“Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’
You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of hosts?
So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'”
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name.
“They will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.Malachi 3:13-18
Falling away doesn’t happen overnight for most people. When you hear accounts of Christian celebrities going from belief to unbelief, they often freely admit that it was a slow descent into hellish thoughts…
Truly, if the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, then putting the justness of God in a questionable light has proved to be the beginning of many follies. The moment a soul begins to approve their sense of justice above the Creator’s justice is the very moment that one begins the deep dive into the belly of the beast.
We have all questioned at some point, of course; the question is whether our questioning is a means to justify ourselves as gods or taken as a lesson of trust and patience in God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.Proverbs 3:5-6
Let God be true and every man a liar.Romans 3
Two Roads Widely Travelled
In terms of Christians who denounce the faith, there are two roads of thought widely travelled and culturally popular today: Vanity and Hell. Both exalt themselves above the knowledge of God and end in a free-fall from grace.
“It is vain to serve God” is a sentiment mentioned more than once in the Bible and, thus, deserves some attention. I too have wrestled this great demon and cannot help but think of this wonderful quote when such thoughts present themselves today:
“Be silent! Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I have not passed through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm!”Gandalf, The Two Towers
Amen, Gandalf; amen.
Crooked words from a crooked enemy, who cleverly disguises our own vanity and preoccupation with self-interest as a noble accusation against God — the devil’s Creator and ours! (Remember, our enemy is part of the fallen angels; he did not create himself: ergo, he is not God’s equal.)
Is this not covetousness at its greatest fallen heights? If we conclude that it is vain to serve God, then is it not because we have compared our benefits (or, eh, lack thereof) with someone else’s? The wicked seem to be getting ahead and getting away with it too: Does our flesh want in on that? — To get away with something? — To squash accountability? Repentance? Dependence? Obscurity? Poverty? Shunning?
To save ourselves?
Oh, I think so…
It is true that “God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts”, and without the “mind of Christ”, this life can be a big disappointment in general. Temptation comes to us all, but believing the devil’s lies is entrapment: “Did God really say?”
Well, yes, Satan; He did: He said we would again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked… (Praise God!) So, buzz off.
Questioning God’s justice often begins with questioning hell itself. Everyone has heard the phrase by now: “How could a loving God…”
Personally, I find this a strange sentiment and, often, extinguish and equate such thoughts – along with the people who think them – with people who 1) do not understand the present darkness in the world (that is, how evil people can be) or 2) have never experienced abuse or had cause to require and desire true justice like a person starved of living water.
I do not believe a young child who has been sexually abused or tormented has any trouble imagining hell — nor why some would need to go there.
I do not think that someone brought up in occult circles, after being abused, manipulated, possessed, or tormented, will find cause to question the necessity of hell when the time of God’s vengeance comes.
I do not imagine that any woman forced to have sex for a job position will have too many qualms about sending the perpetrator there…
Epstein, anyone? Does he really need to go there?
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.Proverbs 11:10
Personally, I’m concerned for the naive among us when they can’t honestly nod their heads with that verse… because it’s true.
But I know what they’ll say next: I haven’t murdered or abused or etc…
In short, Why should I go to hell just because I don’t believe in Jesus? Isn’t that the standard?
But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.Revelation 21:8
And we’ve Psaki’d-back now to the first road we discussed: VANITY.
It’s not how you’d do the sorting, is it? You don’t think that’s a fair standard: It’s your opinion pedestaled here. You know better than the Creator of the heavens and earth — the same One who created you (by the way)?
The Potter has said to the clay, “There is one way by which you must be saved; narrow is the gate.”
And the clay has protested, “That’s not just.”
What’ll it be, mortal man? You or the Creator? Will you too join the wicked to ‘make war on God’ in the last days? — That is how the next story begins, you know.
“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”Revelation 17:14
Personally, I want to be found among those “called, chosen, and faithful”. That’s my ‘tribe’: Those whose names are found in the Lamb’s book of life — those He remembers.