Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Denial Factor

Basic Definition of “Denial” – Saying, “No,” to something, rather than an affirmative “Yes.” Disowning someone, such as the refusal of accepting a family member. Refusing to believe a reality and accepting its contradiction. Refusing to believe an important religious teaching

Examples of denial

It never ceases to amaze me the capacity of us humans to deny something. It is the most natural thing for us to say “No.” Just observe new parents interacting with their small child. No one has to teach that little individual to be defiant and to refuse his parent’s loving direction.

Another example, - and, we read about this type of denial every time some person is highlighted in the news competing in some sporting event, not having the normal physical capacity. People who have no legs or even one leg will tempt fate by pushing themselves to compete in sporting events which require a normal set of legs. Little do they care to acknowledge, that down their life’s chronological path, they will have done great damage to their leg stumps. Peoples' refusal to accept physical realities and adjust to new horizons, are astounding. [I am a polio survivor. I know whereof, I speak]

Perhaps, one of the greatest present day examples, is in the political world – our current US White House occupier. I don’t like to utilize the word “president” to describe him, because, it would be insulting the Office of US President. The denial factor is in full mode. In fact it has been in deceptive overdrive for now over 3 years now, ever since Barack Hussein Obama was elected to be US president, - and, even before that. However, and unfortunately for our US America, Mr. Obama never did meet one of the US Constitutional standard to be legitimate US president. That, (sadly) being the case, it has never been an impediment for millions of Americans to accept this grand deception. This deception (hoax) is sparked by umpteen politicians and a kowtowing media, who continue to impede reality by their denial and, who, in the same arrogant and strident denial, continue to perpetuate this charading deception.

Please reference the recent topical message, as to this charading deception, herd mentality denial, since this message is not intended to focus on our current US putative “leader:”

Reference - Pontius Pilate and Political Correctness” - In this message, there is further explanation and some helpful informational links.

Christians “beat up” on historical Biblical characters

Having been raised in a Christian home and regularly attending church and Sunday school, I’ve heard my annual share about Christ’s disciple, Peter, and his glaring denial of Christ. It’s the traditional thing for Christian preachers and for Sunday school lessons and teachers, to highlight past believers’ sins and their failures to live up to God’s Ten Commandment standards. And, I must admit that believers, as recorded in the historical Old Testament and Christian Scriptures, are easy targets for “modern-day” [sometimes, holier-than-thou] Christians to “beat up” on.

It’s the easiest thing to criticize believers of the past and thereby ignore our own present day denials. Christians today deny Christ everyday. As part of that “Holy Christian Church / Communion of saints” crowd, [see: Nicene Creed] we deny Christ by our sins of commission and omission. We often fail to model the life of Christ in our everyday living. Christians are prone to exhibit road rage, speak ill and nasty of their fellow employees, ignore the needs of their families, and fail to love those within the direct spheres of their influence.

Christians are top notch offenders - often in denial of Christ

Not only do Christians deny their Lord and Savior Christ by unkind behaviors and sins of omission toward those in their geographical spheres of influence, Christians deny and offend their Christ by not loving one another. Their tolerance to one another is often noticed by an unbelieving community. Christ, Himself made the (following) observant statement about His disciples:

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

There are many examples where Christians are in denial. Like Christ’s disciple, Peter, Christians refuse to believe and acknowledge Christ and His teaching in their everyday lives. Their emphasis is on repetitive doctrinal (teaching) without the practice of "connecting the dots."

One prominent example that readily comes to mind, is the gullible acceptance of Christians to accept hook, line and sinker modern Bible translations which are noticeably gender neutral. To accept them as equal to non gender neutral Bible translations, or, even to consider them for acceptable use, is, in essence a form of denying Christ. After, all, Christ, is the author of Scripture. He is, as the Nicene Creed states, “very God of very God.” And, the Scriptures teach that all of Scripture is “God-breathed,” – even the very words, which God’s Holy Spirit directly intended to convey to the divinely hand picked “human authors.” [2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Proverbs 30:5-6 ; 2 Peter 1:20-21] To consider and / or, then to choose a Bible translation which alters the patriarchal language of Scripture, which God directed to be written, is not only irresponsible, but plainly foolish. In short, it is a form of denying Christ, and not giving Him His proper, due. It is, bending to the whims of the ever-changing political correctness culture and paying obeisance to carnality and to the sin stained cosmos. [1 John 2:15;16;17]

Non Christians (unbelievers) relish highlighting the failures of Christians and to accuse them of being “hypocritical”

We live in a “debunking” cultural. Scores of satirists, comedians and some radio talk show hosts, love to spotlight Christians’ inconsistencies and specific instances where Christians have sinned – and, in short, denied their Christian (professed) Faith. This debunking practice has always existed, since those who are on the road to eternal damnation (hell), love to ridicule Christians. It’s part and parcel of their way to deny Christ:

Absolutes and Christ’s often misunderstood words of “Judge not…”

The greatest deniers of Christ are those who do not [genuinely] believe in Him

Denying the existence of the Christ of history is utter arrogance. Even agnostic and atheistic historians, know better. Denying Christ’s presence, purpose and teaching, is, utter spiritual foolishness which leads a person’s priceless soul to a Christless, hereafter. An eternity without Christ is a treacherous and torturous existence.

The holy Christ came for precious human souls. He spent His short and sinless life in preparation for His perfect sacrifice offering of suffering and death. He did all that with the world’s totality of human sins – past, present and future, upon His back. He did all that to be the sinners’ substitute sacrifice and punishment, - such sacrifice, sentence and punishment which had to be exacted to please and placate a holy and just God offended by His creation’s sins, against His holy Commandments.

Friend, there can be no (perfect) heaven for you, the sinner, who hasn’t received Christ, as God’s gift to cover your sins, and thereby make you “righteous” (holy, fit) for heaven’s eternal reward. The greatest mistake you can ever make, is to be in denial of Christ, your Creator / Savior.

May you, with all the human diligence you can muster, do all you can to discover the Messiah Christ of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. If you deny its validity and reliability, I pity you. I pity you, because you will have closed yourself off from the very power and instrument of Almighty God to work, by His Holy Spirit, the necessary faith in you, to become Christ’s saved child. Read and hear the Christian Scriptures. Lay aside your doubts and skepticism. Search for divine revelation truth.

Read the Gospels about Christ’s birth, life, suffering, death and resurrection. Then read the other Christian New Testament books which are, in part, a commentary on those Gospels. Notice how the Hebrew Old Testament Scriptures, prophesied of the coming Messiah, Christ. But, above all, expose yourself to God’s Holy Scripture Word, so that faith may grow in your person. [Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17] Come to an end of your selfish and sinful denying self and realize that the same God who hates your sin and must eternally punish you severely because of your sin, loved you enough to send His perfect Son to die for you, so that you may have that gift of the forgiveness of your sins, in order to be a candidate for God's holy heaven. [John 3:14-21] May God the Holy Spirit make inroads within your sinful and denying spirit!


Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Related Scriptures To the Above Message

John 13:36-38 ; Luke 22:31-34 – Peter’s denial foretold by Christ

Luke 22: 54-62: Peter’s denial

Matthew 13:13-17 – Peter’s prior profession of faith and Christ’s answer to him. Note what Christ said about “flesh and blood” (human endeavor).

It should be noted that the Apostle Peter, who earlier denied Christ, was truly repentant for his sin. He did not allow that past sin to discourage him from publicly proclaiming Christ, as historically recorded in the Christian New Testament book of Acts. His life, witness and even New Testament Scripture writings were testament to the reality of him having been forgiven and having moved on. History has it, that he met a Christian martyr’s death, by crucifixion. He confessed Christ, to the end.

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

Please note: Topical Messages, by subject

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3
2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place
3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been “Saved” [is a Christian]

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