Wednesday, March 02, 2011

GIANTS IN THE LAND - ENTRY 1

There is concern stirring deep in my spirit about a shift that lurks within the shadows of the horizon. The concern assumes a solid presence as it abides within me. Disturbingly, it becomes a nebulous phantom as it travels from my mind, mouth or “pen” to the mind, ears or eyes of the recipient. The shift is evident all around us and takes on many shapes. This concern is not the manifestation of neophobic tendencies. The concern rotates around realizing that changes accompanying this shift will erode our moral footing in catastrophic proportions. Heightening the concern is the fact that speaking of this earns one the label of being “too serious”, “disturbing” or “not a nice guy”. From the mind of God, we have been given a cultural presage in the statement, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink; who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!” (Isaiah 5:20-23, NASB). This shift is indicative of a culture that has dropped and broken its moral compass. More disturbing is the fact that we have done so on purpose. This is not the shattered compass of a bumbling, penitent child. This is a strategically manufactured assault on God and the kingdom of God! This is the tirade of a self-willed humanity insisting on a form of freedom that eliminates the boundaries between good and evil, right and wrong. Allow me to introduce you to Dr. Frankenstein. His cures are infamous.

So, what am I saying? We are overwhelmingly departing from the moral parameters that are characteristic of the design of the Designer. So much so that inability to know or identify such a design is endorsed, not only by atheists and secularists, but also by large numbers of people who associate themselves with the ranks of the “redeemed” (if that’s acceptable terminology). This is due to the influence of deconstructionist thinking. Historically, Christians have based their moral framework upon Biblical revelation. If, however, as the deconstructionist emphasizes, words are incapable of genuinely conveying certainty, we have been seriously compromised. I have observed the influence of deconstructionism on the seminary level. We are under assault from without and from within. The use of spies, moles, undercover agents has historically been an effective ploy of enemy forces. This is characteristic of how our ultimate foe sows destruction (Mt.13:25). As the parable referenced indicates, efforts to address the strategic planting of counterfeits can produce further destruction – devious strategy indeed. My hope, therefore, is to present insights about current (and semi-current) influential movements and trends that, if not corrected, will prove to be counterproductive. I must clarify that this effort to encourage a positive future will require presentations that most people will view as negative. This is, unfortunately, the nature of sounding a warning. I have often presented a teaching based on Ezekiel 3:17-21 about the need to warn the wicked of the destiny to which their path will lead. The upcoming series is such an effort. I am not suggesting that every person who embraces the errors to be addressed are wicked in the most hardcore sense of this word and I am not going to attempt “to go and gather” the tare by naming specific individuals that we must reject. I am going to make an effort to describe certain intellectual and ideological trends and point out the dangers of which we must be aware. Certainly, I will appear to be “too serious”. Nevertheless, allow me to remind you that tare was sown in the field “while men were sleeping”. There are significant portions of the church, the pillar and support of the truth (1 Ti.3:15), preoccupied with “sleeping” (metaphorically speaking). On many levels, we need an awakening. I am not interested in controversy, I am interested in advancing the kingdom of God.

“As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus, in order that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.” (1 Timothy 1:3-11, NASB)

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