Lies in Hypocrisy
Vol: 20 Issue: 1 Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. . . ” (1st Timothy 4:1)
This is one of several places in Paul’s letters where Paul emphasizes the importance of the point he is making by attributing it directly to the Lord, as if dictated rather than inspired.
Another example of this Divine dictation is found in 1st Thessalonians 4:15 where Paul is talking about the Rapture.
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. . . “
That isn’t to say that the rest of Scripture is not the Word of the Lord — of course it is.
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2nd Peter 1:20)
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. . .” (2nd Timothy 3:16)
“Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5)
The point isn’t that the rest of Scripture is any less literal but rather that these mentions are more like attention-getters — “Hey — the Spirit is speaking expressly! Listen up!” “Hey, pay attention! This comes by the Word of the Lord!”
So, the Holy Spirit of God expressly spoke to Paul about the growing apostasy of the last days. The thing is, that apostasy in order to be apostatic, must arise from a position of great faith. Do you follow? You can’t fall away from a faith you never had. The distance of the fall is dependent on the depth of one’s faith.
And for it to be a prophetic sign, it must also be as widespread as it was deeply held.
Paul says that only some depart from the faith, but that departure must by definition be a radical one — a departure so radical that the faithful can point to it and say, “See! That’s what the Holy Spirit of God was speaking about! Expressly that!”
And for it to be a sign to the faithful, those some must be pretty visible and the departure pretty surprising.
I’m trying to think of an example. . . . ah! What about this! Imagine there was once a country founded under the authority of the Creator God Who granted all men certain inalienable rights.
I never tire of the novel ways that liberals find to ‘disprove’ the notion that America was founded on Christian principles, without ever realizing that the sanctity of their own liberty depends on the fact that it was.
Since God, (and not government) endowed you with your rights, then only God, (and not government) can take them away. That is what makes our rights ‘inalienable’.
It is easy to prove some of the Founders were not Christian — Thomas Paine was an admitted atheist (to name one example, there are more) but to then argue that somehow proves the Founders did not intend for America to be a Christian country requires the suspension of credulity.
Founder John Adams said of the Constitution, “This Constitution was designed for a moral and religious people only. It is wholly unsuited for any other.”
It is only within my lifetime that any serious debate has been entertained regarding which ‘religion’ Adams was referring to. It is unlikely that any of the Founders personally knew anybody who wasn’t Christian. There weren’t a lot of Muslims, Buddhists or Jews making big social or religious waves in colonial America.
(Come to think of it, it is only within my lifetime that any serious debate has been entertained about whether or not it is moral to kill one’s own baby in the womb. And its only within the lifetime of my children that anybody has questioned what the definition of marriage is. Coincidence? I don’t thnk so.)
Returning to what the Spirit speaketh expressly, for this prophecy to be a valid prophecy, it has to be referring to something or somewhere specific. Christianity is the historically dominant religion of the West, but it has never been the dominant religion of the whole world.
Historically, “Christendom” has been synonymous with European Catholicism and later, the Reformation. But the first settlers arrived on America’s shores in a flight from institutionalize “Christendom” in search of freedom to practice Bible Christianity.
America’s Christian heritage dates to the day the first Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock — its reputation as a Christian country is denied only by its own population. But the rest of the world recognizes America by the abundance of America’s blessings.
That is how America earned its historical reputation as the world’s most Christian country in the first place.
I’ve been watching the media covering the reemergence of Sarah Palin and I keep hearing the Spirit’s express warning to Paul echoing in my mind. Not that I think Sarah Palin is the fulfillment of some specific Bible prophecy or anything nuts like that.
Palin is just a great example of my point. She seems to bring out the liars and hypocrites in droves, even at the risk of exposing themselves openly as the liars and hypocrites that they are.
The Left hates Palin for not aborting her Down’s Syndrome baby — in their eyes, making the baby fair game for criticism. Palin’s daughters were verbally abused by the media in ways one could not have imagined.
Reporters tracked down her church and played her Pentecostal leanings for laughs, even reporting on a private worship service.
I recall a photo-op shot of a shirtless Barack Obama frolicking in the surf in Hawaii during the campaign that graced the cover of almost every liberal newspaper. “Presidential Pecs” read one headline.
Palin posed for the photo for a magazine called “Runner” extolling the joys of running so the running shorts photo was totally appropriate. Newsweek simply reran the photo on its cover.
The sexist insinuation was that Palin was using her legs to divert attention away from her empty head — on the principle that anybody that pretty must be stupid.
Where were the feminists? Why is the National Organization of Women silent in the face of such open misogyny? Where are the editorialists raging against the perpetuation of the male-dominated glass ceiling?
They claim they are doing it for America.
What they are doing is TO America.
The lies are transparent. The hypocrisy breathtaking. The risks are enormous. In this generation, hypocrisy is so institutionalized and part of the mainstream that it even has a user-friendly label. A label that encompasses everything the Spirit expressly wanted the generation of the latter days to recognize.
It allows for a clear conscience by legitimizing lies and hypocrisy and encourages the demonization of people of faith, as long the faith in question is Christian. All other ‘faiths’ are welcomed, even encouraged.
It’s called Political Correctness.
It even has its own police. And they know where you live.
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