Ozark Christian Living

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Born or Scorn

February 21

 "Whosoever is born of GOD doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of GOD."  1 John 3:9






"We, in our day, are attempting to incubate a salvation free from sorrow over sin ..."







Are there recognizable proofs to one being "born of GOD"? Both reason and Holy Writ both demand a yes here; for as surely as physical life lends evidence of itself, so too does the miracle of new birth breath in discernable ways.

Do You Have A Heart and Mind of Repentance?  We, in our day, are attempting to incubate a salvation free from sorrow over sin (cf. 2 Corinthians 7:10; Acts 3:19)… and as a result we are hatching half-baked fledglings, yard chickens, but not a single eternal eagle.  Lowering the repentance flag to half mast may fill our pews, but it will not populate Heaven.  The Church is bulging with sinners reformed, who have never been transformed. ‘Just as I am’ makes for fine lyrics, but is foreign to New Testament doctrine.  "But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:"  This doctrinal myth so promulgated, that one may obtain CHRIST, and retain his sin, is just that!  John is not suggesting sinless perfectionism (cf. 1 John 1:8, 10) but he is demanding sincere direction-ism as evidence that you have been “born of GOD”.  Repentance is a change of mind and the mind then makes up the U-Joint and drive shaft connecting the heart and will.  The Via Dolorosa was, and still is, the real trail of tears. 

Truth is, the new creature in CHRIST no longer finds sin even a passing pleasure, he abhors it!  Sin to him has become as horrible and loathsome as Job’s boils.  The true believer considers sin his chief enemy, his greatest plague, his body of death.  "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"  The truly penitent person knows that his problem is not lack of self-esteem, mistreatment, injustice, or some childhood trauma, but sin.  He hates sin because it dishonors the GOD whom he loves ... and WHO first loved him.

This view of sin is generally absent from a church today which wants to erode holiness and push the envelope of decadence in every direction.  Oh for a fact, religious meetings abound; but they are largely attended by the Sardis-ites, who have risen to power on the doctrine of the Pergamos-ites, who are practicing the morality of the Thyatira-ites.  Meanwhile, outside the house of the Laodiceans is the Great PHYSICIAN, nauseous over the staggering rate of stillbirths across the board.  (cf. Revelation 2:12-3:6, 16).

"In this the children of GOD are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of GOD ..."

For Love of Country
William Holmes McDuffey (1800-1873)
(Schoolmaster of the Nation; Authored: McDuffey's Reader)
"The Christian religion is the religion of our country.  From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of GOD, the great moral GOVERNOR of the universe.  On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions.
The Ten Commandments and the teachings of JESUS are not only basic but plenery."

(Forward to McDuffey's Reader; used in public schools, 1836-1920)

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