Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20 — King James Version

 

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

1 John 3:4-10 — English Standard Version

 

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

A Tree and Its Fruit

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

I Never Knew You

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Build Your House on the Rock

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Matthew 7:13-27 — English Standard Version

 

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.

Proverbs 14:34 — New international Version

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

Proverbs 14:34 — Berean Study Bible

Righteousness will exalt the people and sin diminishes a people.

Proverbs 14:34 — Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Proverbs 14:34 — English Standard Version

 

Any way a person reads it, knows it, says it the way of the Lord, God’s righteousness, obedience to Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures exalts, lifts up and restores a nation, a people — while their sin, their disobedience, their heeding the ways and words of the Evil One, as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden, loving the lies of Satan over the truth of God, as the majority do since that day in the Garden in self-centered disobedience leads only to reproach, condemnation, increasing sin, depravity and eventual destruction. The latter only leading to eternal death. The former to eternal life. The greatest stark contrasts in all the universe. More clear than holding black and white side by side.

Simply put — God sets clearly for us all what is right, what is wrong. What is moral, what is immoral. Every possible thing that comes before any and every person around the world throughout all of history is found in the Holy Bible. Examples of what ought to be done, examples of what ought not to be done. Clear, concise words of instruction for every man, woman and child on this earth.

Some believe and obey, and can know and call God Father. The minority. The remnant.

Yet the majority…

Majority rule is no rule at all if that majority adheres to and submits to serving evil. Serving Satan. Serving unrighteousness with their reprobate vile minds, spirits and bodies. As the majority does. Has throughout world history all over the surface of this world.

The majority do not know or appear to care to know God as Father. They are not children of God as the lost world likes to identify everyone as when it suits their purposes. No, dear ones, only those who truly believe, realize they are sinners, that can identify and call sin sin, only those who confess, repent, believe and obey making Jesus Lord of their lives can rightly call God Father.

While the majority…

Do not be swept up in the tsunami of polls, public opinion, media manipulations and the ever-increasing in intensity lies of the Evil One infecting the masses of people. The false teachers and their false teachings twisting love, speaking of tolerance of sin while never mentioning sin. All any of us needs is found in God’s Word. Turn to the Holy Bible. Ask of the Holy Spirit to guide, instruct, edify, grow, learn and have faith the Holy Spirit will provide. Turn from the words, ways and beguiling corrupted lies of this world and he who has dominion here for a season, appearing as an angel of light, as do his ministers (See 2 Corinthians 11:14).

The times do not dictate morality. Just as the majority does not. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and the Word of God are unchangeable. Consistent. Pure, True. Unchangeable. Woe to anyone who deems they can reduce God to our level, that God needs to get in step with the times! Rather it is every person who needs to rise up closer to God and God’s Word rather than lowering God, determining in their corrupt, evil of this flesh and earthly minds what God thinks, or says is right and wrong according to their failed, fallen, lost and broken moral compass. Want to know what is right? What is wrong? What God says to do and not do? How to obey? And the consequences of not obeying? Not believing? Thinking we are gods, that worldly wisdom, worldly philosophies is fine and dandy?

The majority…

…needs to turn to the Holy Bible. Every answer is found within for every situation in human life. Throughout history.

Withstand the lies, the fiery darts, the confusion by placing your feet, your spirit, your eyes, your life firmly and boldly in the inerrant infallible living Word of God. And eat of it daily. Ingest and digest the Scriptures discerning rightly and wisely the whole Word of God. For spiritual growth. Spiritual life. Protection from the evil days upon us. Eat of the Word even greater than eating of the physical food the Lord blesses us with to sustain our earthly bodies — eat of the Word greater to sustain our spiritual lives and our eternal reward in heaven with the Lord.

All here will pass away.

What is eternal, where an individuals spirit / soul will reside for eternity is uppermost. Ought to be uppermost in each individuals minds and heart daily. And that is determined by who, or Who and what we serve. Where we build our foundations. Our beliefs. How we exhibit those beliefs. The fruit we bear or do not bear. The structure we reside in while here for but a brief season.

Morality is determined by God. God’s way. Not the world’s.

This lesson is given almost countless times in Scripture from Genesis 3 onward to Revelation 22:21.

Clearly. Plainly. Easy enough for a child to understand.

 

Ken Pullen

ACP — A Crooked Path

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

 

The Majority Does Not Determine Morality

 

By Michael L. Brown

December 10, 2019

Reprinted from: ASKDRBrown

 

 

It’s always nice to be able to point to the polls when they support your position. But polling, when done accurately, does nothing more than tell you what other people think. And just because you have the majority on your side doesn’t mean you are right. In fact, when it comes to morality, the majority is often at odds with the Bible, which sets the standard of morality for practicing Christians.

But this should come as no surprise.

After all, Jesus famously said, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13–14).

As the related saying goes, the road to destruction is broad.

Ironically, a Gallup article from June, 2018 indicated that, “Forty-nine percent of Americans say the state of moral values in the U.S. is ‘poor’ — the highest percentage in Gallup’s trend on this measure since its inception in 2002. Meanwhile, 37% of U.S. adults say moral values are ‘only fair,’ and 14% say they are ‘excellent’ or ‘good.’”

So, almost half of the country thinks that the moral values of the country are “poor,” leading to an obvious question: Are we right about our morals being wrong? If so, then why are so many of us immoral?

Gallup reported in May of this year that, “A majority of Americans (63%) continue to say same-sex marriage should be legal, on par with the 64% to 67% Gallup has recorded since 2017.”

As recently as 1996, however, only 27 percent of Americans believed same-sex “marriage” should be legal.

As for same-sex relationships in general (outside of marriage), Gallup reports that in 1987, 57 percent of Americans said that consenting, adult relationships between homosexuals or lesbians should not be legal while only 32 percent said they should be legal. By 2019, those numbers had more than flipped, with only 26 percent saying those relationships should not be illegal and 73 percent saying they should.

The Gallup chart is quite graphic, with the numbers crisscrossing somewhat through 2004 and then becoming an ever-widening gap from roughly 2005.

Are these numbers significant? Absolutely.

Do they point to major social shifts? Obviously, they do.

Are they great news for lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer activists? Without a doubt.

Do they prove anything when it comes to determining what is moral? No, they do not.

During the time period from 2003 to 2017, support for polygamy in America rose from 7 percent to 17 percent, an even more dramatic shift from a statistical point of view. And it’s up to 18 percent in 2019.

Gallup noted that this “may simply be the result of the broader leftward shift on moral issues Americans have exhibited in recent years. Or, as conservative columnist Ross Douthat notes in his New York Times blog, ‘Polygamy is bobbing forward in social liberalism’s wake …’ To Douthat and other social conservatives, warming attitudes toward polygamy is a logical consequence of changing social norms — that values underpinning social liberalism offer ‘no compelling grounds for limiting the number of people who might wish to marry.’”

Gallup also observed that, “It is certainly true that moral perceptions have significantly, fundamentally changed on a number of social issues or behaviors since 2001 — most notably, homosexual/lesbian relations, having a baby outside of wedlock, sex between unmarried men and women, and divorce.”

Interestingly, Gallup also noted that there were social reasons that help to explain some of this larger leftward shift (including the rise in divorce and changes in laws; another obvious reason is that people have friends and family members who identify as homosexual or lesbian).

In contrast, “there is little reason to believe that Americans are more likely to know or be polygamists now than at any other time in the past. But there is one way Americans may feel more familiar with or sympathetic to polygamy: television.”

But of course.

And it is television (and movies and the print media and social media) which has helped change public opinion on same-sex relationships as well, along with other moral issues. (I have documented this for years now; for detailed information on TV and movies through 2011, see here.)

A recent article on the Oprah Magazine was titled, “Pete Buttigieg’s Husband Chasten Has an Incredible Backstory.” But the article’s more important point was found in the subtitle: “With a win for Pete, Chasten would become First Gentleman of the United States.”

Yes, let’s normalize this concept too: The First [Homosexual] Gentleman! Let’s get used to this new concept – an utterly wrong and immoral concept – using Pete and Chasten as our lovable role models. It’s the new normal!

Remember: We’re not talking about a female president and her husband, who would become the “First Gentleman of the United States.”

We’re talking a male president with a male spouse who would be the “First Gentleman of the United States.” That’s quite a different story.

Yet it’s a story that many Americans might soon be at home with, which proves that the majority does not determine morality.

Morality must be determined on wholly other grounds and argued for holistically.

When the majority embraces morality, that bodes well for a nation. When it’s the opposite, look out.

As Proverbs 14:34 states, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20 — King James Version