“Let’s Discard The Rules?”

Posted: July 14, 2014 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Dispensations, Hell, Judges

Some of you are fanatics when it comes to sports. Now imagine that after you’ve spent a lot of money to attend a game, it was decided that all the rules would be discarded. Every player would be allowed to do whatever he wants to do. Consequently, the referees would be dismissed. “Wait a minute,” you say. “You can’t have a game without well defined rules and referees to enforce them.” You’re right.

Rules. They are absolutely necessary in sports but they are also necessary in life. We have legislators who make up the rules by which the citizens must abide or be in trouble with the law. Every country has and needs them. If you visit another country, you need to know their laws or you could end up in their jails or prisons. If we don’t like the laws in our country, we can try to change them lawfully. The executive branch is supposed to enforce the laws that were made. They are not free to disregard the laws they don’t like. That would be a dereliction of their duty to uphold the law.

Lawlessness. Believe it or not, any form of government is better than anarchy when everyone does what is right in his own eyes. This has happened on many occasions throughout man’s history. It happened when people lived according to their consciences for about 1,600 years before the universal flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 6-8). We’re told that “…the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

Right/Wrong. It also happened not long after the Jews entered the land that was promised to them by God (Genesis 15:18-21; Judges 17:6; 21:25). Yes, they have a right to the land of Israel. Woe to those who want to take it from them (Genesis 12:1-3). Some day the believing Jews will have it all and live in peace (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1-16; 35:1-10). When everyone did what was right in his own eyes, things went from bad to worse. They were “bad to the bone.” They disregarded God’s rules and made their own rules. They were like the Sodomites (Genesis19). You know what happened to them.

Recorded. We may wander why God the Holy Spirit led selected men to include such XXX rated stories in the pages of the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:21). You can read one of them for yourself in Judges 19-21. During this civil war over 65,000 Jews killed each other. But we caution you, it will be ugly and gruesome.

Purpose. Could it be that God wanted His people, the Jews, to know what can happen to those who disregard Him from their thoughts and who aren’t thankful to Him? No matter how good we think we are in our own eyes, God tells us that all of us have hearts that are deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23). This is why we need a new heart and nature from God (2 Peter 1:4). Do you know how you can get one (John 3:3, 6, 16)? Note: Even though believers in Christ get a new nature from God, the old one still remains with us until we die physically or are raptured (1 Corinthians 51:51, 52; 1 John 1:8).

Capability. Anyone of us is capable of twisting normal and good behavior into that which is perverted and distorted. All of us have sinful natures (dispositions) that rebel against authority (1 John 1:8). All the “works of the flesh” are perversions of good things (Galatians 5:19-21; Hebrews 13:4). Those whose life styles are characterized by such behavior will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Revelation 21:8). Do you fit into this category? Are you afraid to face the future and the other side of death? What awaits you? Are you sure? Upon what are your beliefs based? Whose words should matter (John 14:6; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17)? Do you have a desire to change? Who put it there (Philippians 2:13)? How will you respond?

U.S. Have we, as a nation, degenerated to the point that we deserve God’s judgment on us too? Are you doing what’s right in your own eyes or what’s right in God’s eyes? By which set of rules are you living – the rules for the Jews in the Old Testament (Exodus 19:9-Matthew 12:50), the New Testament rules for Christians (John 13-Revelation 3), or the rules for those going into the Christ’s millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:1-7; Isaiah 9:6, 7), as found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-8), or none of these? If you’re confused, ask for our FREE “Dispensational Chart.” It could answer many of your questions about the Bible and where we are in time.

Abandoned. When God lets unthankful people do what they want to do, terrible perversions can follow in their wake (Romans 1:18-32). Maybe you fit into this category. But, believe it or not, if you’re still alive physically, there is hope for you if you will do one thing. It’s so simple that most folks think that they have to do something else. Do you know what God commands us to do so we can avoid hell and gain heaven (Acts 16:31)? There is only one unforgivable sin that will send people to hell (John 16:9).

Assurance. Yes, you can be sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die without having to go through a purging place first (1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29; Philippians 1:6). Christians don’t enter heaven through the back or side door (2 Corinthians 5:8).

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