WILDFIRE

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W R Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

Wildfire has the same effect as opposition towards the righteousness of man; with adversity as an uncontrollable fire with a destructive nature.  A firestorm, similar in nature, is created as a result of the surrounding air.  As the updraft mushrooms, strong gusty winds develop around the fire, supplying it with additional fuel.

We are seeing a similarity to those who oppose righteousness; as its spread is picked up by others to promulgate its venomous message. The social and mainstream media outlets help spread this wildfire methodology; that often has no supportive documentation but is promulgated, as it goes along with the narrative being presented.  The listening audience, if it fails to seek out the truth, becomes as a puppet under the control of the puppeteer.


Wildfire
A Destructive Nature

The term "Wild" indicates a state of extreme emotionalism; behavior that is irrational, often violent, uncontrolled, with rampant anger; not submitting to restraint of any kind, fueled into a state of combustion.  

We are seeing demonstrations that fit into such a category, which go forth as wildfire, with no regard of its destructive nature, or the loss it will incur.  There is an uncaring attitude as long as one's agenda is promoted.  There is no rational thinking; thus the term wildfire can be applied.

Scripture reveals: As coals are to burning colas, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife (Proverbs 26:21).  The contentious individual adds fuel to the fire, helping its continued spreading.  Such an individual is has an energetic pursuit towards desired results; often at the expense of others.

Combative in Nature

Scripture reveals: Your tongue devises mischief's (plans destruction); like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.  You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness (Psalm 52:2-3).  Such a person is combative in nature (with a blaring hostile voice), fond of contention, given to angry debate, provoking dispute, and quarrelsome.

Scripture reveals: The tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter (forest) a little fire kindles (sets on fire) (James 3:5).  It was noted that vast quantities of wood, large forests, stately buildings, and populous towns and cities, are at once seized on by a little fire, a few sparks, that then become surging wildfires of a destructive nature.

Tongue as a Wildfire

Scripture reveals: The tongue is a fire (as a wildfire), a world of iniquity: so is the tongue (so set) among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and set on fire the course of nature (existence); and it is set on fire of hell (James 3:6).  It was noted that a world of iniquity is one of sin, and wickedness, that uses the tongue to multiply transgression (like a wildfire), and is equal to idolatry, adultery, and murder.

It defiles the whole body, as that of a nation, filled with contention, strife, division, and confusion, spreading errors, with actions which seem good but are destructive.  The tongue is often influenced by Satan, using man as his instrument of delivery.  

Spreading of Ungodliness
as a Wildfire

We are seeing the spreading of ungodliness as a wildfire. The cause of a wildfire is often of human ignition; by an individual who stands firm in resolve to promote the ungodliness of man.  It was of such a nature that opened the door to legally kill an unborn child in its mother's womb.  It was of such a nature that the homosexual lifestyle was accepted and openly proclaimed; gay marriage instituted, and the transgender movement endorsed.

A contentious person; promoting ungodly agenda, can spread the flame of contention and strife, which can be devastating, if truth is not revealed.  Daniel Webster stated: If truth is not promulgated, error will be; if the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.

Seeking to Distort
the Truth

The spreading of a wildfire needs the right ingredients applied for rapid growth.  Likewise, the spreading of the evilness of man needs to be constantly fed by those who love to have it so.  There is a seeding through the internet, and other venues, who seek to distort the truth and apply icing to the cake of deceit, towards acceptance of the ungodliness of man.

Christianity, in many Western nations, has grown in acceptance of such, rather than stand for the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God.  There is growth of a social gospel, that is spreading like wildfire, which does not denounce the sinfulness of mankind; rather freely partakes of such.  

Quotes Concerning
Fires

From a little spark may burst a mighty flame (Dante Alighieri).  Kindle not a fire that you cannot extinguish (16th Century Proverb).  A little fire is quickly trodden out; however if left alone, rivers cannot quench (William Shakespeare).  Franklin D. Roosevelt stated: If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they must be made brighter in our own.

If in other lands, the press and the books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our effort here to keep them free. If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance, we must provide a safe place for their continuation.  Words of the past; concerning the future, are often forgotten until the situation spoken of becomes a reality!

Seemingly No Accountability
But Dealt With

Scripture reveals: The Lord tries (tests) the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence his soul hates (Psalm 11:5). It was noted that such who live in a course of sin and wickedness, do injury to persons, characters, and properties of men, love it, and delight therein, and also take pleasure in them that do the same. 

God has a continued and inward aversion to sin and wickedness, being the abominable things His righteous soul hates: and He shows His hated by reserving everlasting punishment for them, unless they see the error of their way and repent. Those words define a wildfire type environment that fuels the fire of dissension; with sin abounding, seemingly without accountability, but will be dealt with in God's time.

Punishment of the Wicked

Scripture reveals: Upon the wicked he shall rain burning snares (burning coals), fire and brimstone (as on Sodom and Gomorrah), and a horrible tempest (burning winds): this shall be the portion of their cup (portion to partake of) (Psalm 11:6).

It was noted that upon all wicked men; the wicked shall be snared in the works of their own hands; they will be taken and held in the cords of their own sins; and full and deserved punishment will be inflicted on them, which will be very severe and terrible.

All that is dreadful in a storm is expressed, even in a storm of fire (wildfire). The words for an horrible tempest signify a burning wind; conveying the punishment of the wicked in hell, in righteous judgment that God has appointed to a unrepentant sinful generation.

Actions Contrary to
God's Word

Scripture reveals: Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned (Proverbs 6:27)? It was noted that it is impossible; and equally vain to think that a man can commit whoredom, contrary to God's Word, and it not be known, or be not hurt by it in his name and substance, or in his body, soul, and life.

Scripture reveals: I (John) saw the dead, small and great stand before God: and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works (Revelation 20:12). and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (hell) (Revelation 20:15).

Flames of Wrath

Jonathan Edwards sermon, Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God, continued these words: Consider the fearful danger that you are in: You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder.

You have no interest in any mediator, and nothing to hold on to save yourself, nothing to keep the flames of wrath away, nothing of your own, nothing you have done, to induce God to spare you for one moment.

Those words still ring loud and clear today, to endangered souls who are about to descend into eternity without the benefit of a Savior (the Lord Jesus Christ), unless repentance comes into focus prior to judgment day.

Valley of Decision

The prophet Joel revealed: Multitudes, multitudes in the valley decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14).  It was noted that the scene is not one where the multitudes are in the midst of making a decision in favor of the Lord and repenting of their sin.

Rather, the decision is made by God, a decision to judge the multitudes in the day of the Lord that takes place in the Great Tribulation (spoken of in the Book of Revelation). God's Word clearly paints a picture of divine punishment towards the unrepentant in heart; expressing a dire need towards repentance, with God's mercy and forgiveness through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Pursuing Peace not
Strife

Scripture reveals: Where no wood is, there the fire goes out (no more wildfire): so where there is no talebearer the strife ceases (Proverbs 26:20).  It was noted that where there is a large quality of wood or fuel, a characteristic of those in contention, the fire is kept up; but where there is none, it goes out.

As Christians, our words should never be used to provoke others to take vengeance into their own hands, or to contribute to a mob mentality (wildfire environment) that is blind to justice.  Our responsibility as Christians is to do justice and love mercy while pursuing peace.

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