By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Rule of the wicked are those who impose evil principles or practices on the people. There has been a breach of trust and a deviation from the morality once taught. In its place there exists gross immorality, a withdrawal from Biblical teachings, and ungodliness that far exceeds that of Sodom and Gomorrah; which God destroyed as an example to those who afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6).
The Book of Proverbs provides a comparison between the righteous and the wicked: When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn (29:2).
Proverbs further reveals: When the wicked rise, men hid themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase (Proverbs 28:28). This identifies the fact that when the wicked are in power, the righteous retire; when the righteous rule godliness is revived.
There are different classes of people: The Evil, the Wicked, the Scornful, the Foolish, and the Bloodthirsty who are out for gain; no matter the cost. On the other hand, are the Righteous, the Wise, and the Upright who do not desire the ways of the first category.
Scripture reveals: In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man purge himself from these (those who would dishonor), he will be a vessel unto honor, sanctified (or set apart), and useful for the master's use (2 Timothy 2:20-21).
Scripture further encourages one to flee youthful lusts; pursue righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22). This expounds on the ways of righteousness over evil; to avoid the pitfalls of the ungodliness of man.
Scripture reveals that there are those who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the ways of the wicked (Proverbs 2:14). However, it further identifies the fact that the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it (Proverbs 2:22).
That the curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked: but he blesses the habitation of the just (Proverbs 3:33). That one is to enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men; to avoid it, pass not by it, and go not in the way of evil men (Proverbs 4:14).
The rule of the wicked is to be avoided; not even giving such the time of the day, but to turn away from it, not allowing wickedness to filter into one's life; as Moses who chose to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (Hebrews 11:25).
Scripture reveals that the mouth of the righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked (Proverbs 10:11). The labor of the righteous tends to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin (Proverbs 10:16). The righteous labor to support life while the wicked live to produce sin. The rule of the wicked is to eat and drink, to satisfy their own appetites; rather than the good of mankind.
Scripture reveals: As the whirlwind passes, so the wicked are no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation (Proverbs 10:25). As a tornado sweeps everything in its path, so the wrath of God will destroy the wicked before it. The only recourse to prevent such a destiny is repentance; coming to the God of mercy and grace, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
God's Word, in proclaiming the rule of the wicked, speaks of those who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever (Romans 1:25). As they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (Romans 1:28).
In doing so, God turned them over to the natural results of their unbelief and action. When they followed the lie they began to walk in conformity to the lie. God gave them up to all forms of uncleanness and its consequences; up to all forms of sexual depravity and its consequences; over to a mind that would not retain Him in its knowledge and its consequences.
The rule of the wicked; those who are immoral, ungodly, reprobate, and corrupt; do not have to remain in such a condition, unless they have become so hardhearted that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ is not allowed to shine upon them.
As long as their is a breath of life; there is hope, towards being reconciled to God through Christ. However, when that final breath of life is taken, one will be judged in whatever condition they are found (Revelation 22:11).
Jesus said: Be zealous and repent. I stand at the door (the door of one's heart), and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door; I will come into him, and will dine with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:19-20). Scripture reveals that if we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
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