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VT not an Isolated Perturbation, Rather in the Trend

 


The crimes at Virginia Tech while making history in the magnitude of murders on a college campus are not isolated from the current trends in our society and in the world.  Crime is increasing, violent crimes are increasing; and I think the figure of increase is approximately 2% in this nation.  Goodness that hardly includes the crime and lawlessness in the rest of the world where wars rage in Iraq, Afghanistan, and always in Africa.  While all must be done to combat crime, both in a corrective and preventive manner, we need to see such incidents in the light of what the Bible has to say on current events.  The Bible teaches that throughout the world there is a rising tide of the mystery of lawlessness.  The mystery of lawlessness was already at work during the time Paul wrote the book of II Thessalonians, and it will only increase as indicated by what Jesus said about some of the signs of the last times, “Because sin will abound the love of many will wax cold.”  (Matthew 24:12)  {We will come back to this teaching from Jesus, but first we need to see what the Bible teaches on the rising tide of the mystery of lawlessness.}


 


“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”  (II Thessalonians 2:7)


 


Mystery is the Bible is something that we would not know except for the revelations from God as recorded in the Bible, and something like the mystery of what happened at VT that we do not fully understand even after we have considered all the wisdom of man and of the Bible.  Oh, there will be a lot of seemingly sufficient explanations as the always present wind bags, the wise and educated of this world, and others use this a vehicle to grind their axes:  politicians and lawmakers will seek more laws, some will seek more gun control that could have kept the weapons and ammo out of the hands of the young student, some will seek less gun control with the supposition that others on the campus with guns could have stopped the killer, and educators and mental health care officials will seek more administration.  What will not happen predominately is a facing up to the God-given facts of the Bible.  For example people in American Society like the lady on TV who has written a book on 7 rules for living, maintaining that all people are basically good will not subscribe to the Bible on “the heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things, who can know it?”  Nor is she different from the American Democratic Faith which dominates our society, often found as a substitute for the Faith of the Bible and of Jesus; and in the world the debate between the inherent goodness and evil of man has been endless in spite of the clear teachings of the Bible that the heart is basically bad until the new birth.  Adam sinned, Even sinned, and sin forever entered the blood stream of the human race.  {In fact the “lawlessness” word of II Thessalonians 2:7 is the same as sin.  Lawless is both crime and sin against God especially in our country where so many of the laws like against murder and false witness and stealing have been incorporation into American law.}


 


We would immediately contrast the more positive side of II Thessalonians 2:7 in that the Holy Spirit has been appointed and sent by God and Jesus to restrain the increase of this lawlessness in the world, and by the way also to restrain Satan who along with the sin and lust in the human heart are the co-sponsors of such lawlessness.  You do see in II Thessalonians 2:7 a caveat to this in that there is a certain time during the Falling Away that God has called for the complete removal of the Holy Spirit from this earth.  If we think crime and lawless sin are bad now, we will see this happen not too long before the Second Coming of Christ, what Acts 2:17-21 and Joel 2:28-32 refer to as “The Great and Notable Day of the Lord.” {By the way this passage, please read it carefully, also defines from God Himself the “last days” as beginning with the sending of the Holy Spirit to earth after the Ascension of Jesus and as ending approximately with this removal of the Holy Spirit from earth; and contrary to so much unsound doctrine among the fundamentalists based on Scofield Reference Bible notes, this also marks the interval of the 1000 years, also of the binding and loosing of Satan.}  You would almost think Satan was loose already and that the Holy Spirit has departed the world scene!


 


Now we must briefly explain from the Bible of God and from the God of the Bible what causes these sins:  (1) the sinful nature of man who has not become a son of God {most of the world rejected Jesus and still does, “but as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12,13)}; (2) God has allowed man freedom of choice and the wicked heart has the bent to sin,  like Pastor James told us and the first church at Jerusalem, “but each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed” (James 1:14), and further “the human spirit that dwells within us lusteth to envy and covet” (James 4:5); (3) and yes the total influence in American Society where God is left out of any group or institution, that is where:


 


“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not filled; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful…”  (Romans 1:28-31)


 


For any society to leave God out of their thinking brings these unfortunate and inevitable consequences.  All we have to do as individuals and educators and administrators is to simply leave God out of our studies and thoughts, then comes the futility of thoughts, the darkening of foolish hearts, the constructions of gods like men in our own little minds and foolish wisdom like men, the unnatural use of men and women, and you see how the spiral downward of civilizations, society, individuals and the world starts with the simply neglect of God and godliness.


 


We can not leave out (4) Satan, in the list of influences that cause such sin and lawlessness.  The wisdom of this world would hardly admit it, but the Bible does teach a milder form of demon possession, milder not in the sense that what happened to the youthful student at VT was mild but milder in the sense of not manifesting the symptoms famous in the life of Jesus where the demon possessed were loose and out of control, often kept in chains where they would not harm themselves or others.  You can easily see from the Gospel that Judas had this milder form of demon possession.  It at first as he was stealing from the purse a more common leading by Satan where “Satan put it in his mind to betray Jesus” until it grew in control over his life to the point “that Satan entered into the heart of Jesus.”  {By the way in the context of the Gospels is where Jesus told the apostles that “many are called but few are chosen”.  Judas was called as a member of the select group like many are called as church members today, but he was not chosen to be among those who were truly born again.  Unfortunately we do not have time or space right now to discuss freedom of choice and predestination, both of which are true in the Bible, and like so much in science like how light can be both particle and wave in nature, is also a mystery left to God and beyond our full understanding.  If you want to read more about this refer to my page, “Friends of Jesus”, a challenge to youth and all to overcome the Falling Away, in the website www.biblecombibleman.com, and the book on the same subject to be published shortly.}


 


 


 


 

2007-04-22 23:24:58 GMT
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