Lawlessness and The Church

Though there are plenty of important discussions debating the semantics of whether or not Christians are subject to the Law, as given by Moses, that is not my subject today.

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.

Proverbs 29:18

When you think of someone who does not keep the law, what do you see? Is it a stereotype you imagine, a rough looking individual? Does the phrase “cast off restraint” make you think of Mardi Gras in New Orleans? At its most basic definition, lawlessness means without law. That does not necessarily mean against the law. It is a very important distinction we must see. 

The spirit of lawlessness has borders that might surprise the average believer and there are some very interesting ways this spirit affects people. In fact, it may shock you to hear that most people today have it. A spirit of lawlessness has paved the way in the hearts of men to think and do a myriad of appalling things.

The subject of lawlessness goes deep and has far reaching ramifications. The distance of which, we as the Church, underestimate.

To begin with, God makes the rules. He set the laws of nature, of what is love, what is holy and so on. He set them all, regardless if we accept them as true or not. We cannot rewrite the laws, the standard, that God set into motion. But that is exactly what we try to do. We are ridiculous and head strong.

Each of us has our own personal concepts and our personal defining of what is right and wrong, even in light of scripture we do this. We actually put our individual self on the scale of righteousness. Like a shade of gray on the spectrum from black to white. If Adam did that and shifted the awareness of his own sinfulness and need for the Lord and then next generation shifted that a notch down the ladder? Multiply that from generation to generation further on the scale away from holiness. Our “perceptions” are so far off the mark now that we are standing neck deep in sin and claim we are barely up to our ankles.  

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”

Matthew 24:12

This personal standard (pure invention) of right and wrong sets up an entire panorama of justification for sin and perception on who is in error. Yes, it means hating God’s law in many cases (some would argue “all cases”), but this lawless spirit goes farther. Some of it is along the lines of ‘what is right for you is not what is right for me’ but that is way over simplified. Really that is just the first layer. The foundation being- we as creatures are steeped in sin and we refuse to conform or obey ANY standard unless we ourselves judge it to be acceptable. By doing that- we are setting our own laws– not conforming, but instead copying portions of a premade set of standards. Creating our own new set, and because these new laws are our own, we can flex them and bend them to allow ourselves to still be “sinless” in our own eyes and therefore above judgment. What a set up! We are fooling ourselves. It is exactly as if we are plugging our ears and singing “Free To Be You And Me” as loudly as we can, all the while believing that butterflies and sunshine await us when we die. Denying truth and embracing the lie.

Jesus said, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

Matthew 7:23

 

“Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 13:40-42

We cannot reject God’s law without consequence. We are not above judgment. We are not sinless. We do not set the standard. So then, what can we do? Can we correct this gross distortion our society (and the Church) is entrenched with? Perhaps. I believe we need to start within each of ourselves and teach our children as well. We must pull in the reigns on our ideologies. Correct our vision. We must get on our faces before the Most Holy and pray for revelation:

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.

Proverbs 29:18

When we receive revelation FROM GOD, we see clearly. The false perceptions we have fall off like scales from our eyes. Restraint becomes very important suddenly… Righteous living, or rather living within the standard that God has set, has enormous significance as a result. Therefore, our personal relationship with the Lord will intensify and deepen. One by one, we raise the societal standard of righteousness and holy living… OR one by one we each lower that standard.

Today, the Church has a choice.

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The Lawless and the Word

 

October 3, 2009
The Lawless and the Word
Man, I am really in a state of agitated, irritated, dismay. The youth of the Church have so been indoctrinated in the ‘new’ thing that they have forgotten the straight path. Most of them don’t know their Bible they can’t stand to hear it quoted and they are so full of the ear tickling garbage that they get at conferences that they cannot endure sound doctrine. They think they have intimacy with God because they sing songs to Him a couple of times a week, and yet they do not think knowing the Word of God has anything to do with intimacy.

I mean, if the person you loved most in the world were to die and leave you a long passionate love letter,….would you never read it? Jesus physically left us 2000 years ago to be at the right hand of the Father interceding for us, He left His Word and the Holy Spirit of God with us. His Word is the only written letter we have from the one we say we love the most. And yet can we claim we have intimacy with Jesus Christ if we don’t even care to read the letter He left us before He left this World? THAT’S INSANE!

He told us how to live, what to hope for, what to do while He was gone, what He wants to find us doing when He gets back, what to expect if we live for Him, what the promises are to those that will follow Him, ect, ect, ect. If we were true lovers of Jesus Christ we would be quoting His Word like a first language. We would pattern our lives after the Word that He gave us, we would live as if the Word He spoke was absolute truth(because it is).

Instead the youth and most of the Church today quotes musicians, movies(which most are from hell), politicians, ‘prophetic’ icons, and any other God they serve other than Jesus Christ. These idolatrous people don’t seem to know that their lack of love for the Word of God stems from the very fact that they don’t really love the author of that Word. In fact Jesus was the Word(John 1) so you can’t even separate Jesus from the Word itself.
The youth and most of the church today seem to think that someone who teaches and quotes the Word of God is ‘religious’ and therefore in order not to be religious we need to delve in relative truth rather than in the absolute truth of the Bible.

With the percentage of abortion and divorce being as high right now in the Church as it is in the world it is easy to see that the Church has openly strayed from absolute truth and because of this they cannot stand on the Word of God to justify their ways. So they accumulate unto themselves false teachers and prophets in accordance with their own desires to tickle their ears all the way to hell. Not able to endure the sound teaching and doctrine of the Word of God. I think most of the Church has errantly come to the place of believing that living your life according to the Word of God is like living your life according to the law( the way they did under Moses), and that we are under grace and not the law.

They say that their lawless way of life is ‘freedom’ and that the Holy Spirit is leading them so they don’t need to live by the Word. Wow,….well after looking at the statistics,…it looks like their version of the Holy Spirit is leading them into Godlessness,….doesn’t sound like the Holy Spirit I know. I mean does true freedom in the HOLY Spirit of the Living God lead to divorce, and killing unborn human children? Yes it is true we are not under the law but we are under grace, and what is grace? Grace is a power by which we overcome sin,…under grace the law of God is written on our hearts. Under grace we have power to live out the law of the Word of God. Many will say, “the law is dead and we don’t need the Word to lead us!” Many think Jesus will receive them into heaven because they are so loving(oh puhleeeze), but just look at this,…..

Jesus said,…”Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many miracles?’
” and then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me you who practice LAWLESSNESS.’

What! Jesus actually cares whether you are lawless or not? Hmmmm I guess thats why He said ” I did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it”.

Daniel