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WOE UNTO THEM THAT CALL EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL!
February 17, 2013
Last week: How Great Thou Art!.
We live in changing times. Change is a good thing - when it is a change for the better. Sadly, much of the change that those of us who are older are seeing is for the worse. We have seen a change in the moral values of society. We have seen a change in the worship, activities, even the name of the Lord's church. Many in the Lord's church refer to themselves as "progressives," and advocate a more "modern" approach to Christianity. Even that is a change. What is now called, "progressive," used to be called, "liberal." Whatever term you use, it is a departure from What is right, as taught in God's Word. That is not to say that departure from what is right is anything new. God sent the prophets to Judah and Israel to warn them to return to the truth. For example, Jeremiah urged the "progressives" of Judah, "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls" (Jeremiah 6:16). Sadly, many in Jeremiah's day, as in our day, were not willing to return to the "old paths, where is the good way." The prophet concludes, "But they said, We will not walk therein."
Isaiah writes of a problem that is prominent today, also. He writes, "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)! Today, things such as premarital sex, extramarital sex, divorce, homosexuality, homosexual marriage, abortion, the theory of evolution are called "good." I remember the days when sex outside of marriage was considered "evil" by far more than today, divorce was less common, homosexuals were still in the "closet," abortion was illegal and most Americans still believed God created all things in six days (Today 46% believe that, while another 32% believe in "theistic evolution," according to a recent Gallop poll). God has, does, and always will consider all of those things, "evil."
God's plan from the beginning was for sex to be engaged in only between a man and his wife (Genesis 2:18-25). Jesus confirms that truth in Matthew 19:3-6, as does Paul in Ephesians 5:30-31. Lot, a "just" and "righteous" man (2 Peter 2:6-8), recognized the "wickedness" of homosexual activity (Genesis 19). The Law confirmed the wickedness of homosexual activity (Leviticus 20:13. Homosexual activity is still evil (Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9, NKJV). Fornication (sex between two people who are not married to each other - including premarital and extramarital sex) is also evil. "Thou shalt not commit adultery" was the Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:1-17), and is still the law (Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:19). Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:18,"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body." Jesus forgave the woman taken in the act of adultery, but told her, "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:3-11) Clearly, then, all sexual activity other than between a man and his wife is evil!
Malachi writes "For the Lord God of Israel says That He hates divorce" (Malachi 2:16). Jesus gives only one acceptable reason for divorce - fornication on the part of the one to be divorced. He says, "But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality[a] causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery" (Matthew 5:32, NKJV). Please read Matthew 19:3-9. In verse 6, Jesus says, "Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." Divorce is evil!
Please read Genesis 1-2. Here Moses describes the creation in six days. He confirms that it was six literal days in Exodus 20:11. He writes, "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." Jesus confirms the creation of man, as mature men and women, in Matthew 19:4: "Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female?" John records the words of the twenty-four elders before the throne of the Lord (Revelation 4:11): "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." God created all things in seven days. The theory of evolution rejects that truth, so it is evil!
The Bible informs us of God's attitude toward life. Zechariah 12:1 says that God ".... formeth the spirit of man within him." So, God gives life, and that makes life sacred. Solomon writes, Ecclesiastes 11:5, "As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all." David writes:
Psalm 139:13-16 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
God warned Israel, Exodus 23:7, "Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked." Solomon, Job and David attribute the forming of the fetus as the creative work of God. And they point out that the fetus is a person, not simply a "clump of tissue," as many "choice" advocates claim. No "clump of tissue" has ever become a human being. If left alone to develop properly, and does not die through miscarriage or abortion, fetuses always develop into living human beings. God considers abortion, wickedness, evil!
These are not by any means all of the evil things that have become "good" in the sight of men. But they are the main ones toward which we have seen a change in attitude in recent decades, in the eyes of Americans in general, and the government. Just last year President Obama openly advocated the "right" of homosexuals to marry. He has long been "pro-choice," even to the point of supporting infanticide - leaving a baby who survives an abortion to die! The democratic party staunchly supported his attitude toward abortion and gay marriage in its party platform last year. That same month (November 2012), an ABC News-Washington Post poll indicated that 51 percent of Americans support gay marriage. To this generation God would say, "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!" Let us hope, pray and work to bring about a shift attitude toward evil!
We should pray for sinners, and teach them the right we to live, as we have opportunity. But we must not hate them. We must not seek to do them harm. Remember, Jesus came to call sinners to repentance (Luke 5:31-32). We, too, should love sinners and call them to repentance.
L. John Bost
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