The issue that we have is that we need to do what we are commanded to do. This is love, says Christ, that we do what he commands us to do. For he is holy, and we are broken: he is powerful, and we are powerless, he is able to redeem us, and we are not able to save anyone, let alone ourselves.
He has saved us to be holy. He has not saved us to approve of the evil apparent in this world. We are not to be of such: we are to instead stand a witness and warning againts these.
Not because of anything we have done. We are, all, broken and have habits that we need to reform. We are not saying that we are perfect. Instead we are saying that if you choose not Christ, you are on the way to not merely hell in the life after this, but misery in the life we have now, for our guilt we mean that we damn oruselves.
19 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
2 “Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory,
as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear,
until we may look upon you without fear,
through Jesus Christ.
2 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2 but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. 3 For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. 5 For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness— 6 nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. 7 But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother [k]tenderly cares for her own children. 8 Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become [m]very dear to us.
If you live this way, you are going to have opposition. I shocked people by saying that giving up on the promotion game is liberating. Because you don’t have to deal with those who want you to worship what they do. I’m a Calvinist. This makes me gentle with others because I am quite aware of the depravity of my natural state. But twisted, and without God, without the spirit, you get an inversion that is evil: Progressive politics has fully bought into that inversion.
the Democratic Party’s messaging is. “The world is completely depraved, our country is born in sin, but the woke elect will be saved.” Linguistics professor John McWhorter (who happens to be black) apparently talked about this parallel in late June:
Five key points of Calvinism are often referred to by the mnemonic acronym TULIP (not just medical students do this to help them memorize):
T for Total depravity
U for Unconditional election [i.e., G-d “picks them based not on their personal character or merit, but out of his kindness and sovereign will.”]
L for Limited atonement [i.e., Jesus died only for the sins of the Elect, not of all mankind]. Calvinists who do believe the “all mankind” part are referred to as “Four Point Calvinists”
I for Irresistible grace [G-d will choose His Elect and they have no choice but to accept]
P for Perseverance of the Saints
Just mentally replace “G-d” with Gaia, or democratic socialism, or what Prof. Gad Saad calls the DIE religion: does this start to look familiar?
We have a political class that may miscall its party “Democratic” (the way the “People’s Democracies” of the Eastern Bloc were neither democratic nor of the people) but at heart believes they are the Elect (or what Thomas Sowell called The Anointed). Some of the fellow members of what I call the Brahmandarin Caste (e.g., here and here) are may be highly regarded specialists in certain technical specialties: as decades in academia have taught me, this does not rule out total ineptness in other aspects of human life. This is what William Buckley referred to when he famous quipped that he’d rather be governed by the first four hundred people in the local phone book than by four hundred Harvard professors.
34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. 35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question: 42 “What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?” They *said to Him, “The son of David.” 43 He *said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying,
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet”’?
45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?” 46 No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.
What did Christ do? He destroyed the Unitarianism of the Pharisees. The Pharisees, of course, doubled down, considering that the Messiah was some form of King akin to David. Forgetting that David (who is quoted by Christ) was deeply flawed.
Our church continually return to the two commands of Christ, pointing out that the love of our neighbour is enmeshed with our love of God. But Christ is fully God and fully God. Our faith stands on him. For only in him can we be holy.
Christ is truth and can withstand attacks, but those who preach lies want hate speech rules which are functionally blasphemy laws.
The list goes on at some length, but both Christianity and Islam share one common feature:
One Book, One Man.
And if you can destroy one, you can easily destroy the other – and in so doing, you destroy the religion itselfNow, Christianity has been subjected to repeated and vicious attacks throughout its entire two-thousand year history from every quarter – including from within Christendom itself. Both the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ Himself have been put to the test many times. Many of the modern methods of analysing texts for veracity and truthfulness were in fact invented by Christians to use on the Bible itself.
And the Bible has withstood those tests, handily. That’s why we know we can trust it – because the closer we look and the more we dig and the deeper we explore, the greater the evidence grows that the Bible is simply true.
I don’t care if you disagree with the creation accounts given in Genesis – there are two of them, in fact. I don’t mind if you disagree with the notion of a world-destroying Flood. I don’t have a problem if you think that the Exodus story was a myth. The fact is that the more we examine things, the more we realise that the Bible is right.
The same cannot be said of the Koran, and certainly not of Islam’s “prophet”, Muhammad.
This year, in particular, has made both facts painfully obvious. Dr. Jay Smith of Pfander Films and other ministry services has made this extremely clear throughout his work during the quarantine, and his work has indeed been a great blessing.
The world would rather we believed in the superstitions of this moment, or those lies that have worked for millennia. Your good deeds can be weighted in the balance, and account for the evil you have done. To die for the faith forgives all your sin.
But we are called to be Holy. We know we cannot keep our own standards, let alone those of God. We are reliant completely on the finished work of God. Let the nations rage and those who say they have spiritual insight hate.
We cling to Christ alone.