Do "Christians" really believe in God?
The majority do not. They believe in something "like God"; but they do not believe in the God of the Bible.
If they did, they would fear and obey Him.
But they do not.
Christ rhetorically queried, "And why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46)
The unspoken answer is "—because I am not your Lord".
Your Lord is the one you obey.
Christ also said "If ye love Me, keep My Commandments." (John 14:15).
The unspoken corollary is "If ye do not keep My Commandments, you do not love Me".
Christ had no commandments of His Own; He came to do the Father's Will, obeyed His Father's Commandments and was "without sin".
Let's consider clear-cut moral commands in the Word of God.
"22Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
23Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
[Think about that. what kind of beast can a woman die down with that produces confusion? The word Babylon / Bebel / Babel means, "confusion by mixing". God commanded us His people to "come out from among them and be ye separate". To the degree that we violate that command Christendom continues to fall. We are not to interpret God and His Word according to modern notions. Truth does not change. However, sinful people try to change people's conception of the truth. Lev. 20:11-16, likewise, lists all sorts of immoral practices, such as a man lying with his daughter-in-law and declares that it is "confusion" and "their blood shall be upon them"; v.13 says if two men lie with each other as with womankind, they have committed an "abomination" (but does not say that it is confusion, because no progeny is possible) and "their blood shall be upon them"; and v.16 declares: "And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." Note: it results in confusion according to 18:23 and "their blood shall be upon them" in 20:16; which infers that both share in the guilt. The word translated here "confusion" is related to Babel / Babylon; it is the Hebrew word #8397 teh-behl, "mixture". Babel (#894) and Tebel share the same root, #1101, baw-lal, "to overflow, mix, mingle". God commanded, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing [people]; and I will receive you" (II Corinthians 6:17). The word "thing" was incorrectly added by the translators for presumed clarity, but their thinking was wrong. God is not talking about "things" in I Corinthians 6 or Isaiah 52 to which it refers; God is talking about people: those who are His people and those who are not.]
God further commands:
24Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
25And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
26Ye shall therefore keep My Statutes and My Judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:
27(For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)
28That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.
29For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.
30Therefore shall ye keep Mine Ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 18)
"17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (I Corinthians 3:17)
[This defilement also refers to eating unclean animals that God forbade. Those who claim that God abolished His dietary laws don't understand the Bible, God, or morality. God declared many animals to be "abominations" and if we eat them we DEFILE ourselves and make ourselves ABOMINABLE (Leviticus 11:43, for example). Evil never becomes good; sin never becomes wholesome; abominations never become holy; darkness never becomes light; immorality never becomes moral. Those who think that ANYTHING that God commanded, "Thou shalt not" ever becomes lawful, are in the deepest throes of ignorance. "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." (Malachi 3:6) God is Immutable. The morality that God established is Immutable. Those who want to please God must learn the truth. Without faith it is impossible to please God and faith is based not upon feeling or opinion, but upon the facts, the truth of the unchanging Word of God. See my book, Does God Repent? - Can God Change His Mind? God never abolished the dietary laws. Peter's Vision did not do so; those who think so are spiritually cross-eyed. See my booklet, So, You Call Yourself A Christian... to understand the dietary laws, Peter's vision, and other New Testament passages that are distorted by the blind leading the blind. Keeping the Law does not save. It never did. However, violating what God commanded is sin and if we have unconfessed, unrepented sin God will not hear our prayers! Why do you think that God is not delivering His people, the peoples of Christendom? —because they refuse to repent of their sins. Part of this is due to the fact that they erroneously think that God abolished His Law. What a perfect way for Satan to keep God's people in sin, to make them think that the Law does not exist. Satan used that same falsehood when he deceived Eve in the garden: telling her that God need not be obeyed. If Christians think God abolished His Law, they continue in sin, defiling themselves, making themselves abominable, violating what He commanded—and thus they cannot repent if they don't even think that they are in sin; and then not only does God not hear their prayers, but He sends their enemies to chasten them to repentance. When everything is going wrong and nothing seems to work, don't you think it is time to return to the instruction manual? Look back at the Golden Age of our Christian Republics. What was different then from our modern society? False interpretations of the Word of God have subverted Christendom. The pulpits are to blame as much as the legislators and judges.]
Any Christian who "fellowships with" or helps or associates with those who reject the truth incurs God's Wrath. We are commanded to obey the Gospel.* God declared that if you even bid God speed** to those who reject the Gospel* in doing so you partake of their sins (II John 1:10,11).
[* The Gospel is far broader in scope than merely "Jesus loves you". The Gospel is the whole Bible—the entire Plan of God in earth's history in a nutshell, condensed truth: God created all life separate and distinct (nothing "evolved" and all things did not "evolve" from a common parent). God commanded His people to be separate and gave them His Law. The penalty for violating God's Law is death; because God is Holy. All those who descend from Adam inherited the damaged sin nature from Adam. All are born in sin. However, because God loves His people, He provided the remedy through Christ, His Son, paying that penalty of death for the elect of His people—who are those who turn from their sin, confess Christ, and return to obeying what God commanded (which first entails LEARNING what God commands, if they have never known it). The Gospel requires obedience because it requires repentance from what God declared to be sin; there can be no repentance without turning from what God declared to be sin. Keeping the Law does not save; Christ saves. However, if one has been regenerated, then God's Holy Spirit will indwell him and the Holy Spirit will not lead into sin. "Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh." (Galatians 5:16) What are the lusts of the flesh...? —everything that God forbade! Those who continue in sin after alleged conversion, either are not converted, or are under profound delusion. God declared that light cannot have fellowship with darkness and He pronounced a curse on those who would call evil "good" and good "evil". Morality never changes. Morality is everything that God commanded, distinguishing good from evil. God never abolished His Law. Christ declared, "not one jot or tittle (not the smallest letter, not even the slightest pen stroke) shall pass from the Law". John wrote that those who say that they know God and keep not His Commandments are liars and the truth is not in them (I John 2:4). John also defines sin: "sin is the transgression of the Law" (I John 3:4). God's Law is the Standard of Morality by which God commands His people to live; God's "House Rules" for His children. Keeping the Law does not make you His child; that was accomplished by His Will in siring you. Obedience establishes one as an honorable son whom God will bless (and those of His children who are in sin He must chastise to repentance, and God declares if ye be without chastisement then you are not His child).
** any well wish or salutation / blessing, such as "take care", "have a nice day", "God bless", "Goodbye".]
"11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [rebuke] them. 12For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret." (Ephesians 5)
Amalgamation with the heathen / aliens and homoperversion are the last stages of utter immorality in terminal national disease. All great empires have fallen for the same reason. Whenever God's people sinned and intermarried, God commanded the alien spouses to be divorced and all children by them sent away from the where God's people were living. The only ones who could join with God's people were kinsmen (cousins) who were pure in their generations and who forsook their pagan gods and practices.
"1Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. 2For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. 3And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied." (Ezra 9)
As the old saying goes, "If it were a crime to be a Christian, would there be any evidence to convict you?"
Those who deny Christ before men, those will Christ deny before God. To not stand up for what Christ stood for, is to deny Christ. Christ commanded separation. "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." (Matthew 7:6) The violation of this command by missionaries and preachers and legislators has resulted in the destruction of Christendom.
Others don't stand up for what is right because those who should don't.
The average person is mentally incapacitated (because he is spiritually constipated) with the false notion that "I am just one person, what little good could I do to make any difference?"
—well, if 50 million Christians stopped thinking that sterilizing lie, we would not be in the position that we are.
If God be for us who can be against us? —but the greater question is, is God actually for us? —He is not if we are in sin and refuse to do what He commanded. If we refuse to do what He commanded, He is actually against us, until we repent. Christ said that he that is not with Him (that is doing what He commanded) is against Him and that those who don't gather with Him (that is, those who instead of gathering the lost sheep are gathering the dogs and pigs) scatter abroad (actually act to undo the work He is doing). That type of person is called an "enemy". Scripture tells us, "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). Adulterers and adulteresses are strong words—whores and whoremongers! The world has an entirely different agenda and an entirely different "morality" from that of God and it is anti-God!
"To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, it is sin!" (James 4:17)
"Without faith it is impossible to please God." (Hebrews 11:6)
True Faith is not sterile. True faith produces what God sent it out to do—obedience, righteousness.
"Faithful is He Who calleth you Who also will do it." (I Thessalonians 5:24)
"It is God Who worketh in you both to will and to do of His Good Pleasure." (Philippians 2:13)
If that Righteousness of Christ is not causing you to "do it", to stand up to evil, then it is quite possible that God's Spirit is not in you.
All of Christendom is being destroyed, while "Christians" watch tv, movies, and sports and music which enrich the very enemies of Christendom that are trying to destroy us. How will they justify that before God?
God often delivered His people, even in the late stages of their apostasy and fall, by destroying the enemy and granting His people more time to repent*—but only if enough godly people stood up to stand in the gap!
[* When Sennacherib had nearly broken Jerusalem during a siege, because of Hezekiah's repentance and standing up for God, God destroyed the Assyrian army and Sennacherib returned home; and while worshipping his false god two of his own sons slew him (II Kings 18,19; II Chronicles 32).]
"25There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
26Her priests have violated My Law, and have profaned Mine Holy Things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
27Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. 28And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.
29The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
30And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
31Therefore have I poured out Mine Indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the Fire of My Wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 22)
God doesn't change. Morality never changes. What God declared to be sin and abominations 4,000 years ago, still are today—even if the majority of "Christians" have been deceived into thinking that what used to be sin and abominations are now perfectly acceptable. "Let God be true and every man a liar." (Romans 3:4)
"He who would be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4) This indicts most "Christian" churches and most "Christians"! God never abolished His Law—His Standard of Morality for His people, His "House Rules" for His children. God does not "compromise". He is Immutable. He is "Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). Christ Jesus, God the Son, is no different: "Christ Jesus the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." (Hebrews 13:8)
God's people must repent and return to what God commanded. God is Holy and Immutable and cannot compromise. Evil never becomes good; those who think that it does, so think because they are evil:
"15Unto the pure all things [that are lawful] are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." (Titus 1)
Christ said that not one jot or tittle would pass from the Law. Keeping the Law does not save; but if one is truly regenerated the Holy Spirit within him will lead him in obedience.
Sin, rebellion against God's unchanging Standard of Morality, refusal to repent, brings Judgment.
"1Behold, the LORD’S Hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His Ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His Face from you, that He will not hear.
3For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
4None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity." (Isaiah 59)
"13And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth* Him of the evil.
14Who knoweth if He will return and repent,* and leave a blessing behind Him [instead of Judgment]; [therefore why do you not give] even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
15Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children," (Joel 2)
[* God does not repent as man repents. "God is not a man that He should repent" (Numbers 23:19; I Samuel 15:29) Repent means "to have a change of mind". God's "repentance" in this verse does not suggest a change in His Mind Itself, in His Nature, or even in His overall Plan. It is actually an anthropopathism: God expressing Himself in human terms to which man can relate. God is Spirit. He does not have a Mind or Hand or Arm as man does; but God uses those figures of speech so we can understand, to some degree, His Ineffable Being. God's "repentance" is to be understood in a very limited, specific way: It entails His Being True to His previously declared intention that if His people sinned, He would chasten them (most often with their enemies) but if they repented, He would "repent" of His chastening. "If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them." (Jeremiah 18:8) For more in-depth study, see my book, Does God Repent? - Can God Change His Mind?]
"23...for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence. 24Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.
25Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.
26Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the Law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.
27The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezekiel 7)
"Moreover it shall come to pass, [that if you My people refuse to obey Me] that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them [your enemies]." (Numbers 33:56)
"If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. " (I Chronicles 7:14)
"The curse causeless shall not come" (Proverbs 26:2)
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7)
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten the Law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." (Hosea 4:6)
[Understand: Our children are "the next generation of us". If they are forgotten, there will be no more "us". God promised never to utterly forsake His people (and never to choose any other people), but chasten us to repentance and always preserve a remnant. That remnant is getting smaller and smaller. Christ Himself rhetorically queried: "when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8) and also told us, "And except those days [end time tribulation] should be shortened, there should no flesh [of the elect remnant] be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened." (Matthew 24:22).]
"19I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
20That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey His Voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy Life, and the Length of thy Days" (Deuteronomy 30)
The Heart of the Matter:
"13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His Commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecclesiastes 12)
Sin brings God's Judgment on all—even those who are not guilty of the sin itself, but who ignore it, which also is sin and even makes on an accomplice.
If a person believes in God, Who is Creator and Lord (Master and Owner) of the universe, then it behooves him to obey what God commanded; not attempt to find some "expert" who will "agree with him" and brainstorm some "excuse" why obedience is no longer required.
"The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." (Psalm 24:1)
"1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2The same was in the beginning with God.
3All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1)
“...the worlds were framed by the Word of God...” (Hebrews 11:3)
"19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s." (I Corinthians 6)
God created all that exists, He established morality (what is right or wrong; good or evil—which never changes) and He established the penalty for violating what He commanded.
"Behold, all souls are Mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die." (Ezekiel 18:4)
However, God also provided the remedy for our sin through His Son, Christ Jesus, Who died for the elect of His people, who demonstrate that they are His elect, who have been quickened to live and regenerated by repenting of their sin and doing all that God commanded.
Repentance entails turning from sin, confessing it, asking forgiveness through Christ's paying the price of the sin-debt, and then "go and sin no more". Those who wallow in sin, celebrate it, and claim that it is not sin, blaspheme Christ and the Word of God.
God is Lord of all and He commanded what we were not to do and what we are supposed to do.
Our Republics were all founded on the Word of God and they have all fallen from Grace and because we have turned from what God commanded. We suffer all the evils that God said that would befall us if we turned from His Ways; instead of reaping all the blessings that He would shower upon us if we obeyed (see Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28).
God commanded us to hate evil. If evil people are hated, they are the problem and all they need to do is repent before God, ask His forgiveness, and "go and sin no more" and the problem of good people hating them will be solved.
"We ought to obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29)
The slogan that many Christians blindly chatter, "God hates the sin but loves the sinner" is NOT a Biblical principle; the phrase was coined by the HINDU Gandhi. God says that He hates the SOUL that sinneth. It is not the "sin" that God will cast into Hell, but the unrepentant sinner.
“...Thou hatest all workers of iniquity.” (Psalm 5:5)
“...God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm 7:11)
“...but the wicked and him that loveth violence His soul
hateth.” (Psalm 11:5)
God commands us to hate what He hates:
"Ye that love the LORD, hate evil." (Psalm 97:10)
"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil." (Proverbs 8:13)
As I ask and explain in another rumination, Who has the greater right to be offended? based upon what authority and standard? How is it not a damage and an injury to demand that someone enter someone elses delusion and celebrate his immorality with him? God commands His people to excommunicate and shun those who are in unrepentant sin. If someone does not want you in his life, his family, his church, his business because God forbade it, then don't try to force yourself on him; that is what is hateful. Why is the double-standard employed? All someone has to do is say one sentence that is politically incorrect, and he is fired, his career is ruined, and nearly everyone in business and government discriminates against him. Such a double standard is immoral and it is unconstitutional and it is criminal.
If you are offended by being around those who are offended by your sin (or whatever you choose to call it) or if you are offended at hearing what they have to say or if you are offended by experiencing their rejection of you, then don't go there! Whose fault is it if an atheist goes to church and is offended by what he hears? Whose fault is it if an atheist goes to a Christian baker and is offended by the Christian observing his religion? Our Constitution preserves our God-given, inalienable right to contract; which also entails the freedom to not contract with whom we don't want to. “There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of his exercise of his Constitutional rights.” (Sherar vs. Cullen, 481 F. 2d 946) If two people are diametrically different and by their very natures are offensive to the other, who has the greater right to be offended and whose sense of being offended has to yield to the others? Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes summed it up ever so picturesquely by saying, "one person's right to swing his fist ends where someone else's nose begins". Therefore: Keep your fist out of someone else's face! You live in your space and don't attempt to violate the space of others. It's a big world, if we are fortunate, we won't bump into each other. Corrupt judges have no authority to change the interpretation of the Constitution; it is only to be interpreted in the spirit in which it was written when it was written, and it is not to be wrangled according to modern notions. The Bible is no different. God commands us to obey Him. Our Founding Fathers established this nation and wrote our Constitution for the founding peoples of this nation—and our Constitution does not preserve rights and freedoms to aliens or to those who violate the morality upon which this nation was founded. To demand that everyone recognize the "equality" of things that are not equal and are entirely different, is psychotic, in addition to being a violation of God's Word, in addition to being irrational, in addition to being unconstitutional.
If you refuse to repent of what the Bible calls sin: 1. Stop calling yourself a Christian; 2. stop forcing yourself on Christian society. Christians did not invent the Bible. God wrote it through His Prophets and Apostles and commanded that we keep it. If you are offended by Christianity upon which this nation was founded, either be content to live in a safe and prosperous nation (which is only possible because of Christianity) or move to a nonchristian nation. Parasites are mindless. They feed off a host until the host dies, and then find another host. But being mindless, they are unable to think of what will happen when they feed off the last host to the point of extinction. Alien peoples have flocked to our nations to try to get away from their own people and their own religion which makes their lives unbearable. How sensible is it, to then demand "equality", to then attempt to change our nation into the kind of nation from which they fled?
Put your rabid hatred aside and study history, the histories of the nations of Christendom, the history of the American Revolution, and the history and doctrine of the Protestant Reformation and biographies of the Reformers—and few modernly written books will worth reading, because the majority will be full of slander and lies. [Inquire concerning a list of recommended titles.]
Why are those who claim to champion equality and tolerance and love, those who are the most hateful and the most intolerant, and who more than anyone discriminate against those whom they hate and who treat those whom they hate as if they are not equal and have no rights? If such people consider themselves "moral" (and based upon what authoritative standard?) why do they attack and persecute others who just want to be left alone?
"13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His Commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecclesiastes 12)
If you don't believe in the God of the Bible, why do you want to live in Christendom among Christians? If your motive is to steal and destroy and subvert and pervert Christendom, then at least be honest about it.