“Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, have fellowship with you?” Psalms 94:20
Conviction is defined as the state or appearance of being convinced. It is a fixed or firmly held belief held as proven. That would mean the mind is made up, truth has been discovered, and boundaries are then set in place which should never be breached. When we consider the United States of America, looking to its humble beginnings, the Constitution was developed by a group of extraordinary men with the conviction that all men were created equal and had the right to live as free men apart from the tyranny of others. Over the last 400 years laws have been put in place to safe guard that conviction.
So too, the foundation of the Church was established by another group of extraordinary men who we call the Apostles. These men also lived with a conviction, one which has governed the body of Christ for some 2000 years. This conviction was that a child was born of a virgin who was none other than Immanuel (God with us). This child grew up and was both Son of God and Son of Man, and for three years went about preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God and doing many miracles. This God Man suffered under Pontius Pilot, was Crucified and on the third day rose again, ascended to the right hand of God the Father until His promised return.
In recent years, and spanning several decades we have witnessed the abandonment of both convictions listed above. What has replaced these convictions is mischief, which is now the dominating influence over the political and religious communities who have joined in recent days as a cooperative spirit to stir society and the general public to a general consensus that humanity is approaching an evolutionary breakthrough. At the forefront of this Gnostic humanistic movement in the last decade is tolerance. Both the political and religious camps are pushing tolerance. Tolerance in and of itself is not a bad thing, however, when ethical, Biblical, and Constitutional issues are shoved to the side and swept under the rug for the sake of tolerance, I take issue with it. Developing tolerance without a moral, Biblical, and Constitutional foundation amounts to no less than mischief.
Mischief can be defined as conduct or activity that playfully causes petty annoyance. But it can also be described as vexatious harm or trouble, an injury or evil caused by a person or other agent or cause. Today we are watching how Evangelicalism is driven off message by diverting attention from the gospel to ineffective political attempts to legislate morality. In the mean time, the legislative bodies of Congress and the Senate have diverted attention from the Constitution of the United States by legislating immorality such as abortion, civil unions, same sex marriage, etc. Sadly, in the last three years we have seen how our Government and their so called war on terror has now placed the American people and the American way of life in jeopardy by ending the war abroad and turning it inward. Now, with the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), the American people can be charged and detained indefinitely without the right to an attorney or trial. Truth is, whether its Political or Evangelical, the Right or the Left, our leaders are now running a mock and have been given over to mischievousness.
Western Culture as a result has given way to practical atheism and moral relativism. Our present culture has developed the view that anyone with Biblical conviction are just clinging to bronze age beliefs as if somehow practicing such a faith based on ancient myths has any relevance to the political climate of our age. This view also holds that theists’ inability to grasp the natural world is evidenced (although not exclusively) by the constant bickering between them. One individual recently informed me of this as he stated…”I’m not attempting to critique the three great Abrahamic religions at the moment, I’m talking specifically about the seemingly insignificant, tiny denominations that are so concerned with interpretation of negligible differences in irrelevant Scripture and the application of such scriptures that they’ll actually argue about it.” This individual went on to say that a relatively small sect of modern Christianity; a division of protestantism – evangelicalism has in its midst a legion of believers so fanatical that they’ll actually find fault in fellow believers doctrine based on a compilation of texts and books that have proven to be so erroneous and contradictory that it’s a wonder how in the world the religious right can get anything done at all.
In all fairness, isn’t this true of both the Republican and Democratic parties who through the Dialectic process are forming Post-Modern Culture in tolerant and relevant thought? The individual mentioned in the above paragraph is the result of modern evangelicalism as it is now evidenced that the Christian influence which has shaped Western Culture that spread worldwide in the 19th century are now producing atheism and relativist thought as a consequence. Although the Religious Right wave the Bible and the Christian flag and have become a political block there is no Biblical foundation beneath them. They applauded President Bush for restricting stem cell research which came from aborted babies yet did nothing to stop the abortions. Abortion is always the Republican’s running platform yet they themselves say it’s a matter of the individual states to decide. The same is true now of civil unions and same sex marriage. Politics cannot dictate morality! If we have no Biblical foundation, we have no foundation at all!
“No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and being forth iniquity.” Isaiah 59:4
Dr. Benjamin Rush stated: “Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”1 Though the word “religion” is a generic term, today I would replace it with the word “Scripture.” For two reasons: First, many believe we are in an age that is privileged with discovery, science, and readily available data that’s on-demand for anyone who takes the time to actually study the truth. And Secondly, those who cling to this belief also view the bible, regardless of what version you choose to be a perversion. They believe “Scripture to be a slowly but ever-evolving hodgepodge of writings, poems, laws, myths, and firsthand accounts sewn together with subtle, almost indiscernible disregard to the versions that came before it. None of which, (according to their thinking) are exhaustive, but are largely historically inaccurate, and all of them are so severely self contradictory that it requires a truly delusional individual to ignore the cognitive dissonance the books narratives present…if you consider them narratives at all.” And they call us extremist! Yet the view presented here has the most extreme hatred of God, truth, morality, and Scripture I have ever seen! Again, this individual I am quoting from is the fruit of Modern Evangelicalism.
No, many within the Evangelical camps view God to be as vindictive, capricious, and blood thirsty as ever, and view Scripture (In particular Revelation) a revival of the Old testament. If you believe the Bible and are against homosexuality (In their opinion), you are part of the homophobic culture of bigotry, intolerance, and mysticism of the Bible. Hmmmm, Gnostic thinking at its best, esoteric spirituality runs rapid today doesn’t it? I mean, Scripture is now viewed as arcane, yet humanistic thought, knowledge and science are tangible. Can you see how society has been given over to mischief? After all, the view held today is that…”there’s no feasible reason why two people of the same sex shouldn’t enjoy the same rights as two people of opposite sex. 20 years from now this will be compared to the civil rights movement of the 60’s, women’s suffrage and the nineteenth amendment, and perhaps even the abolishment of slavery… and rightfully so. These cultural break through’s were human triumphs that were brought about by individuals who fought for the underprivileged and often abused; they had the courage and conviction to fight for what was right. And guess who fought them every step of the way every single time? the religious right.” (Emphasis Mine)
Movement away from Biblical conviction has and does give way to lawlessness and immorality. And Scripture says so…”Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” 1 Timothy 4:1-2. But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power” 2 Timothy 3:1-5. This then, describes our Culture does it not? Within and without the religious systems.
1. Rush, Benjamin. James Henry Morgan, 2 (Carlisle, PA: Dickinson College, 1933), p. 11.