Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Changing World: France Too

Revivals have went in cycles. Those who were born-again in the Great Awakening had personal experiences with God. Thanks to preachers like Jonathan Edwards who preached Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,  sinners began to take God seriously! God is not the pancake God of Joel Olsteen, but has depth. He not only is the God of love, but the God of justice. Because he provides a way out of justice being meted is His display of love!
Isaiah 45:21 "Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me."
There is the well-rounded God. He is the God of justice and the God of love! Because all have sinned, we all deserve death.  Because Jesus died in our place out of love for the creature, by grace we are saved. Grace is love manifested. God has grace. That much Olsteen acknowledges. That is his one-dimensional pancake God. The full stack is His justice - because God is fair, those who never claim Him as Savior should never expect salvation because they don't deserve it! Olsteen fails to preach the full gospel. His is half the story.

I call this type of doctrine selective Christianity. Those Christians don't accept God for the full truth. Their doctrine is a menu with square boxes that are checked off: heaven - check; hell - nope! Love - check; obedience - nope!  Science -  check; faith - nope! Blessings -  check; sin - nope! You see where I'm headed. It's all one-dimensional with doctrine without any teeth.

This is now the church. People created this religion, and those who did, are false teachers:
Matthew 24:24 "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
This describes selective Christianity. It is the religion of all the West, and if scripture offends anyone, it should never be taught. It's not that those false teachers fail to teach about Christ, but it is the Christ they have personally designed. How about that? Designer Christ! Just like the clothing they wear, those pancake Christians can design their own God.

While the world loves selective Christianity, those on the right abhor it! Right is not only a political ideology, but a spiritual position. God teaches righteousness, and the left are the progressives who expands on truth, and makes false truth out of deception, Those with liberal political leanings most often are the selective Christians who follow the progressive secularists. They are the elite who determine correctness, and insist that even Christians follow their religion.

"That's too right-wing!" you are thinking. As right-wing as we will ever get is left of Jesus Christ. All of us ignore the boundaries of the kingdom of God and create boundaries which include doing what's right in our own eyes. That is selective Christianity. It's pretending to follow Christ while doing wrong things. That's progressive and far removed from the right side of the spectrum.

Selective Christianity is right now the norm. The Estates General in France for a time quit even pretending to be Christian. They worshiped the goddess of Reason for a spell. Churches were turned into centers for prostitution. The revolutionaries prostituted Christ for a republic. Thousands were guillotined in honor of liberty, ironically.

I believe that with the election of Trump, who is a nominal Christian at best, that America can be great again, but only when Americans turn to the One True God - the one that is loving and just!  The first step to spiritual independence was revealing the deception of political correctness. What does this have to do with France? I believe that the time is ripe for them to return to the One True God.

In this election year in France, the right may return to power with the support of the younger generation. The youth in America are years behind France. The elect here are just now being manipulated. In France they have been since the days of Louis XIV or even earlier. I believe that the youth of France are poised for another revolution: they want to make France great again! May God grant them the wisdom to see his justice to administer fairness.

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