Tag Archive: rebellion


In order to understand why it is wrong for a Christian to celebrate Halloween, we must understand how God feels about the celebration of death and darkness , rebellion, and magic/sorcery. . .

 

1.  ‘But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.’  (Proverbs 8:36)

 

2.  ‘Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.’  (Jeremiah 28:16)

 

3.   ‘If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:  Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.  And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.’  (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)

 

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

 

5.  ‘If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:’  (Psalm 66:18)

 

6.  ‘A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.’  (Leviticus 20:27)

 

7.   ‘Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.’  (Exodus 22:18)

 

8.  ‘Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.’  (Leviticus 19:31)

 

9.  ‘And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.’  (2 Kings 21:6)

 

10.   ’And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.  For I am the LORD, I change not . . . ‘  (Malacchi 3:5-6)

 

11.   ‘ . . . Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation ) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

 

Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

 

Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.’  (Acts 13:7-12)

 

12.  ‘The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.’  (Numbers 14:18)

 

13.   ‘Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.’  (Galatians 5:19-21)

 

14.   ‘Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.  Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? . . . ‘  (1 Corinthians 10:21-22)

 

15.   ‘He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil . . . In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.’  (1 John 3:8-10)

 

16.   ‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’ (Ephesians 6:12)

 

17.   ‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.’  (Revelation 21:7-8)

 

18.   ‘And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.  Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.’  (Acts 19:18-20)

 

19.   ‘Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.’  (3 John 1:11)

 

20.  ‘O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.’  (Psalm 96:9)

 

21.  ‘But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light’  (1 Peter 2:9)

 

22.  ‘For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light’  (Ephesians 5:8)

 

23.   ‘And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.’  (Ephesians 5:11)

 

24.   ‘ . . . what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.’   (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

 

25.   ‘Abstain from all appearance of evil.’  (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

 

26.   ‘And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.’  (Leviticus 20:26)

 

27.   ‘Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation*; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.’  (1 Peter 1:13-16)

*conversation = behavior

 

28.   ‘There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancerFor all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

 

Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.  For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.’  (Deuteronomy 18:10-14)

 

29.   ‘Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.’  (Revelation 22:14-15)

 

30.   ‘And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.’  (Revelation 21:27)

 

31.  ‘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 unto iniquity; even so now yield your members* servants to righteousness unto holiness.’  (Romans 6:19)

*members = body parts

 

32.  ‘And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.’  (Ephesians 4:24)

 

33.  ‘For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. . . But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’  (Romans 6:20, 22-23)

 

34.  ‘For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.’  (1 Thessalonians 4:7-8)

 

35.  ‘Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord’  (Hebrews 12:14)

 

36.  ‘Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

 

For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you’  (1 Peter 4:1-4)

 

37.  ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!’  (Isaiah 5:20)

 

38.    ‘For men shall be lovers of their own selves . . . unholy . . . lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.’ (2 Thessalonians 3:2, 4-5)

 

39.   ‘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 . . . ‘ (Matthew 15:8-9)

 

40.   ‘And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.’  (Revelation 9:20-21)

 

41.  ‘And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. . . she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. . . And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. . . for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.’  (From Revelation 18:1-2, 8, 21,23)

 

From beginning to end, the Bible is clear:  God hates rebellion, and He hates sorcery/witchcraft. He wants His people to be holy, and separate themselves from every thing that defiles.  This sounds simple enough–but Jesus said:

 

‘ . . . strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it.’  (Matt. 7:14)

 

Let me tell you why that is:  because just ‘believing in’ Jesus isn’t enough.  You must OBEY Him too.

 

‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my Father which is in heaven.’  (Matt. 7:21)

 

‘Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  But be ye DOERS of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.’  (James 1:21-22)

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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.

https://dontbefooled666.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/why-would-you-even-want-to-celebrate-pagan-holidays/

https://dontbefooled666.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/lets-celebrate/

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.

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.)

You CAN forfeit your salvation.  You do NOT have the security of being ‘once saved always saved’, independent of your future choices and actions.  But people really misunderstand what this is saying!  It is not a matter of God turning His back on you the first time you sin, and abandoning you!!

‘If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.’  (2 Timothy 2:13)

Unintentional sin is also ‘covered’, if we are doing our best to be obedient to God and walk with Him.

‘[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.’  (Romans 8:1)

When we stumble and sin, the Holy Spirit shows us that we have sinned, and we repent.  (If we don’t, then that is the same as willfully sinning.)  Stumbling and repenting is covered too.

‘My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous’  (1 John 2:1)

(Notice this verse DOESN’T say ‘Jesus death COVERED you’ (past tense).  It says that we HAVE AN ADVOCATE with the Father.  Jesus WILL PLEAD our case before Him (future tense).)

But, here is how it works that one can lose their salvation . . .

WILLFUL sin (or willfully not repenting when the Holy Spirit shows you you’ve sinned) is what causes the problem.

‘For if we sin WILLFULLY after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins‘  (Hebrews 10:26)

The Bible tells us that he who sins is slave to sin.  Sin is deceitful.  It has a power of its own.  Once we sin, the power of sin over us usually persuades us to sin more and more.  The only thing to counterbalance that is the Holy Spirit.  But when a Christian willfully sins, they are ALREADY ignoring the Holy Spirit as it works in their heart and tries to persuade them not to sin.

The Holy Spirit, in a Christian’s life, guides and empowers them to walk in righteousness.  The Holy Spirit is God.  When we resist and disobey the Holy Spirit, we are resisting and disobeying God.  Repeated sin . . . repeatedly ‘quenching’ the Holy Spirit . . . will lead to hardness of the heart.  If that heart is not broken, and the person doesn’t repent, eventually their heart will become hardened to the point that the Holy Spirit can no longer reach them.  (Their conscience ‘seared with a hot iron’.)  We know that . . .

‘No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him . . . ‘  (Jesus, John 6:44)

Once our heart becomes hardened to where the Holy Spirit cannot reach us, we can no longer experience godly sorrow over our sins, no longer be brought to repentance, no longer be reconciled to God!

In all of this, God remains blameless.  Throughout all this, the Holy Spirit pleads with us and shows us our sinfulness.  Meanwhile God, our loving Father, chastens us by bringing difficult circumstances into our lives, to bring us back to our senses.

‘For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.’  (Hebrews 12:6-8)

The fault never lies with God.  The problem is the power of sin over those who practice it, and the hardening of the heart by the lack of repentance on our part.

But after thy HARDNESS and IMPENITENT HEART treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God’  (Romans 2:5)

If you choose to willfully sin, resist the Holy Spirit, and spurn all God’s attempts to turn you back to righteousness, you cannot fall back on the Scripture that says:

‘And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.’  (John 10:28-29)

You can’t claim that someone ‘plucked you out of God’s hand’ when it was YOU who made the choice to willfully sin!

Additional Scriptures:

For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.

For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:  But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.‘  (Hebrews 6:4-8)

‘For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’  (Hebrews 10:26-31)

‘For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.’  (2 Peter 2:21)

Rebellion

This was God’s prescription for rebellion:

‘If a man have a STUBBORN and REBELLIOUS son, which WILL NOT OBEY THE VOICE OF HIS FATHER, or the voice of his mother, and [that], WHEN THEY HAVE CHASTENED HIM, WILL NOT HEARKEN UNTO THEM: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard.

And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.’ (Deu. 21:18-21)

(What was this man’s sin? He broke the Commandment to ‘Honour thy father and thy mother’ (Ex. 20:12)) Do you really believe this same God winks at the sins of rebellious so-called Christians today? You think it all changed when Jesus came? What did Jesus say?

‘Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, TILL HEAVEN AND EARTH PASS, one jot or one tittle SHALL IN NO WISE PASS FROM THE LAW, till all be fulfilled.’ (Matthew 5:17-18)

If you do not WALK by the Spirit, then you are still under the law!

‘For IF YE LIVE AFTER THE FLESH, YE SHALL DIE: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.’ (Romans 8:13)

Your beliefs are not your WALK. . . your WALK is your actions! Does the Holy Spirit determine your actions, or are you guided by your own (‘fleshly’) desires? It’s a matter of life and death.

Most people understand that America has been blessed, but those who write history have left God out of the story.  Our children suppose that things have always been this way, and always will be.  Here is how God would describe America’s recent past:

If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.

And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make [you] afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new. And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.  And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.’  (Lev. 26:3-12)

Does this not perfectly describe America since World War 2?  All that we have had has come from God, but it was conditioned upon one thing:  that we walk in His ways.  Our laws were founded upon His commandments.  People followed those laws because it was the right thing to do.  People didn’t look for loopholes.  They didn’t obey only so long as someone was watching.  They were upright in their hearts.

But then came the sixties, the time of the great rebellion.  The hearts of the children turned away from God and His ways.  They ran after the pleasures of sin instead.  But the pleasures of sin last only for a season.  Fifty years later, God is giving His last calls for repentance.  If the heart of our nation doesn’t turn soon, our future is already written . . .

‘But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, [but] that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.’  (Lev. 26:14-18)

If you feel the list bit of guilt today, confess to God and get right with Him . . . because it seems to be, that when hardship falls on those whose hearts are hard, it hardens them even more.  When trouble comes, you may be too proud and too angry to repent.

Just yesterday, I read a comment someone had made, suggesting that Ananias and Sapphira didn’t go to hell (their story is in Acts 5:1-11).  I didn’t give it another thought.  Today, as I was pondering something completely different, I believe God showed me the answer to that question.

Immediately after giving the children of Israel the Ten Commandments, the Lord called Moses up on Mount Sinai, to speak with Him.  While he was up on the mountain, the children of Israel made a golden calf and began to worship it.  God was so angry that He told Moses He would wipe them all out and begin again with him.

‘They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These [be] thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it [is] a stiffnecked people:  Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.’  (Exodus 32:8-10)

But Moses interceded for the people, and then he went down and did some purging.  First he destroyed the calf, ground it to powder, mixed it with water, and made the people drink it.  Then he took Aaron to task for what he had done.  After that, a lot of people died.

‘Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who [is] on the LORD’S side? [let him come] unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.

And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, [and] go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.’  (Exodus 32:26-28)

We have to understand, the people had JUST made a blood covenant with God . . .

‘And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do. . . And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.   And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled [it] on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.’  (Exodus 24:3)

They had entered into The Covenant of their own free will.  Yet they broke the blood covenant they had sworn to uphold.  Surely after watching Moses destroy the golden calf, and being forced to drink the water that the powder was mixed with . . . and most likely hearing some choice words from Moses . . . they HAD to understand the gravity of what they had done.

And God gave them space to repent.  Before anyone was killed, Moses called on them to decide whether or not they were going to follow God.  This is where we see that very few had truly repented.  Very few chose to follow God.  The rest who had been involved were then put to death.

This was a very important lesson.  This was the first time, after receiving The Law and making The Covenant with God, that men had rebelled and broken The Covenant.  God HAD to demonstrate the seriousness of what they had done.  He was establishing a foundation for how the Israelites would view The Covenant.  Was it going to be a matter of utmost seriousness, or was God a pushover and the whole thing of little consequence?

Likewise, the rebellion and deception of Ananias and Sapphira was the first time that a ‘Christian’ had broken The NEW Covenant with God.  Again, God HAD to demonstrate the seriousness of what had been done, to establish a foundation for how Christians would view The New Covenant, that had been sealed with the blood of Christ.

Just as with the children of Israel in the wilderness, no one had twisted the arms of Ananias and Sapphira to get them to become Christians.  It was a covenant they entered into, based on their own free will.  Just as the children of Israel, Ananias and Sapphira were caught red-handed and confronted about their sin.  They were also given space to repent yet, like most of the children of Israel who had worshiped the golden calf, their hearts were hard and they didn’t repent.

At this point, it is important to understand that God still expects us to keep His Commandments.  If you believe the ‘easy grace gospel’, you’re not going to grasp the rest of this.  Ananias and Sapphira were Jews.  They had been raised with the Law of God.  They understood the Ten Commandments.  They knew that it was wrong to lie.  They knew that it violated the Commandments of God.

Ananias and Sapphira sinned.  Peter cut right to the heart of the matter, when he confronted them about their sin . . .

‘But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land?   Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.’  (Acts 5:3-4)

As Peter explained, their sin was not that they had not given all the money from the sale of their land, as they had vowed . . . they had the right to change their minds.  Their sin was that they had lied, and not just lied, but lied to God!  This was a VERY serious matter–and the fact that it was going to set a precedent for The Church meant that it had to be dealt with correctly.

Surely, if everything were only about grace, this would have been the perfect time for Peter to give a little lecture about how we shouldn’t insult the Spirit of grace.  But that’s NOT how he dealt with it.  Knowing that they already knew God’s righteous commandments and what was expected of them, he dealt with them as people who had WILLFULLY sinned.  Peter confronted each of them separately.  Each of them had the opportunity to repent.  But neither of them did.  And then God struck them dead.

I believe what Paul wrote in Hebrews 10 was written with these precedent-setting events firmly in mind . . .

‘For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’  (Hebrews 10:26-31)

Ananias and Sapphira lied to God–wilfully, knowing that they were violating God’s Commandments–then they refused to confess, and died without ever repenting of their sins.  If God was merely going to take them home to heaven, what would have been the point?  It would have set the precedent that God rewards defiance, and the willful sin of those who claim to be His children–and that repentance is not necessary for salvation!

(Which IS the gospel that many are preaching today.)

But, of course, that isn’t true!

Until today, I really didn’t know whether or not Ananias and Sapphira went to hell.  But now, I am certain they did.

‘And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.’  (Job 28:28)