Paul on Marriage and Steadfastness
Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we’ll be looking at the fifth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. In this, he addresses
Reading: Ephesians 5
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children,
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
The chapter opens with a positive action for all Christians. When we walk in love, we are both aware of the love we have received and actively sharing that love with our brethren. Remember that we have received the greatest of all loves: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints,;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
This is not to say that we remain condemned under the Law. After all, in Christ we receive all grace and mercy under Heaven.
Rather, we know that the fruits of the sinful nature are all manner of wickedness. Fornication – the reckless and wild expression of sexual energy which erodes the institutions of marriage and the family which underpin society – is first because it was the reigning sin of the Greeks of that day. They were homosexuals, prostitutes, paedophiles, and (it is rumored) zoophiles.
Uncleanness and covetousness are sins which cover a multitude of actions. Among these we can list all manners of confidence and git-rich-quick schemes, inclinations toward censorship and rage, and any number of common activities which are destructive to cohesiveness and love.
In addition, we are discouraged from speaking other than our word. Filthiness clouds the mind and opens the way for filthy acts and thoughts. Foolish talk and jesting erodes the value of one’s words, for it becomes difficult to receive wisdom from the fool.
These people will not enter the Kingdom of God; not because of what they do, but because of the spirit which drivesthem toward those acts.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Many have come preaching an impotent, castrated Christ which we have not received. This Christ is so full of love for us that he has none for himself. He condemns none, welcomes all, and has a message with no conviction, repentence, or need for salvation. These deceivers lead the weak away from the Faith, and they will receive their punishment in full on the Last Day.
Now, we are aware that we were once children of that darkness. Paul himself used to persecute the believers, driving them into prisons, torturing them, and sentencing them to death. However, the old Paul died on the road to Emmaus, as the old sinful man in us has also died.
And we know that all gifts of the Spirit are aligned with God himself – they are good, righteous, and true gifts which serve to glorify the Lord. So, we who have the Spirit are called to discern what is the will of the Lord, according to what is pleasing to Him.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
That which is done in wickedness, or with the spirit of this world, is not of the Lord. We are called to be in this world, but not of it – we must be both immersed and apart from this world.
That which serves to glorify sin (censorship of truth and nobility, rejection of history and philosophy, and other oppressions that inhibit the Word) must be opposed. For Christ himself had no qualms calling sin sin, and he rebuked the high and the low alike.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
That which is done in the darkness is hidden by that darkness. This is why the creatures of darkness (that is, the sinful man) fears the Light of Life (that is, Christ).
However, when the Lord has shined on wickedness, he redeems it in the same way that he has redeemed us. The same resurrection to which we are party is offered to all.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
We see the results of foolishness and wickedness even in this age, though we also know the results in the age to come. So, we should pursue wisdom and live like unto the wise.
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Note that Paul doesn’t say “waste time”, “kill time”, or “do whatever, because life is short.” Rather, we live in a wicked time full of idle hands and wicked hearts.
So, rather than count the hours until death, we must make what we can of this time, by studying the Word, by improving ourselves in body, mind, and Spirit, and by working hard to accomplish in this world what the unbelievers scarcely dream.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Paul again admonishes us toward wisdom, which is in the Way of the Lord.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hear to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Excessive drinking is not beneficial to either body or mind. It wastes time and it makes fools of us all. This is not the way to please the Lord.
Rather, we must be at all times and places giving thanks to the Father, so that we may be rooted and grounded in his Love.
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
So begins one of today’s most controversial passages (though, to be fair, most of the Scriptures are considered either foolish or wicked in this dark day).
Christians must be at the service of one another, and we are to establish some hierarchies amongst ourselves. We should respect each other’s counsel (which is given in love), and we must help one another our of our experience and the wisdom we have received from the Lord.
22 Wives, submit unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
It is a hate-fact these days that most women want to be submissive to a strong, wise, and loving man. (Men who have embraced these truths have no shortage of women lined up for all manner of sexual acts). But what does it mean to submit?
We know that Christ is in authority over us; he is our Savior, the source of all the good things that come from above, and the font of wisdom. Though we question His judgment, we know that His will is sovereign over ours.
We petition Him with prayers and reasonings, and He may give to us the desires of our hearts. However, at the end of the day, it is the Lord who makes the decisions, not us.
Therefore, in the same way that we are submitted to Christ, so should wives submit to their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
There is another side to this coin: husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church.
What example do we have from Christ? Christ gives all good things to the church, and He protects us from the worst that this world can deliver unto us. He has given up even his own life to rescue us from slavery to sin, and He has restored us wicked people unto the Lord. This is the love which we men are to emulate.
So we have a balance between the man and the wife: the man provides for and cares for the wife, and the wife submits to the man. This, we Christians acknowledge, is the natural way of Man and Wife.
Even the atheists are embracing this fact, for this informs their wisdom concerning all relations between the sexes. (I could point at several “game” blogs which attest to these truths). Surely we must not reject that which the Lord has taught us, when even the atheists acknowledge it.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
This actually accounts even for the “transablists”, who believe that they don’t deserve one or more of their limbs (very sick individuals). Even these seek food, drink, and sleep, demonstrating great care for the flesh they claim to despise. Admittedly, most people in the West care less for their bodies than I believe they should, but that’s another topic for another day.
As we care for our bodies, so too does Christ care for us.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Behold how Paul reiterates that teaching of Genesis which has existed in human cultures for millenia: marriage is a union of a man and woman into something other.
There are any number of excellent reasons for this social structure. First, we can observe the negative consequences of raising children without a father (increasing crime rate, lower rates of success in the business world, moral relativism, and men who don’t know how to be men in any conceivable way). Second, we can observe the negative consequences of raising children in a home in which they are not cared for (for many mothers are less caring than we’d care to admit, especially among the government-funded poor). Third, we are learning that having sex causes a couple to blend their bacterial biomes, making the two literally “one flesh”. Finally, we know that the social institution of marriage is central to the institution of the family, which is the cornerstone of civilization.
The destruction of the social institution of marriage is always correlated with the implosion of a civilization.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Enough said, I think.
Let us Pray
Mighty Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you that you have not abandoned us in this time of darkness. For we are a people who call good evil and evil good. We have wholly abandoned reason and succumbed to the forces of wickedness in the spiritual realms.
Grant us the strength to endure, so that when the day of evil does come (and it surely is coming) we will be able to stand.
Until that day, grant us the strength to hold fast to our convictions, straying neither to the left or the right. Also grant us the strength to stand tall when the wicked forces (even those among them we would call brothers) come to destroy us. For you have overcome the world, and we know that you are sovereign over all things.
Grant us the wisdom to live Godly lives, and teach us the meaning of Godly marriage. For we have forgotten how to be men and women, and we no longer recall the truths which you have stored in the Word and in our flesh.
We ask all these things in Jesus’ name, by the power of the Holy Spirit,
The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you,
The Lord look upon you with favor,
And give you His peace.
New Creatures United in Christ
Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today, we will continue our reading of the book of Ephesians. In this chapter, Paul reveals to us the nature of our unity and the New Spirit that dwells in us.
Reading: Ephesians 4
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
As Christians, we are always called to be peace-makers. In the Love with which we are Loved, we extend that love to our brethren in Christ.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
If a priest comes forth preaching a Spirit which we have not received or a Christ different from the Christ we know, he is not of the body. As The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one God, so is the body of Christ one body.
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
This verse speaks to several things. First, we are united under One Lord Jesus Christ. We share in one faith by the Holy Spirit, and we are reborn in one baptism. What disunity can we have so long as we share all these things?
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The concept of “Aristotle’s God” asserts that there is a logical need for God. Some say it’s because God had to be there to start the universe, but more accurately it’s because everything we observe appears to rely on some other thing for its existence. Without gravity (or whatever force it is that performs the function of gravity), nothing would exist the way it does. Without a parent, no single organism could exist. Without logic, we could not have science or mathematics.
However, it is understood that infinity doesn’t exist in our observed natural world. The Infinite and Eternal are concepts that cannot be understood in logical terms, and are logically irrational. That means that, at some point in the chain, there must be something which “starts” the logical chain.
Think of it as a case of the chicken and the egg. It doesn’t matter which one came first, because one of them surely must have.
We Christians point to verses such as this and Acts 17:28 (“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”) to argue that our Lord is the logically necessary entity, which does not require any other thing for its existence. It is God whose properties provide existence to all things.
That’s a bit tangential, because this verse speaks directly to the Christians of Ephesus. God is always with us and sustaining us.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Because of the massiveness of the Gift of Christ, we know that the grace given to us must be equally massive.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
We know that the disciples leaned on the Old Testament to support their teachings. Jesus himself was thoroughly versed in the Scriptures from a young age, such that the teachers were astounded by his knowledge. It’s important that we do no less when we speak.
The same Christ who is now ascended above all things descended down into death for us, so that in his resurrection He might grant to us gifts and free us from our slavery to sin.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Unto each of us is granted a certain set of spiritual gifts. The Apostles were granted one set, which made them prophets, evangelists, teachers, and ministers all in one. Among us, we are given to be prophets, evangelists, teachers, ministers, and servants in the service of Christ. (Note that I do not speak of “worship leader” ministers, but those who provide comfort, guidance, and service to the brethren)
We must embrace and employ these gifts, because to do otherwise is to anger the giver of the gift. It is like the parable of the Talents; no matter how great or small your gift, you must nurture it and employ it towards God’s glory.
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
The mark of childishness is flightiness. Children run from thing to thing, for they lack the discipline and inner-strength required to “stick to it”. They are easily misled, for they lack the wisdom and awareness required to defeat clever cons.
We are more than children who are in Christ. We are granted stability in faith, which causes us to seek after the Lord in all things.
Let us speak truly amongst ourselves, out of the love that we share in Christ.
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Apart, we are less than our fraction of the whole. What would we gain if we were all teachers, and none of us ministers? Or when we are all ministers, without Pastors or Prophets to guide our hands?
So, in the unity we share, we are to apply our gifts together in the works which God has prepared for us.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
What do we see in the Modern Humanist (Atheist or otherwise)? We see a great deal of vanity, for they fashion themselves the lords of creation, holding the keys of life and death. They are blinded in their hubris, so that their ignorance merely grows as time goes on. Their fruits are abortion, erosion of moral standards, destruction of the good, and exploitation of all. Their greed destroys them.
We see similar in all those who lack the love of Christ.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Fundamentally, because we know Christ and have been taught by Him, our minds are different. We are no longer like the other Gentiles.
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
The process of sanctification is long, for no matter how long we are alive we still are trapped in these bodies of sin. However, we are creatures with a New Spirit. We are different from the Old Man, now, and so we need not focus unduly on the old sinful ways.
By our renewal in Christ, we are new men. We are given the gift which makes us now righteous and holy.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
Because we are new men, we need no longer lie to one another, for we are brethren in Christ, and of one body.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
As new creatures, we should avoid the quick and violent anger of the old man. This is not to say that we can never be angry (because even Christ Himself was angry and wrathful in his time on this earth), but we must not dwell in our anger.
On another side of the coin, this verse demands that when we do grow angry, we must resolve that wrath swiftly.
27 Neither give place to the devil.
When we allow our minds to be filled with sinful ideas (of which the internet, television, and other media abound), we begin to dwell on those ideas. As we dwell, these thoughts sink into our subconscious minds, strengthening the wicked impulses natural to us.
Never give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Our God is not communist or socialist. This is why he discourages theft, for theft discourages the laborer to labor and produces nothing else. However, giving generously (out of desire to give) is encouraging and empowering to the giver and receiver.
When more people produce, total value increases for the entire population. This means that there is more to go around.
Therefore, let us all produce according to our ability, so that we may prosper and share that prosperity with one another as we choose.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Interestingly, this verse has nothing to do with “swear words”. More accurately, this verse encourages us to avoid thoughts and speech that will hold anyone back. We must speak the truth in love, working to teach and encourage one another to do good works.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Why would we want to grieve the Holy Spirit of God? Honestly, the new creature does not want to do any such thing.
However, it is in our physical nature to be sinful creatures. When we sin, we grieve the Holy Spirit who is in us.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
These emotions are natural to us, and to a degree we need anger to function in today’s world. However, these worldly emotions should never be turned toward our brethren while we coexist in unity with the Spirit.
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Let us Pray
Mighty Lord, you have given us a Unity that we cannot fully understand. We pray for the day when all of us who are united in the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ are united again, without the superficial issues that divide us.
Bring us together in the Word.
In your Holy Name, we pray,
May the good Lord go before you to lead you, behind you to encourage you, beside you to befriend you, beneath you to uphold you, above you to protect you, and within you to inspire you.
Go in the peace and power of Almighty God. Amen.
Hypocrisy, God’s Goodness, and Right Judgment
Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we’ll be looking at another famous section of the “Sermon on the Mount.” Here, Jesus gives us counsel on justice between men and with God.
Reading: Matthew 7:1-23
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Behold, one of the most misunderstood and misused verses in all of Scripture!
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
It was common among the Pharisees to pronounce judgment and sentencing on those around them. Much like the Westboro Baptist Church today, they would make all manner of declarations, occasionally violating Roman law in order to pass the sentences they saw fit.
However, many of these leaders were every ounce as wicked as those they condemned. In the name of Justice, the measure cannot be different for one man as another. Thus, Jesus warns us against posing harsh sentences against others.
This is NOT to say that we may not speak that which the Lord has spoken. When he condemns homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy, or false testimony, it is our duty to speak out what He has declared. However, when we move beyond His word into our own, we open ourselves up to the full measure of justice.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Hypocrites are notoriously unaware of their own flaws, whether through sheer narcissism or studious denial.
Tony Robbins, for all that he’s an excellent motivational speaker and success coach, has been divorced a number of times; therefore, it is foolish to listen to his advice on maintaining a lasting marriage. Steve Harvey is in a similar boat, as are many other “relationship experts” we could name.
Why take advice on kicking your drug addiction from someone who is in perpetual relapse? Or why take career advice from a man losing money hand over fist?
If you wish to help others, you must first correct the problems in yourself.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Don’t throw bad money after good. Don’t adhere to a diet that has never worked for you, or with which you cannot be happy. Don’t pine after a relationship that only brought you pain and heartbreak.
Basically, cut your losses and start over, rather than continue working on the wrong things.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
This is the way the Lord cares for us. Keep this verse in your heart, for it is a source of great comfort in trials and tribulation.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Most Western atheists and a number of Christians hold a deep-seated belief that, if there is a God, he is a cruel master who delights in our pain. However, Jesus knows differently.
If God is Good, and God is our Father, how can he delight in our pain and send misery into our lives? Even a mediocre parent provides for his or her children in some way, even if that provision is lacking in some critical areas. How much better must a truly Good Father provide for his children, if they only ask?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
In another passage, Jesus is asked which commandment is greatest. He provides the greatest and its close second:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Twice, then, we see Jesus delivering to us the same law regarding proper behavior in our society: whatever you would have them do to you, do so unto them. The “self improvement” corollary is to treat them as they want to be treated, so that they will treat you as you want to be treated.
Any law which conforms not to the first and second great commandments (the “Platinum” and “Golden” rules, as they are often known) has nothing to do with justice or goodness. If you wish to rebel against society or the common law, you should strive to only violate those societal laws which either oppose or disregard the morality of these two great laws. In this, that which Sun Tzu called the “moral authority” remains with you and against that which you oppose.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 22)
Oprah and the other spiritual leaders of this day would have you believe that every lifestyle is a path to God (except, maybe, a devout Christian life). Jesus knew these leaders would come, and so gave us this teaching.
There is but one Way, Truth, and Life, and that is Jesus Christ. He is the Bread of Life, the Alpha and Omega, and the Name above all names. There is no other name under Heaven given unto men by which we must be saved (Acts 4).
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
If you wish to judge a man’s teaching and his life, look at what he produces.
Marx performed no labor in the course of his life, and his teachings are followed with poverty, hatred, violence, and censorship. One has only to look at the former USSR, the history of China and the Vietnamese, and the modern Social Justice movements to see the vitriol and mindless rage that such teachings evoke.
The most devout followers of Islam become murderers, liars, rapists, and socially disobedient. A cursory glance at the supposed “golden years” of Islam demonstrate that they only ever produced a repackaging of the ideas of their predecessors (Hospitals, Algebra, and even their architectural achievements were derived from the Romans and Byzantines).
The Progressives in the West have set up a financial system whose coming collapse (which is inevitable) will rock the world. They have also produced entire classes of “victims” who live on the wealth extracted by force from the greatest producers in our country, and who have never developed the knowledge or skills required to rise above that status.
If a philosophy or religion has not produced good in the past, why would you expect it to produce good in the future?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Those ideas which produce only bitter and violent fruit should be cast away immediately. As listed above, Marxism and its derivatives have produced naught but evil in our world. So too have modern Feminism (which is filled with man-hatred, socialism, and lack of personal responsibility for a woman’s actions), Islam (which has produced devastation only rivaled by the Socialist dictators of Marxism), and Progressivism (which has produced cancerous thoughts and laws that will likely cripple the West in the next few years).
To a lesser degree, modern television programming has tended to produce laziness and intellectual sloth, while emasculating men and ridiculing Christianity at every opportunity. This too should be avoided, because it does not inspire any degree of greatness.
The greatest advice is that of Paul: “Whatsoever things are honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, excellent, virtuous or praiseworthy, think on such things.”
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Don’t be a “churchian” – one who knows all the words and attends all the services, but who does not do that which the Lord commands. Strive to be a Christian, one who unashamedly serves the Lord and preaches His commands.
Let us Pray
Righteous Lord whose hand covers over all of Creation, we thank you that You are Good and Just. Without you, Lord, we know that we would have to rely on our personal feelings to create morality, and we would summarily lose ourselves in pettiness and evil.
Reveal to us our weaknesses and wickedness, and direct us so that we may “remove the plank from our own eyes”. Then, Lord, we trust that you will guide us to help others in the same way You have helped us.
We know that we are impure creatures, Lord, and we know that we lack discipline to discern righteousness from wickedness. Grant us a double measure of the Gift of Discernment, and let us Prophesy boldly against that wickedness with which we struggle in this world.
We ask that you do all things, in accordance with Your Will, in the name of your Son, Jesus, who is the Christ.
Go in the peace and power of Almighty God.