mikehill4jesus “Moral Law and Moral Depravity and False Christianity”
18th January 2017 (13.39) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
The Apostle Paul taught in Romans 8:7 “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.”
Where you find professing Christians who act against Moral Law, you will find examples of Moral Depravity.
Spiritual Warfare can be seen in the battle between the will of a selfish person and the will of God the Holy Spirit.
In these 2 verses, we see the Lord Jesus explaining who are those acting immorally
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. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
If anyone loves me, they will obey me, says the Lord Jesus Christ. That is obey Moral Law!
If anyone does not love me, they will not obey me, says the Lord Jesus Christ. That is disobey Moral Law!
Two very clear and easily understandable statements! Moral Law is too important to be ignored!
Those described in John 14:24, need to learn the Gospel of Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit of God to lead them into salvation – avoiding going into Hell.
Moral Depravity Part 1 by Charles Finney
Moral depravity is the state of mind called in the Scriptures–the wicked heart. It is that in us to which moral character belongs. I speak of it as a state of mind, to distinguish it from mere volitions, or mere executive acts of mind. It is that state of mind from which wicked words and acts naturally proceed. Words and acts are means to an end. They proceed from a choice of an end, and have moral character only as they partake of the moral qualities of the choice that gives them existence.
Moral depravity must consist in a settled ultimate choice, the choice of an end. It must consist in the voluntary devotion of the mind to self–self-interest and self-gratification. Human activity is rational and responsible. Men are moral agents–that is, they act under the responsibilities of moral obligation, are subjects of moral law and of moral government. Moral law requires of all moral agents sincere, perfect, universal devotion to God and to the interests of his kingdom. In other words, it requires perfect, universal, perpetual, unselfish benevolence.
Moral depravity is the opposite of what this law requires; or, more strictly, it is want of conformity to this law. It is primarily a withholding–a refusal to be devoted to God and to the interests of his kingdom. It sets up self above God. It deliberately prefers self-interests and self-will to God’s interest and God’s will. It practically makes self of supreme importance. In one word, it is selfishness. It is the mind’s committed to self as the great supreme good of life.
Moral depravity is a standing choice as distinct from a volition. It is a choice of the supreme end to which the mind shall devote itself. It is the choice of an ultimate end, that is, self-gratification is chosen for its own sake. We know from consciousness, that when the mind is made up and has decided upon the end to be secured, its whole activities will be directed to the accomplishment of that end. Volition, as distinguished from the choice of an end is the mind’s effort to secure the end. When we speak of individual sins, we speak of volition and consequent action. When we speak of moral depravity as distinct from individual sinful acts, we mean that abiding and wrong, selfish choice from which these volitions proceed. Please observe the distinction I make between sinful acts and moral depravity. Moral depravity is originally a choice, and therefore a mental act. It is the choice of an end, and therefore an abiding, standing choice. Volitions are individual efforts to secure the end chosen. Sinful acts are found in the life. Moral depravity lies back of the outward life, and back of volition, in a standing preference of self-interest over God’s interests and all other interests.
Moral Depravity Part 2 by Charles Finney
V. The carnal mind is a state of mortal enmity against God. By this I mean that the human mind is so firmly entrenched against God, and so utterly opposed to him that, sooner than be governed by him, it would take his life if this were possible. Rebellion against any government always implies this.
Again, the crucifixion of Christ demonstrated this fact so far as it is possible for human beings to make such demonstration. Christ was God manifest in the flesh. They slew his human nature, and, no doubt, they would have slain his divine, if they could. It does not answer this, to say that it was only the Jews, highly prejudiced against him, that slew him; nor is it any answer to say that, if the Jews had known that he was God, they would not have crucified him; for, we see now on every side that those who acknowledge Jesus to be God, yet reject his authority and give the most unmistakable evidence that they would oppose him to the death sooner than be governed by him.
VI. The carnal mind is a state of supreme opposition to God, that is, it is more deeply set in opposition to God than to any other being in the universe. God is infinitely holy, and the carnal mind is in a state of entire sinfulness. These two things are infinitely opposed, the one to the other. There is nothing in the universe to which the sinner is so much opposed as real holiness, and there is nothing in heaven to which he is so much opposed as to infinite holiness.
Again, it is seen that all other enmities besides this can be subdued by a change of circumstances, without the interposition of the Holy Spirit. But so intensified is the enmity of the carnal mind against God, that sinners complain that it is utterly impossible for them to love God unless the Holy Ghost induces them to do so. I do not admit that it is impossible, as they pretend; but I do admit that, without divine influence, they never will love him, whatever the consequences might be of their refusal.
Many persons who think they are the friends of God are deceived. They have never been converted. It is a great mistake, and they need only die, to know it. It were far better to learn it and correct it here.
The LAW of the New Testament is obedience to Christ as a result of your love for Him
To be chosen for Salvation, you have to be as the Lord Jesus describes in John 14:23!
There is no religion, not even Christian, that can do what the Lord Jesus proclaimed He can do.
Revelation 1:18 ‘I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.’
IS YOUR CHURCH OBEDIENT TO MORAL LAW?
The Saving Gospel of Jesus that the people in John 14:23 apply to themselves and the Evildoers in John 14:24 either cannot or will not see and understand.
Professing Christian, do you obey the Lord Jesus Christ? My 2015 Christian Message
See how the perfect Lord Jesus affected those religious people he witnessed to
The Gospel of St. John – Film – High Quality! HD
In my testimony you will see how over time I was influenced by the Gospel of Jesus until I chose to love the Lord Jesus. I also describe those I have observed to be showing signs of rejecting the Gospel. They are unable to produce a testimony of their own walk with God – before and after salvation. Though for some, it might be the case of they are not yet able to form in their mind what is happening to them.
Mike Hill’s Testimony – His Life With God contains many examples from my life
Do not study the Holy Bible without allowing the Holy Spirit of God to help you.
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit