We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Saturday, July 18, 2015

It Won't Get Better

Some people today think that it is ignorant to believe in Satan.  Well, if you feel like that, I just ask you to look at the world and at yourself and try to explain some of the things that happen, both within you and in the world, apart from the biblical teaching about Satan and the hosts and powers of evil, these malevolent influences that are unseen in the spiritual realm.

The next step in the argument is that the world, as it is in sin and under the control of Satan, cannot be improved.  Indeed, I defy anyone to show that Scripture teaches that it can.  The Bible teaches, quite categorically, that sin is such a radical problem that the world cannot now and never will improve itself; there is no hope for it in that way.  So we begin to see why the man or woman who is truly Christian, who bases all opinions on scriptural teaching, is not a bit surprised at what is happening in the world today.

Our Lord and Savior himself said, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. . . .  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot. . . ." (Luke 17:26, 28).  He spans the centuries; he lays down the proposition that because of sin and the Fall, mankind as mankind is going to be no different at the end of history than what it was at the beginning.  Therefore, nothing is such an utter travesty of the Christian gospel as the suggestion that because it is preached, each generation will be better than the previous one, and the world will reform and improve, until everything that is evil and wrong will have been banished and ultimately all will be perfect.

The gospel never teaches that; it asserts the exact opposite.  I do not apologize for saying that the Bible's view of history is profoundly pessimistic.  Of course, that is why the Bible is not popular and has not been so during the last hundred years.  Evolutionary theories and hypotheses are very optimistic; they all tell us that the world is going to be better and better and that mankind is evolving and advancing.  Philosophers always want to be optimistic if they can be, and thus they paint this picture of improvement.  And, of course, if you believe them, you cannot like the Bible because its realism contrasts sharply with these optimistic ideas.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p.95-96


Marshall Art said...

Of course each generation will be no better than the one before if it does not accept the Gospel in greater numbers and more fervently than the one before. Obviously, the opposite is happening. Perhaps we are not preaching and living it well enough ourselves. Perhaps it is as you say, that it is not in the nature of mankind to ever improve. I do not care to wager against it.

Anonymous said...

Pentecostals are always preaching and teaching of this great revival coming to our land, America. As far as I can tell with all of the sexual deviance within the heterosexual community (our pastor is an unrepentant adulterer and his household is filled with sexual sins and he is still preaching in a pentecostal church), as well as the legalization of homosexual unions (won't call it marriage here), I just cannot see where the so called revival is coming from. We have a revival all right and it is called "Babylon."

Anonymous said...

Ah, so true. The error of post millennialism (and the dominionist view as well), that the world will improve as each successive generation hears the Gospel, until everything is at peace and then Christ returns. Not so! The days of Noah/Lot would signify that the end will be, as Lloyd Jones said, just like the beginning, full of depravity and wickedness. Only Christ's pre millennial return will set things right, for the 1000 years, while satan is imprisoned. But these days are indeed the age of satan. Come quickly Lord Jesus!

Oh yes, friends, and are the fields still white for the harvest? When did Christ say that? At the *beginning* of the harvest, 2000 years ago. But anyone who knows even a little about agriculture knows harvests all have an end. There might be a few decent tomatoes to glean here and there amidst the browning vines and rotting vegetation, but not many. That's my reply to those who are daily looking for the next 'pentecost style revival'.


Anonymous said...

Great insight Carolyn. Thank-you, from Anon 11:02. God bless you.