Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jun | 17 | The foolish offspring of unprofitable servants


The foolish offspring of unprofitable servants

Matthew 25:26-30
 "But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 'For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' NKJV

I am constructing today’s Bible Insight from inside the houses of the British Parliament, a place which is both bedecked and bejeweled with ancient Christianity and set in the very heart of a nation from which Christian missionaries were sent throughout the world. Across the nearby water, the increasingly barren united Christian wasteland of Europe is become but a singular and cold silver reflection of what is now Post Christian Britain, NOT postmodern but Post Christian. As a church, we are dying. We are dying quickly. Indeed, we are become the product of the Laodicean church writ large. We are Death. The vacuum of this hollow swart fly covered corpse of a once Christian Britain will not remain empty though, but rather, shall be replaced by another religion. This is the judgment of God upon us. How did this happen? 

In my country the Christian church largely now does not really know the God of the Bible. Look you: to get to the strangers gallery in the house of Lords where I now sit listening to a debate around amendments’ to a passing bill on ‘same sex marriage’, a portion of which is regarding just what the union of homosexuals and lesbians should be called, ‘matrimony, marriage, espousal etc,’ I walked from the area of the house of commons and in the so doing, wandered past a statue of Richard the Lion heart, Oliver Cromwell with a sword drawn and a Bible in his hand, and inside, a vast portrait of Bishop Latimer fearlessly leaning out of his pulpit and publicly challenging King Edward VI of England with the word of God. Meanwhile, stood above my head, St Andrew of Scotland, St David of Wales, St Patrick of Ireland and St George of England, all four of the forgotten patron Saints of this disintegrating and festering little island that once ruled the world, still give testimony through the hangings of these blood bought walls, that we were once a Christian nation, a nation built on the Bible. How did we get here? 

Well, we got here because unprofitable servants failed to faithfully and to faithfully proclaim the full counsel of God from His Holy Word, The Bible. Consequently, Adam and Steve are now getting married and ten thousand more sins besides fill our land. Everything in me says that we must get back to the God of the Bible and what Christians we have left here must right now get to the meat of the Word and not simply the milk. If we do not do this, then I wonder who will stand in the coming storms. Meanwhile, the not so noble Lords masticate upon the bitter nostril meat. Moving away from the faithful preaching of God’s Word, you see, has led to this unimaginable scene of what people call ‘same sex marriage.’ The Bible calls it abomination. The Bible calls it sin. How can we debate over this and why must we? So I ask again, “How did we get here?” We got here because unprofitable servants failed to faithfully and to faithfully proclaim the full counsel of God from His Holy Word, The Bible. 

Today, it was Lord Waddington, rightly counteracting Lord Alli’s suggestion that the relaxation of divorce law in Spain led to a further abandonment of the institution of marriage by replying, “I am afraid that the noble Lord is wrong about that. It was certainly true that in Spain there was a relaxation in divorce at the time of the introduction of same-sex marriage, but I am talking about new marriages. There was a big decline in new marriages in Spain since the change came about. So it seems obvious that if marriage between same-sex couples is to be allowed, at the very least it should be made clear that it is very different from traditional marriage.” Lord Waddington had referred to some research by Dr Patricia Morgan who “had produced evidence to show that since gay marriage was introduced in Spain in 2005, the decline in heterosexual marriage has been precipitous. It has been just the same in Holland since 2001, and also in Scandinavia. There is not one example of this change going ahead and marriage increasing. The result has been exactly the opposite.” Do you see this my friend? 

My ride home on the tube had me sitting across from a poster advertising an education day for professional and single women seeking motherhood without a man. The prestigious London sperm bank had over 10,000 vials of prestigious sperm ready for implantation. It seemed not only was marriage no longer necessary for parenting but neither was a man. How did we get here? We got here because unprofitable servants failed to faithfully and to faithfully proclaim the full counsel of God from His Holy Word, The Bible.

There is a famine in the land of the proclaimed word of God, even so, proclaimed food is still available if you want it. The internet, after all, still allows the dead to speak. For now. No, there is a famine, but the greater famine in the Land I suppose is a famine of desire. It seems that the people of God do not want meat. No, they want none of it. Unprofitable servants, professional single mothers as it were, it seems, without the Word of God have bred fools. Our nest is full of cuckoos. Let us test ourselves. Do we eagerly and sincerely desire the meat of the Word of God? If not, why not? Are we simply an inbred and unprofitable fool? Do we truly have God as our heavenly Father? If God is our Father, where is the honor due to His person, name and Word? Look around at the ruins and ask your self: How did we get here? I tell you, we got here because unprofitable servants failed to faithfully and to faithfully proclaim the full counsel of God from His Holy Word, The Bible. 

Listen:- Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 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 fitting; 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; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:22-32 NKJV

Pray: - Forgive our meekness Lord
When You bid our hearts be bold
And Command us now to arm ourselves
With tools of glittering gold
Forgive our stillness Lord
When You bid us all to move
To tread upon the pounding waves
Your sustaining power to prove
Forgive for our quietness Lord
When You bid us now to shout
To scold all filthy fiends of hell
Command the demons out
Forgive our blindness Lord
Our happy matted eyes
Our conjunctivital deafness that
Embrace our friendly lies
Forgive our patience Lord
Our pious and quiet excuse
Whilst angels from the throne of God
Strain their wings to be let loose
So now send Your faltering host
A bunch of David’s men
Those bold impatient restless rogues
Full of the Holy Ghost!
Yes, send Your faltering host A bunch of David’s men
 Those bold impatient restless rogues
Full of the Holy Ghost

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