Class Notes: 6/15/2016
John 8:44; Rev 12:9; The doctrine of how the lie becomes the public lie of public opinion part 4
Due to a file save failure the last 2 minutes of this class are missing in the audio file.
In our study of how the lie becomes so pervasive that it becomes the public lie per Jesus' statement regarding satan the "father of lies" who deceives the entire world John 8:44; Rev 12:9;
Last time we noted that one of the major sources of disinformation that the satanic progressives deploy against Christians is a false concept of "tolerance."
The deceivers lead with the statement that "tolerance is a virtue and falsely allege that Christianity teaches tolerance. They then follow that with the accusation that only intolerant people refuse to accept deviant lifestyles as acceptable.
Their assertion contains two false premises or lies that they use to challenge the conscience of the believer who wants to do the right thing by honoring God's Word of truth.
The assertion that tolerance is a virtue that is mandated by God's Word is by its very definition a lie.
God's Word commands believers not to accept or tolerate the evil practices of those who are in the world but at the same time not condemn them. Satan invented the world and as such the world cannot be anything but evil because is it intrinsically evil.
The world is what it is and it cannot change or be changed or improved but individuals within it can be extracted from it and saved from it by believing in Jesus Christ. Believing in the Word of truth extracts those who believe in Jesus from the world. John 17:15-20;
Believing in Jesus Christ transfers those who believe from satan's domain of deception and slavery into God's domain of truth and freedom. 1Pet 2:9; Col 1:13;
This explains why believers are commanded not to condemn anyone who is in the world but the fact that believers are not to condemn does not mean that they must tolerate, accept, or approve of the evil practices of those who are in the world.
In fact God's word tells believers to avoid anyone including other believers who practice evil lifestyles. 2Thes 3:6;
At the evaluation Jesus actually praises believers for not tolerating evil Rev 2:2; and censures them for accepting and tolerating evil. Rev 2:20;
God has already condemned the world that is comprised of those who practice evil. Everyone is born into the world and condemned at physical birth. John 3:18; Jesus Christ will judge everyone at the appropriate evaluation believers to eternal life with possible reward and unbelievers to the lake of fire.
The believer has no standing in the matter unless the person's evil lifestyle is criminal and threatens the believer at which point the believer has the responsibility to engage in self-defense on the basis of Divine Establishment if appropriate.
When others subscribe to the standards that are established in God's Word of truth tolerance is unnecessary because there is no conflict. Eph 4:12;
The contention that we are to "recognize and respect," the "rights, opinions, or practices" of others when they violate biblical standards is an invitation to enter into cognitive dissonance that results from making choices that contradict our belief system.
It is therefore a sin for the believer to accept or approve of evil lifestyles because whatever is not from doctrine is sin. Rom 14:23b;
However the believer must distinguish between the doer and the deed. This means he must differentiate between a person and his thoughts, behaviors, and practices.
It is rarely our business what other people do. They have free will and may use it for good or evil. In other words God has given them free volition so they have the right to be wrong.
Our attitude toward others should be "grace oriented" that means we recognize the person's freedom to choose. However, this does not imply that we are to accept, respect, or approve of what they say and do.
Therefore, we are to be grace oriented toward the individual but reject their opinions and beliefs, behaviors, and practices when they contradict God's Word of truth at any and all cost.
False premise or lie #2: "Christianity teaches tolerance." This is not true. The word "tolerance" as applied to accepting or tolerating other people's sin and evil is not found in the Bible.
The concept of tolerance is only used in a negative connotation in Matthew 10:15; where Jesus sends his disciples out to the cities of Palestine to announce the kingdom, and in Matthew 11:22-24; and Luke 10:12-14; where he denounced the cities that rejected the disciples' message regarding Jesus as Messiah.
In these passages the Lord says that at the Great White Throne Judgment He will be more tolerable toward evil cities such as Sodom, Tyre, and Sidon than those cities that rejected Him as Messiah.
The words "more tolerable" is the comparative adjective of the Greek word "anektoteron" that means: "bearable; capacity to endure pain or suffering." Jesus is not tolerant of any of the cities including Sodom, Tyre and Sidon.
They are all going to be condemned to the lake of fire because of they have all rejected the truth of His Gospel but because some has less information they will receive less pain in the lake of fire than others who had more information.
Matt 11:20; Then Jesus began to denounce the cities where most of His miracles had been done, because they did not repent ( metanoeo: to change their mind about Christ following His miracles that proved that He was Messiah ).
v21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! (Jewish cities) For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon (gentile cities) which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
v22 "Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
Matt 11:23; "And you, Capernaum will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades ( Torments compartment ); for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day (If Jesus had performed the same miracles in Sodom that He did in Capernaum, its arrogant evil homosexual population would have responded positively. ).
v24 "Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment ( Great White Throne, Rev 20:11-15; ), than for you ( both cities' citizens will face judgment but one greater than the other )."
Jesus does not accept or tolerate the opinions or practices of the citizens of these cities. He is not tolerant of their beliefs. He does not have tolerance for their behaviors and practices. They have already been condemned.
In fact because He had unconditional integrity love for them personally He actually went to the cross and died a substitutionary spiritual death where their sins were judged and rejected because of His intolerance for their sins.
God's Word clearly instructs believers to reject error in every category, opinion, belief, behavior, or practice. Paul gives an example using those who preach a false gospel and believers who accept, tolerate and approve of it.
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