The Biblical Examiner
An Examination of Biblical Precepts Involved in Issues at Hand

(Originally Published in 1993)

Resisting God's Grace

The doctrine of God giving to each individual unique gifts, skills, talents and abilities for specific jobs is one of the clearest in the word of God, 1 Cor 12:6, 11, 12; 2 Cor 10:13; Rom 12:6; Eph 4:7, &c. He gives to individuals according to His own will and good pleasure, and the individual is/will be held accountable for his use of the Lord's gifts in the Kingdom work, Mat 6:33; 1 Cor 4:2, 7; 2 Cor 5:10, 11. Furthermore, no one can say to Him, Why hast thou made me thus? Ro 9:20; Da 4:35.

  • How do we resist God's grace?

    With the God-given ability to study, see problems, write and present solutions to social ills, comes the responsibility to use these abilities from God. The problem is, though, that we want the gifts and abilities given by the Spirit of God, BUT WE DO NOT WANT THE RESPONSIBILITIES which go with the abilities. Responsibilities require work, sacrifice, standing alone for things which others cannot see, making enemies in high places (Eph 6:12), and standing against public policy and sin in every area (civil, religious, social, &c.). Most want abilities apart from responsibilities, but to accept the God-given abilities without accepting (and yes even thanking God for the abilities and responsibilities) the accompanying responsibilities, is an insult to the grace of God, He 10:29, 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 (or insult) unto the Spirit of grace? Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers [did], so [do] ye. We resist the Holy Spirit when we resist the responsibilities attached to His given abilities.

    In Mat 25:14-30, the unprofitable servant refused to accept the responsibility that went with his talent, i.e. he had an ability from God, yet refused to accept the responsibility attached to his ability. I know many godly individuals (pastors & laymen) who, by God's grace (Ph 2:13), see society's problems and difficulties; as they talk about the difficulties and problems, obviously they have plausible (even Biblical) solutions, yet they do nothing but talk about the bad situations. The grace of God has given them an ability to see the problem (the vast majority of people see no problem), God's grace provides the "thinking" ability to formulate proper solutions, and yet they do nothing. By doing nothing, they mock of the grace of God; they resist the Holy Ghost's (Who has opened their eyes) work in their lives; they hath done despite (insult) unto the Spirit of grace. The Master has NOTHING good to say about them because they resist the Spirit's enlightening work in their heart by refusing to take proper action. He calls them unprofitable servants, good for nothing but His wrath, v. 30. Note furthermore that being a man of God makes one more responsible before the Lord. In other words, with his ability from God, comes a far greater responsibility, 1 Kgs 13:26.

    Though totally condemned in Scripture in passages such as Psalms 82, people's refusal to accept responsibility with their ability to grasp and understand social issues is understandable (see EN). Responsibility involves work, sacrifice, separation, loss of things one holds important and many other things which repels the fallen nature. But the power of God's Spirit enables one to accept responsibility before God. Certainly, there is great fear of what man can do (Ps 118:6; Pr 29:25), but if fear of man makes our decisions, then we have denied the faith (1 Tim 5:8, provides not a just society for his family. Also, Mat 10:28; Mat 6:24). Solomon, after examining absolutely every area of life, summed up man's total duty: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man, Ecc 12:13.

  • Fear & why Christians refuse responsibility

    Hebrews 13:5 & 6 gives the major reason why Christians fear what man can do to them, thus causing them not to accept their ability's responsibility: they are controlled by covetousness, i.e. afraid of the cost ([Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.). Note the unprofitable servant in Matthew 25 was covetous: fearful of what he would lose, v. 25.

  • Queen Esther

    God enabled Queen Esther to see past the wicked deceit of the evil man, Haman. Queen Esther feared man; therefore, she was not going to accept the responsibility to do what she could. Mordecai confronted her with her fear, and in doing so, forced her to make a choice between her fear of man and her fear of God (although the word "God" is not used in Esther, it is implied throughout). Esther then made the choice that every Christian is required to make: If I perish, I perish. She gave up her covetousness (fear for her life), made the proper choice and God exalted His people, Est 4:16.

    Thus, if one can see past the "smoke and mirrors" evil men use to hide their actions from public scrutiny, it is because of Divine grace and Providence. The purpose of God enabling one to rightly evaluate situations is not to impress others; rather, it is responsibility: responsibility to take Godly action. The Lord will not give ability to see without giving ability to do.

    The covetousness which causes Christians (pastors & laymen) to refuse to stand and act against evil has consequences:

    Covetousness prevents God's people from doing what they know they should do from God's word: Ezekiel 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, [but] their heart goeth after their covetousness. Furthermore, covetousness causes pastors and laymen to keep quiet when they should speak out against evil, Lev 5:1; Deut 22:22-29; Ps 50:18.

    Covetousness causes one to seek safety and deliverance through compromise: Jeremiah 51:13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, [and] the measure of thy covetousness. Habakkuk 2:9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

    Covetousness brings the wrath of God: Isaiah 57:17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. (Note that because everyone is given to covetousness, evil reigns: Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one [is] given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.)

    Covetousness causes God to strip one of everything (covetousness was afraid to stand for fear of loss; now it loses everything): Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore will I give their wives unto others, [and] their fields to them that shall inherit [them]: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

    The Lord Jesus Himself warned of the evils of covetousness which causes compromise: Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

    Covetousness, being cloaked in righteousness, is many times hard to recognize: 1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God [is] witness; 2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

    The Christian's command is to flee from covetousness because it is idolatry; it sets something before obedience to the word of God: Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

    When covetousness is conquered by God's grace, there is assurance of God's presence in the stand against society's evils: Hebrews 13:5 [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

    An answer to covetousness is confession prayer: Psalms 119:36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

    Finally, blessings of a life free of covetousness is promised: Proverbs 28:16 The prince that wanteth understanding [is] also a great oppressor: [but] he that hateth covetousness shall prolong [his] days.

    Covetousness had killed Christian American's freedom and liberty. Only oppressive persecution against Godly Christianity lies ahead unless American Christianity turns from its wicked ways: covetousness which causes it to avoid its responsibility to stand for God in a Godless society.

    End Note:

    Ps. 82, although the word gods here refers to judges, the implications of this Psalm speak to every Child of God. Thus, this Psalm is probably one of God's clearer presentation of responsibility to stand against wickedness in society, even if the wickedness is not directed toward the Christian personally. It points out that, because they have exalted themselves above their responsibility, those whose duty is to defend the helpless, refuse their responsibility. Consequently, they will be judged by the Lord Himself as He would judge any other person. (Note that the Lord God has appointed His people as, what we could call, "guardians" of His creation. Adam, in the fall, lost his guardianship; the child of God, through the second Adam, Jesus Christ, is restored to the place of guardianship which Adam lost. This "guardianship" involves guardianship over the helpless.)

    The thought of Christian responsibility toward the helpless is found in Jas 1:27, Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world. Note the word visit. It does not mean simply go visit them and pass the time of day. Visit carries with it the implications of looking out for their welfare. In other words, visit implies responsibility to defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. (Ps 82:3, 4. V. 2, the Lord asks how long will His people tolerate the wicked's activity against the poor, fatherless and needy; how long will they refuse their social obligations and responsibilities?)

    Personal note: we have been very deeply involved in a couple local battles (which are extremely time consuming). One is with the local school board over a 5 mil bond issue to "repair" 3 buildings which have only been open for 5 years (built at a total cost of 16 mil). As we have examined many details concerning the 5 mil bond issue, the apparent corruption and coverups are astounding. One of the basic points which surfaced was the tremendous pressure placed on the contractors to hurry complete the buildings. Evidently, the pressure influenced the contractors to take "short cuts," and the lawyer for the school corporation caught the "short cuts" after the buildings were built. The emotional frenzy generated over the whole situation is being used to expedite a 5 mil bond issue to "bring the buildings up to code." (Though apparently not structurally unsound, the buildings are being presented as unsound to generate pressure to proceed quickly with the 5 mil indebtedness without giving the contractors opportunity to correct the difficulties.)

    Though God clearly condemns statist education as presented in modern education, we are forced to support it through property tax (why are not tax protesters working against the supper ungodly property tax? Yes, income tax pays for abortion, but property tax supports the system that teaches abortion [sodomy &c.] as an acceptable procedure. It's time to stop straining at gnats [income tax] and swallowing camels [property tax], for without property tax, an individual could be self sufficient enough that he could have no income to tax).

    The second area of battle is the area of increased taxes. Our county does not have a wheel tax (at the time of this article). The county commissioners have requested the tax from the council. We have organized opposition to the new increase tax, and the number that turned out against the tax overwhelmed the council. (The courthouse was flooded on the upper floor where the meeting was, and the overflow filled the first floor; therefore, I did not see who all was there.) The fire marshal closed the county courthouse where the council's public tax meeting was being held because the building was overcrowded. The council must reschedule the meeting, and, Lord willing, we will have more at that meeting. We are a small county with under 20,000 registered voters.

    In the two instances mentioned, I am amazed at the lack of leadership among the general population. I can only speculate, but, in my opinion, the ones who could lead opposition are so busy making money that they do not have time to organize; only the ungodly have the funds (taxes) and time to organize their battle against people and property. Furthermore, the "Christian" leaders who should be taking the stand may be controlled by covetousness (or just as bad, indifference). I do understand though, there was at least one other fundamental pastor at the council meeting which, because of the crowd, I was unable to meet.

    Those of you who work with people see the same problem I see: a desperate yearning for leadership. The problem of no leadership is compounded by two facts: 1) the pulpit is not providing leadership, and 2) people are really not looking for Bible-based leadership. Unless there is a general return to Godly righteousness among "Christians," the leadership vacuum presents a perfect opportunity for a charismatic leader to take control, 2 Chr 7:14.

    The word of God clearly tells the Christian that if he does not warn and protect his neighbor against evil intents of the thief, the Christian is as guilty as is the thief, Ps 50:17, 18. We have been attempting to warn our neighbours.

    Pastor Need

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