June 29, 2009
I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
According to the Holy Spirit’s revelation to the Apostle Paul, the “mystery of lawlessness” was at work in his day, and indeed has been for many thousands of years. This secret, covert working of the evil one began when sin entered the earth realm in the garden. Satan’s plan from the beginning was to work “undercover” to subvert, supplant, and substitute the plan of God. His ultimate desire is world dominion culminating in the bringing in of the beast, the man of sin, the son of perdition, and the antichrist.
He has worked for the most part unchallenged and undetected until the Holy Spirit began to pull the cover off of his schemes in these last of the Last Days. How has he worked? He has worked primarily through the three God-ordained institutions of the home, government, and the Church. We can see this very clearly if we only look.
In the home, for example, this secret working of evil can be seen in attempts to redefine marriage and the family. God gave us the pattern in the garden when it was determined that it was not good that the man should be alone. In response to this need God took one of the man’s ribs, and from that literally built a woman. Later this one man and one woman came together in sexual union and produced children. This is God’s intention. The “mystery of lawlessness” at work says that the nuclear family is a thing of the past. In our enlightened 21st Century, a family is now defined by any two people in a relationship.
It doesn’t matter if these two people are two men, two women, or any combination thereof; if they live together they are a family. Adopted children are thrown into these perverted unions, and the Department of Human Services (DHS) smiles favorably on it all. Yes, the “mystery of lawlessness” is at work in the home.
In the world of government, and I speak primarily of the United States of America; morality, decency, and the Judeo-Christian ethic has been all but set aside in the name of “progressivism”; which in reality is nothing more than socialism dressed up in a new set of clothes. This “mystery” is bent on bringing all governments, commercial enterprises, media outlets, and world currencies into one so-called “New World Order.” You will not here about the NWO in the average church because it seems so conspiracy theory, but I promise there are groups like the Rockefellers, Bilderbergs, Trilateral commission, and the Council on Foreign Relations that take the NWO very seriously. I would encourage you to Google® any one or all of these organizations. I think you will find some very interesting and disturbing information. The “mystery of lawlessness” is at work in the United States government, and the governments of the world.
How about the Christian Church? The “mystery of lawlessness” has come into the church to subvert, supplant, and substitute God’s plan and order. His desire is to turn the Christian Church into a vehicle designed to preach and promote almost anything except the good news about Jesus Christ. As we stated last time, we need to know and understand sound doctrine. Our doctrine, what we teach, defines and sets us apart from mere world religions. Even though we see distinctions among denominational and non-denominational groups, there are basic doctrines that every true Christian must believe and adhere to. One could call these truths the fundamentals. By way of review these are:
- The Trinity – One God revealed in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God has chosen to reveal Himself as the triune Godhead. Any doctrine that speaks of God as anything other than a trinity is false doctrine.
- The Person of Jesus Christ – 100% God, 100% man. The only begotten Son of God, this speaks of His unique relationship with and to the Father. This would include the virgin birth, His vicarious sufferings and death on the cross, His triumphant revelation, and His ascension to the right hand of the Father.
- The literal Second Coming of Christ – While differences exist among sincere brethren as to the timing of events, all Christians must believe that He is coming again! [See John 14:3]
- Salvation – All Christians believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, by Christ alone. There is no other name by which a person may be saved. [See Acts 4:12]
- The scriptures – It is entirely inerrant and sufficient for all Christian life. [See 2 Tim. 3:16, 17]
These fundamental doctrines are believed by all true Christians. They are settled and non-negotiable. And yet the “mystery of lawlessness” comes in to subvert, supplant, and substitute sound doctrine with every manner of false doctrine and aberrant theology imaginable. We have popular teachers and preachers on Christian TV teaching things that marginalize God while deifying man. We have men and women of God now who are little more than Christian motivational speakers! [Insert your best Matt Foley impersonation here!]
This is all working toward the day when the man of sin stands in the Temple of God and declares himself to be God. It is working toward the time when many shall “fall away” and believe the “great deception.” Yes, the “mystery of lawlessness” is at work, but thank God we’re not in the dark about it! We walk in the light as He is in the light. The worst days are ahead in the very near future for this world system. The brightest, most glorious days are ahead for the true Church and for those who have intimacy with God!
The Weekly Word is found in 2 Thessalonians 2:9 – 12. Here the Bible says,
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. [2 Thess. 2:9 – 12 NKJV]
Until next time, this is THE WEEKLY WORD.
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson