The chief dangers of our ‘civilized’ society

Some thoughts on William Booths prophecy

William Booth gave a sobering prophetic thought more than 100 years ago about the then new 20th century. He said: “The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

How true it is, that the end of our civilized society draws near – and the reasons are embedded in these six characteristics. These characteristics of our modern society championed by the churches have the rendered our church’s voice absolutely impotent. The same-sex marriage debacle epitomises this. The result is a ruined failing society with vast number of children uncared for or abused, wives beaten to death, abortions decimating the diversity and strength of our society and more inequitable now than ever in our history.  Satan is working through the destruction of the family for his purposes – for it is the family that provides an avenue to live out the gospel – where the husband loves his wife as Christ loved the Church, where wives submit to their husbands and were children obey their parents – micking the civil society with roles and order and purposes for every single person. Divorce, allowed by the church, enabled the rapid progression of Satan’s plan to destroy the family totally. The notion of same sex marriage is anathema – it speaks to the very core of the sin of this world. Boothby noted six elements that were required to maintain a civil society. The fall of Rome epitomises all of these – Rome turned to sport, sex and pleasure – and consequently fell.

1.      Religion without the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is shunned by all major churches in this country. A decade or so ago he was held up [wrongly] as a power for personal gain; now he is not even mentioned. The reason is obvious – the Holy Spirit was sent to convict you and I of sin (John 16:8, 9) and the last thing the world wants to here, is that they are sinners, in deep crisis. It is indeed a hard thing to be convicted of sin – for one needs to do something about it. It is the Holy Spirit that speaks to our conscience and produces the guilt within us. Without the Holy Spirit one may interpret the Bible in anyway one might be able to imagine, thus, each church, and indeed each person does what is right in his or her own eyes (Judges 21:55) – the salt has lost its saltiness (Mark 5:13, 9:15), and for this cause, our civil society is collapsing.

2.      Christianity without Christ

It is perhaps farfetched to think of Christianity without Christ, when the very word ‘christianity’ means a follower of Christ. But many millennia before the 20th century, churches commenced following men rather than Christ (c.f. Revelation 2:18-29). Indeed the greatest evil of the Roman Catholic Church is to usurp Christ with human intellect; demanding the confession of sins to men rather than to Christ (1 John 4:15), adding to the Bible the whims of men, and ordering followers to obey the church rather than Christ, in order to satisfy hunger for power and glory. The modern liberal church is no better – Christ is not their head, nor do they bend the knee in acknowledgement of Christ, the supreme judge of the universe.

Without Christ, the church has no civic imperative – their words fall on deaf ears and whatever salt that is left, is effectual. The assertion to the world’s demand for no-fault divorce commenced the churches demise as a voice in civic debate – she lost her imprimatur of being the upholder of all things good, and kind and wholesome.

3.      Forgiveness without repentance

Men and women who wreck evil in our society no-long seek forgiveness, but plead for “a second go”, because they had made a “mistake”, whether it be rape, or murder or sexual assault or deliberate drug doping to cheat. The sinfulness of sin is lost upon this generation – even in cases where the victim suffers for the rest of his or her life. Without a need for repentance, one does not need to come to Christ with a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17) and receive His efficacious propitiatory offering. Indeed one does not need an offering at all, even for restitution for the aggrieved party. The Bible is clear – wrong doing must be paid for by, seeking forgiveness, by repentance – meaning turning around to a completely new direction – so the same ‘mistake’ or sin is not repeated and finally restitution is required for the victim, whether family, neighbour or the state. This is what makes our society civil – where there is order and righteousness and justice with impartiality in dealing with those that ‘run off’ the rails, or do wrong or commit evil.

The gangs of children roaming the streets of main cities terrorising people epitomises the declension of our civil society whose members does not recognise the length and breadth and height of the forgiveness that Christ affords all who believe in him.

4.      Salvation without regeneration

Salvation has been rendered to merely accepting ‘Jesus into our hearts’ which cannot ever provide an assurance of salvation. Indeed it is not salvation but a sop to liberalism. A person must repent – that is, turn around (and literally face God) – and allow the Holy Spirit to renew them. For without being born again one cannot be saved (John 3).

Too much preaching is about “I”. Indeed most, if not all, modern songs, sung (or yelled out) in churches today is about “I”. Can you remember using the word “blood” in any praise song sung recently in church? What about placing God on a much higher mantle than self? No - the liberal church places man on the same stead as Christ – for after all we are ‘mates’, aren’t we? Not in the slightest – we are all hopelessly lost, and only by the GRACE of God have we humans even been considered for salvation – in that God considered sending His son the Lord Jesus Christ to die at Calvary for the sin we committed. Further, there is not a slightest bit of us God can use to rebuild a better and more perfect person – God must start again – this is being reborn; being regenerated (which means new birth).

Humans who believe they are somehow good, cannot see themselves for whom they are. Civil societies fail when pride is the way of men and woman; it is only the love of one for the other that can build a civil society – and this requires newness.

5.      Politics without God

The Ten Commandments sets out the tenets of the natural law of man (Romans 1 & 3). Although the Ten Commandments appears twice in the Bible, they are in Jewish context. However, these tenets where known since Adam – which is why Cain knew he had done wrong when he murdered Able.

The Ten Commandments are the bases of law for all civil societies – children obeying parents, not stealing nor lying or having sex with one who is not your spouse etc. Our parliaments, all of which are authorised by our constitution, which in itself acknowledges God, no longer acknowledge God. The Westminster System of government commenced a parliamentary day with pray to the Lord God Most High – this has been dispensed with – so there is not even a reminder that the leaders of our country are where they are solely because God has allowed it. In the past ten years our parliamentary system has been in a total state of chaos – there is no leadership or even a strong adherence of an ideology or doctrine. Indeed it appears that all our parliamentarians are solely in parliament for themselves – epitomised at local government level where “conflict of interest” has absolutely no bearing on their deliberations. Indeed the greater the level of conflict, the higher the chance the local government will act in that person’s favour.

Without a fear of God no government can possibly govern a people in a civil, equitable and fair manner.

6.      Heaven without hell

For reasons that are completely foreign to born again believers the liberal churches teach a doctrine of heaven without hell. Indeed, it is considered to be unwise and perhaps even antihuman to teach that God will punish those that reject Him by placing them into an eternal lake of fire. This doctrine has rendered the gospel to no effect and thus the relationship of man with God to that of alienation. For without hell, one does not need a propitiatory offering, and therefore Christ is not required; there is not intercession (Hebrews 7:25) – the gospel is null and void. It also allows humans to believe they can do anything they like – leading to a breakdown in society.

 

The result is a society that can do as it pleases – each person does what is right in his or her eyes. The structure breaks down because no lasting and meaningful relationship can be established because self is more important than the society. One can steal or have sex with impunity – pleasure is more important than work; in equitability is the norm and hatred of most others is the norm.

I could say much more – but in essence William Booth’s prophecy has come to fruition.

David L Simon
Updated: 22 Apr 2018

 

The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus

All Christians are agreed that the death of Christ is the basis of all our blessings. Of this there can be no doubt, for "without shedding of blood is no remission." Without the death of Christ we could never be with Him — "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone." He could not then, but in virtue of the death of the cross, have us in glory with Him. But, while all our present and eternal blessings are founded on the death and blood-shedding of Jesus the Son of God, scripture points us again and again to Christ risen and ascended, as the One in whom we stand, and are fully blessed and accepted.

1st, That the resurrection of Christ is the divine demonstration of the person of the Son of Godthe foundation truth of Christianity; for "he was declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by resurrection from the dead." (Romans 1:4.) It also confirmed the truth of His own testimony to His personal glory, when He said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. But he spoke of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them." (John 2:19-22.) The apostle Paul also quoted Psalm 2 to show that it was the person of the Son of God that was raised again from the dead. He said, "God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again, as it is written in Psalm 2, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee." (Acts 8:33)

2nd, The resurrection of the Lord Jesus overcame deathand showed that though He died for the ungodly as an offering for sin, yet having laid down His life and lain in the sepulchre till the third day (thus showing the reality of His death), it could detain Him no longer. "It was not possible that he should be held by death," for He was "the life," "the Prince of life," and "he saw no corruption." That great and terrible foe, which we have because we are sinners, Christ triumphed over in His resurrection from the dead. It is because of this that it is not now absolutely necessary that we shall die. Instead of this, we are told that "we shall not all sleep," but some of us will be "alive and remain to the coming of the Lord," and then, instead of dying, we shall be changed in a moment, our mortal bodies will put on immortality, and we shall be for ever like the Lord and with the Lord. Thus the Lord vanquished death in His resurrection from among the dead.

3rd, He triumphed over the grave. Covered as the mouth of the sepulchre was with a great stone, and a seal set upon it, guarded too with soldiers, all could not prevent the Son of God rising out of it. And be it observed that this the greatest victory over obtained was wrought noiselessly. No flourish of trumpets announced this wondrous triumph. The sepulchre was left in perfect order, the linen clothes carefully put by, and the napkin that was about His head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. The whole scene tells us of the most perfect order and quiet. Had He still been in the sepulchre, the grave would have obtained a victory over Him. But, blessed be God, it was not so; and now looking at the triumphant risen One, we can truthfully say, "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" And know that all this victory is ours, by God's free gift in the depth of His abounding mercy; so that we can also say, "but thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

4th, Christ defeated Satan. Satan no doubt thought when Christ was nailed to the cross, and the power of death let loose upon Him, so that He bowed His sacred head in death, and gave up the ghost, that the Lord was then made an end of and got rid of. And to the eyes of those who had said, "not this man, but Barabbas," it so appeared. Such however was not the fact. Instead of Satan, who had the power of death, triumphing over Jesus, Jesus triumphed over him. He rose victoriously out of death, and not only destroyed death, but him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. The blessed Son of God thus raised from the dead spoiled principalities and authorities, made a show of them publicly, leading them in triumph by it. He led captivity captive, ascended into glory, received gifts for men, and is henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.

5th, The resurrection of the Lord Jesus is also God's public attestation to His finished work upon the tree. If in the cry "It is finished," it is implied that every thing had been then accomplished according to the purpose and grace of God, every type fulfilled, every scripture obeyed, all the stern demands of justice satisfied, righteously established, and all the claims of holiness met, so that nothing more remained to be done, all was fully responded to by God in raising Him from the dead. If it had been possible that one sin which He bore had been unjudged, He could not have been raised from the dead by the glory of the Father. But now we do see Him crowned with glory and honour who had been numbered with the transgressors and forsaken by God. We now behold Him righteously welcomed to the place of highest exaltation, instead of being abandoned in unsparing wrath because our sins were upon Him. Thus His being raised from the dead by the glory of the Father is the best possible proof that in bearing our sins He had perfectly satisfied God. He was "obedient unto death, even the death of the cross; wherefore God hath highly exalted him." The resurrection of Christ therefore is the undeniable proof of His finished work, that sin had been fully judged, and God glorified.

6th, Christ having triumphed over death, and gone up the path of life, He has made a new and living way for us. When He poured out His soul unto death upon the cross, we are told that "the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." Thus a new and living way was consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh. But, after this, He rose from the dead and entered into heaven itself by His own blood. He rose from the dead as the "firstfruits" because others are to rise from among the dead; and He went into heaven as the forerunner, because other runners are to follow. What never-ending blessedness God has given us in a risen victorious Saviour!

7th, In Christ risen, we see Him who was dead alive again and that for evermore, and know that God has, in the riches of His grace, given us life in Him. "God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son" — a new life surely, risen life, life in One who is beyond death, the mighty conqueror of Satan, death, and the grave. He who is now in the very glory of God is then our life. Hence we are spoken of as "risen with Christ," having been quickened together, raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. What a marvellous blessing to be thus associated in life with One who has risen triumphantly out of death, and sat down on the right hand of God! What liberty as well as gladness it gives us! How natural therefore it is because of this, that we should be enjoined to seek the things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God, to set our mind on things above, and not on things on the earth.

Like us they are looking forward to His coming, when He, who rose so victoriously over death, will apply His resurrection power to our bodies, and then all who are in Christ, whether dead in Christ or alive and remain, will be brought together in resurrection-life and glory to be "for ever with the Lord."

 

Henry H Snell The Bible Treasury - Volume 11
Updated: 01 Apr 2018

 

The Erotic Age - Warning

It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. (1 Corinthians 5:1)

The period in which we now live may well go down in history as the Erotic Age. Sex love has been elevated into a cult. Eros has more worshipers among civilized men today than any other god. For millions the erotic has completely displaced the spiritual….

Now if this god would let us Christians alone I for one would let his cult alone. The whole spongy, fetid mess will sink some day under its own weight and become excellent fuel for the fires of hell, a just recompense which is meet, and it becomes us to feel compassion for those who have been caught in its tragic collapse. Tears and silence might be better than words if things were slightly otherwise than they are.

But the cult of Eros is seriously affecting the Church. The pure religion of Christ that flows like a crystal river from the heart of God is being polluted by the unclean waters that trickle from behind the altars of abomination that appear on every high hill and under every green tree from New York to Los Angeles. BAM036-037.

"Lord, I pray this morning for any of Your servants who are caught in the trap of immorality or pornography. This ‘whole spongy, fetid mess’ has so many in its clutches-give victory today, I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen."

A W Tozer Tozer on Christian Leadership, November 18
Updated: 04 Mar 2018

 

Nearer, my God, to Thee

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

Refrain

Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone.
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God to Thee.

There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy given;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.

Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I’ll fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be, nearer my God to Thee.

Sarah F Adams
Updated: 04 Mar 2018

 

The Rapture and the Appearing

It is an actual fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again! Yet many people, even true believers, seem hardly to believe it. It seems to them a dreamy, visionary, mystical idea, and they cannot help thinking that the enthusiasts who announce it must be mistaking figures of speech for sober facts.

But, after all, why should you be surprised? You believe that He has been here once. Then why not twice?

Consider for a moment what happened when He first came. He was rejected, and His life was cut short. His public mission of three and a half years closed in His sudden death. But being God manifest in flesh, in dying He wrought redemption for His people; He rose again. Is it likely that the story ends there as far as this earth is concerned? Shall the ejection of the Creator from the world by the creature be the last word? By no means. Men despised Him in His humiliation. He will surely return in His glory.

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F B T Hole Outlines of Truth
Updated: 27 Feb 2018

 

The Importance of Marriage

The importance of the whole subject on which our Lord here pronounces judgment can hardly be overrated [Mark 10:1 - 12; the subject of divorce] . We ought to be very thankful that we have so clear and full an exposition of his mind upon it. The marriage relation lies at the very root of the social system of nations. The public morality of a people, and the private happiness of the families which compose a people, are deeply involved in the whole question of the law of marriage. The experience of all nations confirms the wisdom of our Lord’s decision in this passage in the most striking manner. It is a fact clearly ascertained, that polygamy and permission to obtain divorce on slight grounds have a direct tendency to promote immorality. In short, the nearer a nation’s laws about marriage approach to the law of Christ, the higher has the moral tone of that nation always proved to be.

It is a good idea for all those who are married, or intend to marry, to ponder well the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ in this passage. Of all relations of life, none ought to be regarded with such reverence and none taken in hand so cautiously as the relation of husband and wife. In no relation is so much earthly happiness to be found if it is entered upon discreetly, advisedly and in the fear of God. In none is so much misery seen to follow if it is taken in hand unadvisedly, lightly, wantonly and without thought. From no step in life does so much benefit come to the soul, if people marry “in the Lord.” From none does the soul take so much harm if fancy, passion or any mere worldly motive is the only cause which produces the union. Solomon was the wisest of men, but “even he was led into sin by foreign women” (Nehemiah 13:26). There is, unhappily, only too much necessity for impressing these truths upon people. It is a sad fact that few steps in life are generally taken with so much levity, self-will and forgetfulness of God as marriage. Few are the young couples who think of inviting Christ to their wedding! It is a sad fact that unhappy marriages are one great cause of the misery and sorrow of which there is so much in the world. People find out too late that they have made a mistake, and go in bitterness all their days.

Happy are those who in the matter of marriage observe three rules.

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J C Ryle (1816 - 1900) Mark (Expository Thoughts on the Gospels) 1857, reprinted 1998 The Banner of Truth Trust, UK
Updated: 04 Feb 2018

 

Using this website

The weakness of any Christian website is the failure of the author to truly know the mind of God. His weakness due to sin (and there will be weaknesses) can always be revealed if checked against the Bible. Therefore, it is urged that anyone using this website must check the information against the Holy Scriptures - for the test of any such information, by any person, is measruing it against the Canon. For this reason the Canon is called simply that - deriving its name from 'cane' meaning measuring stick. Even the early Christians checked what the Apostle Paul had spoken against Scripture in order to test its veracity. You need to do the same.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

Furthermore, we must test all things:

Test [prove] all things; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:22


Updated: 11 Feb 2017