Class Notes: 2/19/2020
Isa 50:7-8; Matt 26:59-63a; The doctrine of evil part 3
Isa 50:7-8; For the Lord God helps Me, Therefore, I am not disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face like flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
8 He who vindicates Me is nearby; Who will contend with Me? Let us confront each other; Who accuses me? Let him challenge Me.
9 The sovereign Lord helps me. Who dares to condemn me? They will all wear out like clothes and the moth will eat them up.
Matt 26:59-63a; Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death.
60 They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward,
61 and said, "This man stated, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.' "
62 The high priest stood up and said to Him, "Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?" 63 But Jesus kept silent.
We are now in a study of the doctrine of evil that is the function of satan's lie that operates in opposition to righteousness that is the function of God's Word of truth
We noted that evil is the function or production of satan's public lie and righteousness is the function or production of God's Word of truth.
We also noted that because the Church Age is the intensified stage of the angelic conflict the believer's thinking is the battleground where this war of opposing ideas rages.
This means that what believers think and why they think it is far more important than most believers understand or realize. Prov 23:7a; Rom 8:6-8;
We see from this that there are two ways of thinking. Divine viewpoint is thinking God's Word of truth that glorifies God and Christ. Human viewpoint is thinking demonic evil that dishonors God and Christ.
We also learn that the major issue in life is thought versus thought because one's thought ultimately determines whither one will function in satan's evil or God's righteousness. Prov 23:7a; 1Thes 5:21-22; 2Cor 10:3-5;
Recovery from sin is instantaneous through simple acknowledgment of sin to God, but recovery from evil takes a long time through post-salvation spiritual renovation of ones thinking from God's Word of truth. Rom 12:3; Eph 4:10-13;
Evil is the human good panacea that attempts to solve the problems of life apart from doctrine and divine establishment. Being from the mind of God doctrine and establishment came first, that is why "progressivism" is evil.
Evil is often a distortion of doctrine or a distortion of the laws of divine establishment. Satan's original sin was a distortion of doctrine. Evil distorts law and order, and redefines criminality and perversion as good rather than recognizing them as sin and evil.
Evil comes in many forms including but not limited to: altruistic humanitarianism, philanthropy, religion, legalism, reversionism, socialism, political internationalism, government interference, distortion of the law, bribery in government, reducing the down the military, anti gun legislation, sociology, public welfare programs, ecumenism, and the United Nations.
Evil also redefines and distorts the concept of "brotherly love" into a system of fake acceptance on the basis of relativism and sentimentality.
The whole idea of government trying to abolish sickness, injury and death, mental illness, economic problems, frustrations, and human problems by legislation and human solutions is evil. The world's problems can never be solved apart from Bible doctrine and the laws of divine establishment.
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