That’s a question that a whole lot of folks are asking today. Liberals will say that it is too much conservatism and conservatives will say it is too much liberalism. Well, both are wrong. It is too much Godlessness! And that goes for all, even those that call themselves Christians!
“But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:3-9 – KJV – words in italics added in translation.)
This is only one of the Ten Commandments. Jesus used others in examples of hypocrisy. (Mt. 5:19, 19:17, Mk. 7:7, 10:18-19, Lk. 18:19-20, Jn. 14:15,21, 15:10) It is bad enough that most Christians will say “Jesus kept the commandments is our stead” and we are no longer “under the law“, but that was meant as under the law (ordinances) of sacrificing animals. Jesus (the Word that became flesh, Emmanuel, the first and the last, the only son of God begotten through the womb of a virgin, the Messiah, the Christ) was the unblemished Lamb of God and the final most perfect sacrifice ever made for the forgiveness of sin. The perfect blood of Jesus Christ is our Passover, it is not a license to sin!
Yet today, many say that Jesus sinned. From the 8/27/2020 article below:
The latest findings from The American Worldview Inventory 2020 (AWVI 2020) show that some 44 percent of American believers think that Jesus sinned. The survey also revealed a dramatic decline in the number of Americans who hold to a biblical worldview. According to the survey, about 51 percent of American adults have a traditional view of God as opposed to 73 percent in 1991, a 22 percent drop from 30 years ago. Regarding belief in Jesus, 44 percent of respondents who believe in Jesus, also believe he sinned, whereas 41 percent say he did not.
I cannot think of a greater abomination than that. Has almost half of Christianity completely and utterly fallen into a bottomless pit?
From the 6/8/22 article: The Rise of a Culture That’s Not OK
Since the pandemic, American adults are behaving badly.
“Bad behavior of all kinds—everything from rudeness and carelessness to physical violence—has increased,” Olga Khazan recently wrote at The Atlantic. “Americans are driving more recklessly, crashing their cars and killing pedestrians at higher rates. Early 2021 saw the highest number of ‘unruly passenger’ incidents ever, according to the FAA.”
Plenty of viral videos, especially but not exclusively of passengers on airplanes and in airports, affirm Khazan’s description. Her question is a good one: Why are people acting so weird?
An obvious answer is that the social isolation of the last few years has taken a real toll on our mental health and well-being. Studies do show that prolonged isolation often does lead to anti-social behavior. “When we become untethered,” one Harvard sociologist told Khazan, “we tend to prioritize our own private interests over those of others or the public.”
It’s also not a secret that, to deal with the increased stress and isolation, more Americans have turned to destructive coping mechanisms. Per capita, we’re drinking more. Drug overdoses, despite a two-year decline pre-pandemic, have spiked by nearly 30% since 2019. Even crime—including break-ins, robberies and homicides—has increased, as the pandemic has eased. In the article, Khazan quoted a University of Missouri criminologist who thinks that we’ve developed “a generalized sense that the rules simply don’t apply.”
Just social excuses? Blame it on covid. Blame it on this, that and the other. Blaming someone or something other than one’s self has been going on since Adam and Eve disobeyed their creator.
There is sexual abuse gone wild! Remember the Catholic Church’s sex scandal? Like Mother like daughter! (Revelation 17:5) One of her greatest daughters is now in the same boat without a paddle! There is no excuse!
From the article: Why Is Abuse Rampant in the Church?
This morning, I had a headline pop up on my phone:
“Bombshell 400-page report finds Southern Baptist leaders routinely silenced sexual abuse survivors”
I clicked on the link out of curiosity as to what this secular news agency had to say, knowing that there’s often a bias against Christianity. However, like most of you, I know there has been sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and all religious denominations.
How do I know? Because I’ve experienced it. Within my own marriage. To a Southern Baptist pastor. My experience is slightly different, but it is still abuse. He used scripture to manipulate me. He had an adulterous relationship (think about it–adultery IS a form of abuse).
But, let’s take it a step further. While the “other woman” made a conscious decision to have an affair with my then-husband, she could also be considered a victim of his abusive behavior. He took advantage of his position as a pastor to draw her in. She was enamored with his biblical knowledge, with his godliness, something she perceived her husband didn’t possess. How do I know? Because I read the emails and transcripts of their late-night chats. So much of it was her perception of who he was from his pulpit–not who he was behind closed doors.
Why is abuse so rampant in the SBC? Why is abuse so rampant in the Church? While I am certain it is multi-factorial, I can share a few things that I have come to realize over the years.
Again, the only answer to the questions being asked is GODLESSNESS! There are atheists and there are religions that claim the one true CREATOR GOD, but none off the claimants even try to KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.
KJV(i) 1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. 10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Enoch Chapter LXI
Thus the Lord commanded the kings, the princes, the exalted, and those who dwell on earth, saying. Open your eyes, and lift up your horns, if you are capable of comprehending the Elect One. The Lord of spirits sat upon the throne of his glory. And the spirit of righteousness was poured out over him. The word of his mouth shall destroy all the sinners and all the ungodly, who shall perish at his presence.
In that day shall all the kings, the princes, the exalted, and those who possess the earth, stand up, behold, and perceive, that he is sitting on the
throne of his glory ; that before him the saints shall be judged in righteousness; And that nothing, which shall be spoken before him, shall be spoken in vain.
Trouble shall come upon them, as upon a woman in travail, whose labour is severe, when her child comes to the mouth of the womb, and she finds it difficult to bring forth. One portion of them shall look upon another. They shall be astonished, and shall humble their countenance; And trouble shall seize them, when they shall behold this Son of woman sitting upon the throne of his glory.
Then shall the kings, the princes, and all who possess the earth, glorify him who has dominion over all things, him who was concealed; for from the beginning the Son of man existed in secret, whom the Most High preserved in the presence of his power, and revealed to the elect. He shall sow the congregation of the saints, and of the elect ; and all the elect shall stand
before him in that day.
All the kings, the princes, the exalted, and those who rule over the earth, shall fall down on their faces before him, and shall worship him. They shall fix their hopes on this Son of man, shall pray to him, and petition him for mercy.
Then shall the Lord of spirits hasten to expel them from his presence. Their faces shall be full of confusion, and their faces shall darkness cover. The angels shall take them to punishment, that vengeance may be inflicted on those who have oppressed his children and his elect. And they shall become an example to the saints and to his elect. Through them shall these be made joyful ; for the anger of the Lord of spirits shall rest upon them.
Then the sword of the Lord of spirits shall be drunk with their blood; but the saints and elect shall be safe in that day ; nor the face of the sinners and the ungodly shall they thenceforwards behold. The Lord of spirits shall remain over them: And with this Son of man shall they dwell, eat, lie down, and rise up, for ever and ever.
The saints and the elect have arisen from the earth, have left off to depress their countenances, and have been clothed with the garment of life. That garment of life is with the Lord of spirits, in whose presence your garment shall not wax old, nor shall your glory diminish.
Note: The Book of Enoch was removed from the Bible by the jews who did not want to let people see the prophecies and revelations about Jesus Christ, the future glory and revelation of John, the future beloved apostle of the savior.
For more about the Book of Enoch see:
Come out of Babylon for her judgement is near!