Truth in shambles makes Christian ethics of modern ecumenism suspect. In trying to infuse the powers-that-be with their brand of ethics who is leading whom? Here we see the error of holding the word of God in unrighteousness. Prosperity theology preached by supposedly spokesmen for Jesus Christ, makes the word of God to none effect. Are they intercessors for God or for anti-christ? It is vital for Christians to know the truth and truth shall indeed make us free.
Prophet Isaiah here speaks “In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood(v.13)”. An egregious example is this news report: “Televangelist Pat Robertson has accused the philanthropist George Soros of financing the caravan of migrants heading toward the U.S. border—though admitted that there is “no hard evidence” to support his claim (Newsweek of 10/23/18)”. Does it not smack of anti-Semitism in a roundabout manner? This is an example of truth in shambles peddled by a minister of God no less! Daily such apologists,- self-appointed for ungodly men add up- these have caused the pure word of God show in bad light. Does any one think the Lord would be happy with such state of affairs? As with the nation of Israel, the modern church is blighted by apathy for the poor and needy. , “… it displeased him that there was no judgment. And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor (vv.15-16)”:
In order to get back to the light, everlasting light we need to look closely how the word of God establishes the supremacy of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Mediator between heaven and the earth. Was he not a migrant himself? Though the Son and the heir he made himself as a little one, of whom he spoke at length in many discourses. How is that two millennia of evangelism has failed to show good results in this fundamental aspect? How can anyone think of acquiring the mind of Christ without being an intercessor? Without leaving our treasures in heaven how can we shape our hearts Christ-like? He chose to live in humility and made common cause with ordinary people. Jesus wept and felt pity for them. We cannot escape the yoke or the cross. Nobler it would be,- manly and mature enough trusting help from the throne of grace. This being the basis for a Christian to grow by examples, who changed emphasis with ‘divine healing’ circus as a money spinner? How does a televangelist justify when he wants to covet high office of the real? There were martyrs, those who dedicated their entire lives to take the gospel to ends of the earth. The result ? You cannot say your treasure is in heaven and crave praise from men by material affluence. The ministers of God are prosperous and complacent as the Pharisees of old. Is it because the enemy sowed tares? Along the way teachers have laid the emphasis of Christian values more of the obvious kind than of the spirit. The risen Christ in glory shall certainly silence this flood of ungodliness unleashed by ant-christ. In verse 18 to 20 we read, “According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, …When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him”. In this context let us look the woman in the vision fared in the wilderness. “Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent./But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth(Re.12:15-16-NIV).” We are living it! And we have preachers judging others, forgetting the beam in their own eyes!
Does the church benefit from toadying to the powers on the issue of migrants? Jesus called the migrants, dispossessed, orphans as ‘the little ones’. “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones (Lk.17:2)”. Similarly what does doing the will of the Father which is in heaven’ (Matt.7.22) would mean in practical terms? When Jesus came to the earth as Son of man he did not claim privilege or special status. He made common cause with man who because of his fallen state is an exile or a migrant. Like Cain he is vulnerable and in writing the safe conduct pass,God put the mark of cain. It is mercy.
Prevenient grace when Jesus came became his glory. Truth and grace came by Jesus as the Gospel of John teaches us. So when we show mercy are we not glorifying God? Here is a passage to teach what righteousness means. It is meant for the so called moral majority and those who imagine they are in position to judge others. “ For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matt.25-35-40-NIV).”
The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
13 In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.
So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.
21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.