© Curtis I. Crenshaw 16 July 2015
Taking God’s Name in vain is much more than using slang words with “God”, “Jesus”, or something like that. According to One News Now, Jimmy Carter said that last week that Jesus Christ would give his blessing to same-sex “marriage,” adding that Jesus would also support some abortions. How does Carter know those things? If he is wrong—and he most emphatically is!—he is attributing to God’s character what is wrong, which is taking God’s name—“Jesus”—in vain. Here is what God says about that precious name:
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:9-11)
And here is what God in the flesh has said about abortion:
18 Jesus said, “’You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 19:18-19)
And here is what God said about abortion in the Old Testament:
11 Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
Moreover, here is what the Lord of glory has personally said about marriage:
4 And He answered and said to them,
“Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’
5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
6 So then, they are no longer TWO but ONE flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Seems like it was St. Augustine who said that God created us in His image and we return the favor. The problem is that each person wants a god like himself to worship, one who approves of his own immoral standards.
Thus, Jimmy Carter thinks that he can remake the Lord Jesus each time the political winds blow counter to Him. So do most people.
Now Hustler Magazine founder Larry Flynt’s recent endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not only raising eyes across political lines, but hopes on the Left. When Bill Clinton entered the Whitehouse, the war on porn was scaled back to a mere trickle. Recall the scandal of the young intern with Bill. Hopes are the same for loose laws on porn if Hillary gets in the Whitehouse. Thus, from Reagan’s administration, we’ve moved from strong war on porn, on abortion, on LGBT, and so forth, to today where these sins are just winked at, and in many cases, upheld as minor and innocent. We are told, “Why can’t any two adults do what they please in private?” They can, but then they face the judgment, not only with problems in relationships and physical diseases now, but especially at the Last Day, which everyone laughs at.
The sins today are not only winked at, but gloried in. Recall what the great Apostles to the Gentiles said in Romans 1:18-28 in the context of lesbianism and homosexuality:
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 1:32 NKJ).
We are now in hand-to-hand combat against the ungodly forces that Satan leads. He has his seed, and leads them to do as he pleases:
and “escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Tim. 2:26 NKJ).
Recall what the Apostle John said in 1 John 3:10:
By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (1 John 3:10 ESV)
Moreover, John continues:
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1-6 NKJ)
Let us fight the good fight of faith and conquer in the ultimate name, Jesus, the forces and personalities of evil by spreading the Gospel and living in His name. AMEN. Ὡ