Monday, January 23, 2017

I weep for Our Lord...

who, after enduring pain and death on the cross to bring us salvation, is being wounded by His creatures.

These past few days have exhausted me. 

The unrelenting mocking of Christians and celebration of sin, is a sign of the devil in all his "wickedness and snares" being hard at work.  When Christians are mocked, so too is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit mocked.

These events we are witnessing, not just here, but in the entire world, are not the deeds of people who are merely confused.  This is the work of Satan.

Imagine God  having to see His creatures, made in His image and likeness. celebrate all that He hates. He must watch as the fairest of His creatures chant about  having their children, also children of God, killed in the womb.  The living children of these wretched souls are forced to participate in the lewdness and debauchery. Rioters swarm through the streets destroying the property of others, hurling obscenities, and bringing physical harm to their fellow man.

This is not the work of enlightened people. This is the work of people who have opened their hearts and minds to the lies of Satan.

Only God and His Son bring light and understanding.  Satan brings the death of the intellect through  the evils of sin.

May God have mercy on their souls.

Renewal in Christ  Ephesians 4:17-24
17  So I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; 
 18  darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance, because of their hardness of heart, 
19  they have become callous and have handed themselves over to licentiousness for the practice of every kind of impurity to excess. 
20  That is not how you learned Christ,  
 21  assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus, 
 22  that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, 23  and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
 24 and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.

Barnes' Notes on Ephesians 4:18

Having the understanding darkened - That is, because they were alienated from the true God, and particularly because of "the blindness of their hearts." The apostle does not say that this was a "judicial" darkening of the understanding; or that they might not have perceived the truth; or that they had no ability to understand it. He speaks of a simple and well-known fact - a fact that is seen now as well as then that the understanding becomes darkened by indulgence in sin. A man who is intemperate, has no just views of the government of the appetites. A man who is unchaste, has no perception of the loveliness of purity.

A man who is avaricious or covetous, has no just views of the beauty of benevolence. A man who indulges in low vices, will weaken his mental powers, and render himself incapable of intellectual effort. Indulgence in vice destroys the intellect as well as the body, and unfits a man to appreciate the truth of a proposition in morals, or in mathematics, or the beauty of a poem, as well as the truth and beauty of religion.

Nothing is more obvious than that indulgence in sin weakens the mental powers, and renders them unfit for high intellectual effort. This is seen all over the pagan world now - in the stolid, stupid mind; the perverted moral sense; the incapacity for profound or protracted mental effort, as really as it was among the pagans to whom Paul preached. The missionary who goes among the pagan has almost to create an "intellect" as well as a "conscience," before the gospel will make an impression. It is seen, too, in all the intellect of the bar, the senate, the pulpit, and the medical profession, that is ruined by intemperance, and in the intellect of multitudes of young men wasted by licentiousness and drunkenness. I know that under the influence of ambition and stimulating drinks, the intellect may seem to put forth unnatural efforts, and to glow with an intensity nowhere else seen. But it "soon burns out" - and the wastes of such an intellect become soon like the hardened scoriae of the volcano, or the cinders of the over-heated furnace. source


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