2nd Timothy 3: 16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
First, I want to make this clear; whether you agree with it or not, your amen will not make it any less true. Keep in mind, and this is not my truth, it’s the truth that is all around us that many refuse to acknowledge. The present-day church known as The Body of Christ has allowed us to become as corrupt and divided as our Government. In fact, if it were not for the evangelical voters, Hillary Clinton would be our President. We may have an entirely different set of issues in The White House, but I’m sure nothing like we are witnessing today. The Revelation of Jesus is unfolding right before our eyes, and I am confident that she would have swiftly and immediately responded to this pandemic and listened to science. Christians are still trying to speak to the virus and send it back to the pit of hell from whence they believe it came. However, it did not come from hell; it was born out of sin and corruption. In the Old and New Testaments, we see miraculous signs consistently. Have you not ever wondered why we don’t? We are not like those men and women because we are a church and a nation puffed up with too much pride, and a president with very little humility. He has the audacity to intimate there will be a vaccine for COVID-19 before a special day (11/03/20), only for political purposes. For the most part, today’s church has (“the mo money blues blues”). I want to be clear; not all churches have sold their souls just to be in his orbit. Some evangelicals know more about the Republican Party than they know about their Bibles. TV Evangelist that I had so much respect for, that I listened to and admired for decades has flipped the script on me. That is why Trump has gained the evangelical vote so easily. Billionaire businesspeople should be leading us to a prosperousand healthy America. But it seems prosperity in this country is reserved for to topheavy few:
Ephesians 4:11 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
This administration would not be creating such a big stink about mail-in voting. Trump’s biggest fear is that people will see through his cellophane veneer and vote. Look at us four years later. Is America Great Again? Is it, really? Our country always touts about being a superpower, the greatest nation in the world, as if we should be in some sort of competition. Our Heavenly Father placed us here to walk according to the things of the spirit, not of the flesh. We are here to do His will, not our own. When our sinful nature is unchecked, we are prone to adultery, fornication, backbiting, and hatred; we open ourselves up to a spirit of delusion. The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church in Galatia. They were very close to falling out of God’s grace by listening to godless men feeding them disinformation and half-baked truths. These are a few of his words:
Galatians 5: 19 “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Donald Trump has shown nothing but contempt for Christian values. We know that Trump is an adulterer; while his current wife was pregnant, he cheated on her. These are works of the flesh, not of the spirit, maybe an unregenerated spirit, but not one born of The Spirit of God. Let us skip to the word lewdness because I know some will defend this man by saying, “well, maybe he didn’t know Jesus then,” or “well, we all sin.” Yes, we do sin from time to time. However, 1st John 1: 9 instructs us to confess our sins, and we will be forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness. That means we have right standing or in a right relationship with God, and we strive to do the right thing. Donald Trump has publicly admitted that he has never asked God for forgiveness, so how can he be in a right relationship with Him? Nevertheless, there are Christians who want this man to lead this country for another four years, and have us believe that he is an ambassador of Christ.
Ephesians 4: 29 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
The word ‘corrupt’ in verse 29 in the original Greek from the Thayer Definition: ‘sapros’ meaning: 1) rotten, putrefied 2) corrupted by one and no longer fit for use, worn out 3) of poor quality, bad, unfit for use, worthless
Matthew 23: 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”
Jesus said these things a most important but always neglected when it came to the religious leaders and the Roman Government to whom the Jews were accountable. These three words were still cast aside like pearls before swine, “justice and mercy and faith.” I want you to have an idea of what our LORD Jesus, the Kings of all King meant when He used those words:
1. (Strong’s #2920 — Noun Feminine — krisis — kree’-sis ): primarily denotes “a separating,” then, “a decision, judgment,” most frequently in a forensic sense, and especially of Divine “judgment.” For the variety of its meanings, with references, see CONDEMNATION, B, No. 3. Notes: (1) The Holy Spirit, the Lord said, would convict the world of (peri, “in respect of”), i.e., of the actuality of, God’s “judgment,” John 16:8,11 . Cp. 2 Thessalonians 1:5 . (2) In Romans 2:5 the word dikaiokrisia, “righteous judgment,” combines the adjective dikaios, “righteous,” with krisis, the two words which are used separately in 2 Thessalonians 1:5 .
Romans 3:13 “Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (KJV)
2nd Timothy 2: 22 “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”
2nd Timothy 3: 1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
It’s so strange that Evangelical Christians are turning to this man when we should be getting as far away from him as possible, but that’s just my opinion, take it or leave it.
The Apostle Paul wrote these words by inspiration of the Spirit of God to his spiritual son Timothy, who was now responsible for a flock of his own. Being responsible for others is no small matter and not be taken lightly. The flock looks to the Pastor or Government for mature leadership, not dictatorship, nor authoritarianism. Whether you are a Christian or not, these principles should be applied across the board, that is, if you want a successful congregation or business.
In 2nd Tim. 2: 22 Paul wrote, “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness.” Of course, as Christians growing up is essential to our relationship with Christ. He is always calling us up higher. Often we do not listen because we want to hang on to the lust of the flesh. However, if we want to walk with Him, we must desire the things He desires for us, maturity.” To be continued…