Whom do you trust: God or man?
by Don Hank
If we were to be honest with ourselves for just a brief moment, we would admit that Western society is deeply sinful and even worships sin, celebrating with carnivals and gay parades, and teaching young children how to perform sex acts in schools. Romans 1:25 accurately describes the Western world (Paul uses homosexuals as an example but this issue ranges far wider than that):
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
And the end of that discourse on sinners describes the outcome.
...men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
A graphic depiction of some of that recompense for this particular group of sinners can be found here.
which I referenced in my commentary "The recompense of their error":
So why do people deliberately engage in self-destructive practices that our superior intelligence should be telling us to avoid for the purposes of self preservation? Or for that matter, why do they pursue Keynesian economics amassing mountains of debt that no one could ever repay in a headlong rush to destroy our economy, our means of survival?
The answer is right there in Paul's discourse, and this is the part Christians need to focus on when examining the failure of Western society to manage its laws, its immigration, its social ills, its finances and economy, etc:
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.
Did you ever consider what that means?
It was GOD'S doing. Paul is talking about people who worship nature instead of the Creator. Why would people who once worshipped nature turn around and do something unnatural, as Paul calls this behavior in this same passage? A person analyzing this without spiritual discernment would say it makes no sense and would be at a loss to explain it in rational terms. Some spiritually blind (but otherwise very intelligent) analysts say that for this reason, Paul didn't really mean "unnatural" when describing this behavior, and they tamper with the translation from the original Greek to make it say something else. (They forget that in the 4th Century, Jerome, a fluent speaker of koine Greek, rendered this term as “contra naturam” in his Vulgate Latin Bible).
But God allows people to do the unnatural all the time. Once you turn your back on God, He abandons you and you fall into a behavior pattern designed by Satan. There is nothing natural about sinful behavior because it was not designed by God. If it is not natural, then is it supernatural?
Well, since God performs supernatural works—that is, works above nature—then Satan’s works might best be considered asa infranatural, or below nature. An animal would not destroy its own habitat and economy the way humans are now doing. Nor would an animal devote itself almost solely to the pursuit of sex, especially homosex, the way many humans do (although homosexuality is known in the animal kingdom, there are no known strictly homosexual individuals that eschew all individuals of the opposite sex).
These infranatural phenomena are exactly why we face an imminent worldwide economic collapse. Economists, supposedly specialists in math, no longer "do math." Likewise, otherwise educated people who understand human anatomy deliberately and routinely utilize a bodily organ designed as an outlet as an inlet, a lifestyle that leads to horrific diseases and death (see here.)
GOD allows this. Because people stopped trusting in Him and thought they could come up with their own answers. Look around you. How do you like the results of Western secularist, humanist political, economic, social, etc, behavior? Vote for either candidate and you will get more of the same.
This is why the West does not need more laws or a better government.
It needs a spiritual revival. And that revival will not happen without the love that Jesus taught. Americans, including the best and otherwise most civil and decent of us, are beating each other up because we think this is about people. If people do this or that, or if we make this or that law or elect this or that politician, then we can get back on track. How can this group or that group be so stupid, they say?
But again, they ignore Paul's words in another letter of his:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
If you think this is too high-flown and ethereal to relate to your life and the world around you, consider this article on John Maynard Keynes, the author of our failed economic system (bailouts and other government intervention that kills free enterprise):
If we take to heart Paul’s message in Romans 1:25-27, we can easily see it was no coincidence that Keynes was both a sexual pervert (pedophile, homosexual, etc) and the author of the most perverted economic system known to humankind.
Portuguese version of this article: Em quem você confia: em Deus ou no homem?
Source: Julio Severo in English (Last Days Watchman): www.lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com