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Friday, December 16 2016
The Self Love Gospel
"Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things"
Satan (see also What Is Satan's Real Name? and Satan's Sandals) created sinners with the very same vanity that made him a sinner ("28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness" Ezekiel 28:17 KJV) - vain beauty that corrupts wisdom. Notice how the words used are even the same.
"3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Genesis 3:6 KJV)
From that time on, carnal-minded humanity (humans were created sinless - that is the true "human nature" that needs to the recovered and restored) became "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" all of the time, just like Adam and Eve, declaring that there is nothing wrong if "I do it." But while humans can deceive themselves, and other humans, the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) cannot be deceived: "I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings."
"17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
So it has been that carnal-minded humanity, left to itself, demands the lies that feed the narcissism ("An exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself" The WordWeb Dictionary from Princeton University). Even when Truth is made evident, they "Say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits" (see also Why Are True Prophets Hated? Why Are False Prophets Loved?).
"30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us." (Isaiah 30:9-11 KJV)
The Holy Spirit makes possible a cleansing from Satanic vanity (see The Cure For Confusion). But therein comes the greater danger because it's no longer just a matter of lies appealing to carnal egotism - it's a threat to blaspheme the Holy Spirit by committing the unpardonable sin (see the Fact Finder question below). Merely claiming the Messiah's Title ("the Christ" i.e. Christian; see also Where Believers Were First Called Christians) does not make one a genuine Christian if God's Truth of the genuine Gospel is not obeyed (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say? and Strait And Straight).
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Once the Truth is known, the Messiah warns "Take heed that no man deceive you."
"24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matthew 24:4-5 KJV)
In the end, the vanity of deception will reach its peak: "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders."
"24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:23-24 KJV)
The apostle Paul frequently encountered those who "pervert the gospel of Christ" and lured people, who knew better, into a love of self.
"1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Notice how Paul referred specifically to the "It's not wrong if I do it" vanity that caused the first humans to repeat Satan's fall into sin, "as the serpent beguiled Eve" (see also Eve Was Created From Adam; What Woman Was Created From Jesus Christ?).
"11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." (2 Corinthians 11:3-4 KJV)
And again, the beauty that can be misused to dazzle those with a vanity-receptive heart.
"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is the "unpardonable sin"?
This Day In History, December 16
1431: During the Hundred Years' War (actually about 116 years, from 1337 to 1453), Henry VI of England was crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.
1485: Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England, was born. Henry divorced her without Papal approval, starting the English Reformation.
1497: Vasco da Gama cleared the Cape of Good Hope, in the area where Bartolomeu Dias had earlier turned back to Portugal.
1653: During England's Interregnum (the time between two reigns; "when there is no king, the people do mischief"), the Protectorate was established; Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. He went on to establish religious tolerance and allied England with France against Spain.
1631: Mount Vesuvious in Italy erupted, killing over 4,000 people.
1689: During the Convention Parliament, the Declaration of Right was embodied in the English Bill of Rights. Although others claimed to be the originators of such rights in their later-created nations, the English Bill of Rights, along with the Magna Carta, the Petition of Right and the Habeas Corpus Act 1679 were the inspiration for all of them.
1707: The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji occurred in Japan.
1740: The War(s) of the Spanish Succession began when Frederick of Prussia invaded Silesia, one of the richest Hapsburg provinces. His victory encouraged other Hapsburg adversaries and thus insured that the war would become generalized.
1761: During the Seven Years' War, the Russian forces under Pyotr Rumyantsev captured the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg after a four-month siege.
1811: A powerful earthquake changed the course of the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Missouri.
1835: A fire in New York City destroyed property estimated to be worth $20,000,000. Beginning in a store at Pearl and Merchant (Hanover) Streets, it lasted two days, ravaged 17 blocks (52 acres), and destroyed 674 buildings including the Stock Exchange, Merchants' Exchange, Post Office, and the South Dutch Church.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), German battleships under the command of Franz von Hipper bombarded the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.
1916: The infamous Russian monk Grigori Rasputin was murdered. "Rasputin" wielded powerful influence over Alexandra, wife of Czar Nicholas of Russia; he was murdered by members of the royal family and the Duma.
1920: One of the worst earthquakes of all time occurred in Kansu province, China, killing 180,000 people.
1944: German forces launched a major offensive in Belgium's Ardennes Forest. It became known as the Battle of the Bulge.
1950: During the Korean War, Chinese troops began supporting North Korea.
1965: During the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people caused by the division of their country by France in the 1940s), U.S. General William Westmoreland requested that Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara send 243,000 more U.S. troops into the colonial conflict.
1969: The British House of Commons voted by 343-185 to approve the permanent abolition of the death penalty.
1991: The United Nations reversed its earlier declaration that "Zionism is racism" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion).