It is plainly obvious that I am not a politically ideological liberal in the commonly understood sense of the term "liberal." However, many are new to this type of terminology and thinking; therefore, I will cover this more directly. Redundancy is required with each of us. We must have the Holy Spirit remind us and repeat things we've already learned. It helps to keep us from going astray. We don't have to be redundant toward God, but we must do toward one another as the Holy Spirit does for us as individuals. It is Christlike: Godly.
Jesus asked Peter three times whether Peter loved Jesus and told Peter three times to feed his sheep and lambs (once to feed the lambs, twice to feed the sheep).
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17).
Of course, Peter had denied Jesus three times previously. That he did even after Jesus had warned the disciples that he, Jesus, would deny anyone to God who denied him, Jesus. Yet, Jesus returned to Peter showing mercy upon Peter, obviously. Are we any better than Peter or any of the other disciples in this? We all need mercy shown to us; therefore, we must all be merciful to one another. We all need an opportunity to learn and grow. We all need things explained and oft repeated. It is one of the reasons we speak to God from our hearts (pray).
Therefore, I am being repetitive on purpose. Some may see it as talking down. However, it is elevating or raising up. I need it also. That is what Jesus was doing with Peter wasn't he? We aid each other in this way. We remind one another so that we don't slip, or if we have slipped, so that we get up again onto the right path.
Now concerning the notion of ideology, we have covered it before. However, within each chapter, we have tried to introduce new or expounded material by mixing it in with what has already gone before. For those who see it as a virtue of the best writing style never to repeat anything, they will hate this approach. That view though is arbitrary. It is a traditional method of claiming superiority that is baseless. There are people who just latch onto some traditional view and make it their own. They refuse from then on to even consider that their traditional view could be nothing but arbitrary imagination. They repeat it drumming it into their heads and the heads of others. In other words, repetition works in certain circumstances and detracts in others. It depends upon what is being forwarded.
When it comes to gaining a single eye (singular focus) upon righteousness, being always mindful is required. Being reminded helps. Proper repetition helps. We must be diligent in our total love of God. It means we must also be mindful of others.
We are to be attentive, compassionate, considerate, empathic, helpful, kindhearted, nurturant, sympathetic, tender, and thoughtful. We are not to be unkind, mean, inconsiderate, or thoughtless. However, we must understand that severe, harsh, or strict treatment is often in the mind of the receiver. The divine standard is the highest principle. Strict adherence is the greatest thing. We must be desirous of being reproached (sternly when needs be) in order to learn and grow. We must be receptive to be correctable. Jesus was strict and loving at the same time. He didn't beat anyone, but he put the fear (respect) of God in many. It was real liberalism contrary to the current idea of liberalism that disdains strict righteousness (the straight and narrow). "Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life." (Matthew 7:14). The straight and narrow is the real liberalism. It is the real freedom. It helps to be reminded of that. It helps to counteract the falsehoods that have been put forth about liberalism.
However, one must recognize the heathen (unbeliever) man or woman as one who will not turn. For such souls, repetition bears no or fleeting good results. Often, it results in violence and destruction. The swine turns to attack the messenger. Here, repetition is not conducive to the separation of goats from sheep for heaven's sake. The lesson for the proverbial swine (glutton) will have to come from suffering under the satanic spirit while divided away from those in heaven. Otherwise, there would be no justice. There would be no peace for those who made themselves fertile soil for the seed of righteousness. The saints deserve peace.
When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach. (Proverbs 18:3).
Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease. (Proverbs 22:10).
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. (Proverbs 29:1).
We can become obsessed with saving those who do not want to be saved. We are not to force people, dragging them endlessly kicking and screaming. At some point, we must leave it to God to deal with them without us. At some point, they have to receive the message alone. That's how it is for everyone. No one can do it for anyone else. We can only help by showing the way. Those of their own free choice who refuse to walk the path would ruin heaven anyway. They drag hell with them wherever they go. This is why Jesus said that after doing what one can, even within the church, one must finally treat the unwilling as outsiders. They are the spiritually dead, and nothing can be done for them. So concerning the heathen (unbeliever) and the publican (tax collector) who has rejected the first and great commandment and the second like it, after one has tried in all earnestness to reach him or her, one stops proselytizing while still continuing to exemplify. That is the best one can do. Then, the truth will separate the goats from the sheep. This seems severe, harsh, or strict, but it is just, which is love of truth and peace.
Now, having dealt sufficiently with the acceptability and even desirability, within given circumstances, of redundancy, let us turn again to the concept of ideology and false versus real liberalism and which of those we seek to fit.
When I say that I am not an ideological liberal here, I am using the terms "ideological" and "political" in broad terms. Most people commonly speak of politics as if it is something that can be split off from social, cultural, religious, economic, and other considerations. All of these terms are vague and only impart a general sense of the angle from which one approaches the totality of organization. I'm not going to defend the statement that they are vague terms here or go into exhaustive detail in explaining, because it is not necessary for the purposes of this work right now to do that. Suffice it to say that what I am not is what is meant by a "political liberal" as that term is used broadly and commonly within the current, generalized media. That meaning is the false meaning. Therefore, I am saying that I am not a false liberal. I am not pro-choice (for abortion). I am not pro-homosexuality. At the same time, I am not pro-coercion.
The current ideology (system) most commonly understood as liberal today in America is secularism (state separated out from the real Church), while the true liberal and Christian position is that God (not false religions) can not be separated from any of the affairs of people. To have any place that is separated out from God is to fail to keep the great commandment to love God with our all. To separate any aspect of human organization from God is to have that aspect in a state of apostasy (far from God versus close). It invites disaster after disaster. If the whole government is derived by the consent of the people and the people accede to each other in a separation of their most collective organizational efforts (their central government) from God, then the central focal point of the organization of the people is a state in utter apostasy and denial that God is necessary to the proper organization of the people. Any such state will come to utter ruin, because God is the real spirit of unity and, therefore, the only way that will stand. The only organizational structure that will work is that structure that is summed up by virtue of the first and great commandment and the second like it. All things not of loving each other as Jesus loved his disciples will fall. This means that the way of both the conservative and false liberal will come to ruin. "That which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider." (Isaiah 52:15).
This has always been overlooked by those who are supposedly Christian and yet adamant advocates of the separation of church and state. They miss that what is needed is separation of selfishness from everything that is unselfish. The real Church is the real nation, the real state: Unselfish. Everything else is mired in falsehood. See this and think about it in silence until you get it. It is consistent with the first and great commandment and the second like it.
Of course this state of affairs (apostasy: separation of church and state) was given rise by the usurpation of righteousness by the unscrupulous who corrupted the church. That should not have given rise to burning the whole field, killing the real Church because of the weeds. It should have given rise to the reformation of the institutions of people properly to conform to the real Church that is grounded in the unassailable first and great commandment and the second like it. That still remains to be done. It is the prophecy, and the prophecy must and will be fulfilled. It is the real liberal end.
That real liberal end will come through real liberal means. There has to be separation of the unjust from the just. This is why the world is headed for tribulation. It is as a showdown. That which is illiberal will be purged. All must agree, but there are those who refuse and will continue to refuse. They will be purged leaving only those who agree.
The kingdom will not come via false liberals ending Christian evangelizing and proselytizing for the sake of ecumenicalism with non-believers. In that push for what they think is getting along or peace, they water down the message that is necessary to save souls. It all ends up in a false sense of peace that falls short. It is the opposite of the separation message of Jesus. They are trying to promote a togetherness of those things that cannot stand together. Jesus did not do that. He preached the opposite. Jesus did not preach ecumenicalism. He preached peace and salvation and deliverance through division of the unjust spirit from the just spirit. He raised the standard rather than lowering it for the sake of expediency or accommodation. He called upon us to be real liberals no matter the persecution we may be made to suffer for it. He called upon us to make real peace that does not come by flattering those not of the spirit but rather by calling all to the spirit.
The false liberal's concept sees the path to heaven as lying in everyone just acting as if everyone else's path is equally valid. It says to leave all others alone to believe whatever they believe no matter how astray, no matter how damaging or damning. This false liberal concept says do not spread the word of truth but rather respect all belief as equally worthy. Their concept leaves people lost. They do this, because they themselves are astray and lost, hence this work.
They overstepped in their reaction to the corruptions of the church or Rome and state. They should have stopped at no coercion. They should have stopped short of gagging real Christianity.
The kingdom will not come via false liberals ending Christian evangelizing and proselytizing. Neither will the kingdom come via humans exterminating humans. Those doing the purging themselves are offensive. They are trying to take heaven by force. Their conservative concept is mired in falsehood as is the false liberals'. God will put the real Church and state together as one unified body.
The only way the kingdom will come to individual and national souls is for people to pray for deliverance while at the same time being faithful.
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:7-8).
It is important to know that "avenge" here means render justice unto, vindicate, save, and the like. The motive is not retaliation. That is the wrong connotation of what Jesus was saying. It is a major source of confusion in Christianity. The wrong connotation leads people astray into thinking that if God retaliates and we are to be godlike, then why not be retaliatory here and now as in why not make war. It is also important to know to have enough faith not to be violent, not to take vengeance into human hands. We must remember that people escape the plagues and tribulations by being worthy that is non-offensive that includes nonviolent. Turn the other cheek always and forever. Remember also that only the perfect can mete out the perfect including justice. Are you perfect enough to mete out perfect justice, which is the only real justice? We are to have faith in God's promise to come and do that: Render perfect justice. If we try to do it ourselves now, we will invariably err. We will harvest prematurely and not gather up the right souls.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:36).
The tribulations are not against the righteous. They are not to purge the righteous.
And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. (Revelation 16:9).
Only persecution by humans against the righteous is the plague upon the righteous. God allows it for those who will endure, showing their faith. They will be saved on account of it.
In their reaction to the corruption of the church of Rome and the states under its control, the false liberals missed all of this. It went over their heads. The iniquities within the church gave rise to hardening of hearts in reaction. To ward off the excesses of the misguided church, the false liberals developed the hardhearted tradition called individual liberties that run head-long into the admonitions of God against depravity and willfulness. It harkened back to the willfulness and hardheartedness of Babylon and even Sodom. It is humanism heading in the direction of atheism and hell.
It is the failure to see that the softhearted message of Jesus is the fulfillment of humanism necessarily absent willfulness against God. That humanism of Jesus says that human beings by becoming one with God are valuable and are given capabilities through God and are worthy to have greater freedom out from under evil's oppression. That humanism of Jesus is the divine humanitarianism. It is right, because it gives all credit to God and then gives credit to human beings for coming to God.
The false liberals sought to do away with what they saw as the obsessive control (coercion) of the church via its instrument the state. In doing so, they lost sight, if they ever had it, of the correct teaching that all must exercise self-control that is unselfishness. Stop perpetuating evil. Stop passing on evil. Have it stop with you. Be considerate of others as you would have them be considerate of you. Put yourself in their shoes. Rather than magnifying that truth, the false liberals magnified themselves. They sought to end the control of the church over them, and in so doing, they magnified their own brand of control over others by demanding coercive enforcement of their falsely perceived freedoms that are only their falling into the greatest of snares.
They haven't seen it that way. They have not seen that the least controlling person ever was Jesus. Jesus was the least willful is why. He asked us to control ourselves by giving ourselves over to God. It is no contradiction. Becoming one with God grants the greatest self-control. It is easy to see. "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:30).
This touches heavily upon the ideological notions also of the conservatives, libertarians, and others. As stated elsewhere in this work, liberty does not mean license to iniquity, contrary to public perception even in ostensible churches. What is seen by so many as liberties cause direct harm to others. They set a false example that leads others astray. It is the spiritually blind leading the spiritually blind. Knowingly or negligently causing harm is not a state of true liberty or divine liberty.
Many emphasize false liberty through tolerance that is failure to speak to truth concerning what it takes for true justice and all the other faces of truths. Many emphasize multiculturalism that has taken on the recent meaning of enforced silence concerning the truth that human precepts and traditions run contrary to, seek to negate, the absolute truth of the first and great commandment and the second like it. They have developed their concept of political correctness that is headed in the direction of outlawing Christian evangelizing and proselytizing as being tantamount to hate speech or anti-cultural or somehow otherwise offensive to the ears of others and therefore to be rendered illegal. They even emphasize what they term "alternative sexual lifestyles" that negate the healing power.
He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. (John 12:40).
In their overreaction, they have left the misleading view that depravity that pollutes the body, mind, and soul is sanctioned. They fail to see the simultaneous admonitions not to throw stones (physically) but also to warn one's fellow humans away from temptation and evil. Not throwing stones while at the same time warning (both of which Jesus did), negate authoritarianism and separation of God from how and why we organize ourselves collectively.
In 1933, Adolf Hitler formed the Protestant Reich Church. This supposed church was formed by merging twenty-nine regional churches together and further merging in Nazi ideology, including adoration of Hitler. Many Nazis saw themselves as the vanguard in the struggle against the forces of evil. The Protestants and Roman Catholics were also going to be merged as part of the unification process that Hitler saw as required for national and global salvation. It was all coerced of course.
Nazi ideology was not to love and only love our fellow human kind and hate only falsehood and bad fruit (evil deeds).
We can hate what people do, which they are, while we love them that is show them how all ought to be. We do this, because people can change. We can still hate the things that someone did, but we can accept someone back into the fold. We can accept them as changed from what they were when they did what we loathe. If not for this, none would be forgiven: Neither you nor I. We can hate the things people do and we can hate them while they are capable of doing them even while we still love them and even while they are not acceptable into the fold. We do this, because we are not the final arbiters of who will change and who will never change. We can love people even while we pray that they will be separated if they are going to remain unwilling to turn before the patience of the saints is exceeded. We can simultaneously pray that they will turn. We do this, because we pray for peace and we would always want a way home.
In opposition to this merging human Nazi ideology with Christianity, Karl Barth wrote the Theological Declaration of Barmen 1934. Point number 5 of that declaration ends with the following:
We reject the false doctrine, as though the State, over and beyond its special commission, should and could become the single and totalitarian order of human life, thus fulfilling the Church's vocation as well.
We reject the false doctrine, as though the Church, over and beyond its special commission, should and could appropriate the characteristics, the tasks, and the dignity of the State, thus itself becoming an organ of the State.
Now, this is a reaction against Nazi usurpation of Christianity, but it is also a repudiation of walking with God fulltime in every aspect of life that necessarily includes every way in which we interact or organize. Rather than stating the error that is ...continues... Click next page number below.