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Salt

Sometimes we get discouraged and think we cannot be effective for God, because we cannot do great things. But lets look at salt. Jesus compared us to salt. If you salt your food and then look at it with a magnifying glass, here is what you will see: tiny little crystals of salt SPRINKLED over the whole meal. We do not place a salt block on our plate. Nor do we salt our food with large chunks. Instead, we randomly strew the tiniest little particles of salt over the whole meal, and the effect is delicious.

You may never be called to do anything ‘big’ for God. But do you know that every kind word you do (or do not) speak, every truth you do (or do not) share, every smile or hug you do (or do not) bestow on another, every time you do (or do not) share with someone in need, every loving thing you do (or do not) do, is like a single crystal of salt.

When your life is said and done, will the result of your influence be delicious, or tasteless and unsatisfying, to the one who judges all?

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Each of us has a place and a purpose in the body of Christ. Don’t dishonor God by comparing yourself to others. Instead, bloom where you are planted.

Within your own circle of influence, take advantage of the opportunities that God brings into your life and be obedient to Him. When we humbly submit, and remain thankful even in what seem to be poor and lowly circumstances, we bring pleasure to God.

We don’t have to do grand and wonderful things. We just need to be who He made us to be, and allow Him to display Himself through us.

He is the same God who planted tiny little flowers in the grass. You may not think much of them as you tread them underfoot–but if you take the time to examine them with a magnifying glass, you will see the intricate beauty and care that He puts into each one of them, just as He does with everything He makes. Then step back and see the beauty they add, when thousands of them are strewn throughout a meadow.

Don’t ever think you are less important or less worthy than anyone else. You may just be . . . smaller.

Some of us have been spreading the word about the thoroughly pagan origins of Christmas, and the good reasons why Christians shouldn’t celebrate it. I understand many Christians have not yet heard these reasons . . . but some have and it is them that I am addressing.

There is an argument that is repeatedly put forth. It goes something like this: I’m celebrating Christmas for the glory of God . . . I’m celebrating Jesus’ birth (even though it wasn’t Dec. 25th) . . . I’m not doing anything wrong . . . God knows my heart . . . He understands.

Let me share six verses of Scripture, because there is a lesson here–for those who have ‘eyes to see’ and ‘ears to hear’.

‘ . . . but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.’ (Genesis 4:2-8)

There is a whole sermon here, but let me make just a few points. This was before the time of Moses, before the Law was established. Abel and Cain lived before the law, as Abraham did, under (the) grace (of God). It was already established that God would send a Savior. It also seems evident that God had established the practice of animal sacrifices for those who followed Him.

Cain was a farmer. I am a gardener. I can understand how Cain loved what he did, and was proud of what he produced. When he gave God an offering from what he had grown, he probably gave Him his best. He may have even done it with a heart full of genuine love for God. But He didn’t obey God–God required a blood sacrifice.

Despite his good intentions, Cain disobeyed. He did what he thought best, rather than what God wanted. He probably believed that the ends justified the means. . . that when God saw what a wonderful offering he had prepared for Him, He would be quite impressed.

Notice Cain’s reaction, when God did not accept his offering: he became irate. He did not repent. He did not return again with the proper offering. He became irate, and he sulked. Resentment took root in his heart. Resentment towards God, and resentment towards Abel, who WAS obedient and obtained God’s favor. Even when God tried to correct his attitude, he persisted in his rebellion–yes, rebellion.

As God warned him, sin was lying at the door. For all appearances, it was only a short while later that what was brewing in Cain’s unrepentant heart led him to kill his brother. If someone would have stopped him, while he was on his way to make his offering to God, and would have prophesied to him that his plan wasn’t going to work out so well . . . and that he would end up killing his brother because of it . . . would he have shook his head at them in disbelief? He was riding high that day, full of pride and expectation that God would be persuaded to see things his way.

But God stepped on his toes. When he had given his sacrifice, He knew it was not what God wanted. Yet, I believe he was so proud of himself that he believed that God would like what he gave Him even better than what He asked for. When God didn’t accept it, his pride would not allow him to repent. Instead, he became angry.

It worries me when I see this kind of a response, from people who say they are Christians. Many of them, when they are presented with the truth about Christmas, act just as Cain did. They seem to have a similar way of thinking. They believe that they can decide HOW they will obey God, and God will accept what they do because He will see that their heart is good. (That is a WHOLE other topic . . . ) They may be right, but I REALLY BELIEVE they are sadly mistaken.

Hear what Samuel told Saul, after he didn’t quite do as God had commanded him:

‘And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to OBEY [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.

For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry.

Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.’ (1 Samuel 15:22-23)

Wow, pretty harsh huh?

God often uses another (Christian) to give a warning. When someone gives us a warning, we should prayerfully consider it!

‘Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; . . . if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity . . . ‘ (Ezekiel 3:17,19)

For those who refuse to CONSIDER changing their ways about the celebration of Christmas . . . Christmas is no longer the issue. Such an attitude reveals a far greater issue . . . and this is what God sees when He looks into that heart: rebellion and stubbornness. Translated: witchcraft, iniquity and idolatry. (I Sam. 15:23)

(Are you still sure you want God to judge you by your heart, on this issue?)

Am I saying that no one should celebrate Christmas? I am saying that everyone should learn the roots of Christmas and then submit themselves to God to do HIS will–that means, surrender it to Him in prayer, having a willingness to do whatever He directs you to do.  Most of the ‘Christians’ who say it’s ok to celebrate it, won’t even do that.

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In America, we love to celebrate holidays.  Birthday celebrations are a way to honor someone we love.  It is only fitting that American Christians would think it’s a great idea to have a big celebration to honor Jesus’ birthday.  But nowhere in the Bible is there ANY indication that Jesus, or His family, or His disciples/apostles celebrated His birthday.

So, to celebrate Jesus’ birthday is totally an invention of man.

Now, for reasons that we don’t always understand, God is very particular about how we worship Him.  One principle that has been consistently true is that GOD wants to tell us how to celebrate Him.  The few times that men have taken it upon themselves to do things THEIR way have had marked and memorably bad results.

  • Cain thought that God would love the bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains that he brought as a sacrifice to Him.  It was a fresh idea . . . an expression of his love and gratitude (or so he probably thought) . . . but God was not pleased.
  • Nadab and Abihu used ‘strange fire’ to light the incense in the temple.  That was when the people learned that there are two kinds of fire: one that proceeds from God, and one that doesn’t.  The fire from God consumed Nadab and Abihu.
  • The children of Israel needed to move the Ark of the Covenant, but instead of bearing it on their shoulders as God had taught them, they placed it on an oxcart.  ‘Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.’

In all three of these cases, men were simply doing what they thought was best.  From what I can see, none of them had bad motives.  In each case, the displeased response of God seemed to come as a shock.  People were happy and excited . . . they were doing what they thought was the right thing, or a loving thing . . . and God reacted with what seemed to be a very unloving, thankless response.

In none of these cases do we know of any particular law that said ‘don’t do ____________’, and yet the people WERE being disobedient.  God saw their hearts.  Their motives don’t appear to US to be wrong.  They don’t appear to be deliberately breaking any rule–and yet, they WERE disobedient.  They were disobedient because God had laid out specific instructions for how things were to be done YET THEY DID THINGS THEIR OWN WAY INSTEAD.  They did what seemed to THEM to be right . . . thinking that their way was just as good as how God had told them to do things, or maybe better . . . and they usurped God’s authority in the process.

Think about that.  Let it sink in.  When God gives us instruction for what we are supposed to do, and how we are supposed to do it . . . IF WE DO IT DIFFERENTLY we are USURPING HIS AUTHORITY.  We are showing that we have not yet submitted ourselves to God’s authority.  We are revealing that we think WE can make judgments that are just as good as God’s, or better.  We are being presumptuous, and competing with Him to be in charge.

Now, lets think again about ‘Christmas’.  Did God ordain this holiday?  No.  Do we have ANY example of Jesus or the early Christians having such a celebration?  No.  Does God ever specifically say ‘don’t celebrate Jesus birthday’?  No.  BUT THAT DOESN’T MATTER.

Do you still think your ways are as good as, or better than God’s ways?  Having seen the examples we just looked at, do you think it is such a good idea for you to launch out on your own and do something that God has not told us to do?  Are you so much better than Cain, Nadab and Abihu, and Uzza that you think God will overlook your presumptuousness based on the good motives of your heart?

If you think so, then go ahead and celebrate Christmas.  Some people have to find out the hard way.  But remember, you have something that Cain, Nadab, Abihu and Uzza didn’t have: you have their examples, and YOU have received a warning.

(As for Halloween . . . do I really NEED to write a note telling you not to celebrate Halloween?)

 

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Parents, let me tell you a parable . . .

There was once a king, a very GOOD king.  He loved his people and always looked out for them and cared for them.  The time came that he had to travel to a far away land.  While he was gone, an enemy came to spoil his kingdom.  The enemy released a sickness upon the people, in order to kill them all.  Word of the attack quickly reached the good king, and he had his nobles prepare an antidote that would not only heal the sickness, but inoculate those who were well against any other kind of sickness in the future.

Some of the people took the antidote and were spared any further trouble.  But the enemy quickly learned of the antidote and began to post billboards and send radio messages throughout the kingdom.  His message was ‘Don’t cram that stuff down your kids’ throats!’.

Now the people were in confusion.  In fact, since billboards and radio were the usual means of communicating important messages in their kingdom, they felt it best to obey.  (Little did they know the enemy had taken control of all the media.)  Word spread quickly, from person to person: ‘Don’t cram that stuff down your kids’ throats!’.

Even though the king’s noblemen worked hard to persuade them to follow the king’s instructions, there was nothing that they could do–the people simply would not listen to them anymore.  Even the testimony of those who had taken the antidote would do nothing to sway the minds of those who had been taken captive by the lie.  Everyone now did what seemed right in his own eyes.

Especially susceptible to the sickness were the young, who became very, very ill and suffered horribly, but took a very long time to die, thus spreading the sickness to all around them.  In time, all of the people of the kingdom who refused the antidote succumbed to the sickness and died.

As soon as the king had received word of the attack, he set out on the journey back to his kingdom, but it was far away and took a very long time.  When he arrived, the sickness had already run its course.  His kingdom had been purged of nearly all its people.  The only ones that remained were those who had trusted him enough to take the antidote.

Parents, here is the interpretation of the parable . . .

The sickness is sin and rebellion, which Satan has sown throughout God’s kingdom.  The antidote is found in a little book we call the B-I-B-L-E (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth).  But the enemy wants to ensure that you ‘Don’t cram that stuff down your kids’ throats!’.

What does GOD say about that?

‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD:
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,
And when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house,
and on thy gates.’
(Deut 6:4-9 and 11:18-20)

In other words–give the children the antidote–and LOTS OF IT!  Cram it down their throats while you still have them in your care!  Of COURSE Satan doesn’t want you to do this–thus the societal pressure to let your child do what is right in his own eyes!  But God says:

‘Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’  (Prov. 22:6)

‘But’, you may say, ‘we want them to know that we trust them and let them make their own choices’ . . .

‘Ye shall not do after all [the things] that we do here this day, every man whatsoever [is] right in his own eyes.’  (Deut. 12:8)

‘In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.’  (Judges 17:6)

‘The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes . . . ‘ (Prov. 12:15)

‘Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes . . . ‘  (Prov. 21:2)

You may have fallen for the enemy’s propaganda and believe this is a good idea, but it runs counter to what the Lord says.

Are you preparing your child to be a lawless adult, doing whatever is right in his own eyes–or are you preparing him to be a loyal, obedient subject in God’s Kingdom?  There is a vast difference between the two!  We DO have a king, and we must not do what is right in our OWN eyes, but carefully follow His instructions.  FILL your children with the knowledge of God and His ways, while you have the opportunity!

‘But I don’t want to rule my family with an iron fist’, you say.  Then you have probably bought into the propaganda that ‘freedom’ (lawlessness) is our birthright and is the best way to raise a child.

Understand this: when Christ returns, He will rule with an iron rod (Rev. 2:27, 12:5, 19:15)!

These Ten Commandments that God gave us . . . that Christians debate about whether we need to worry about keeping or not . . . these same Ten Commandments came with a death penalty for those who would not keep them.  That death penalty was instituted BY GOD!

God is VERY serious about His standards, and He tolerated no rebellion.

‘For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. . . ‘  (1 Sam. 15:23)

When Jesus rules on Earth He will tolerate no rebellion, and punishment will be swift and harsh for those who disobey.  (This is what it means to ‘rule with a rod of iron’.) 

Right now, sinners are TEMPORARILY living in a time of grace.  (There is no point in FORCING them into a covenant which they have no sincere intention of obeying.)  Therefore, as in the old adage, God is giving them a lot of rope.  If they are wicked, they will use that rope (grace) to hang themselves (by persisting in sin and rejecting Christ).

As parents, it is important to understand God’s nature and intentions.  Hopefully, after you read this parable and its explanation, you will realize how important it is to innoculate your children against sin and rebellion, and to prepare them to be loyal subjects of a KING–not lawless inhabitants of a ‘democracy’ who do what is right in their own eyes and use the rope (grace) God gives them to ultimately hang themselves.

What was the PURPOSE of the Sabbath?  In the Ten Commandments, immediately after we are told to keep the Sabbath, we are told WHY we are to keep it . . .

‘For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.’ (Exodus 20:11)

When Jesus said that He was ‘Lord of the Sabbath’, He was saying that He was THAT Lord, THAT Creator . . . the very one whom the Sabbath Day was supposed to honor!

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.’

 ‘He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.’ (John 1:1-3, 10)

How foolish for the Pharisees to want to dispute over what could and could not be done on that day, when the Creator Himself–whom the day was made to honor–stood before them in the flesh!

Jesus did not say that we no longer keep the Sabbath (his disciples and mother kept the Sabbath, waiting to embalm him until the Sabbath had ended). What He said is that HE (and whatever works He was doing) is/were greater than the Sabbath.

Here’s a modern day parallel: John is going away to war, but asks his family and friends to remember him once a week. He asks them to set a plate at the table for him, and pray for him every Tuesday night. Finally, the day comes that John returns home. He wants to celebrate his return with his family and friends by having a picnic in the park. His family refuses, saying that they must eat solemnly in the family dining room, because it is Tuesday night. They must honor ‘John’ that night and say prayers for him.

John is a little bewildered, because he is now WITH them, yet they prefer to cling to their tradition, instead of spending time WITH him in a way that he would enjoy. They have gotten so caught up in the ‘what’ . . . the tradition . . . that they have forgotten ‘why’ . . . missing and honoring John, and praying for his safety. Now that John has come, in the flesh, his presence should overshadow their tradition. Spending time WITH him should be more important than just thinking ABOUT him. Setting aside the tradition to be with him would show their love more completely–now that he is with them in the flesh–rather than keeping the tradition and virtually ignoring him.

‘This isn’t very realistic’, you might say. ‘What family would act like that?’. But it fairly represents the situation that Jesus encountered, so I hope that you can see the parallel.

People confuse the ‘how’ with the ‘why’–the same now as then. Getting all caught up in what can and can’t be done on the Sabbath is missing the point–the ‘why’: the Sabbath was made to honor God as Creator!

When He was present on the Earth, spending time in Jesus’ presence and following His lead was the best way to honor Him. Now that He has gone back to the Father, the Sabbath rest is to continue to be a visual reminder, every week, to a world that still does not know Him.

He created this world and everything in it for our use and pleasure . . . in a way, the Sabbath is a type of ‘tithe’ to Him in return for that.

 

Please note:  this author in no way recognizes, supports, or condones the Seventh Day Adventists or Hebrew Roots movement.

 

ANOMIA

There are two powerful forces at odds today: the antichrist spirit of lawlessness, and the Holy Spirit.  The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one–even, unfortunately, most of what professes to be ‘The Church’ in the developed world.

If you will examine what lies at the heart of many of the skirmishes, you will see it is rebellion against God’s authority and God’s Law.  Some of the battles are even specifically about removing the Ten Commandments from public places.

The Greek word for lawlessness is ‘anomia’ G458

1) the condition of without law
..a) because ignorant of it
..b) because of violating it
2) contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness

In Greek, ‘law’ is: nomos and ‘without’ is: a-.  Therefore, to express the idea of what we would call ‘lawlessness’, there is no more perfect way to express it in Greek than by the word: ‘anomos’ or ‘anomia’.  Certainly, lawbreaking can also be called wickedness, evil, or sin, but the most perfect translation of the word is ‘lawless’ or ‘lawlessness’.

Where does this word show up in the Bible?  In some very key places:

‘Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (ANOMIA).’  (Matt. 7:22-23)

Interesting–many people that call Jesus Lord and do wonderful works in His name . . . yet practice lawlessness . . . will be rejected on judgment day.  Keep this one in mind.

‘As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity (ANOMIA); And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.’  (Matt. 13:40-42)

Wow, here it is again already . . . tares growing amongst the wheat . . . children of the wicked one amongst the children of God.  He will send His angels to gather all those children of the wicked one, who practice LAWLESSNESS, and they will be cast into a furnace of fire.

‘Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity (ANOMIA)’ (Matt. 23:38)

Another description of the tares.  I’ve seen a lot of those, professing to be ‘Christians’.  It could be why ‘Christianity’ stinks to so many nonbelievers.  After all, today’s mainstream, western ‘Christian’ arrogantly calls sinners ‘sinners’ and tells them they are going to burn in hell . . . yet preaches a gospel that says that the children of God can live any way they please (ANOMIA).

‘And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity (ANOMIA) shall abound , the love of many shall wax cold .’  (Matt. 24:10-12)

When we start looking specifically at ‘lawlessness’ (as opposed to ‘sin’ or ‘wickedness’) a lot of our key end-times Scriptures pop up, don’t they?  The significance of lawlessness has been hidden in the translations.

 

‘I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity (ANOMIA) unto iniquity (ANOMIA); even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness’  (Romans 6:19)

As Christians, we are NOT to be lawless people!

‘Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness(ANOMIA)? and what communion hath light with darkness?’  (2 Cor. 6:14)

How can we even claim to be Christians, if we walk in lawlessness?  According to this verse, righteousness has nothing in common with lawlessness.

 

‘For the mystery of iniquity (ANOMIA) doth already work : only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way.’  (2 Thess. 2:7)

In this verse, there are no Greek words saying ‘he’ or ‘who’.  It could just as easily be translated as ‘that which’ . . . ‘only that which now letteth’.  What restrains lawlessness?  The law–if people choose to, or are compelled to, obey it.  Which leads us to another end-times passage:

‘Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying], Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.’  (Psalms 2:1-3)

In the end-times, the unsaved world rebels against the Lord and conspires together to cast off His ‘bands and cords’ . . . His restraints . . . His law and moral values . . . which constrain them.  ‘Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.’  (Allistair Crowley, a famed Satanist and homosexual serial-killer pedophile who called himself ‘the beast’)

 

This one is a little harder to understand the translation, so I will include the Greek for comparison:

‘Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth (ANOMIA) also the law (ANOMIA) for sin is the transgression of the law (ANOMIA) .’  (1 John 3:4)

‘paV o poiwn thn amartian kai thn anomian poiei kai h amartia estin h anomia’

To use the exact translation of ‘lawlessness’, I would translate it this way:

‘Whosoever committeth sin also lawlessness (ANOMIA) commits, for sin is lawlessness (ANOMIA).’

There is simply no excuse for a Christian to live a sinful lifestyle!!  To live a sinful lifestyle, under the guise of being ‘covered in Christ’s righteousness’ or our actions being ‘under the blood’ is to blaspheme Christ!  The Scriptures tell us that Jesus hated LAWLESSNESS!

‘But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and HATED iniquity (ANOMIA) . . . ‘  (Hebrews 1:8-9)

And that He specifically redeemed us FROM lawlessness, to walk in righteousness!

‘Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity (ANOMIA), and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.’  (Titus 2:14)

 

Here is a passage that is frequently twisted to justify a Christian being ‘carnal’ (lawless) . . .

‘And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law (ANOMOS), as without law (ANOMOS), (being not without law (ANOMOS) to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law (ANOMOS)’  (1 Cor. 9:20-21)

I am not sure how Paul accomplished that–but he says he was NOT without law towards God, but under the law to Christ. I suspect he meant that he lived by the SPIRIT of the Law, but not the LETTER of the Law, in those cases–which is how Gentile Christians are to walk, even now.  In no way does this justify a Christian living without regard for the SPIRIT of the Law and being lawless (ANOMOS)!

 

Here’s another end-times one, about the Antichrist:

‘And then shall that Wicked (ANOMOS) be revealed , whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:’ (2 Thess. 2:8)

And lastly . . . as many of us can empathize with:

‘And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed [his] righteous soul from day to day with [their] unlawful (ANOMOS) deeds’  (2 Peter 2:7-8)

 

I have cited 13 of 20 verses that use this word.  That’s 65% of the places where it occurs–and they have significant end-times application!  There are many other places where ‘iniquity’ or ‘wickedness’ are spoken of . . . and many where ‘sin’ is talked about.  (And, as 1 John 3:4 tells us, ALL sin is lawlessness (anomia).)  However, I believe there is a very specific reason that the words ‘anomia’ and ‘anomos’ were used in these passages.  I think when we look around us, we can see why.

We are now living in a time that is not only exceedingly sinful, but a hatred for (righteous) law . . . a rebellion against God’s righteous law . . . is becoming pervasive throughout the world.  This hatred for God’s righteous law is so pointed and specific that it requires very precise wording to convey it.  It is not simply transgression of God’s law–it is REBELLION against it.

It should be no surprise to us that our president specifically chose people who did not pay their taxes to fill positions in his administration . . . or that he chooses to surround himself and give power and prestige to those who display a clear hatred for God’s law . . . or that he is ‘framing mischief by a law’ (changing the laws to legalize sin) and penalizing righteousness.  He is a man of LAWLESSNESS.  He operates in the antichrist spirit of ANOMIA.

It isn’t ‘law’ per se that this spirit opposes, because it does indeed seek to bring everyone into bondage through the Law of Sin and Death.  It comes to steal, kill, and destroy–and apparently to tightly control, to compel people to sin and to approve of sin, and to persecute those who won’t.  It is God’s RIGHTEOUS law that this spirit opposes.  It ‘opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped’.

‘And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.’  (Rev. 12:17)

There is no doubt that we are in the midst of a spiritual war.  What are we to do?

‘Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.’  (Rev. 14:12)

We must stand firm in our resolve.  We must uphold the SPIRIT of God’s law, and keep His commandments, through love and obedience.  We must resist the devil.  And we must trust in our Lord, that the day of judgment IS coming, when He will reward the righteous and destroy the lawless.

‘Who will rise up for me against the transgressors? or who will stand up with me against the workers of iniquity (ANOMIA)? If the Lord had not helped me, my soul had almost sojourned in Hades.  If I said, My foot has been moved; thy mercy, O Lord, helped me. O Lord, according to the multitude of my griefs within my heart, thy consolation have soothed my soul.

Shall the throne of iniquity (ANOMIA) have fellowship with thee, which frames mischief by an ordinance? They will hunt for the soul of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood. But the Lord was my refuge; and my God the helper of my hope. And he will recompense to them their iniquity (ANOMIA) and their wickedness: the Lord our God shall utterly destroy them.’  (Psalm 94:16-23, Greek Septuagint)

 

‘Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; who make darkness light, and light darkness; who make bitter sweet, and sweet bitter. Woe to them that are wise in their own conceit, and knowing in their own sight.  Woe to the strong ones of you that drink wine, and the mighty ones that mingle strong drink:  who justify the ungodly for rewards, and take away the righteousness of the righteous.

Therefore as stubble shall be burnt by a coal of fire, and shall be consumed by a violent flame, their root shall be as chaff, and their flower shall go up as dust: for they rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and insulted the word of the Holy One of Israel.’  (Isaiah 5:20-24, Greek Septuagint)

 

(For those of you who have not read my other posts, I am NOT involved with the Hebrew Roots movement, and I do NOT believe we are supposed to follow ‘Torah’ (go back under The Law).  I believe we are to follow the Ten Commandments, as OBEDIENCE to God, and EVIDENCE of our commitment to HIm–but NOT for JUSTIFICATION.  We are to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who will lead us to follow the SPIRIT of the Law, rather than the LETTER of the Law.)