Summary: This is the first in a series of six lectures focused on Biblical wisdom for our dangerous hour.
The Bible is a unique book. Unlike its competitors, the Bible portrays man as inherently wicked and diseased by sin. It describes the plight of mankind as utterly hopeless apart heavenly intervention. It paints man as a desperate created being subject to evil forces. The Bible does not promote mankind’s philosophies or his political systems.
Most of the religious books that fill modern Christian bookstores are written by men in an attempt to increase their understanding of God. However, it is more instructive to read the Bible to discover what God thinks of man.
The Bible’s unflattering portrait of humanity’s achievements and philosophies collides head-on with modern man’s own view of himself. Like the rich young ruler, modern man cannot fathom, let alone admit, his spiritual defects. When faced with a choice of which belief about man to build their future concepts, philosophies, and dreams, they opted for a positive view of man. The depravity of man is largely ignored by modern man. Instead, he operates and functions under a generally optimistic view of man’s achievements, ingenuity, and tower-building prowess.
Early 21st century man is perhaps the first generation that could rightfully rival and, thus replay, of the tragedy of Babel. God’s merciful intervention into early man’s efforts at self-promotion – which is the first way to get humbled by God – spoiled the unification of all men. The Bible predicts that Babel will once again arise just before judgment day. Only this time, God’s merciful intervention is replaced by vengeance. In the ultimate tragedy, man will finally get what he always wanted. Utopia will appear within reach to all of humanity. For it is “when they say peace and safety” that “sudden destruction shall come upon them.”
Teaching #2: What About America?
Summary: In this second teaching, the vital difference between the Kingdom of man from the Kingdom of God.
America was birthed in rebellion, built on slave labor, enriched by its two largest exports of rum and tobacco and divided over its own founding claims of “equality for all” in the Civil War.
In my own research, I was unable to identify another country in history whose inhabitants engaged in a full-blown civil war to protect the practice of slavery.
Any historical examination of America’s origins, which fails to incorporate its pagan Greco-Roman philosophical heritage, its savage genocide of the native population centers, its dependence upon the subjugation of African slaves, and its violent opposition to, and overthrow of, monotheistic Christian monarchy, are merely myths created to soothe men’s conscience.
In his autobiography, Benjamin Rush shares unusual memory he had of Charles Thomson, the Secretary of the Continental Congress. Rush recalled Thomson as “a man of great learning and general knowledge.”
According to Rush, Thomson “was once told in his presence, that he ought to write a history of the revolution. 'No (said he), I ought not, for I should contradict all the histories of the great events of the Revolution, and show by my account of men, motives, and measures, that we are wholly indebted to the agency of Providence for its successful issue. Let the world admire the supposed wisdom and valor of our great men. Perhaps they may adopt the qualities that have been ascribed to them, and thus good may be done. I shall not undeceive future generations.'”
Above all others, Christ followers should understand the true spiritual nature of the deception that surrounds us.
Teaching #3: What the Bible Says About the City
Summary: In this third teaching, enjoy a fascinating look at what the Bible says about the city of man.
Outside of Eden, man sought comfort to his eternal predicament through reproducing himself, with children. Man constructed cities in a vain effort to create the security once enjoyed in Eden. Of course, man’s crime-ridden, diseased, and dying cities are far from a honest replication of God’s original habitat for humanity. But, through congregation and combined effort, men seek to realize the utopia envisioned by their various philosophies. The city represents all of the aspirations of man, outside of Eden.
After leaving the presence of God, Cain spends the rest of his life seeking to restore some form of security to his life. Like Cain’s future descendants, who would travel east to build a city and a tower in the land of Shinar, he chooses to leave Eden towards the east.
Teaching #4: Bible Q&A w/ Jerry Robinson
Summary: In this fourth teaching, Jerry Robinson pauses to answer viewer questions.
In the course of this brief teaching series, we have already received many questions and comments from viewers around the world.
In this teaching, Jerry Robinson hits the "pause button" to address several frequently asked questions sent in by viewers that will edify all.
- Where did Cain get his wife?
- The Bible vs. natural law
- What about the Ten Commandments?
The teaching begins, however, with a follow-up to last week's teaching with an in-depth look at what the Bible means by the "way of Cain."
Teaching #5: What About Self-Defense?
Summary: In this fifth teaching, Jerry Robinson provides Biblical wisdom on the highly controversial topic of what the Bible says about self-defense.
A Christian with a gun has no need, or room, for faith. Faith is unnecessary when you are packing heat. Guns have nothing to do with faith and everything to do with fear and death.
“For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23)
Guns overrule faith and provide users with a false sense of safety. Guns make murder more efficient. Hand-to-hand combat is messy and difficult on the emotions. Guns are sterile and get the job done instantly.
Imagine, for a moment, the American Revolution occurred before the advent of gunpowder and even swords. Imagine vast battlefields of British and American soldiers sparring with rocks.
Are we really to believe that Jesus Christ endorsed and motivated American Christians to raise a stone to strike their British Christian brothers, and vice versa?
Such is the nonsense that an uncritical examination of modern history espouses. Instead of cheering on thousands of “Cains” slaying their brother over taxation grievances and doctrinal bickerings, isn’t it more likely that heaven was grieved for being used to support such killings.
Those Christians who rely on guns, do so, not out of mountain-moving faith, but instead out of fear. Fear of loss trumps their willingness to love their enemy, even their oppressor. They defend their reliance upon these weapons of deaths by claiming their aim is to “protect” and “defend themselves, their families, and their God-given rights.” By this language, they mean to kill their enemy before he can inflict his oppression.
Teaching #6: Are You Worshiping the Creature or the Creator?
Summary: In this final teaching of our series, Jerry Robinson introduces the Biblical concept of creature worship, as described in Romans 1.
Today, we live in a time where men suppress the truth about God. This suppression of truth has yielded all manner of destructive norms. As the Bible explains in Romans 1, those who suppress the truth about God end serving the creature instead of the creator.
Humans were made to serve, to worship, and to mimic. Since the fall of Eden, man has served all manner of false gods in an effort to satiate his need to worship. In times past, these gods took the form of metal statues and wooden idols. While these physical instruments of worship were sometimes viewed as the source of blessing, it was more frequently thought that the spirits possessed these idols, meaning that the idol represented something larger. In ancient times, the concept of democracy was worshiped in the goddess, Democratia. Liberty was worshiped in the Goddess, Libertas. Utopian ideals of equality, fraternity, and society, contradicted the urgency of man's sin nature, as revealed in the New Testament. Today, the ideals of liberty and democracy are still cherished and treasured, but without the wooden idols. The spirits behind the idols still receive worship through our veneration of the ideals, even though no physical God is bowed to or worshiped.
When given the choice, the American revolutionaries passed over the examples set forth by monotheistic Christian monarchy in preference of the pagan ideals of Republicanism, democracy, freedom, and liberty. Like their pagan Greek and Roman predecessors, the American revolutionaries revived and restored the worship of people rule, or democracy. Our era today is one of self adulation, self achievement, and love of self. Man, through his great scientific and technological genius, has overcome the impediments of his predecessors. He no longer needs to appeal to the words of God because he prefers to specialize in the works of God. God is the author of the creature. He is the author of all creation. Nothing can exist without him. All things consist within him. He holds all things together.
Men love those things that come from God's hands. But they hide from his face. Those who serve the creature instead of the creator prefer what is in the hand of God to what is in the heart or mind of God. They vainly assume that all things exist for their pleasure, as if this were some new Eden. This is no new Eden. Quite the contrary, our modern world rests near the bottom of the barrel. We are not ascending, we are descending.
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