An Epistle Unto The Christians
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.1 Corinthians 13:11
The Apostle James had a rhetorical question for the Church. He asked the Body of Christ, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:1, 3)
The question comes back to the Church now, as we face a world that is every bit as uncertain as it always was. Do we have economic freedom in the United States? Do we have sexual freedom in the United States? Do we have freedom of our bodies in the United States? These are some rhetorical questions after the style of James that we must ask, for these things are childish things. These are things that those that are asleep ask without the Spirit of Christ. Let us answer some of these questions, then perhaps we may move onto James’ question.
First, do we have economic freedom in the US? Do we need economic freedom? Here is an answer: we know from Hebrews that the saints wandered in the deserts for our LORD. We know from Christian history that the saints of the first century, second century, and so on wandered about to escape persecution, the persecution they faced for proclaiming the name of Christ.
So to answer the rhetorical question, we have all things through Christ, what need have we of economic freedom? Furthermore, to leave off childish things and put on the new man, letting the mind of Christ rule in us, is economic freedom another expression of covetousness? Do we just want to buy whatever we want even if it a sinful idol? If our leaders cause inflation, if our rulers tax us to oblivion, what more can we do than pray to the Father of lights? What else should we do but pray for those with authority over us? These are the things Christians should do.
Second, do we have sexual freedom in the US? We hear of the so-called Christians admit that as long as the sodomy remains in the house, what do we care as Americans. We are not Americans, dear heart, we are Christians, saved from our sin through the blood of Christ. We warn the world of the judgement to come, or else we should. Furthermore, this “freedom” is not in the house anymore, it is in the streets, it is in the faces of our children and grandchildren. Abraham interceded for Lot’s sake, shall we not ask our Father for victory over these devils? Flee fornication and fleshly lusts, for they war against the soul. They WAR! As the Word of God says, and we are losing this battle for the soul of our earthly nation. The Church has fallen asleep believing that we have no other function but to love sin. That is what the Christians do if they do not stand up to this lie of “sexual freedom,” for the body is the LORD’s, yet our young women have given their bodies to satan. And so the answer to the question, is that we have let our liberty in Christ become a cloak of covetousness. Here you are: “What have we to do with their identity? Let them do as they do, and I will watch from afar. As they step closer and deeper into the pit I will proclaim the freedom they have to do what they will!” Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set on them to do evil! (Ecclesiastes 8:11)
Lastly, do we have freedom over our own bodies? For whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage. Do we not understand that as we have this liberty in Christ, we can fall away to the fashion of our former selves, and become servants to sin, rather, slaves to sin in our bodies? The so-called Christians consider abortion a right and a privilege, disregarding the holiness of God! Moreover, the Covid jabs, which are the products of this sin, is seen by Christians to be a thing not understood. For, they say, we must take it in order to continue in our liberty that Christ gave us. Do you hear yourself? How can you regain the liberty that Christ gave you? Only he can give it! Christians, the division in the Church based on wicked sects and perversions has grown even deeper with the jab, for the pastors have fallen after this same example of unbelief and have led the congregations astray. Shall we all be of the same mind? Some believe that a woman may kill her child because it is in her body that the child grows. Shall the foolish woman not understand that God made her as well as the unborn child? Who shall teach her? The pastor who has given his body to the destruction of satan’s religion, science? Neither, I say, shall they be the better for their belief in sin, for only one can make the spirit, soul, and body free, and that is Christ. Furthermore, neither her murder nor the partaking of the product of murder shall free you from the bondage of sin. Shall we not repent and be of the same mind one to another? Perhaps this is the final answer to the question of bodily freedom, we can be free when we submit to Christ’s precepts.
The early Church saint Cyprian said of the persecution of Valerian in 259 AD that it was the result “Chiefly of our own wickedness and sins, while we walk not in the way of the LORD, nor observe his precepts left unto us for our institution”, and further, “These evils had not happened to the brethren, if the brethren had joined together in brotherly unanimity” and “If our prayers be joined together with brotherly agreement” then the LORD will hear the repentance, and will answer the same with power to overcome, and the boldness to preach Christ’s doctrine undefiled (Acts and Monuments of the Christian Church, John Fox). What does not agree here with 2 Chronicles 7:14? Or 1 John 1:9? Or many such like Scriptures? The prayers of the Christians cannot be answered if they are praying in division, for they will believe that they are praying to a divided God, yet he has no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Now Christian, shall we be divided? Shall we have war one with another? Shall we ask the LORD requests concerning his will, or ours? Shall we ask amiss to live in our sinful freedoms in peace? Shall we consume ourselves upon our own lusts? We know the wages of sin is death, so shall we not rather repent of our wickedness and turn to serve the living God once again? Or shall we despise the chastening of the LORD? The answer to James’ question is clear, the wars and divisions abound because we do not submit ourselves to God. The grace of God be with you all.
Supplemental reading: Ezra 9, Nehemiah 9, Daniel 9:1-19, Hosea 9
The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Amen.
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