mikehill4jesus “True Christians face False Christians who hate them!”
6th July 2016 (11.08) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. [the true Christians] 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. [those false Christians involved in Churchianity] These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
The narrow and wide gates
Matthew 7:13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction [Hell], and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life [Heaven], and only a few find it.’
True Christianity involves opening communications with people who have a deep-rooted hatred for you!
The same deep-rooted hatred they have for God and Jesus Christ who are attempting to release them from the Devil’s power. Those slaves of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ are promised that the deep-rooted hatred will bring persecution and even death.
Beware the Devils Scheme to get you selfishness to resist learning!
As a professional teacher, I know how powerful is this resistance to learning. Now matter how I use my professionalism, some Learners refuse to learn. Life-long Learning is profitable for both this life on earth and the next life in heaven.
October 22, 1851
THE WICKED HEART SET TO DO EVIL
By Rev. C.G. Finney
(Please note, I don’t have room for all this article and have placed a link to the full article at the end)
Bible Text: Ecclesiastes 8:11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong.
This text manifestly assumes that the present is not a state of rewards and punishments, in which men are treated according to their character and conduct. This fact is not indeed affirmed, but it is assumed, as it is also everywhere throughout the Bible. Every body knows that ours is not a state of present rewards and punishments; the experience and observation of every man testifies to this fact with convincing power. Hence it is entirely proper that the Bible should assume it as a known truth. Every man who reads his Bible must see that many things in it are assumed to be true, and that these are precisely those things which every man knows to be true, and which none could know more certainly if God had affirmed them on every page of the Bible. In the case of this truth, every man knows that he is not himself punished as he has deserved to be in the present life. Every man sees the same thing in the case of his neighbours. The Psalmist was so astounded by the manifest injustice of things in this world, as between the various lots of the righteous and of the wicked, that he was greatly stumbled, “until,” says he, “I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end,”
It is also assumed in this passage that all men have by nature a common heart. One general fact is asserted of them all, and in this way they are assumed to have a common character. “The heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” So elsewhere. “God saw that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” This is the common method in which God speaks of sinners in his word. He always assumes that by nature they have the same disposition.
The text also shows what the moral type of the sinner’s heart is; “fully set to do evil.” But we must here pause a moment to inquire what is meant in our passage by the term “heart.”
It is obvious that this term is used in the Bible in various shades of meaning; sometimes for the conscience, as in the passage which affirms, “if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart,” and may be expected the more to condemn us; some times the term is used for the intelligence; but here most evidently for the will, because this is the only faculty of the mind which can be said to be set–fixed–bent, determined upon a given course of voluntary action. The will is the faculty which fixes itself upon a chosen course; hence in our text, the will must be meant by the term heart; for otherwise no intelligible sense can be put upon the passage.
But in what direction and to what object is the will of wicked men fully set? Answer, to do evil. So God’s word solemnly affirms.
But, let it be said in way of explanation, this does not imply that men do evil for the sake of the evil itself; it does not imply that sinning, considered as disobedience to God, is their direct object–no; the drunkard does not drink because it is wicked to drink, but he drinks notwithstanding it is wicked. He drinks for the present good it promises–not for the sake of sinning. So of the man who tells lies. His object is not to break God’s law–but to get some good to himself by lying; yet he tells the lie notwithstanding God’s prohibition. His heart may become fully set upon the practice of lying whenever it suits his convenience, and of the good he hopes thus to gain; and it is in vain that God labours by fearful prohibitions and penalties to dissuade him from his course. So of stealing, adultery, and other sins. We are not to suppose that men set their heart upon these sins out of love to pure wickedness; but they do wickedly for the sake of the good they hope to gain thereby. The licentious man would perhaps be glad if it were not wicked to gratify his passion; but wicked though it is, he sets his heart to do it. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit; why? Because they saw it was beautiful, and they were told it would make them wise; hence, for the good they hoped to gain, and despite of God’s prohibition, they took and ate. I know it is sometimes said that sinners love sin for its own sake, out of a pure love of sin as sin, simply because it is disobedience to God.[,] with a natural relish, as wolves love flesh; but this is not true–certainly not in many cases; but the simple truth is, men do not set their hearts upon the sin for its own sake, but upon sinning for the sake of the good they hope to get from it.
Notice particularly now the language–“heart fully set to do evil.” One man is avaricious; he sets his heart upon getting rich, honestly, if he can, but rich any way; to get money by fair means if possible, but be sure and get it. Another is ambitious. The love of reputation fills and fires his soul, and therefore, perhaps, he becomes very polite and very amiable in his manners–sometimes very religious–if religion is popular, but altogether selfish, and none the less so for being so very religious.
Selfishness takes on a thousand forms and types; but each and all are sinful, for the whole mind should give itself up to serve God and to perform every duty as revealed to the reason. What did Eve do? Give herself up to gratify her propensity for knowledge, and for the good of self-indulgence. She consented to believe the lying spirit who told her it was “a tree to be desired to make one wise.” This she thought must be very important. It was also, apparently, good for food, and her appetite became greatly excited; the more she looked, the more excited she became, and now what should she do? God had forbidden her to touch it: shall she obey God, or obey her own excited appetite? Despite of God’s command, she ate it. Was that a sin? Many would think it a very small sin; but it was real rebellion against God, and He could not do otherwise than visit it with his terrific frown!
So everywhere, to yield to the demands of appetite and passion against God’s claims, is grievous sin. All men are bound to fear and obey God, however much self-denial and sacrifice it may cost.
I said that selfishness often assumes a religious type. In the outset the mind may be powerfully affected by some of the great and stirring truths of the gospel; but it presently comes to take an entirely selfish view, caring only to escape punishment, and make religion a matter of gain. It is wonderful to see how in such cases the mind utterly misapprehends the design of the gospel, quite losing sight of the great fact that it seeks to eradicate man’s selfishness, and draw out his heart into pure benevolence. Making this radical mistake, it conceives of the whole gospel system as a scheme for indulgences. You may see this exemplified in the view which some take of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, which they suppose to be reckoned to them while they are living in sin. That is, they suppose that they secure entire exemption from the penalty of violating law, and even have the honours and rewards of full obedience while yet they have all the self-indulgences of a life of sin. Horrible! Were ever Romish indulgences worse than this?
Examine such a case thoroughly and you will see that selfishness is at the bottom of all the religion there is in it. The man was worldly before and is devout now; but devout for the same reason that he was worldly. The selfish heart forms alike the basis of each system. The same ends are sought, and sought in the same spirit; the moral character remains unchanged. He prays perhaps; but if so, he asks God to do some great things for him, to promote his own selfish purposes. He has not the remotest (sic.) idea of making such a committal of himself to God’s interests that he shall henceforth be in perfect sympathy with God, desiring and seeking only God’s interests, and having no interests other than God’s to serve at all.
To illustrate this point, let us suppose that a parent should say to his children–“I will give you my property if you will work with me, and truly identify your interests with mine; and if you are not willing to do this, I shall disinherit you.” Now some of the children may take a perfectly selfish view of this offer, and may say within themselves–Now I will do just enough for father to get his money; I will make him think that I am very zealous for his interests, and I will do just enough to secure the offered rewards; but why should I do any more?
Or suppose the case of a human government which offers rewards to offenders on condition of their returning to obedience. The real spirit of the offer goes the length of asking the sincere devotion of their hearts to the best good of the government. But they may take a wholly selfish view of the case, and determine to accept the proposal only just far enough to secure the rewards, and only for the sake of the rewards. The Ruler wants and expects the actual sympathy of their hearts–their real good-will; and this being given, would love to reward them most abundantly; but how can He be satisfied with them if they are altogether selfish?
Now a man may be as selfish in praying as in stealing, and even far more wicked; for he may more grievously mock God, and more impiously attempt to bribe the Almighty to subserve his own selfish purposes. As if he supposed he could make the Searcher of hearts his own tool; he may insolently try to induce him to play into his own hands, and thus may most grievously tempt him to his face.
But the text affirms that the heart of men is “fully set in them to do evil.” Perhaps some of you think otherwise; you don’t believe in such depravity. O, says that fond mother, I think my daughter is friendly to religion. Do you think she is converted? O no, not converted, but I think she is friendly;–she feels favourably towards religion. Does she meet the claims of God like a friend to his government and to his reputation? I can not say about that. Ask her to repent and what does she say? She will tell you she cannot.
How striking the fact that you may go through the ranks of society and you will meet almost everywhere with this position;–the sinner says–“I cannot repent–I cannot believe.” What is the matter? Where is the trouble? Go to that daughter, thought to be so friendly to religion;–she is so amiable and gentle that she can not bear to see any pain inflicted;–but mark;–present to her the claims of God and what does she say? I cannot; no I cannot obey God in one of his demands, I cannot repent of my sin she says. But what is it to repent, that this amiable lady, so friendly to religion withal, should be incapable of repenting? What is the matter? Is God so unreasonable in his demands that he imposes upon you things quite impossible for you to do? Or is it the case that you are so regardless of his feelings and so reckless of the truth that for the sake of self-justification, you will arraign Him on the charge of the most flagrant injustice, and falsely imply that the wrong is all on his side and none on yours? Is this a very amiable trait of character in you? Is this one of your proofs that the human heart is not fully set to do evil?
You cannot repent and love God! You find it quite impossible to make up your mind to serve and please God! What is the matter? Are there no sufficient reasons apparent to your mind why you should give up your heart to God? No reasons? Heaven, earth, and hell may all combine to pour upon you their reasons for fearing and loving God, and yet you cannot! Why? Because your heart is fully set within you to do evil rather than good. You are altogether committed to the pleasing of self. Jesus may plead with you–your friends may plead; heaven and hell may lift up their united voices to plead, and every motive that can press on the heart from reason, conscience, hope and fear, angels and devils, God and man, may pass in long and flashing array before your mind–but alas, your heart is so fully set to do evil that no motive to change can move you. What is this cannot! Nothing less or more than a mighty will not!
That amiable lady insists that she is not much depraved. O no, not she. She will not steal! True, her selfishness takes on a most tender and delicate type. She has most gushing sensibilities; she cannot bear to see a kitten in distress;–but what does she care for God’s rights? What for the rights of Jesus Christ? What does she care for God’s feelings? What does she care for the feelings and sympathies of the crucified Son of God? Just nothing at all. What then are all her tender sensibilities worth? Doves and kittens have even more of this than she. Many tender ties has she, no doubt, but they are all under the control of a perfectly selfish heart.
True Christianity is about living with God by the power of the Holy Spirit
The problem with Christianity is that many members are not living with God. Their LIFE is about living in a Church Organisation with God outside of it. It is called Churchianity!
Light and darkness, sin and forgiveness
1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. “Churchianity” 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all [Or every] sin. “Christianity”
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
True Christianity is about being a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ
Thus, true Christianity is about a world-wide group of saved sinners who are born-again through the Holy Spirit and by the Gospel of Jesus. John 14:23. Members of Christ’s Body, yoked to him and living in him. Commanded and led by him. Jesus is their Lord and Saviour to be loved and obeyed at all times. The are Disciples, students, of their Lord and God. They learn and put into practice His teachings, though it takes time and needs the help of the Holy Spirit.
There are professing Christians who are NOT a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ
It is these unsaved professing Christians that saved Christians have to face during their witnessing for the Lord Jesus. The unsaved person has a deep-rooted hatred of God! Though some may profess to be Christian, they are still 100% hateful of God and of those on the Narrow Road to Heaven.
Here are the Characters of true and false Christians
If the Lord Jesus and Others are looking at you as you live your life, what do they see?
This is a Link to my Testimony called
Living with God and Defeating the Devil
The difference between Christianity and Churchianity is total!