Monday, January 25, 2016:
Man is so enamored with his inconsistencies. If it sounds good, it must be. If an opponent’s ignorance fails him in answering it, that becomes the proof of its scripturalness. If man is convinced that he has the truth on a subject, he will aggressively defend his assumption because he cannot be wrong. Man has walked this path since the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-1-19)!
The word “don’t” is a magnet drawing us into “doing”! When something is good, pleasant, and desired, “go” is written all over it! Eve exchanged revelation for deception. Not only was that fruit good, pleasant, and desirable, but it would make her and Adam “gods” (Genesis 3:5). Their deaths did not erase that deceptive goal! The birth of every male or female, from Eden to end, continues to feed on that deceit (Romans 3:10, 23).
Man’s inconsistencies evolved into his traditions. Those traditions developed their own sacredness. Rather than allow truth to speak, man reads his inconsistencies into the scriptures and reveres them as god. It only takes a few years to produce that ascension! What begins so innocently, in a short span, grows into a position of misdirected faith.
Paul wrote to a congregation just a few years after it had been established. He was astonished that they were deserting the grace of Christ in such a short time (Galatians 1:6-9). The Corinthian church was established by Paul in his eighteen month residence there. Three years later they were in the process of dividing the one body of Christ into four non-essential denominations. When believers follow Eve’s desire to be god, the surrender is visualized as a God induced victory!
If it happened to saints in the church born on Pentecost, why assume it does not happen twenty-one centuries later? Why does man continue to desire to displace YHWH and seat himself on His throne? Why does man continue to defend his right to sit as god? Is that which looks good, pleasant, and desired better than submitting to the Lord of lords and King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15-16; Philippians 2:9-11)?