Righteously Breaking the Law

People desire an external law that can be followed externally. This makes judging much easier and judging is our favorite pasttime.

Believers who claim that they are not under a law, that they have liberty and freedom, will be the first to cut you down if you disagree on this point! That’s called “irony.”

Believers who enjoy being free from the law generally can’t help themselves but to invent another law, one that is seen, listed, and easily observed whether people are following it or not.

These people, while they  “promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption.” We just can’t help it, we must judge! You disagree with me? Well, you’re obviously heretic scum that will burn!

David ate the shewbread and this was against the law! It was not just against a person’s made up law, but against the very written law of God! We’d kill David today! We’d also kill Jesus for picking corn and healing on the sabbath.

Either people have liberty or they don’t. The law of the Spirit of life is different, even different from the written law on stone. God judges on the heart. To those without law I’m as one without law, to those under law I am as one under the law.

How can Paul be so cavalier with the law like this? Love–he does it that he might win some. How many of us are more concerned about bashing people into believing everything we believe more than we are concerned about dropping some beliefs to win some?

How many of you think I’ve gone liberal because I’ve violated your law now?! Paul said it and I believe we’d kill him too.

Franklin Graham Apologizes for Obama Comments

Saturday I linked to an article about Franklin Graham speculating on whether PResident Obama is a Christian. Today he apologized.

This is one more reason why Chrsitians, particularly pastors, should stay out of politics. The world doesn’t get it, they won’t get it, we’ll just look dumber the more we speak on these things.

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

Graham got himself entangled and I don’t think the church gains anything by this.

The Two Laws

Believers enjoy talking about their freedom from the law. We get this phrase from Romans 8, “free from the law of sin and death.”

We are indeed free from the law of sin and death, but note the beginning of the verse: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” There is another law that makes us free from the law of sin and death!

How many laws are we dealing with here? We’re dealing with two laws: a spiritual law, the law of God, and the law of sin and death. This is not a different way of using the same law, but two different laws.

“I see then another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind” “Another” means another, a different one. It’s not just how your flesh views the Ten Commandments and how the Spirit views them, but another law entirely.

Clarifying example: David ate the shewbread from the tabernacle. According to the law of stone, the external law, the law of sin that stirs up sin, David broke the law, this was sin.

But David was deemed righteous in so doing this, it wasn’t a sin even though it was a violation of the Law, except it wasn’t! Why not? Because it’s a different law.

There is a law that comes from the Spirit, is motivated from the inside, not a law on stone heard by a stoney heart, but God’s spiritual law that is only operated under by the Spirit.

The law is spiritual but I am carnal (flesh). If someone else had come to the tabernacle that day and asked for a snack they would have violated the law and been punished. But not David, because he was motivated from a pure, spiritual heart and thus was judged, not by the letter of the law on stone, but by God’s spiritual law.

Judge righteous judgment! We’re not under the external law attempted to be followed externally. We’re under the perfect law of liberty, under the law to Christ, the law that is only known and followed by the Spirit. It was true for David and it’s true for us.

What Do We Mean When We “Give God Glory?”

The chief end of man is to give God glory.

So we’ve been told, and, as concise answers go, I would agree. But perhaps our familiarity with this statement causes confusion.

Many who deem they are “giving God glory” because of their “ministry” (“ministry” being defined as whatever activity you’re proud of doing for God), what are they actually doing?

Regardless of what we do, God is still the sole possessor of glory, He does not need us to “give” Him glory as though it’s a commodity, taken out of our account and added to His. We cannot increase the infinite God’s infinite glory.

Yet that phrase, “give God glory” gives the idea that we do indeed increase His glory. Even if we all spent the rest of our lives in sin, is not God still infinitely the possessor of infinite glory?

This, I think, is where we skip Ecclesiastes’ clear message–all of life is vanity, even the part of life that you think gives Him glory.

I am not saying that we should not “give God glory,” the Bible tells us to do this. I am recommending that we think rightly about these words. Give God glory the way He has asked for it, the way that exalts the glory He already has.

Then get over yourself! Your ministry, your rightness, your brilliance, your great golf game, is not increasing or decreasing His glory one bit. Everything is vanity. God is the sole possessor and object of glory, not you or what you do.

Revel in Him, His glory, put your hope fully in Him and give Him glory for His infinite glory. You give the glory that is due Him, not the glory that He needs from you to be glorious!

Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

President Obama’s Christianity

The Christianity of President Obama has been in the news lately. I’m not sure why, maybe he’s trying to get a book deal like Tim Tebow. Here is the buzz going around the internets about it:

Franklin Graham put in his two cents on Obama on Morning Joe. “He says he’s a Christian so I have to assume he is.” The hosts have no clue what he’s talking about as he tries to make a distinction between truly saved and professing Christian. The hosts come across as smug jerks and is rather difficult to watch the whole segment, but alas, in the end, Graham’s stated opinion didn’t make much sense.

Here is a full transcript of Obama from years ago about his views on God, whether he’s a Christian or not. “I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”

John Fea’s article states, “Obama may be the most explicitly Christian president in American history.”

Roger Olson examines Santorum’s statement that Obama’s theology favors the earth over humanity.

I am personally not convinced that President Obama is a Christian, but I’m not convinced any president of the United States has been a Christian. When we lower the standard to fit more in, we merely blaspheme our Lord and Savior.

I’m not the judge. Based on what the Judge says, there are few who enter and even fewer rich people (Jesus’ words, not mine). I’m not expecting to see many world leaders from any age in heaven. I do expect to see them and their followers lined up against Christ (Jesus’ words, not mine).

Our Defense Against Satan

Satan’s only weapon against us is creation. He uses physical things to get people to fail spiritually. Satan is a creature, he does not have spiritual power per se, but he does have power to warp people spiritually.

Knowing that Satan uses physical things to keep us from God, what should our relationship to physical things be? We are kind of dependent on them to sustain our physical lives.

First off, don’t be too enamored with life. This involves laying hold of eternal life, setting your mind on things above, not on things of this world. Don’t entangle yourself with the affairs of this life, see yourself as a citizen of heaven.

Secondly, put to death the lusts of the flesh and mortify the deeds of the body. Your fleshly lusts war against the Spirit so that you cannot do the things that you would.

Our relationship to physical things determines our spiritual health. You can’t serve God and Mammon. Romans 1 says what makes God harden a heart is when people worship the creation over the Creator who is blessed forever, amen.

Our physical desires and lusts are given by God and have a set way to be used. But what God purposed for good, Satan desires to distort and make hideously evil. Crucify the flesh with its affections and lusts in Christ and rise up to newness of life lived on a spiritual plane Satan can never touch!