Sorry (Repentance) Seems to be the Hardest Words

Sorry (Repentance) Seems to be the Hardest Words

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Conviction and Contrition are Not Repentance

There are some concepts in Scripture that are easy to gloss over, yet transformational when properly understood.  “Repentance” is one such concept.  In our culture, to “repent” often means little more than feeling sorry or regretful about something we’ve done wrong.  It’s seen as an obsolete religious term with little relevance to modern life.  Yet, true repentance, as described in the Bible, revolutionizes relationships and unlocks the door to salvation, sanctification, and spiritual rebirth.


The Original Meaning

The Old Testament was originally written predominately in Hebrew, while the New Testament was written in Greek.  When we explore the original words used in Scripture to convey repentance, a deeper meaning emerges.


Change Your Direction

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for repentance is “shuv” (šûḇ), which basically means “to turn back or return.”  It signifies making a 180-degree change in direction, to do an about-face and reverse course completely.  So, when God called His people to repent, He wasn’t merely telling them to feel sorry for what they had done.  He was urging them to completely reconsider the path they were on, dramatically reverse course, and walk back into a right relationship with Him.

The prophets powerfully confronted Israel and Judah, pleading with them to “shuv” (šûḇ) and turn back to God.  “Return, you backsliding (faithless) children, and I will heal your backslidings (faithlessness),” implored Jeremiah (Jer. 3:22).  Ezekiel echoed, “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations” (Ezek. 14:6).  True repentance meant decisively abandoning idolatry, or anything detestable to God, and returning to exclusive worship of Him.


Change Your Mind

In the New Testament, we find an expanded vocabulary around this concept.  The key Greek word translated “repent” is “metanoeó,” which combines meta, meaning “change,” with noeó, meaning “mind.”  So “metanoeó” literally means to “change one’s mind or purpose.”  It involves a transformed way of thinking that plays out in a changed way of living.

When Jesus began His ministry, His first declared message was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17).  To truly repent was to embrace a new paradigm and purpose for existence defined by God’s Kingdom rather than the value system of the world.  It was a complete change of direction, focus, priorities, and allegiance.


Feeling Sorry Isn’t Good Enough

Interestingly, Scripture records many instances of individuals feeling conviction or contrition about their sin, but then failing to truly repent.  They were sorry for what they had done, or the consequences they were experiencing, yet there was no change of mind, purpose, or behavior.

After his notorious betrayal, Judas was seized with remorse and returned his blood money to the temple priests and elders, admitting, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood” (Matt. 27:3-4).  Yet, rather than return to Christ and the disciples to seek reconciliation and forgiveness, Judas descended further into despair and ended his life.  His contrition did not lead to genuine repentance.

Similarly, Pharaoh repeatedly confessed his sin when faced with God’s plagues on Egypt, pleading with Moses to ask the Lord to remove each scourge.  Yet he repeatedly hardened his heart after each plague passed rather than permanently changing his treatment of God’s people (Ex. 8-10).  His confessions were temporary and coerced by his circumstances, and they did not produce real repentance.

Even King Saul repeatedly admitted wrongdoing in his jealous pursuit of David, but could not ultimately depart from his evil and obsessive ways (1 Sam. 15:24, 26:21).  Conviction alone— even aggressively vocalized and heartfelt— does not amount to biblical repentance.


The Blessings of True Repentance

True repentance transforms beliefs and behaviors.  It turns us from faithlessness to faith, from idolatry to worship, and from hard-heartedness to tenderness.  We not only feel sorrow for the sins we have committed, but we long for reconciliation and restoration to the One we transgressed against— Christ.  And we grow closer to the One we have offended by our actions, attitudes, and devotions when we turn around and again realign our lives with God’s Kingdom principles and purposes.  This is the nature of true repentance.

The Scriptures link repentance tightly with forgiveness, refreshing, renewal, and rebirth.  Just look at the contrast between Pharaoh’s coerced confessions compared with David’s heartfelt cry after the tragedy of his adultery and its aftermath:

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin… Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquity.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:1-2; 9-10).

David powerfully models heartfelt repentance and its renewing impact.  Pharaoh, not so much.


Repentance and the Higher Christian Life

True biblical repentance is far more than simply feeling sorry for our sins.  It is a fundamental reorientation of our mindset and behaviors back into a right relationship with God.  Rather than being merely an obsolete religious notion, genuine repentance brings hope of a new beginning and a renewed intimacy with God.  And it opens the door for God’s forgiveness and the powerful transforming and renewing of our inner life (1 John 1:9)— which is another phrase for the Higher Christian Life.

The difference between heartfelt repentance and temporary contrition is the difference between light and darkness or life and death.  Many admit wrongdoing and even have intense sorrow over sin, but fail to truly repent.  Like Judas, Pharaoh, and King Saul, they may vocalize confession and sorrow, but cling to the same path that severed them from God in the first place.  It’s only when we decisively turn from our sin and disobedience that we can walk into a life of spiritual renewal and rebirth.  And the door to this blessed life is opened by true repentance.


Conclusion

Remember, God’s promise still stands to all who will meet His call: “Return to Me, and I will return to you” (Zech. 1:3).  Our loving Father longs to run out to meet and embrace the repentant sinner headed home.  However deep we have drifted into the “far country,” and however long we have remained there, it is not too late.  Just ask the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).  As we truly turn our minds, hearts, and behaviors towards God, we will encounter the power of His forgiveness and the miracle of spiritual rebirth.

Repentance may be a neglected concept, something the woke mob considers out of vogue, but properly understood, it makes all the difference between remaining separated from God versus entering into a reconciled relationship and walking together down the path of life.  That’s His path— the right path.  The believer’s walk is thus marked by a spirit of continual repentance and refreshing renewal through God’s amazing grace.

Repentance is the key that opens the door to salvation, sanctification, and the Higher Christian Life.  So what are you waiting for?  Repent— genuinely repent of your sins before Him, today.


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583:  1 John 1:9 – One Condition and Two Promises

583: 1 John 1:9 – One Condition and Two Promises

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The Conditional Promises of God

One familiar “if / then” passage, often called the “believer’s bar of soap,” is found in the first chapter of the first letter of John.  In it, we find one “if” condition and two implied “then” promises God grants to those who meet His one “if” condition.  And the two promises of God encompass the totality of salvation this side of heaven, both our justification and our sanctification.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – 1 John 1:9


What Does it Say?

Let’s see exactly what it says.

If (the condition, something we must do in order to receive the promise) we (this includes you and me, make it personal, put your name here) confess (homologous – to admit, concede, to affirm or agree) our (it is inclusive, everyone has something to confess to a holy God) sins (hamartía – offense, wrongdoing, failure, fault, it is an act or feeling that transgresses something forbidden or ignores something required by God’s law, whether in thought, feeling, speech, or action.  Literally, it means to miss the mark or the true end and purpose of our lives, which is God.  And note, the word is plural, as in more than one sin),

This is the condition prescribed by God.  It is something we must do, a non-negotiable, if we want to receive the promise that comes from meeting the condition.  And, by His grace, it is something we can do.

Next, the Spirit, through John, lists only two of God’s infinite attributes as proof of the truth of His promise: faithful and just.

He (God, the Sovereign One, Eternal, All-Powerful, All-Knowing, Always-Present, Creator of All, of which there is no One higher, no One more glorious, no One more beautiful or of greater worth, and there is no more lofty goal in which to devote one’s life than to have a deep, intimate, relationship with Him) is (His current attributes) faithful (pistós – worthy of belief, trust, or confidence, sure, steadfast, of true fidelity) and (of all God’s immeasurable attributes, the Spirit, through John, lists only these two, as if they are enough, already more than we can handle) just (díkaios – righteous, correct, perfect, upright in everything, without error, free from favoritism, self-interest, bias, or deception)

And now, after stating His conditions and His attributes, the Spirit reveals the two promises or results we can rest assured of after we meet the conditions.  Note, because He is “faithful and just” and does not show favoritism or bias, these promises are for everyone, including you, who “confess” their sins, no matter how great those sins may be, how unworthy you may feel, or how many times you have tried and failed in the past.  To Him, it doesn’t matter— every day is a new beginning.

First Promise: Forgiveness (Justification)

to forgive (aphíēmi – to send forth or away, to stop blaming or taking an offense into account, to leave, release, let go, dismiss. God, in effect, chooses, based on our confession, to send our sins and the consequences of them away from Himself and us, to no longer blame us for our offenses, to release, let go, and dismiss the consequences of our sins as if they never happened.  We are now free from their condemnation, guilt, and shame – see Romans 8:33-34) us our (again, inclusive, which means you and me.  Make it personal, put your name here) sins (plural, the sins we confess are the sins He forgives, and there is no sin you have committed that is too great for Him to forgive)

Second Promise: Holiness (Sanctification)

and (in addition to forgiveness) to cleanse (katharízō – to purify and cleanse from the pollution and guilt of sin, to make innocent, pure, and undefiled once again, literally to clean from leprosy) us (inclusive, make the promise personal) from all (pás – as in each, every, everything, the whole, in totality without exception.  Note: there is nothing that does not fall under the word, pás) unrighteousness (adikía – injustice, what ought not to be, that which is wrong, wickedness, failing to adhere to moral principles, commands, or laws).


What Does it Mean?

In this conditional promise, the Lord shows us the breadth of His salvation, by forgiving us of our sins— which is justification, and also by the promise of living a Christ-like, holy life— which is sanctification.  When He “cleanses us from all unrighteousness” as a result of our confession, He does this not only positionally— how God sees us, but also in our practical lives— or how we allow Him to live through us daily.  And this, for me, is the great blessing in this passage.

You see, not only does God forgive our sins, but He also empowers us to live a life pleasing to Him, in all holiness and righteousness, since we have “put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24).  So through surrender and faith, we can experience in our lives what Jesus commanded when He said, “Therefore you shall be perfect (without defect or blemish, complete, wanting nothing), just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matt. 5:48).  This is the essence of the surrendered life, or the life of consecration to Him.


Your Turn

So, we have looked at what this conditional promise says and, to a lesser degree, what it means.  Plus, you have been encouraged to take it at face value and make it personal by putting your name as the one needing to confess their sins and as the recipient of all His promises.

Are you ready to do that?  If so, then do it now.  Don’t wait another minute.

And, after you have experienced His forgiveness and the blessing of allowing the Spirit to sanctify you and daily conform you into the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29)— then, on a personal level, deep where few are allowed to go, honestly answer this question:  What does this passage mean to you?  And, has this one conditional promise become real to you?


Quick Take-Aways

Four truths to take with you (for those who are strapped for time).

•   The Importance of Confession.  God will forgive the sins you confess— all the sins.  So, confession is the key.

•   God’s Faithfulness and Justice.  His promise to one is His promise to all, including and especially, you.  He does not play favorites or consider your sins too great to forgive.  How do we know this?  Because, “He is faithful and just.”

•   The Possibility of Forgiveness.  Ah, the question of the ages: Can God forgive sins?  And now you know the answer.  Yes, He can.  And not only that, but He will.  All you have to do is confess your sins and ask for His forgiveness.  So do that today.

•   Transformation and Renewal.  Finally, we can be changed, transformed, and renewed into what we long to be and not what we have become.  I don’t know about you, but nothing sounds better than that to me.  Would you agree?  Good.  Then, let’s get started.


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582: Abraham’s Journey of Faith in God’s Promises

582: Abraham’s Journey of Faith in God’s Promises

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Faith and Courage— Two Sides of the Same Coin

The Biblical story of Abraham is profoundly human— a narrative full of twists and turns, triumphs and failures, poor decisions and their unintended consequences, and, of course, drama— much like a Netflix mini-series.  Yet, throughout the trials of his faith, we see Abraham continually return to a place of trust in God’s promises.  And the trajectory of his life models for us the possibilities and pitfalls of our own spiritual journey.


The Call and the Promise

In Genesis 12, Abraham, then called Abram, receives a divine call from God to leave behind the only land and people he’s ever known and travel to a place yet unknown, so that through him, God would bless all the families of the world.¹  Pretty tall order.  Yet, this inaugurates the covenant— God pledging to make Abraham a great nation, to bless him abundantly, and to give his descendants the land of Canaan.  The promise must have seemed improbable to Abraham, a nondescript man from an obscure country, but he obeyed nonetheless.

Abraham’s faith wasn’t one-dimensional— the Genesis account shows it being refined through tests and trials, success and failures.  In Egypt, fearing danger, Abraham lies to Pharaoh about Sarah being his wife.² Not one of his better days.  Later, anxious about lacking an heir, Abraham and Sarah take matters into their own hands, leading to the birth of Ishmael through Hagar.³ Probably one of his worst days.  Yet even after these failures, Abraham returns again and again to faith in what God has spoken, as he is learning to trust in the timing and provision of the Promiser.


Courage and the Climax

Ultimately, Abraham’s faith journey crescendos in the test of the binding of Isaac, where God asks for the unthinkable— to offer up his son, through whom the covenant blessings were to flow, as a sacrifice to Him on Mount Moriah.  Abraham obeys, demonstrating remarkable courage and trust that God could fulfill His promise even through death.4


Lessons for the Journey

What lessons can we apply from Abraham’s life?  And how can we learn to have the courage to follow God into the unknown and do the unthinkable, even after a history of faith that may be less than stellar?

•   Face the Unknown with Faith – Like Abraham, God often calls His followers out of their comfort zones into uncharted territory that requires faith and courage. Abraham’s “leave your country” first step models the courage to obey God, even when the destination is uncertain.5

•   Grow through Failures – Our mistakes need not define us. Like Abraham, we can let them deepen our reliance on God. Need more proof? Remember David’s moral failure with Bathsheba and his restoration,6 and Peter’s denial and later reinstatement by Christ.7  They are pictures of Divine grace— and of the blessings of second chances.

•   Wait on God’s Timing – The years between promise and fulfillment were Abraham’s training ground in patience.  God frequently calls His people to endure patiently as His purposes simmer below the surface,8 or years of obscure preparation before emerging leadership,9 pleading in prayer before a longed-for miracle,10 or decades struggling with wounds before finding healing.11  May we likewise learn to wait on His timing, in all things.

•   Cling to God’s Promises – When famine descended on Canaan, Abraham clung to God’s covenant promises despite being surrounded by doubt and discouragement.12  We, too, can hold fast to the many promises in Scripture, even when the road gets tough, and we can’t see our way forward.

•   Act with Everyday Courage – While few undergo anything close to Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac,13 God calls each of us to cultivate courage through small, daily acts of faith— like sharing Jesus with others despite fear of rejection, giving generously in the middle of financial shortfalls, and forgiving deeply rooted hurts and offenses.  Abraham’s supreme test at Moriah models courage through absolute trust in God’s faithfulness.  And we build similar courage through daily acts of faith despite our fears and challenges.

•   Bless the World – Embedded in God’s covenant with Abraham was a global vision.  God’s covenant goal was always to bless all nations through one man’s radical obedience to Him.  We join in this mission by living out faith-filled lives that shine His light around us, becoming the salt and light of the world.14


Putting All the Pieces Together

What a journey Abraham walked— from rookie to seasoned veteran, from an unknown nomad to the father of nations.  And his life reveals the intertwined twin virtues of faith and courage, all in one amazing life.  His journey illustrates that courage rests upon the bedrock of faith properly placed.  For with faith as a mustard seed, Jesus said, “Nothing will be impossible for you.”15

But faith requires courage.  And courage is undergirded by faith.  Both work together to change a Saul into a Paul, and to make you into the person God created you to be.

In Abraham’s story, we see a life lived not perfectly, but faithfully.  His journey gives us hope and courage to step out boldly as we learn to trust the God who guides the unfolding of our lives.

So what are you waiting for?  Surrender and trust Him today.


Notes:

1. Genesis 12:1‭-‬3
2. Genesis 12:10‭-‬20
3. Genesis 16
4. Genesis 22:1‭-‬19.
5. Genesis 12:1-4
6. 2 Samuel 11, 12:13, Psalms 51
7. Matthew 26:69-75, John 21:15-17
8. Galatians 6:9
9. 1 Samuel 16:11-13.
10. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
11. Mark 5:25-34
12. Genesis 26:1-3
13. Genesis 22:1-14
14. Matthew 5:13-16
15. Matthew 17:20.


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581: Gog and Magog and Israel, Gaza, and Hamas

581: Gog and Magog and Israel, Gaza, and Hamas

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A Look at Our Current Situation

There is so much bloodshed and brutality taking place between Israel and Hamas, that many have been looking for comparisons between what’s happening today and the Gog and Magog invasion of Israel found in Ezekiel 38 and 39.  And the similarities are striking.

Ezekiel foretells an end-times invasion of Israel led by Gog, ruler of Magog, along with Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and other nations.  It also reveals that God providentially brings this vast alliance down to invade Israel, only to judge them harshly.  And I mean, really harshly.  Sodom and Gomorrah harshly.

Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.  I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops— many people are with you” (Ezekiel 38:1-6).

And when you identify the people groups involved with their related nations today, it’s like a primer on the beginning of World War 3.

•   Gog – Leader (Demonic)
•   Land of Magog (Scythians) – Central Asia, the countries that made up the former Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan)
•   The Prince of Rosh – Russia
•   Meshech and Tubal – Modern Turkey
•   Persia – Iran
•   Ethiopia (Cush) – Modern Sudan, nations south of Egypt
•   Libya (Put or Phut) – Modern Libya, possibly as far as Algeria and Tunisia, those west of Egypt
•   Gomer (Cimmerians) – Central Turkey
•   House of Togarmah – Modern Turkey, North of Israel


Arab Nations Against God’s People

Let’s look at Ezekiel 38:1-6 again, only with the current nations included.

Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog (Central Asia, the countries that made up the former Soviet Union), the prince of Rosh (Russia), Meshech, and Tubal (modern Turkey) and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.  I (God’s actions) will turn you (Gog from Magog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal) around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out (again, God’s actions), with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.  Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (modern Sudan), and Libya (modern Libya, including Algeria and Tunisia) are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer (central Turkey) and all its troops; the house of Togarmah (modern Turkey, north of Israel) from the far north and all its troops— many people are with you” (Ezekiel 38:1-6).

Can you see the chess pieces being sovereignly moved into place for this prophecy to be fulfilled before our very eyes?  I sure can.  So join us as we look deeper into the Gog and Magog conflict, which is a key indicator the end is near.

And keep looking up, for our redemption draws near (Luke 21:28).


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After Ohio – Abortion is the Sacrament of Trashworld

After Ohio – Abortion is the Sacrament of Trashworld

The Handwriting on the Wall

As you know, on Tuesday, the state of Ohio, which Trump won in 2020, voted to enshrine abortion in their constitution.  The text of the amendment states:

“Every individual has a right to make and carry out one’s reproductive decisions, including but not limited to decisions on (1) contraception; (2) fertility treatment; (3) continuing one’s own pregnancy; (4) miscarriage care; and (5) abortion.”

And again, we’re not talking about California or New York, but Ohio, that Trump will probably win again in 2024.  How is that possible?  And how can we move forward as a nation, and as His church, seeing the tide shift so suddenly?

I don’t have the answer, but I do like what Andrew Isker has to say (he wrote the Boniface Option).  I have posted below his assessment of where we are and how to move forward and, as usual, he doesn’t mince words.

I hope you will be encouraged and enlightened to what he has to say and how we, and God’s children, salt and light in a decaying world, need to respond.



Abortion is the Sacrament of Trashworld

By Andew Isker

This week the State of Ohio voted by a nearly ten-point margin to enshrine abortion as a constitutional right. Ohio is not a far-left blue state like California or New York, it is a conservative red state that Donald Trump won by almost the same margin in 2020. The results of this ballot amendment have shocked many in the pro-life movement.

It should not.

For decades Pro-Life, Inc. and most of conservative evangelicalism has pushed this single issue in isolation from all the rest of modern American life. They have operated as though everything else in American life can remain the same so long as we stop murdering babies. This has always been nonsense.

All of our modern way of life is structured around the murder of tiny children. Consumerist, managerial, liberal society requires all of humanity to be deracinated, stripped of particular, historic ways of life, and every single person reduced to bare individuals. The order that God created for humanity, to have marriage, family, and children, the very necessities for a civilization to function and perpetuate itself is now a consumer lifestyle choice, among a myriad of others. There is no marriage as nearly all of human existence has known it. Now it is merely a legal compact for two adults to live and share property together, to be dissolved whenever there is no longer mutual consent.

Abortion allows women to be unshackled from their telos, their divinely-ordained, unique purpose— to bear and rear children. Now, they can be bare economic units consuming whatever they produce, and free to pursue whatever way of life they desire, even to become “men.” The basis of our entire society is the freedom to become whatever you want, created realities be damned. You don’t want to be uniquely bestowed with the power to bring new human life into the world? Then we can kill that life whenever it is created in your body.

Abortion is the sacrament of this total freedom and atomized individualism. It is the barbaric ritual-killing, blood must be shed so you can be free to enjoy brunch and swiping right. The entirety of American society, and especially what the American views as its highest good, requires abortion be held sacrosanct.

The mainstream evangelical Christian, the bulwark that gives the Pro-Life movement its energy and foot soldiers does not view American society this way at all. It believes that the consumerist, liberal paradise is just fine, so long as we don’t chop up babies. They believe we can still have our feminism, our “strong, independent women,” and a country that is reduced to an economic zone, so long as abortion is banned.

The end of Roe v. Wade has revealed what folly this is. The rot within American society is deep. Much, much deeper than most are willing to understand. You could see this even as early as 2015, when Donald Trump was asked about criminalizing abortion and punishing women who sought to murder their children. Every major figure within Pro-Life, Inc. raced to condemn Trump as quickly as possible. Their entire strategy was built around the comical fantasy that women who seek to have their child dismembered in the womb were victims who had no idea what they were doing.

They embraced the feminist frame, blaming all abortion squarely upon men. Whatever they did, they would not confront feminism or the underlying economic and social conditions that require the industrial-scale slaughter of babies. No, they dare not touch these things, because they are the idols that we tolerate within the church. We have bought the lie that women and men are exactly the same except for a few bits of hardware. We are terrified of saying that most women should be wives and mothers and not pursue careers. That would limit freedom, and well, we cannot have that.

But until Christians are willing to confront the revolutionary restructuring of human society over the last hundred years, industrialized infanticide is here to stay. You can put up as many billboards of beautiful smiling infants that say “choose life” as you want, but the social, economic, and spiritual forces that drive the slaughter of millions of babies are not going to go away. Only when feminism and radical individualism are seen as satanic ideologies will we ever gain any ground.

But our current way of life, which I have called “trashworld” in The Boniface Option, is both doomed for destruction and must be destroyed. No civilization can exist like this forever. Not in the temporal sense nor the spiritual. God has created a world with order, just as He created a world with gravity. Nearly all of mankind throughout history could not live the way we do, even if they wanted to, because they lacked the hyper-efficient global economy that produces the unfathomable wealth and standard of living we currently enjoy. This affluence— which we foolishly believe is the baseline for human existence— is what allows us to indulge in civilization-destroying monstrosity. The natural order still exists. Gravity still exists. And the wealth we enjoy allows us to stand over the edge of the cliff like Wile E. Coyote, suspended in mid-air safe so long as we do not look down.

Looking down, however, is inevitable.

And a society like ours will not continue on forever. There will be judgment.

The question is whether the beginning of the unraveling of a great civilization like ours will provoke repentance, first in evangelical pulpits and churches, and then throughout the nation, or if God will allow what we deserve to befall us.

Our hope should be in the grace of God, that He will move powerfully to fundamentally transform our entire way of life. It should not be in “one, weird legislative trick” to keep Trashworld going but just without baby murder. The ax must go to the root and not glance about the edges. If the revolutionary change to our way of life that has occurred in the last hundred years is to be turned back, it must be by an equally powerful counter-revolution, a counter-revolution led by the people of God.

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