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 (Isa 5:20)~ Mankind has lost its spiritual equilibrium and inverted its values. We have ridiculed the absolute truth of God’s word. There are those who have set their hearts on the wealth of the world. Not that it is sinful for those who have a house or car or nice things to purchase another; but the fault is, that some never know when they have enough.
Those who set their hearts upon the world, will justly be disappointed – never satisfied – never fulfilled. There are those who are extremely fond of the pleasures and the delights of sense. God’s judgments have seized them, but they will not turn themselves from their pleasures. The enjoyment of life’s pleasures and treasures is lawful; God didn’t say we can’t enjoy life; but when it draws the heart and mind away from God, then it becomes a sin to us. There are those who set up in sin, and exert themselves to gratify their lusts. They are daring in sin, and walk after the lusts thereof. They misuse and argue to their own benefit the distinctions between good and evil. They create their own “reasonings” to divine revelations; prefer their own ‘choices’ to the counsels and commands of God. They deem it necessary to continue in profitable sins, and to neglect self-denying duties.
How light we make of disorder and dysfunction in the world, in our homes and families, in our lives. We leave ourselves open to the wrath and curse of God. Our very judges and lawmakers pervert justice. It’s become that every sin needs another sin to conceal it and a new law to protect it. What’s worse is that there is an overwhelming desire nowadays to remain in this chaos! Where do we see the need to repent of sins and openly to avow our belief in Jesus as the Savior, by being baptized in His name? When will we take such energy to professing our faith in Him, that we may partake of the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit? Those who repent of their sins, and give up themselves to Jesus Christ, prove their sincerity by breaking off from the influences of the enemy. We can’t do a little here and there and think we won’t get caught up – taking fire into our bosom will surely burn us! We must move ourselves to avoid it with dread and holy fear.
SUBMIT yourselves therefore to God. RESIST the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).