Saturday, September 29, 2012

Part 2: How does the false teaching of universal objective justification molest Christians’ faith?


God's people are compared to in Scripture as
being like sheep. Isaiah 53:6. That's why it is
so important for Christians to be alert and
attentive to false teaching in their midst.
The false teaching of "universal objective
 justification" is very deceptive and destructive.
Those who proclaim it, often talk out of both
sides of their mouths. They will often
acknowledge "faith," but will only [really] pay
it lip service.



In Part 1 of this short topical message series, this emeritus Christian pastor described as best he could (under the circumstances and time constraints) the false “Christian” teaching of “universal objective justification.”

Hence, I will not repeat myself. Please access that topical message if you have a difficult time with understanding this Part 2:

First of all, the Universalist teaching of “objective justification” presents a false security. No matter what the behavior of the person; all is [supposedly] forgiven. Why [according to them]? Because all has been forgiven. Why has all been forgiven? Because Christ suffered and died and rose from the dead for the purpose of bringing forgiveness to all human [souls] beings. And, the Universalists think they have it all figured out how this forgiveness to everyone, is effected.  Somehow they overlook what the blessed Christian Reformer, Martin Luther, stated in his explanation of the words of the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed:

“……..In which Christian Church He [the Holy Spirit] daily and richly forgives sins to me and all believers…….”

Remember Jesus encounter with Nicodemus in John 1:1-21 – in context? Being “born from above” just doesn’t entail Christian Conversion; it entails what comprises that conversion – “the forgiveness of sins!”  And, what did Martin Luther say about “the forgiveness of sins?” He said:

“Where there is the forgiveness of sins; there is life and salvation.”

By being born from above by God, the Holy Spirit’s initiating activity; brings with that, the forgiveness of sins. Hence, genuine spiritual “life” is conveyed – the “salvation” of one’s soul; and heaven to come. [Titus 3:5] I quote from Luther’s Catechism [CPH – 1943]:

Universalists generally do not give God the Holy
Spirit credit for dispensing God's Mercy within an
individual soul. It pains them to admit Luther's
clear Biblical teaching that the Holy Spirit brings a
person to faith in Christ and that the same Holy
Spirit of God imparts to that very soul the
"blessings of redemption." Please note John 3:1-21
 - in context, along with 1 Corinthians 6:11.
163. What is the work of the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost sanctifies me, that is, He makes me holy, by bringing me to faith in Christ and by imparting to me the blessings of redemption (Sanctification in the wider sense includes everything that the Holy Ghost does in me.)

419 – But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11


Universal objective justification’s false sense of spiritual security is fostered at a young age

When children are being taught in their Christian parochial schools the Universalist message; their behavior bends in the same direction. When they are disobedient to their parents; unruly; bully other classmates; - that, is okay. All is forgiven. No need to be sorry; no need to repent; not even a need to ask God for help in loving one’s neighbor. Only thing needed; that is, to be reminded of Christ’s all encompassing sacrifice for sin. Jesus died for all these untoward behaviors. Therefore, all is well! Children (and, for that matter), adults don’t need to feel bad; because they are already forgiven and acquitted of their sins against their fellowman. There is no need to experience contrite sorrow over sin as King David did over his sins, as expressed in various Psalms; especially Psalm 38:1f and 51:1f.

Secondly, the teaching of universal justification not only entails a false sense of security; it conveys a false hope. Why? Because the emphasis to trust God, is removed. Rather, the [false] emphasis is on reminding oneself about what Christ did on the Cross – atoning for the world’s sins. It becomes a mental thing; not a faith and belief thing; not reliance upon God, Christ and His Holy Spirit, but reliance upon the work of remembering and assenting to the universal objective justification formula:

“Jesus died for my sin; I am therefore forgiven; there is no need to trust God; no need to fight the good fight of faith as the Apostle Paul did; because we are better than that 1st Century Neanderthal.”

Hence, the following Scripture means little to the universal objective justification enthusiast:

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith……” - 2 Timothy 4:7

Third, for adults, personal faith is something unneeded. It’s easier to faithfully attend church services and be told that your sins are forgiven, partake of the Lord’s Supper; and go home. Why bother with trusting Christ throughout the week for even the most mundane details of one’s life? It’s so much easier to repeat the mantra Universalist formula that “Christ has forgiven me,” than to actually trust Christ, Himself.

The false doctrine of "universal objective
justification" tends to make its enthusiastic
supporters, ritualistic in their false belief.
As some gullible souls are taught to keep
looking back at walking to the church altar,
"accepting Christ," Universalists, teach
their gullibe following to look back at
Christ's atonement sacrifice as the be all
and end all. This is contrary to Scripture,
which says, ".....looking to Jesus the
author and finisher of our faith....."
Hebrews 12:2

Fourth, to the one who embraces universal objective justification, - that, belief in Christ’s Atonement to continually make one right with God, 24/7, becomes an automatic ritualistic rosary type of assurance. This ritualistic rosary type comfort does not engender personal belief and faith in Christ, but rather a non spiritual reliance upon formula. That formula is that “Jesus died for all my sins. Jesus takes all my sins away.” “Jesus died for all my sins. Jesus takes all my sins away.” “Jesus died for all my sins. Jesus takes all my sins away.”

However, this rosary ritualistic type of [false] assurance grasped by objective justification enthusiasts erodes the reliance upon the continued life giving Word of God.  Jesus stated to his disciples: 

"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you." John 15:3

"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, if ye continue in my word, and then are ye my disciples indeed..." John 8:31

Jesus never stated that “if you continue in your particular belief regarding My crucifixion atonement, then are you my disciples indeed.” No, he did not. He would not. Christ desires that His disciples place their present and continuing trust in Him; not His past crucifixion death that was offered to all for the forgiveness of sins.

Furthermore, it has been my experience with some universal objective justification enthusiasts that they eventually end up accusing those who disagree with them, of being “synergistic.” In other words, that others and I believe and teach that a person can, in participation with God, affect one’s right standing with Him. They will even outright suggest and / or say that those who disagree with them, are attempting to help secure for themselves, their own right standing before God; forgiveness; and belief in Christ.

It is very difficult, if not impossible for universal objective justification  theorists, to conceive that a person’s Christian faith is that person’s personal faith – and, at the same [paradoxical] time, totally the faith of Christ, imparted to that person, initiated and bestowed upon that soul, by God’s grace through the operation and power of the Holy Spirit.   Ephesians 2:8;9 ; John 3:1-21

Finally, in summary, the objective justification belief detracts from the exercise of personal faith. Objective justification belief becomes to its enthusiastic follower disciples as those who claim that they’ve “made a decision for Christ.” Objective justification enthusiasts, like those who claim they made a decision for Christ, are as those who keep going back to the altar to recommit “their” decision to follow Christ. In essence “their” discipleship to Christ is not by God’s grace through faith; but, a one-way relationship with God, on the merits of their “good work” of reminding themselves that Christ’s sin sacrifice to bare the sins of the whole world is their entrance pass into heaven, regardless of faith.

Universal objective justificaion enthusiasts do not allow Scripture to upset their thinking
Sometimes it is best to let"universal objective
justification" enthusiasts alone, as the old adage
states: "Let sleeping dogs lie." While leaving them
alone; one can pray that the Holy Spirit break
upon their souls the Scripture's teaching of
"justification by faith alone." Please note this
website's "The Righteous - A Summer Snippet 
Of The Christian Message" to help in
understanding the importance of faith
and believing.
To these hell-bent universal objective justification adherents, having the faith of Christ, is inconsequential; because they have replaced the order set by Scripture of grace through faith, alone. Instead, they supplant the grace of God through faith with their machination over-emphasis of God’s grace and Christ’s Atonement for all human sin at the expense and exercise of personal faith. They then, [sadly and pathetically] go on the warpath accusing those who believe in God’s grace through faith, of being anti-Scriptural; anti-Christian; and even anti-faith. Sometimes they are difficult to follow, as they become ambiguous and even blind to various Scriptures which don’t fit within the framework of their rationalistic presuppositions. Oftentimes, it is best to leave them alone.

Friend, - if you have been caught up in this false and destructive teaching of “universal objective justification;" I pray that God, the Holy Spirit turn you from that destructive teaching which ends up insulting His Holy Spirit who is the author of saving faith. The reliance upon the teaching of universal objective justification not only insults the Third Person of the Trinity [Triune God], but this damning false notion and teaching molests genuine faith that only God the Holy Spirit can initiate and foster within the individual’s soul.

Finally, it is my continued hope and prayer that all you who would read and hear this message; that you would come to faith in Christ. That faith can only come about by His means; not some fixed and ritualistic doctrine of reminding oneself of Christ’s atonement sacrifice, and going through the prescribed weekly church service motions.

The Bible tell us that the faith required to rescue one’s soul from sin and eternal death comes by way of His written revelation. Don’t allow yourself and your family to be subject to a church service cycle of only being told you are the subject of Christ’s forgiveness; and, all will be well. That simplistic message is a half-truth. And, deception is best wrought when half-truths are employed and accepted; hook, line and sinker.

Friend, if you are caught up in this type of false teaching Sunday after Sunday; or, if you are not even a church goer; I urge you be very concerned about your priceless soul! I urge you to know that Scripture teaches that a person is justified [made right with God] by faith alone, divine compliments of God’s Holy Spirit! It is by God’s grace that He is merciful to grant you His Holy Spirit to bestow faith within your soul, and to transform your sinful life which is headed to eternal damnation. [Titus 3:5 ; Ephesians 2:1-9 ; John 3:1-21 ; John 1:11;12] Read and hear God’s Word as it is found in the Holy Scriptures. It is in the divine revelation where the Holy Spirit then works to create and sustain saving faith. - Romans 10:17 ; Romans 1:16 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; 1 Peter 1:23

Amen.


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

Repentance - Luke 15:11-32 ; Luke 19:1-10 ; Luke 23:39--43

Salvation - John 1:12-13 ; James 1:18 ; Matthew 16:17 ; Ephesians 2:4-5 ; Ephesians 2:8-10 ; 1 Peter 1:3 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Colossians 1:20-21 ; John 3:5-8 ; John 6:65 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 ; Romans 8:29-31 ; Romans 9:15-18 ; Titus 3:3-7 ; Philippians 2:13 ; 1 John 5:4 ; 1 Peter 1:5 ; Hebrews 2:3

See also: John 3:1-21 ; Titus 3:5 ; Ephesians 2:8-10 ; John 1:12;13 ; 1Corinthians 2:12 ; 1 Corinthians 6:11 ; 1 John 5:1

Please note the above Scriptures - The saving of one's soul, is entirely, the work of the gracious Good Lord.

Also:




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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- an in-depth view of Isaiah 53:1-12 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 Christian Messages, by subject


Pastor (Emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship formatare 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 and related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Part 1: The false teaching which molests the faith of Christians

The false teaching of "universal objective
justification" can be very deceptive. But, at the
same time, it can be very obvious. At any rate, 
the divine revelation warns us to "take heed what
you hear."  Mark 4:24 
What is a major false teaching which molests the faith of Christians?

"Universal objective justification" is that false teaching which makes Christ's Atonement [Cross sacrifice] and subsequent Resurrection, a “be all” and “end all.” The false teaching essentially says that because of Christ’s all-encompassing sacrifice for human sin; that (by that action) God wiped the “world’s slate” free from sin and its eternal consequences.

Therefore, God no longer holds against the individual sinner, his sins. And, since, by Calvary’s supreme sacrifice, Christ made full satisfaction [atonement] for all human sin; past, present and future; therefore the individual sinner is acquitted of God's eternal judgment on account of his sins against God, his fellowman and all of God’s commandments.

This teaching comprises a forensic and judicial aspect. It is philosophical in nature and not practical. It’s a simplistic tool (devoid of faith) of explaining certain Scriptures which don’t jive with other Scriptures. But, that does not matter to these Universalism enthusiasts; because the Scriptures which deal with faith, belief and the Holy Spirit, are only sub level Scriptures subservient to this almighty pedestal universal [objective] justification teaching of God’s acquittal of the sinner by Christ’s sacrifice.

How is this this false Universalism teaching disseminated?

Elementary age school children are very 
impressionable.  Most of them learn very quickly.
They are the young and innocent targets of the
Universalism's teaching which minimizes and / or
ignores the importance of teaching God's Law as
both a curb and rule.
First of all, it is disseminated from youth up. Christian elementary (parochial) schools seed this teaching from pre-school on. Children are continually reminded that Jesus loves them no matter what they do; no matter how bad they've been. Coupled with this [eternal security type of "sovereign immunity" environment] there is little if no teaching about sorrow over personal sin; repentance over it or faith and belief. The central teaching always returns to the forgiveness aspect; without any personal responsibility taught and laid upon the child. If faith is even mentioned, it is pushed into the background as it isn't something of necessity or something to be cherished. This web author and emeritus pastor has documented such at his [own] grandson's school. This parochial school is a fine Christian school and much better alternative than a public school; but, the central teaching of the Christian Faith is diminished as Luther modeled it be taught, - grace through faith; and that we are justified (before God) by faith alone:

"Pastor Nathan Bickel on UOJ in WELS......."

Secondly, this Universal justification teaching is subtly and weekly reenacted in umpteen Christian church services. Sung (“liturgy”) portions have the congregation singing: "Oh Lamb of God; you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us....." [Note: Mind you - "take away" – is not the best translation from the New Testament Greek; rather - "take up; bare"] This part of the liturgy (singing worship service), in some churches, follows the congregational assembly, confessing their sins in the corporate confessional prayer; followed by the pastor's announcement of forgiveness to them, - i.e., “in the stead and by the command of the Lord; ‘I forgive you all your sins.’”

A church member who couldn't make it to the bitter
end of the sermon. Why? Perhaps, one reason, is 
that so many Christian sermons are predictable and
Universalist in nature. Why make the effort to hear
when one isn't challenged to exercise God-given 
faith? Why bother, when one is supposedly already
forgiven by God; and when all one has to do is show
up and give money to the church? 
Next, the attending church members hear the "universal objective justification" enthusiast, pastor's sermon; laced with an average sermon’s usual illustrations; sometimes one, in particular (right at the beginning) which is carried throughout the sermon as a non Scriptural theme, from the beginning, to the bitter end of the homily.

During the sermon the pastor expresses the “UOJ” (universal objective justification) "forgiveness" part. This aspect is especially appealing to the church member who puts on his Sunday best foot forward after neglecting God all week in his work, home environment and entertainment play. This grabs his particular attention as he then can forget about buying all those winless lottery tickets which weekly frustrates him as he covets his neighbors' and others' financial successes.

As the sermon winds down and the church member looks at his cell phone digital time; he readies himself to rise from his pew seat. This is about the point where the pastor ends the sermon appealing to the church member to do something. After spending most of the sermon time preaching cheap Universalism grace to the audience; the pastor quickly finishes off his sermon by exhorting his church members to proclaim "the universal forgiveness message" to (their) neighbors that God has forgiven them their sins. This is how church members are to be Christian witnesses in their local sphere of influence; at work and in the marketplace; – especially their next-door neighbors.

Can you imagine telling some of your troubled, agitating and harassing neighbors that God has already forgiven them of all their sins? I know one thing. If I would do that with certain of my neighbors; - that (simplistic) message would only reinforce their recalcitrant untoward (sinful) behaviors! In short, Christian witness to the Universalist, is reduced to a formula driven pronouncement - not a Holy Spirit / Scriptural led and driven type of witness.

Following the sermon, congregational members receive the Lord's Supper (Communion). Translation: (with the aforementioned context) - i.e, they are good to go for the rest of the week; or, until they repeat the same, two week's later, suited up in their Sunday best.

The Universalism (objective justification) teaching doesn’t mesh with Christ’s encounter with the Jewish religious leaders of His day

John 8:1f – Jesus to the religious Jews

Jesus speaks very plainly with these unbelieving Jews. [John 8:1f] He tells them point blank that they will not be going where He will be going. He ends up telling that that they will be damned in their sins if they do not believe that He is the promised Messiah.

Artist pic of Peter preaching to fellow Jews at
 Pentecost urging them to repent and to be baptized.
Acts 2:37;38;39
Acts 2:1f – Peter’s Sermon

Fast forward now, to Peter speaking, after the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost. [Acts 2:1f] I think that it can be assumed that in this crowd were some of the same unbelieving Jews whom Jesus had encountered. Peter directs his sermon to this (non-born from above) unbelieving crowd.

What did the Holy Spirit blessed, Apostle Peter, say to these unbelieving Jews?

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [Acts 2:37-41]

Keep in mind what Jesus had said to these same Jews or similar unbelieving Jews:

"Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." - John 8:23-24

Now, please tell me - you who advocate and promulgate universal objective justification; how could these Jews ever "die in their sins" if they were [had been] forgiven and acquitted of the eternal judgment of those sins by Christ's Atonement and subsequent [certifying] Resurrection? Please don’t tell me that Christ had not been sacrificed as yet; and, had not risen from the dead yet - because the Apostle Peter encountered some of these same Jews, and / or similar unbelieving Jews, following Christ's (sacrifice) death and resurrection.

Furthermore, why would these [supposed] “universally justified” [acquitted of their sins] Jews, need to be preached to by the Apostle Peter? [Acts 2:1f] Why would they need to "repent?" Why would they need to be baptized to wash away sins of which they had been supposedly "acquitted?" [Been, absolved of; forgiven] Why would the Apostle Peter earnestly urge them to "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins," if they had [already] possessed God's (previous) acquittal?

Jesus encounter with Nicodemus

Look now at John 3: 1-21 – a chapter with which universal objective justification adherents have a difficult time. In fact, I haven’t witnessed them touching this string of passages [verses] in context. They won’t; else they would have to acknowledge personal belief [faith] and the Holy Spirit’s paramount role and activity creating that faith:

John 3:3 – “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Note: “Born again” is not the best translation for "again." Better yet, is “born from above.” Or, "born, anew"]

"....Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit....." - John 3:5-8 - [KJV]

Now, we have the “transitional verse:”

"Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?" - John 3:9

Artist's pic of Moses urges the sinful Israelites
to gaze upon the brazen serpent to be saved 
from the poisonous snakes. Please note the 
whole section of the Gospel of John 3:1-21 
and how it relates to Scripture's teaching of
"justification by faith, alone."  Please note this
website's:  "The Righteous - A Summer Snippet 
Of The Christian Message" to help in 
understanding the importance of faith 
and believing.
It is here where Jesus ends up telling Nicodemus “how” all this takes place:

".....And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. - John 3:14-15

The “individuals” who, looked up at that brazen serpent, did not die from their poison snake bites, because they heeded the instruction of Moses [Numbers 21:8-9]. And, in like manner, those, who, in faith, believe in Christ, [looking to him] will not spiritually die; but have eternal life! How does this take place? Back up to the previous verses and the whole account of Jesus and Nicodemus.

See also: Acts 8:37 – what Philip tells the Ethiopian eunuch about believing. Also: Acts 16:30-31 ; Hebrews 10:39 ; 1 John 5:1 ; 1 John 5:11-13

The falsehood promulgated by Universalism Justification Disciples is compounded because they do not understand the Holy Spirit’s work in the sinner and His “time-line.” They, rather, make up their own, when explaining how a human soul is justified [made right / forgiven / acquitted by God]

I like what the post Martin Luther protestant reformer, stated:

“Although Christ has acquired for us the remission of sins, justification and sonship, God just the same does not justify us prior to our faith. Nor do we become God's children in Christ in such a way that justification in the mind of God takes place before we believe.”

[Abraham Calov - as he is quoted in: Apodixis Articulorum Fedei, Lueneburg, 1684

Amen.

Note: Part 2 is to follow the above topical message:


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

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

Related Scriptures

Repentance - Luke 15:11-32 ; Luke 19:1-10 ; Luke 23:39--43

Salvation - John 1:12-13 ; James 1:18 ; Matthew 16:17 ; Ephesians 2:4-5 ; Ephesians 2:8-10 ; 1 Peter 1:3 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Colossians 1:20-21 ; John 3:5-8 ; John 6:65 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 ; Romans 8:29-31 ; Romans 9:15-18 ; Titus 3:3-7 ; Philippians 2:13 ; 1 John 5:4 ; 1 Peter 1:5 ; Hebrews 2:3

See also: John 3:1-21 ; Titus 3:5 ; Ephesians 2:8-10 ; John 1:12;13 ; 1Corinthians 2:12 ; 1 Corinthians 6:11 ; 1 John 5:1

Please note the above Scriptures - The saving of one's soul, is entirely, the work of the gracious Good Lord.

Also:


The Grace of Repentance - thechristianmessage.org/2012/07/

Cheap Grace is a Worthless Substitute for a Faith That Saves
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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- an in-depth view of Isaiah 53:1-12 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 Christian Messages, by subject


Pastor (Emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship formatare 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 and related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The culture of death is tragically "alive and well" today


I remember when I was the volunteer Chairman of the Board for the Niles MI Pregnancy Care Center. The one counselor was detained for a few minutes. In, walks a young pregnant soon-to- be mother. We engaged in conversation. This girl was in turmoil, thinking of securing an abortion. She wanted a quick fix to her (present situation) “predicament.” When she referred to her pregnancy, she talked about “the 'fetus'” inside her. It was obvious she was brainwashed by the pro-death [so-called, “pro-choice”] culture.

When I asked the simple question: “Have you considered adoption?” Her quick reply was: “Oh no! I could never give my 'baby' up!” What a transformation for this young would-be mother! That [the] “fetus,” instantly became (to this pregnant woman) [a] “my 'baby.'”

Hence, the intellectually immoral bankruptcy of the pro-death [pro-choice] position and crowd! When faced with life for her child with potential adoption, this would-be mother, who was considering the opposite, all of a sudden and schizophrenically did an about-face. She would be selfish enough to have an abortionist kill her baby rather than experience someone else caring for her child. In her clouded mixed up mind, the baby wasn’t her responsibility – while it lived within her. But if her child were to reach the light of day and be given to someone else, through the adoption process, this child, [then] was worthy of death. I call this type of pro-death [pro-choice] mentality, “Demonic.” And, I am reminded of the Scripture:

“But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:36

The Culture of Death has always existed

The culture of death has existed since sin entered the world [Genesis 3:1f ; Romans 5:12] By its very (intrinsic nature) the culture of death chooses death over life. It chooses to rid the earth of innocence. [Acts 3:14-15] It chooses to ignore the Creator and worship the creation. [Romans 1:18-32] That which is contrary to Holy Creator God and His Commandments; - and perfection; belong to the culture of death.

Death was never meant to be part of life

The Scriptures explain the transition from perfection to imperfection; from holiness to ungodliness; from a rightful place and position before Holy God, to an inferior contaminated position before His holy presence and divine expectations. Genesis 3:1f ; Romans 5:10-24

The Culture of Death’s temporary triumph

No greater example can be given for the culture of death’s triumph than what it did to Jesus Christ. It was some 2,000 years ago that the sinless person of the Lord Christ was crucified. To most of the people at the site of this common Roman punishment, Christ’s crucifixion was just another common ultimate and just penalty carried out against the worst of criminals. However, it was Creator God's plan and manner to provide a remedy for human sin in the sacrifice of Christ, His Son, who was [is] the spotless "Lamb of God," whose life mission was to bare the world's sins. John 1:29

Christ triumphed over the Culture of Death at the Roman Cross

Jesus Christ was not, and is not a god, who is the figment of a person’s imagination or liking. Christ was a genuine flesh and blood person whose birth upon the human scene was prophesied hundreds of years before His actual birth. His whole life was prophesied in the Holy Scriptures. [Isaiah 53:1f] His holy life was a special life, of teaching, suffering, death and resurrection from the dead. [1 Corinthians 15:1f] It was a life, whose purpose was to break down and triumph over the culture of death forever; thereby making it possible for sinners to be forgiven of their sins and to be granted a right standing before a holy and just God, who must punish sin to its fullest.

Now, just because Christ was sacrificed and died for all human sin; that no more translates into a sinner being forever saved from those sins and with God forever in heaven; no more than a cookie jar automatically possesses cookies within it. A non believer in Christ must come to faith in Him in order to experience the forgiveness benefits of Christ's suffering and death sacrifice for him. John 3:1-21 ; Ephesians 2:1-9

Friend, if you are unable to comprehend what I’ve been saying; I can somewhat, understand your quandary. You, of your own, cannot make yourself a believer in these priceless spiritual truths. [1 Corinthians 2:14] Nor can you (of your own) embrace Christ as your Savior from all of your sins against God and His Ten Commandments.

Human reason or effort will not bring you and your sins to an end of yourself. You cannot manufacture or drum up saving faith in your heart. Your human faculties do not have the power or strength to make you a believer in Jesus Christ and all that He has to offer you - especially the forgiveness of all of your sins; without, which will certainly damn your priceless soul in a forever [eternal] hell of torment and suffering. [Luke 16:19-31] Hence, you are stuck in your own damning unbelief. Your own struggle cannot save you from God’s just wrath and punishment upon your human soul, because of your grievous sins against Him and your fellowman. Unless the grace and mercy of the Triune God attends your being, [Ephesians 2:1-9] you will be separated from Him now and in the forever future. Luke 16:19-31

Then, what is your hope? What is your lot? What is your future? That hope, lot, and future can only be found in the Lord Christ, who gave his perfect life up in sacrifice for you and all your sins. God was gracious to provide you with a Savior. He was gracious to provide you with His written revelation, as it is found in the historical pages of Holy Scripture [the Bible]. What will you do? Will you ignore that "will of God" Scripture for your life? Will you stubbornly allow pessimissm, skepticism and unbelief to ignore the present and eternal life He offers to you, through Christ, the Savior?

My friend - don't be any means "miss the boat!" Read and study those Scriptures. They are God's means of grace to break forth saving faith within your being. Only through God's Word can His Holy Spirit create that saving faith within your stoney and rock hard, heart of unbelief! [Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 8:26-39] And, when by God's grace, you read and hear about this Christ, your heart will be moved to believe and receive that Divine sacrifice on your behalf. [John 1:12-13 ; John 3:1-21] Don’t wait for another day when you feel it is convenient to seek after true wisdom. [Proverbs 1:f ; Proverbs 8:1f ; Colossians 2:3] Rather seek the Lord where He may be found [Isaiah 55:1f]. Seek Him in the Book with which He has gifted this sinful world!

May you, by God's grace, become a member of the culture of life and not remain in the culture of death.

Amen.

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

Proverbs 1:1f ; Proverbs 8:1f -- Then read: Colossians 2:3 ; 1 Corinthians 1:24 ; 1 Corinthians 1:30

Acts 8:26-40 -- The account of the Ethiopian Eunuch coming into the Christian Faith

John 15:1f -- Christ's disciples, abiding in Him, will not be overcome by the culture of death

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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- an in-depth view of Isaiah 53:1-12 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.


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