Love…“rejoices not in iniquity…” -1Cor13:6
We are presently living in a culture that ‘rejoices in iniquity’. What does it mean to “rejoice in iniquity”?
1.Iniquity means sin;
2.to rejoice means to be cheerful, calmly happy, well-off, hail, be glad
In effect, to ‘rejoice in iniquity’ means to exalt; lift-up; or raise-up ‘sin’ as a trophy; as a model, for all to see and emulate!
To ‘rejoice in iniquity’ in a culture/society has three fundamental stages:
1.To mitigate sin. To ignore sin…in any way
2.To reject sin. To redefine sin
3.To glorify sin. To lift-up, or exalt evil before people as good or fun.
After rejecting the God of the Bible, individuals and societies, go through these three stages. When a society reaches stage three, signs of all three stages are present in differing degrees. We are currently at the beginning of stage three in America.
To cut to the chase, to mitigate, reject, or glorify sin--in any way—is a direct attack on the person and work of Jesus, Who went to the cross, to die for sin! It is not possible to love God, while simultaneously mitigating, rejecting, or glorifying sin. On the contrary, to mitigate, reject, and glorify sin, is blasphemy…probably even the highest form of blasphemy!
For example, on several occasions, a young Drag Queen boy has been invited to appear on national tv talk shows. He is extolled as a wonderful example of choosing to be different. Those who defend him, do so based upon the principle: a right to choose. In other words, they argue he has a: ‘sovereign choice’, i.e.”I have a right to do what I want!”.
First, “sovereign choice” does not exist! There is no freedom to do anything you want. According to God’s word, which is the foundation of both choice and rights, freedom originates in the nature of God (Gen2:16,17, Lev25:10; Gal5:1,13). However, the freedom God gave mankind is not ‘sovereign’, because freedom requires direction—which assumes an authority, whom gives that direction. For example, God told Adam he can eat of every tree (freedom), but He also told him not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil(direction of freedom). Therefore, the authority over freedom is God, Who alone directs that freedom.
If this is not true, any choice, anyone makes, about anything, for any reason—must be determined good! In other words, if God is not the author of freedom, no decision made by any human can ever be determined wrong or evil! Why? If humans determine good and evil, because all humans are equal, no human can ever declare another human’s behavior good or evil, i.e.right or wrong! The question is: are you prepared to go there?
Now back to the boy Drag Queen. Liberals are the ‘authority’** who raised-up the child before the nation. They did not raise him up because he is different, nor because he has a right to choose his own lifestyle. Liberalism raised-up the young boy because they have rejected God’s definition of sin, by creating their own.*** Liberalism uses their invented definition of sin to proclaim that neither homosexuality nor transgenderism are sin. However, because sin is a theological term, the question arises, from what god did they derive their theology? The answer is simple. By rejecting the Biblical God and His word, they have exalted themselves to deity. In other words, liberalism is not political—it is theological! It is a doctrine of the religion of atheism.****
In conclusion, the Bible records God’s name as Nissi (Ex17:15), which means flag or banner. As God is lifted-up or raised-up in a nation (or culture, family, or individual), He becomes the model, and He promises to:
1.Draw men to himself (Jn12:32)
2.Exalts the nation (Pro14:34)
3.Blesses the nation (Ps33:12)
On the contrary, the above principle of lifting-up God’s great name (Nissi) is perverted when sin is mitigated, rejected, and glorified, i.e. raised-up. The consequence is a turn to idolatry (Num21:9; 2Kgs18:4)!
Is it possible to deny that America is turning away from God?
The person who invests time educating himself will reap a lifetime of extra knowledge, fun and
income. - Ron White
*Which means, they replace God…which reveals the origin of liberalism.
**They used the child’s age to their benefit, because it is very difficult to criticize a child without being viewed as ‘cruel’! Obviously, this is liberal manipulation…at its best!
*** Or, it could be designated a religion by itself