Corrupting What Was Once Considered ‘Good’

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“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

–Ephesians 6:11-12

Regardless of what corner of it one inhabits, this old world is very much a force for corruption.

God’s Word informs the reader–more than once–that the world is a source of wickedness and is an enemy of God.

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

1JOHN 2:15

The admonition in James 4 is even more clear.

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

James 4:4

AND, it is not only the world which is a source of corruption: this moral erosion extends to the baubles, bangles and shiny things of the world as well. In fact, the three sources of SIN can trace their way back to to being a part of the world.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

1JOHN 2:16

NOW, the reader may very well have heard all of this before–particularly if he frequents the Sunday social clubs we call the churches. BUT, the reader may NOT be aware that the world is such a spiritually corrosive influence that it corrupts ALL that live in it.

(Except for the Son of God Himself, Jesus Christ: who was without sin.)

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

Hebrews 4:15

Which leads to the topic of this piece: The world not only corrupts those who acts foolishly and wickedly, it corrupt those who once were considered a force for good in this world.

This can be illustrated by either of two BIG examples of the world at work on those who were once called “good.”

The first example is the oldest.

And it is the Hebrews.

Yes, at one time they were referred to as “God’s people.” But, the reader should remember that there were MANY among the Hebrews who chafed at God’s direction from the beginning: in the wilderness after they were brought out of Egypt. God, at various times sent His prophets to EXPRESSLY warn the Hebrews to change their ways–however, just like today: a few would heed what God’s prophet told them, while the rest ignored the warnings.

And God Himself was VERY aware that those He trusted to teach the world of His Holiness mostly fell short.

“And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.”

–Ezekiel 2:3

“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.”

–Isaiah 30: 8-11

God’s Son, Jesus Christ, was killed by the sons and daughters of those rebellious Hebrews (in their lust for earthly power and control) years later. Jesus warned that their descendants would work extreme mischief in the last days. He called these Hebrews–who talked the talk of being a Jew and had all of the OUTER signs which the deceived look for–the “synagouge of Satan.”

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”

–Revelation 2:9

“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.”

–Revelation 3:9

NOW, in their defense: God knew that the world He created would be a VERY corrupting influence. It was part of His plan to find a people who wanted to called Him “God.”

BUT, on the others side of the argument, the Hebrews had first-hand knowledge of the Holy One of Israel. The rest of the world only HEARD accounts of God and His unlimited power.

“What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.”

–Romans 3:1-2

And so the Hebrews are the FIRST example of, what was long considered “good” being corrupted by the world and the things of the world.

The SECOND example may be a little more familiar to the reader: it is the CHURCHES which inhabit every city, town and rural hamlet in the world.

What started out CENTURIES ago as the Church (of Jesus Christ), became a part of the corrupted world system–again a victim of man’s lust for power and control.

NOW, there are still a FEW who hold to the precepts of God, just as there ALWAYS has been.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

–Matthew 7:13-14

But the FEW are the exception and really do not fit in anywhere in the world–even in the churches which claim to be the home of goodness and light.

“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.”

–Luke 21:17

There has been MUCH already written about the churches and the tares inhabiting those buildings.

But, once again, those in the churches–and those buildings contain a great many who, for one reason or another, are concerned with being ‘good’–were once considered a force for good which has been drug down and corrupted by the world.

NOW, the few who are members of the REAL Church?

Like always, they are loners, waiting anxiously for the Son of God to make his return; maintaining small outposts in enemy territory, throughout the world.

And ALL are VERY mindful of the world’s corrupting influence on those who would do good.

DOES the reader believe that there are institutions that are so “good,” they are beyond questioning?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 27, 2021.]

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