Evil Personified

by Mike Ratliff

[6:1] When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? [2] Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? [3] Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! [4] So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? [5] I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, [6] but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? [7] To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? [8] But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers! [9] Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, [10] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. [11] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:1-11 ESV)

As we have been studying over the last several months, genuine Christians are not “of this world.” We are new creations under a new covenant, a better covenant. However, many try to blend what is in the Old Covenant and the Mosaic Covenant with what is in the New Covenant causing much confusion. A close study of Matthew 5, 6, & 7 shows that those bought with a price, those in the New Covenant, are not here on this Earth to occupy it, subdue it, or transform it. No, we are here as witnesses of the Gospel and to give an account of the hope that is within us to those still in their sins. God will draw some of them to himself through this and of these, we make disciples. As we study our role in world as our Lord and the writers of the New Testament reveal it, we see that we only are conquerors in the Spiritual sense while it will appear that the evil of this world, even that which pretends to be Christian, but is not, will appear to be victorious to most.

In the passage from 1 Corinthians 6, which I placed at the top of this post, our brother, the Apostle Paul tells us not to become partakers with ways of the world. Those he wrote to were even going so far as to bring civil suit against one another in the courts, that is, before unbelievers. In v7 he says, “To have lawsuits at with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?” There you go! That is the difference between those in Christ and those still in their sins. Our focus as we mature must become more and more eternal rather than secular. Also, it is better to suffer loss to another brother rather than haul that brother before a secular court. Involving ourselves that way with the unrighteous is making us partners with evil. He makes that clear what that means in vv9-10, but he also graciously makes it clear in v11 that these very same believers were once partakers of those very same sins, but now they are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Earlier this month, on December 7th, in Geneva, Switzerland, President Barak Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented to the world their intent to force the gay agenda upon all countries. Here is the link to the article. My brethren, I do not like to get involved in political discussions and I do not intend to mix that with what we do here, but as a warning to you, I brought this up so that you would understand that the political leadership of the United States of America is evil personified. This agenda of theirs to push for “gay rights” is anti-Christian. It is an attack on what God has ordained as what marriage is and what it is not. The Word of God clearly shows that homosexuality is a sin. There can be no compromise between the “gay agenda” and genuine Christianity. Why? It is because what it stands for is evil, those who support it are evil, and those who are guilty of not standing firm against evil will be held accountable before God.

The political process is just a lot of spin with the media trying to manipulate people into getting their favorites elected without it looking like that is what they are doing. Only a doofus cannot see that. The conservatives compromise to look good to the media. It is sickening. I just do not watch television much anymore. Why would I want to be brainwashed by evil personified?

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Evil Personified

  1. Funny how the Scriptures are always relevant! I was blessed to preach from Romans 13:1-4 at our sister church this past Lord’s Day and used 1 Cor 6 as a reference to contrast how we within the church handle disputes with those outside the camp; relaying the proper role of government and how Christians are to walk in this present age while we press on for the age to come.

    Yes – this world and all its work will be consumed on Judgment Day – when the Lord will make a new Heaven and new Earth and all will be as it should. And we will have no more need of civil governments. Maranatha!

  2. Great post Mike Ratliff. It just goes to show how little many Christians trust in the Lord as their all sufficiency.

  3. What a good message for the times in which we live – I too have chosen not to swallow and follow the lies spoken by tv’s talking heads.

    Scripture is clear what must happen, but it is sad and grevious to watch millions blindly following the world on its way to hell – many within our own families.

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