An Intolerant God
David L Lamon | October 26, 2012
An Intolerant God
David L. Lamon
God is not a “well go ahead and be a goober gobbler if that is what it takes to make you feel better about yourself”; he is a thou shalt not, no ifs, ands or buts about it God. God didn’t write these laws for himself but only for us; he knows what it takes to produce a healthy and fruitful life as a human being. After all he created us didn’t he? And if we obey we will live a more happy and content life laced with prosperity both in the physical and the spiritual. As for those that say “that was then this is now” suck buttermilk with this teaching because… Malachi 3:6 for I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. If anything, what he said in those days has only been strengthened for our day. For example: Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
This attitude of tolerance that has swept the nation in our day from our public education system and pulpits is the pathway to an eternal hell filled with eternal torment. It has become more important for one to feel good about them self than do what is right. The truth is self-esteem is an earned trait not awarded. This mindset if allowed to flourish will have a dumbing down effect to the point we can easily be deceived into believing any lie the devil puts forth. Revelation 3:16; so then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot I will spew thee out of my mouth. Matthew 7:13-15 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
The majority of non-believers and many people who claim to be ‘Christians’ say that fundamental Christianity is ‘intolerant’ and ‘narrow-minded’ because we say that Jesus is the only way to heaven. The word intolerant is being heard not only from the homosexual community and liberals in general every time one disagrees with them, but most disturbing it is coming from the Christian community much more often these days than in the past. Some of the mainstream churches in America are supporting gay marriage now and when other Christians that stand firm on the word of God about this subject and do as they are commanded reproving and rebuking those in error they are called all kinds of names and described as intolerant. The truth is true Christians are aware that God doesn’t force himself on anyone and we are to be Christ-like so the same applies to us.
The truth is the truth and nothing will change this fact. If a person chooses to go another route other than that the bible describes as the straight and narrow in the end he/she must accept the consequences of their actions. People have only themselves to blame for their vulnerabilities to satanic deception because they don’t pray, worship, and study God’s word. What does God have to say about this business of obedience? Anyone to include me that would stray from the word of God does so at their own peril.
Isaiah 55:10, 11 for as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Isaiah 48:11 for mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted and I will not give my glory unto another. The principles laid forth in God’s word are not there for man to make them what he wants it to be. Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, that you might be justified in thy sayings, and might overcome when thou art judged.
Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Everybody Has One
When it comes to living a life as prescribed by God himself that will lead to eternal life God will not tolerate the opinion of man to cede his prescribed way. As we have all experienced nearly everyone has an opinion as to how a given situation should be approached. In many instances the various approaches achieve the same intended results. Surely some are better than others but this is not what this message is about. Anything that strays from what thus sayeth the word of God is the point of this message.
Many say “well everybody interprets the bible differently” as though that justifies the different interpretations but it doesn’t at all. Common sense reasoning should suffice to gain understanding as to why God will not allow the straying from his word of truth into areas that conflict with his way. If God allowed everyone to apply God’s word in the way that best suits themselves total chaos would rein in the body of Christ, which by the way is what we have today but only by the man’s choice not God’s. Ephesians 4:16-17 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Fitly-joined as stated sets forth the principle of a prescribed manner or approach that will ultimately result in the success of the body of Christ. It also demands as does the joint with the ligaments and other parts connected to the joint a unity unsurpassed. If damage to a joint occurs such as torn ligaments the area of the body where the joint is doesn’t work properly. This same principle applies to the body of Christ. That is why God eliminated the possibility of allowing man’s opinion to cause division and disharmony or disunity.
Man has accomplished this division on his own but it was not by God’s doing. It was Voltaire who said, “God made man in His own image, and man hastens to return the compliment.” Voltaire’s statement is truly where we are today in religion. I don’t think anyone could deny we have a lot of different religions with different doctrines today borne out of the opinions of man. It is for this reason he made it clear that his ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts. A man of honest report understands he is supposed to remain of a contrite and humble spirit realizing it is imperative we seek his (God’s) understanding and not our own. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Result of Sowing to the Flesh
In spite of this we still have many different representations of what it takes to get to heaven, yet we have only one bible that not a single verse contradicts another but lays out God’s plan (singular) for man and with no variations or substitute methods given. Man making God in his own image is a result of a haughty unrepentant heart; a heart that realizes something is missing but only wants enough of a massage to ease their conscience. This is described in the bible as a carnal man. It is as though they have the mentality of God you stay over there in the corner and I’ll call you when I need you but he doesn’t work that way.
God said he would dwell with them of a humble and contrite spirit. More on this later! As many can testify this temporary satisfaction or lack of contentment and/or rest as Paul referred to it doesn’t allow for the connection from the inner man to the missing link which is of course the God who breathed the breath of life into man. Why? Because John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 6:63 it is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Unfortunately when the time comes that everyone of us will face meaning giving an account of ourselves many are going to be experience an eternal “shock and awe”.
Choose You this Day
So the only choice man has is to choose his own way or God’s and neither God nor his children will attempt to force you in either direction. As children of God we are commissioned to try and persuade you to God’s way but in the end as it were with us so it is with the non-believer; choose you this day who you will serve. I know some say there are many different versions of the bible and that is true but with the exception of a few the most widely accepted versions don’t deviate from one another much if at all. Of course the King James Version is the most accepted and I believe God in his wisdom deemed it to be so because he knows the mind of man and his capabilities. Furthermore, I don’t believe God hung us out to dry or try to figure out for ourselves which to use. Some translations have made it easier to read and understand in everyday language and that is good but with the exception of a few I haven’t seen this to be a problem for the serious bible student.
After All is said and done
The point that must be established here is in the end judgment will be based on God’s way with no exceptions and we are talking about a God that has no beginning or ending, the purveyor of all you see and need and has been there and done that repeatedly so why not use the voice of experience to our advantage. If God allowed leeway for man’s own interpretation he wouldn’t have gone to such lengths to make it plain he has only one way. It also helps to consider the fact that God doesn’t need the bible to guide him through his daily journey; he gave it to us so we could follow him. When Jesus said I am the way, truth and life and no man can come unto the Father but by me this should tell you it is all about him and if our focus can grasp this understanding we will seek him for understanding. Of course that means humbling one’s self on your face until every dog dies with sincere fervent prayer. Killing the flesh (1 Cor. 15:31) so the spirit can lead or we must decrease that he can increase (John 3:30) which ever you prefer. After all he is the author and finisher of our faith Hebrews 12:2. It is because God is omniscient meaning knows all about everything as well as omnipotent (all powerful) and omnipresent (fills all space) that he gave us a prescribed way to succeed because he loves us so much. He already knew the challenges man would face in day to day living and knew if he would heed God’s well laid out plan he could avoid what we see happening around us today. The trials and tribulations we are all witnessing today could be handled with much more grace and contentment if man would have not allowed the vanity of his mind to take precedence over God’s prescribed way.
Apostasy of Our Day
The New Age teaching today that emphasizes man is his own god is not necessarily new. It has been around as long as man has. The newer version of this religion is growing by leaps and bounds in our day I regret to say. It was revived in the 1940’s and now in our day. New Wave leaders, call it “a new world view.” The Bible calls it “apostasy.” The most important thing to understand about the “New Age” church followers is they will set themselves up as the real church and Christianity as we know it today will considered as heresy. This will be the justification for cleansing the heretics (real Christians) and ushering in the “New Age” false teachings. This happened to the early church and for years after it was established.
To gain a better understanding it will be beneficial to read the book “Fox’s Book of Martyrs”. The followers as instructed by the leadership will be “as the Kamikaze is to the Japanese, As the Shiite is to Islam, As the Zionist is to the Jew, and so the Phineas priest is to Christendom.” It is very clear that they are preparing to slaughter those who resist their authority. Jesus warned that, “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” (St. John 16:2). That sounds exactly like the great inquisitors of the dark ages. This is all a part of Dominion Theology. New Wave leaders call it “a new world view.” If you are interested to know more about this false Christianity there are some good books that give good insight into it. A book written by Richard Kelly Hoskins entitled, “Vigilantes of Christendom,” describes these warriors. A book entitled Joel’s Army by Jewel van der Merwe describes this “New Wave Theology” as promoted by one new wave organization. Their salvation doesn’t require repentance and baptism as the bible teaches.
Satan is the Author of Confusion not God
In today’s world things are happening at such an accelerated pace it makes one’s head swirl. There is so much confusion about the various doctrines one has difficulty knowing which way to go. This fact alone should be a warning to anyone that we are at the point of the last days that Jesus and the apostles warned about. Matthew 24:3 and as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Matthew 24:4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 2 Timothy 4:3 for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. He further stated, Galatians 1:8 but though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. The fact that a large portion of the so called Christian community. Accepting different versions of salvation will not excuse us because we are commanded as individuals to Philippians 2:12 work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Time of Ignorance is Past
The scripture assures us that at one time God winked at ignorance but no more and nowhere could this be more true than in America where access to the bible and alter bench is readily available without any risk. The only cost attached is to get rid of your sins and it pays an eternal reward to do that. Trusting in the wisdom of men entirely is not good either because 1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual but most people don’t know which way points up so we commonly see 2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. Established traditions of men have become a big downfall for many. Romans 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
The truth is, the apostles understood 2 Corinthians 10:13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. In other words, any boasting, glorifying or teaching they did was strictly restrained to 2 Corinthians 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord so as to avoid building upon other men’s foundation. In other words following only what God has laid out as the plan for man to succeed? Understand, God is not a change agent, which he declared, I am God and I change not so its impervious that we 2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus (found only in the bible not in the annals of men).
The Spiritual verse the Carnal
This is where most people go astray in their search for God. They don’t understand Romans 8:5 for they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Galatians 5:17 for the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Galatians 6:8 for he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Philippians 3:3 for we worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Sincerely seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened unto you. So the greatest love is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and his word by living a determined pleasing spiritual life in God.
It would be wise to heed the Lord’s end time warning message to the church at Philadelphia. Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. How? By studying to show thyself approved, praying daily with a sincere fervency to crucify the flesh so one can be sensitive to the spirit of God Romans 8:9 if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any men have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. This means a determination to gain God’s understanding and not your own or other men. And yes although men are appointed over us and we are to be obedient we are also commanded to 1 Thessalonians 5:21 prove all things; hold fast that which is good. The only way one can know what is good is to know what the bible says about any given situation or be able to look to it for clarification. Believe it or not preachers and pastors are not invincible human beings. They face the same struggles with this life as you and me to get to heaven, which also means they are subjected to the same things we are. If they don’t pray and study they get into a carnal state just as anyone else.
Crux of God’s Intolerance
Critical to understanding why God is intolerant of man’s opinions can be summed up in these words of his for the good of all for all generations. Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Follow the beaten path the bible lays out for us and we can have the confidence needed to succeed. But know this relying only the word alone is a mistake because the word of God is spiritual and to be spiritually discerned. Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Paul added this, 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. So the word without the spirit is dead. God’s plan for man was put into place in such a way that only those that were serious about becoming a child of God would follow the principles laid out in this message.
If you have read Jesus writings you know he spoke in parables because he wouldn’t cast his pearls before swine. Only the sincere of heart would be able to gain the proper understanding because God being omnipotent knows a man is evil in his intentions and from his youth according to the flesh. Does a human being ever gain mastery over God’s word? No and that is a good thing because the more one devotes to the word the more he realizes his helplessness in gaining the understanding of it. Einstein was a genius but when asked what he knew he said “I know only thing, I know nothing” and so it is with gaining mastery over God’s word. The word is spiritual and the carnal man can’t get it, it takes a spiritual man to gain understanding. Only the sincere of heart would be able to gain the proper understanding.
If a person would stop and consider that those people in the Old Testament are the ones that paved the way for what we have today and truly we owe them a debt of gratitude. They paid the price so we could have the written word to make it easy for us to know which way to go; therefore, we have no excuses. Not only that but we have something else they didn’t have the opportunity to have, which is the spirit of God within us to lead and guide us through the word of God into all truth John 16:13. Be one of the few and when that time comes 1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead or dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
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