REJECTION OF GOD

By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

Rejection of God places one in a godless environment with a bleak outlook towards the future; unless recognition of such a status comes into focus.  Scripture reveals: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance (Psalm 33:12). 

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts (a rejection of God) (Psalm 10:4).  A Bible commentary noted: The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God for counsel or assistance. 

He will not pray to him; will not inquire the will of God, to know what is right or wrong, but will do what seems best in his own eyes, which shows itself in his countenance, in his proud and haughty look.  God is not in his thoughts, he does not at any time think of God, his thoughts of him are wrong, even to deny the providence of God. 


Rejection of God
Modern Times

Rejection of God plays into focus today; with pride filtering into the picture, as man takes it upon himself to act in the place of God, with little forethought as to what the outcome may be.  One man wrote: Fear that man who fears not God.  President Ronald Reagan stated: If we every forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

A Sunday school commentary noted: Where there is no fear of God, no reverence for God, every evil can and will abound.  The idea that we humans will be good without God is a deceptive fallacy.  When people are devoid of the knowledge and wisdom that come from believing God (a rejection of God) and having reverence for Him, they become morally corrupt, exceedingly evil, violent and destructive.

Calling Evil Good

The prophet Isaiah issued a warning:  Woe to those that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter; to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:20-21).

Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel (through their rejection of God) (Isaiah 5:24).

Isaiah was speaking concerning the problems at hand; as given to him by God, that same warning could be applied today toward those who have forsaken God, no longer seeking council from on high; attempting to do what is right in their own eyes.  Scripture reveals: There is a way that seems right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12).

Implantation of Destructive
Measures

Today, there is an implantation of destructive measures; that on the surface seem plausible, but eventually bring destruction.  Critical Race Theory is of such a nature until one looks into its grass roots; then begin to question its merit, its goal, rather than falling headlong into promoting its agenda.

Marxism, Socialism, and Communism are emerging more prominently with name changes that are more receptive such as Progressives, New Order Order, and others of an equally deceptive nature.  They all have a similar agenda; the rejection of God, setting themselves up as God, and attempting to undermine any godly influence.

Concept of Socialism

Antonio Gramsci stated: Any country grounded in Christian values cannot be overthrown until those roots are cut.  Socialism is precisely the religion that must overcome Christianity.  In the New Order, socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media to transform the consciousness of society.

His words are the drive of Socialism, with many joining in to keep the fires of Socialism burning.  Rejection of God is fast coming to the forefront; as many nations fall under the influence of a new cultural drive; with the advancement of a sweeping new agenda, its seductive power being promoted by elected or appointed officials of government.

Choosing What God
Did not Delight In

The prophet Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, addressed the rejection of God, in saying: Therefore will I (God) number you with the sword, and shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear; but did evil before my eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not (Isaiah 65:12).

A Bible commentary noted: God would number them, or appoint a number of them to the sword; suffer them to be slain in great numbers, even from one end of the land to another; being obliged to submit to the conqueror.  God had sent prophets; they prophesied, but there words were not received (thus a rejection of God).  Isaiah said they preferred the doctrines of the commandments of men, things the Lord did not delight in, yet they embraced and cleaved to them.

Pestilences in Various
Places

A devastating pandemic encircling the globe accomplishes the same as in the days of Isaiah, with great numbers being slain, from one end of the land to another, being obliged to submit to the conqueror (to its effect) with little protection.

The plagues of God are mentioned in the Bible as punishment to a rebellious people who had forsaken the ways of God.  A pandemic, or plague, is defined as any epidemic disease (pestilence) with a high death rate; any large scale calamity, or evil of any kind.  

Scripture reveals: Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers (various) places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24:7-8).

A Rebellious People

A Scripture which relates to God's no longer giving a rebellious people His help: I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back and not the face, in the day of their calamity (Jeremiah 18:17).  

A Bible commentary noted: As the east wind, which is generally strong and boisterous, drives the chaff, and stubble, and anything that is light before it, and scatters it here and there; so the Lord scatters the people over the face of the earth, before their enemies.

One man stated: We are all dangerous folk without God's controlling hand (William War Ayer).  When God reigns all is well (Oliver Wendell Homes, Sr.).  The Israelites, in the days of Jeremiah, had forsaken the embracing hand of God; forsaken His ways, gave a deaf ear to His instructive voice (a rejection of God), and suffered for having done so.  How many once godly nations are in the same category today?  

Departing from God

Scripture reveals: Take heed, brethren (professing Christians), lest there be in any of you an heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God (Hebrews 3:12).  

A Bible commentary noted: An evil heart, in which unbelief prevails, and is predominant.  Sin, when it gets ahead, has a great influence on the heart, it defiles the conscience, hardens the heart, renders the Word of God unprofitable, and makes one unstable.

We are seeing this happening in a society that is being ushered into a social gospel with little emphasis being placed on the roots of sin.  There has been a withdrawing of walking in the steadfastness of God's Unadulterated (pure) Word, instead accepting the social trend of the hour (a rejection of God) that would lead one astray.

Becoming Shipwrecked

Scripture reveals: Now the Spirit (Spirit of God) speaks expressly, that in the latter times (which we are in) some shall depart from the faith (shipwrecked in their faith), giving heed to seducing (deceiving) spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2).  

Wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved.  How long shall your vain (offensive thoughts) lodge within you (Jeremiah 4:14)? A Sunday school commentary noted: This rises a question that needs to be directed to all that make up the contemporary church; offensive thoughts can arise from many sources: absorbing immoral movies and television; carelessly surfing the internet; listening to malicious talk; ignoring the Word of God; giving into a materialistic worldview. 

Will we allow the sanctifying Scriptures and the purifying blood of Christ to cleanse out heart and mind; or will we resist in sin-filled thinking and experience God's Judgment (because of  rejection of God)?

Hardness of Heart

Scripture reveals: Then began he (Jesus) to upbraid (rebuke) the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not (Matthew 11:20).  A Bible commentary noted: He began to rebuke such because despite all the mighty works that He had done; He was rejected due to hardness of their hearts, which could not be moved to repent of their evil ways, despise His instructive Word, and many miracles performed among them.

This could be likened to once godly nations that have witnessed great evangelistic outreaches; witnessed God's power and might; yet allowed a withdrawing from God, a rejection of God, by allowing ungodliness to reign in the land, rather than adherence to God's Word!

Judgment Pronounced

Scripture reveals: And you, Capernaum, which are exalted unto heaven, will be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which had been done in you, had been done to Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  But I say to you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, in the day of judgment than for you (Matthew 11:23-24).

A Bible commentary noted: Capernaum is singled out, and spoken to in particular, because of its having peculiar advantages; being the city where Christ chose to dwell, and for a time abode in, where he first began to preach.  Capernaum was in dire straits, having forsaken the Lord despite all that have been revealed to them.

Had Sodom enjoyed such a ministry, as Christ's, in all human probability it would have repented of its iniquities; through horribly dreadful and enormous as they were.  Those of Capernaum were fit for, or deserved a far more heavy punishment than the punishment of Sodom because they abounded with the teachings and demonstration of the power of Christ, yet did not hearken.

Rejection of God; and its consequences, may seem harsh but what about the allowance for sin being allowed to dominate once godly nations? Rather than adherence to the mighty works of God, accomplished through godly men of the past, they have allowed the seeds of corruption to take root, to dominate rather than the Word of the Living God.  Are such nations continuing to experience God's Helping Hand; or has He now turned His back to them, as they did Him?

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