God and His Word is increasingly rejected by the world and His church, it is proof positive, we are in the Biblical “last days”.

 | April 05, 2018 – Privilege Bridges, South Africa And Identity Politics

LAST DAYS LIKE THE DAYS OF SODOM

Sunday’s 90th  Annual Oscar Ceremony reveals the extent of the depths of degradation to which Western society has fallen. In Luke 17:28-30, Jesus reveals that in the last days before He returns it will be like the days of Sodom. 

Instead of honouring the best, most entertaining or most worthy movies, acting and craftsmanship, the members of the Academy are nominating and awarding the best antagonistic, anti-human propaganda, promoting radical identity politics and weird abuse, especially in the major categories like Best Picture, Best Acting, Best Directing, and Best Writing.

For example, the movie DUNKIRK, an excellent, patriotic piece of cinematic craftsmanship with no ax to grind, won three major technical awards for craftsmanship but won none of the major awards. What did win the major awards?

1. A bestiality movie attacking traditional American values and promoting abuse.

2. A movie about a 24-year-old graduate intern abusively seducing a 17-year-old boy who himself is fornicating with a teenage girl his own age.

3. A movie from Chile about a man, who’s undergone one of those mythical “sex change” operations and who becomes a better woman than any other woman, including the ex-wife of his dead lover.

4. A horror movie about an old white man and his white friends trying to put his brain inside the body of a young black man.

5. A story about a rape and murder that occurred in a small Missouri town where a bunch of small-minded people live.

6. A movie about an Olympic ice skater with a terrible mother and even more terrible friends who decide to break the leg of her closest competitor.