“The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from Hell beneath.” Proverbs 15:24
How often have we sat and watched a horrible crime on the news and the media begins to evaluate the offender’s life. If it is a mass shooting, the shooters life is examined from birth to present and they become a victim of their circumstances. This is humanistic psychology the world applies in order to find the answer to man’s problem.
Sadly, the modern church has embraced the same method. The problem, whatever the problem may be, is traced back to a situation (an event, a “soul tie”, family curse, etc.) so that the person has understanding as to why they are like they are. Now they have an excuse; a reason for their “failure” and their failure is more readily condoned as they struggle to overcome by their own self will, self efforts, distraction methods, intellect, abilities, etc..
Some begin lying to themselves and God regarding their condition. They will declare and decree lies denying their circumstances. I remember a Sunday School teacher one Sunday morning who was terribly sick with flu like symptoms. She sounded awful, felt awful and looked awful (sick) but stood square shouldered and declared she wasn’t claiming that sickness. The fact of the matter is, it didn’t matter if she claimed it or not…she was sick and she needed to be crying out to God for healing instead of lying to herself and God about her condition. That is utter stupidity.
The religious will offer up Scriptural ordinances to overcome a Believer’s failure. Fasting, the Lord’s Supper or memorizing Scripture are examples given to many to do when faced with failure. The Believer consecrates themselves to these methods and all too often continue to struggle with their “problem”.
Allow me to be perfectly clear. The problem is sin. Man’s problem is sin.
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the House of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17
The church has embraced this silly psychological method to overcome sin and offered up everything but the Cross of Christ as the answer. Fasting, communion and memorizing Scripture are as useful as jumping jacks when it comes to overcoming sin. There is ONE answer given by God to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life and that is Jesus Christ Who came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Believer…that’s it; there is no other answer. The Holy Spirit does not superintend the work of God to give the Believer victory over sin (Romans 6:14) when our faith is in our fasting, communion, etc. to overcome sin.
As long as the church calls sin by another name and continues to minimize sin’s power over mankind by suggesting our ability to overcome sin by something we can do; the church is rendering the Cross of Christ as insufficient and deeming memorizing Scripture as enough. In other words, the implication is the Cross of Christ was in vain…it was not needed to overcome sin because we, being the little “gods” that we are, can do this ourselves. Not so!
Man’s fallen condition is due to Adam’s fall. The born again Believer who remains bound by sin hates their sin and desperately tries to quit/stop but sin has dominion over them because the modern church offers up “Christian Psychology” as the answer. This endless cycle of defeat destroys one’s faith in the work of Jesus for Salvation and they too often walk away. This is the devil’s purpose…to destroy the Believer’s faith. This is why it is NOT ok to accept or condone the compromise of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This leaven, leavens the lump. It is another gospel and another Jesus. It is not this writers purpose to make anyone angry but if this truth offends you, consider the offense.
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:14-15
The way of life IS above to the wise. Our help comes from above…everything else leads to hell beneath. God is calling His Children out of the endtime apostate church. He stands at the door knocking. Will you let Him in?
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” 2 Cor. 6:17
-Donna Clark Warren