September 26, 1993.
We are presently facing the greatest move toward socialism, more commonly known as Communism, this
nation has ever witnessed: the NAFTA treaty; the "Health Care Plan" presented by Madam President (notice
that Bill was conveniently absent as the President presented her "reinvention" of health care); the OBE quietly
and successfully being perpetrated upon American education; the apparently intentional disintegration of the
"Justicial System;" the move toward a total police state (Waco and a "law enforcement" person at every rest
stop in FL); theft, fraud and deceit condoned, protected and promoted in civil government at all levels, &c.
The evil desire for wealth and power reigns supreme in our land.
It is very easy to blame our current rush into socialism on the President and Mr. Clinton, but NAFTA, OBE & Weaver were under the Republicans. The average man is becoming (& is urged to become) so exasperated with the current state of affairs that he may even take his exasperation to the voting booth (don't be concerned though, the Christians won't).
But will the problem be solved in the voting booth? Is the evident lust for money and power by those in power (not authority because most have usurped authority & use power for support) the problem, or is it simply a reflection of a greater problem? If their lust is only a reflection, then NAFTA, OBE, Health Care, WACO, Weaver, &c. may be stopped, but other things just as bad will arise to take their place.
Certainly, Biblical Christianaty will stand against any and all forms of socialism and must do all within its power to stand against socialism. In fact, Bible faith is the only effective weapon against Socialism.EN1 Therefore, our current mad dash into socialism is a direct result of the loss of Christianity in society.
We are brought to three questions to answer from the word of God:
first, why is this nation pursuing total socialism with such enthusiasm? second, will the righteous be judged with the unrighteous, and third, if they will, why?
First, why is a nation built on Christianity, free-enterprise and personal responsibility rushing head-long into a system that has failed every place in the world that it has been attempted, viz., total socialism?
Let's look at two passages in which the Spirit of God lays open the heart for us to examine.
The first passage is Jer 8:8:
the people of God were proud of their knowledge of the law of God, yet the Spirit tells us that the Lord give and preserved His word in vain. The people were proud of their knowledge, but they were not going to act on their knowledge.
The reason they were not going to do it is found in 8:10, for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. (The Lord said this twice, Jer 6:13 & 8:10.) Their covetousness prevented their facing the truth from God's word and doing His work. The result was going to be terrible calamities upon their nation.
The second passage is Eze 33:30-33: the people loudly professed their love for the word of God and came to hear its proclamation by the preacher(Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, [but] their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou [art] unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.)
Their covetousness prevented their hearing the truth of God's word and doing His work. The result was going to be terrible calamities upon their nation.
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Will God tolerate this employee's attitude? If God judges it, will He also judge those who are against this kind of attitude?
The reason the people ignored God's word and even turned their backs upon it, is revealed by God: their hearts were given to COVETOUSNESS.
Their love for money, possessions, fame, and, yes, even their love fortheir own will replaced their love for the Lord. Covetousness caused the people to pursue their own thing instead of what was pleasing in the sight of the Lord according to His word.
They knew the word of God and His requirements upon them, but their personal desires prevented their doing what they knew to do. The people sought security, peace and prosperity with the works of their own hands instead of from faithfulness to the desires of the Lord.
The Lord continually pleaded with them to put aside their covetousness and return to Him, and He would not bring upon them the calamities. But they refused, so the Lord placed them in the hands of oppressors. He gave them the security they sought apart from Him: He gave them security at the hands of man, but He gave them slavery and bondage with that security.
The American Chritian has turned from the Lord God. God's people, as a whole, are totally given to covetousness. The Lord Jesus Christ is relegated to a third rate power and His people now only seek Him if their job fails, or if the government fails, or if the money fails, or if the weather fails (& I have heard of no prayer meetings over the floods).
Why is this nation pursuing total socialism with such enthusiasm?
According to the Word of God, the Lord has said, "OKay, you have coveted peace, security and happiness from man and refuse to do My word, now you will have the security you have sought apart from Bible faithfulness,SOCIALISM."
Second, will the righteous be judged with the unrighteous?
We find the answer to this question in Amos.
In Chapter 8, Amos is shown a basket of summer fruit. The Lord tells Amos that the fruit represents the end of the good times of summer and the judgment of God coming upon His people: the people would not give up their covetousness, so The end is come upon my people of Israel..., v. 2.
The Lord tells Amos that this is it; their covetousness is ripe for judgment and He will not pass over the sin. The judgment did not come for several years, but it came.
From the first couple verses of Amos 8, we see that Lord brought the evil to pass upon His people.
There are a couple of evils mentioned which the Lord brought:
1. vv. 3, 10, singing and joy replaced with mourning; life replaced with death. (Cartoon from Star.)
2. v. 11, famine, and not necessarily a want of food and water. Rather, a famine for the Word of God, viz., God's word removed from the land. The thought here is that if the people are not going to listen and respond to the truth, the Lord will remove the truth from the land. If people do not want truth, the Lord will give them lies as judgment for rejecting the truth. (Isa 28:18; 2 Thes 2:1-12.)
Vv. 4-6, gives some reasons that the Lord sends the misery upon His people:
They closed their ears to the cry of the poor and needy: ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail... Then the Lord tells how the poor have been swallowed up. In this case, the needy and poor were destroyed through the monetary system, fraudulent money, false weights/measures and bad grain. Rich and powerful men swallowed up the poor and needy; they plundered for themselves all that the average man possessed.
This passage speaks primarily of unBiblical usury, subtle fraud and theft. It identifies the basic problem as covetousness, the love of money and power. [En]
His people placed money and monetary gain before godliness. They cheated and lied for a profit. Notice though, they din't do their fraud openly; they did it quietly beyond the view of other people.
His people in general took advantage of situations they found themselves in because of the money. They loved money and the good life. Rather than lower their standard of living, they violated the law of the Lord.
The men with the power, means and money to take advantage of those "below" them now have the Lord send men over them to take advantage of them. The crooks are placed under a bigger and better crook by God as the result of their crookedness.
These men profited from "mixing water with the wine," Isa 1:22. Theysell the refuse of the wheat to those who are forced by circumstances to buy it, Amos 8:6. (CargillThis grain company is the world's largest exporter of grain, particularly into the "Eastern Bloc" & poorer nations.)
Amos points out that people are controled by covetousness; therefore, they long for the opportunity to make money unlawfully. As a result, the Lord places over them those even more controled by covetousness.
Even though this may be a little off the subject, let me mention that people will get hostile when "government" gets out of hand and makes the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit,but they do not get upset when they are offered the opportunity to violatethe sabbath (work on Sunday for non-essential purposes). The sabbath requires assembly for encouragement, instruction and giving of tithes and offerings. Until Christians are willing to forsake their covetousness and honor the sabbath, we can expect nothing but fraudulent money, oppression and socialism.
Amos 8:4, not every one was involved in the violation of the sabbath and taking advantage of the poor and needy. The Lord addressed the particular ones who were, but vv. 8-14 clearly sais that the whole land suffered.
Because of the general love for money and the good life over faithfulness to the word of God, the Lord judges the whole land for the evil, vv. 8-10 ("All means all, and that is all it means.").
In other words, covetousness reigns from the bottom up, not from the top down. Therefore, when God moves against covetousness, it is from the top down, and includes everyone.
third, why will the righteous be judged with the unrighteous?
Ps 50:17, 18, tells us that those professing Godliness did not lift their voice in protest against the evil taking place around them. [Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.][Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.]
Amos makes it clear that the righteous will suffer with the ungodly as the Lord judges the general temper of society.
The Prophet Jeremiah is raised up 150 or so years after Amos and tells Israel the same thing as did Amos, Jer 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. Saved here refers to political salvation,viz., Saved from the plans of evil men to place us into socialism. [En, Keil]
God's people of Jeremiah's time had strange vanities: "political hope." They realized that clamities were upon them, then they expressed their disappointment that their hope for salvation through a turn in political events was vain. Their hope did not materialize. We tried every political means to stop socialism, yet we failed.
Jeremiah confronts them with the question, Is there no balm in Gilead; is their no physician there? Jer 8:22. "Why didn't you look to the cross of Christ and faithfulness for your security?" He points out that the health of God's people was poor because they refused to confess their sins and return to the Lord.
Eph 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 1Th 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God [is] witness: Heb 13:5 [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 2 Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
NAFTA, Socialized Medicen, outright socialism in OBE, the Judicial System, all of these things are on the "FAST TRACK" leading into the bottomless pit of a total socialist, world-wide society. The only way these trains can be derailed is for covetousness to be dealt with in the hearts of individual Christians.
What will it take to make Christians faithfully live what they profess to believe, the Word of God?
1. Confess the sin of covetous that causes us to compromise the world of God.
2. Be sure we are faithful to the word of God in every area that we know about.
3. Pray for judgment against covetousness and ungodliness, 1 Cor 3:16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.
Isa 26:9, With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
4. Evangelize our communities. Reach those around us with the gospel, and teach them the word of God.