WILDFIRE

By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

Wildfire promulgated by opposing forces of righteousness has the same criteria as the physical aspect of wildfires; an uncontrollable fire of a destructive nature.  A firestorm, similar in nature, is created as a result of the heat of the original fire drawing in more and more of the surrounding air.  As the updraft mushrooms, strong gusty winds develop around the fire, supplying it with additional air.

A wildfire is hard to quench and prompts a raging and rapidly spreading conflagration.  We see, in many lands, a similarity in those who oppose righteousness; that of godly ways, that such a stance is readily picked up by others; as that of a wildfire, ready to spread its destructive nature.

The social and mainstream media outlets are ready to jump on the bandwagon to spread agenda that has no supportive basis; but goes along with the narrative that is being promoted, to those who fail to seek out the truth, becoming as a puppet under the control of the puppeteer.


Wildfire
Behavior Irrational

One definition of the term "wild" indicates a state of extreme emotion; behavior that is irrational, often showing violent anger with uncontrolled and rampant actions; not submitting to restraint of any kind.

We are seeing demonstrations that fit such a category, that go forth as a wildfire, with no regard to its destructive nature, or what loss it may entail.  Under such an influence there is an uncaring attitude toward others so long as the agenda sought after is promoted.  There oftentimes is no rational thinking which is why the term "wild" can be applied.

Intense Criticism

One definition of the term "fire" is to create feelings of intense adverse criticism, bring forth emotions, feelings, and responses fueled into a state of combustion.  There are human created wildfires; erupting under similar circumstances, creating havoc, a lack of understanding,  and oftentimes only speculation as to why it is happening.

Scripture reveals: Where no wood is, there the fire goes out; so where there is no talebearer the strife ceases.  As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife (Proverbs 26:20-21).  The contentious person adds fuel to the wildfire being created; helping it to spread, bringing a small fire into a much larger and destructive one.  Such a person is aggressive in nature, with an energetic pursuit towards desired results, at the expense of others.

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 an individual is combative in nature (having a hostile blaring voice), is fond of contention, given to angry debate, provoking dispute, and quarrelsome.

Boasting Great Things

Scripture reveals: The tongue is a little member, and boasts great things.  Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles (sets on fire) (James 3:5).  A Bible commentary noted: Vast quantities of wood, large forests, stately buildings, and populous towns and cities, are often seized on by a little fire, a few sparks, and in a short time are burnt down and utterly destroyed.

One man noted: A burning fire (wildfire) kindles great heaps (Ben Syra); suggesting that an evil tongue does great mischief.  There are many who speak out in support of the ungodliness of man.  God's Word reveals that such will not go unpunished: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).  

A World of Iniquity

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 5:6).

A Bible commentary noted: A world of iniquity is one full of sin, in wickedness, obscene, and filthy, that uses an evil tongue to multiply transgression (multiplies like a wildfire), and that 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 done in the body, which seem good but are evil.  The tongue is influenced, oftentimes by Satan, using man as His instrument of deception.

Human Ignition

We are seeing the spreading of ungodliness, in many lands, as that of a wildfire, a seemingly uncontrollable fire that burns thousands of acres, destroys homes, and loss of life.  The cause of such fires is often human ignition; of ungodliness, being firm in one's resolve to promote such, and is sweeping many lands as a wildfire.

It was of such a destructive nature that was responsible for prayer being taken out of schools; opening the door for other ungodly agenda to be promoted.  It opened the door to legally kill an unborn child in its mother's womb.  It opened the door to allow the homosexuality lifestyle to become acceptable; gay marriage to be instituted, and a transgender movement to come into existence.

Contention Kindles
Strife

Scripture reveals: As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife (Proverbs 26:21).  A Bible commentary noted:  Wood half burnt, or dead coals put to burning ones, soon take fire and become like them, fit and proper fuel for them, and add to their heat.  

A man of contention; who is given to it, being agreeable to his natural temper and disposition, is able to add fuel to the fire, as a dead coal is to a living one, which increases the heat of it, spreading the flame of contention and strife.  

Absence of Contention

As previously noted: Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer the strife ceases (Proverbs 26:20).  A Bible commentary noted: Where there is a large quality of wood for fuel (a characteristic of those in contention) the fire is kept up; but where there is little, or none at all, it goes out.

Men cease to quarrel one with another; they hold their peace and are quiet, when there are none to spread falsehoods, none to suggest evil things, falsehoods not listened to; or detected and tossed out, then strife subsides and peace ensures.

Quotes Concerning Fires

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 it (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 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 they become a reality!

Injury to Others

Scripture reveals: The Lord tries (tests) the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence his soul hates (Psalm 11:5).  A Bible commentary noted: Such who live their life in a course of sin and wickedness, who not only do injury to the persons, characters, and properties of men, but love it, and delight therein, and also take pleasure in them that do the same.

These God has a continued and inward aversion too; sin and wickedness being the abominable things His righteous soul hates: and He shows His hatred by reserving everlasting punishment for them, unless they see the error of their way and repent.  Those words define a wildfire like environment, that fuels the fire of rebellion against God's Word, for those who love sin, and fail to see any accountability for their actions.  

Punishment of the Wicked

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

A Bible commentary noted: 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 here expressed, even in a storm of fire (wildfire).  The words 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.

What a Man Sows
He Shall Reap

Scripture reveals: It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God (Hebrews 10:31).  For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).  As the world becomes more vile in nature; spreading ungodliness, in many lands, as that of a wildfire that seems unquenchable, one needs to bear in mind that there is a God in heaven that sees it all; and knows who the guilty parties are.

When one allows a unborn child to be sucked from its mother's womb; there will be an accountability, from the one who allowed it to occur, as well as the one who performed the hideous procedure, unless repentance comes into focus.  Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).

Judgment of Nations

Concerning the judgment of nations; the prophet Joel revealed: Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14).

A Bible commentary noted: 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 judgment towards the unrepentant in heart; which expresses a dire need (of such) towards repentance, so God's mercy and forgiveness can be given, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Scripture reveals: If we confess our sins, 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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