"The land which you are entering to possess is an unclean land, with the uncleanness (impure, idolatrous, immoral practices) of the peoples of the lands (many countries) with their abominations (disgusting things and ethically wicked ways) which have filled it from one end to another with their impurity (sexually, ethically, even religiously profane and defiled practices)...”
Do you think that “Drag Queen Story Hour”, human trafficking, rampant drug use and runaway crime in our cities might fit this description?
“Now therefore...” (because of those facts...), “Do not give your daughters as wives for their sons, nor take their daughters to your sons; AND NEVER seek their peace or prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good of the land, and leave it as an inheritance to your children forever.” (Ezra 9:11-12)
I could unpack this for weeks, but I want to focus now on one core concept... “NEVER seek their peace or prosperity”. Solomon ignored this warning and took foreign wives as a way of making peace with potential enemies and strengthening economic ties. That didn’t end well for him or Israel!
Abraham understood this principle some 500 years before Moses gave us the law. After Abram vanquished the kings who defeated the king of Sodom and took Lot captive, the king of Sodom offered Abram the spoils of war. Abram refused, saying that he would not accept so much as a thread or a sandal strap, lest they should say they had made him rich. He refused to accept Sodom’s prosperity offer.
But today, much of the church has come to believe that if we just make peace with the dark side, whether that’s with the heir apparent of the king of Sodom or with the Marxists of the BLM movement, life will be good and prosperous.
The way they’ve made peace is by keeping their mouth shut about eternal realities such as sin and its consequences or Hell and its punishment. They’ve brought the unrepentant and unregenerated into positions of leadership to get butts in seats and grow the church.
And the vexing of society only grows worse.
We are sternly admonished to NEVER make peace with the world. The reason is quite simple... They are carnal (as are many Christians) and as Paul explains in Romans 8:7, “the carnal mind is enmity (hatred, hostile) against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”
James puts it this way, “friendship with the world, is enmity (hatred) with God.” Paul adds that the natural man “does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
In other words, the carnal person or the old nature cannot make peace with the new man. They can’t even receive spiritual truth. Lost people are going to act lost because they are lost.
They don’t care about your worldview, what you think about abortion, homosexuality, or transgenderism, etc. They don’t care what the Bible says about anything. Here's Richard Levine who thinks he's a woman named Rachel, who Biden appointed as Assistant Secretary for Health. Ironic that we have a sick man pretending to be a woman, in charge of health related issues.
Their carnal nature is at odds with, and hostile to the law of God. They are incapable of coming to peaceful terms with the righteous unless the righteous compromise. Not necessarily by participating with them, but at the very least, by keeping their mouth shut.
As a result and for the sake of “peace and prosperity” much of the church has fallen silent on moral issues. They have become “woke”.
That’s why the carnal nature has to die. As Paul said to the Galatians... “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passion and desires.” And in Romans 6:6, “our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”
Paul no doubt felt the iron boot of Rome as much as anyone, but he didn’t plot a coup to overthrow the government. He knew that the weapons of his warfare were not carnal, but mighty through God.
So when he was a prisoner, he wisely leveraged his Roman citizenship to appeal to Caesar which was granted by Festus. Paul saw this as an opportunity to preach Christ to the leader of the Roman empire, and he took it.
Paul was no rabble rouser.
He was a statesman with a firm grip on God’s Word and a depth of understanding that gave him stature with Festus and even with King Agrippa.
He knew he was in the last days, a period of 40 years from 30 AD when Jesus was crucified to 70 AD (one generation) before the old structures would be erased from the earth in the destruction of Jerusalem that Jesus warned about in Matthew 24.
He was willing to turn down freedom in the hopes of sharing the gospel with Caesar. He fought the good fight of faith to the very end. And so should we.
We are after all, the light of the world, and it doesn’t take much light to scatter the darkness.
The question becomes, and I’ve heard from several of my readers... how do we fight our own good fight of faith? How do we push back the darkness and resist the devil, in practical ways? What can we do to effect societal change and push back the woke agenda for example?
I have much to say about that, which I hope to continue in my next blog, but this one is getting long and I really am trying to shorten them down. 😊
But there is a solution...
One that I have applied in the marketplace with stunning results. It’s not about a political party. Our war is not with each other. The battle is good vs evil. I’m going to share with you how I’ve learned to win that battle decisively many times in the marketplace and how my friend Peter Daniels has done the same, on a much bigger scale.
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