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Friday, December 28, 2012

The Independent Establishment of Religion.

Bud: the adherents of the Reformed churches of America bought into the 
dispensational baptistic culture and have abandoned its cultural to the kingdom 
of Satan. One of the best books put out by the Tyler, TX crowd was the issue of 
the Reconstruction Journal: "The Failure of the American Baptist Culture." It's 
motto was "You do not polish brass on a sinking ship." --from Vaughn Edward
Hathaway, Jr.

There have also been many voices raised against this culture, but the American people
went whoring after their individual gods and experiences and surrendered their state,
their schools, their political system to emotionalism, revivalism, and irrationalism.
Independency replaced covenant.

A similar culture of emotionalism and pietism surrendered with hardly a murmur to the
Nazis in Germany. Hitler showed the way to overcome and brush it away. So was fulfilled
Isaiah 59: "We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we
stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men...."  Isaiah was
speaking of Israel in his day, but something similar could be said to the church today.

It was not the fault of the prophets that Israel was in this condition. Israel had the law and
the prophets; they had the writings, but turned away from them. Our nation is filled with
bibles that are unread or read without understanding if they are read, because they are
read without faith and submission. They are read to see what it says "to me," not "to us."
So we contend and fight and beat each other up, ignore the creeds and confessions,
disregard the work of our fathers, and contend for money and power and advantage.
They are read to provide proof texts to support sinful attitudes, doctrines, unbelief, and
rebellions.

But God will not serve our ambition and lusts. Every homosexual knows what the Bible
says about his sins. Every crooked politician knows what the Bible says about their kind.
Every whoremongering minister who adulterates the Bible and perverts it to his own self-
worship knows what the Bible says, but claims "liberty" in the "Spirit" to ignore its plain
teaching.

No American is exempt from knowledge of the horror of the abortion industry. The Baal
worshipers of old were amateurs when it came to sacrificing their children to their gods of
pleasure and power.

Every adulterous fornicating wife or husband knows what the Bible says about their sin,
but they claim freedom from "judgmentalism" and they "trust in lying words, that cannot
profit. Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto
Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this
house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?"
Jeremiah 7.

But he that knows to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin. --James 4:17.  It is true
that God works in his people, both to will and to do of His good pleasure, which means
that I am to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling [Philippians 2:12, 13].
The fact that you can work it out is proof that He has worked it in.  If He hadn't worked
it in, you couldn't work it out.  If the key to your prison is in your own hand, quit praying
for an earthquake and an angel.

When Moses stood before the Red Sea holding the rod of God in his hand, God rebuked
him: "Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it...." [Exodus 14:
15,16]  [I can see Moses blink, look at the rod in his hand and think, "O, yeah, why didn't
I think of that? Am I stupid, or what?"]
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