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Seeking After Righteousness – It Only Works For You

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As I was listening to Brother Richard Cook’s sermon today, one of the Scriptures he quoted was really emphasized to me by the Holy Spirit, but in a context different to what Brother Cook was speaking on. The Scripture in question is from the Old Testament and can be found in Ezekiel 14:14-20 though what the Holy Spirit was showing to me only involved verses 14, 16, 18, and 20.

Ezekiel 14:14
“Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the LORD GOD.

In context, we need to look back at the two earlier verses, though (vv. 12-13). God is speaking of the unfaithfulness of the world around these men (including all their immediate family, if applicable) and that, even though these men lived in the land, they could only deliver themselves by their righteousness. It wouldn’t extend to anyone else. God repeats this 4 times to emphasize this point through the prophet Ezekiel. This is an important point. You cannot ride on the coattails of a righteous relative. Just because your mother, father, sister, brother, or 12th cousin thrice removed was a holy, righteous person – by God’s standards mind you; what man has to say in the matter of who is or isn’t righteous really doesn’t come into play – does not mean you get a free ride.

What you can do, though, is what is outlined in Romans 12:1-2

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

In other words, if you are calling yourself a Christian, and you truly have been born again, you will attain righteousness – not because of others – but by the redeeming power of Jesus Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. You will be righteous because you will be a new man (or woman) in Christ Jesus and your life will reflect the change that has been made. It won’t be because Uncle Noah or Cousin Job or Nephew Daniel were righteous. Their righteousness only delivers them. Period. End of story, and not because I said so, but because God said so (and not once, but 4 times in the 6 verses in question).

You can only seek after righteousness for yourself, never on anyone’s behalf and you cannot rely on someone else’s righteousness to benefit you.

What Role Should Religion Play In America?

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Recently one of the pages I “liked” on Facebook asked, “What role should religion play in the USA?” and I wanted so badly to respond but my phone, with which I was browsing FB, kept messing up (the browser would close as I typed away). Here is my response, in full, with no interruptions from a randomly closing browser.

Religion? None, but religion is also what killed my Lord. Faith, on the other hand – a genuinely, deeply held faith – cannot and should not be separated the individual just because they are a politician. Such faith molds an individuals actions, thoughts, and – most importantly – sense of morality. One only has to look around this country to see that we are sorely lacking in moral absolutes. Bestiality is legal in at least one state, homosexuality is becoming more and more accepted as they push – often with threats of and the use of violence otherwise – for more and more “rights”. The unborn are murdered by the hundreds, if not thousands, on a daily basis, with proponents of abortion as violent in their demands for acceptance and more widespread adoption [sic] of the practice. There is a group – with psychologists in the mix to try and give it some validity – seeking to legalize and make acceptable pedophilia. All while genuine faith is in decline in this country.

Our nations moral compass has been thrown aside and the “do whatever makes you feel good” crowd of liberal, godless zealots continue to slowly take over. We have no one to blame but ourselves. It all started when Israel asked God to anoint a king from amongst them so that they could be like the other nations. God knew the folly in such a choice but He wasn’t going to deny His people what they wanted. Fast forward to 236 years ago when a group of men – some Christian, some deists, some Quaker, almost all professing some belief in the One, True, Living God – gather together to found a new nation because the king they lived under became too unbearable in what he was doing. God obliged them and two of the most important documents in recent history were wrote. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of the United States of America were wrote, bringing forth upon this world something that had never been seen before. A country in which the common citizen was the true boss and the elected official literally the hired hand.

It isn’t perfect because man isn’t perfect. It’s a good thing my faith isn’t in the things of man. To tell me to be a good politician that I have to have faith in my fellow man and not in my God is ludicrous. The State not instituting an official religion and not requiring religious tests for public office is not the same as the idea of separation of church and state. To tell me that I cannot rely on my faith in God to direct me in all matters regarding whatever public office is even more ludicrous.

If one does not have God by which to guide them morally, spiritually, and ethically, then that person would be able to be tossed to and fro by every good-sounding idea to come their way.

No, religion should have no place in government, but faith should be central to the lives of those in public office, for without it they are a toy boat in a vast ocean and the storm has already arrived.

My God calmed the seas and raised the dead. He created the very stars in the sky. He is just, righteous, holy and perfect and is more than capable of guiding our decisions and giving us a firm, solid rock upon which to build moral absolutes – His moral absolutes – upon.

And that is all I have to say about that.

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