Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sun., Oct 25, 2009  

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Salvation (Mt 11:28; Jn 4:14; 6:35; Mt 18:2-3; Jn 11:25-26; Rom 6:23); the spiritual life, (1 Thess 5:18-19), spiritual maturity (Prov 23:7; Rom 12:2; Js 2:23; 4:4-6)

 

GOD’S COVENANTS – Part 16:  The Mosaic Covenant, Part 8:

Mosaic Law, Natural Law, Lawlessness, and 5 Cycles of Discipline 

                                                                                                                                                                                        (Messiah & A.C. #262)         

A.  Dispensations and Covenants.

 

B.  The Mosaic Law, and natural law throughout history, Rom 2:14.    

            1.  The Mosaic Covenant with its 613 laws was only designed Israel.

            2.  However, God hardwires into the soul of everyone basics of  ML. 

            3.  Throughout history, unbelievers demonstrate these “basics,” Rom 2:14.

            4.   Man’s instinct to “do Law” is what is known as “natural law.”

            5.   It is very important to understand the distinction between natural law and positive law in order to be a good ambassador for Christ.

            6.   Man’s instinct for natural law works in conjunction with conscience.

            7.   Lawlessness, degeneration, and gross evil is always a result of man’s suppression and rejection of natural law & conscience, 1 Tim 4:2.

            8.   When natural law and the conscience are rejected and corrupted, positive law becomes the new norm and standard. 

            9.   When society has so rejected natural law so as to reject the counsels of reason and conscience, God moves in to destroy that nation.

 

C.   Historical look at unbelieving societies doing “things” of the Law.

            1.   Nomonlogy of ancient Egypt.

            2.   Nomonology of ancient Mesopotamia (2900-1800 B.C), cf. Gen 15:16.

            3.   Nomonology of the Greek tragedians (c. 525 B.C.).

            4.   Nomonology of Plato (427-347 BC).

            5.   Nomonology of Aristotle (384-322 B.C.).

            6.   Nomonology of Stoicism (300 B.C.). 

            7.   Nomonology of Cicero (106-43 B.C). 

            8.   Nomonology of the Romans (286 B.C. - 476 A.D.).

            9.   Nomonology of the union of the Roman state and the Church.

                        a.  Beneficial influences. 

                        b.  Baneful influences.

            10.  Nomonology of Justinian (A.D. 533). 

            11.  Nomonology of Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). 

            12.  Deontological nomonology of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). 

            13.  Nomonology of John Locke (1632-1704). 

            14.  Nomonology of America at the founding (18th century). 

            15. Today dangerous postmodern utilitarian nomonology.

 

D.   God and government.

            1.    God is not particularly interested in the form of government.

            2.    What God is interested in is the preservation of natural law/rights.

            3.    All human rights/laws are gifts from God, Rom 13:1-7; 1 Pet 2:14-15.

            4.    Natural law and rights are found in the 5 divine institutions. 

 

E.  The 5 stages of personal and national decay, Rom 1:18-32.

            #1:   Rejection of God as Creator,   Rm 1:18-21.  

            #2    Idolatry, 1:22-25.

            #3:   Sexual immorality, 1:26-27.

            #4:   Depraved mind, 28-31.

            #5:   New morality in violation of natural law.

  

F.   National & personal degeneracy with its new “morality” (PC) is always a result of rejection of natural law (BD/truth), Isa 5:11-21; Hos 4:6.

 

G.   The 5 cycles of national discipline, Lev 26; Dt 28. 

            1.  Cycle #1, Lev 26:16-17:  disease and military defeat. 

            2.  Cycle #2, Lev 26:18-20, economic destruction.  

            3.  Cycle #3: Lev 26:21-223, increase violence, crime, and terrorism.

            4.  Cycle #4: Lev 26:23-26, disease, military defeat.

            5.  Cycle #5: Lev 26:27, removal of the nation.

 

H.  God judges unbelieving nations for violation of natural law, Lev 18.  

            1.  Sexual promiscuity including molestation and incest, Lev 18:6-18.

            2.  Adultery, 18:20.    

            3.  Infanticide, idolatry, sexual perversion, 18:21.

            4.  Homosexuality, 18:22.

            5.  Bestiality, 18:23.

            6.  Divine destruction of a lawless defiled gentile nation, 18:24-25.

 

I.   Lawlessness and apostasy in the last days of the Church Age, 2 Thess 2:3, 7. 

            1.  Lawlessness, 2 Thess 2:3, 7.

            2.  Religious ascetic reversionism, 1 Tim 4:1-3.  

            3.  Rejection of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, 2 Pet 2:1-3 

            4.  Religious hucksterism, 2 Pet 2:15.

            5.  Denial of the Return of Jesus Christ, 2 Pet 3:3-4.

            6.   Hedonistic, narcissistic, emotional, “religious” Christianity, 2 Tim 3:1-5

            7.   Rejection of sound doctrine, 2 Tim 4:3-4.

            8.   Self-confident in self-improvements and attainments, Rev 3:15-16.

 

J.  Protection against apostasy and the lawless influences of our day. 

            1.  Continue living out the spiritual life, 2 Tim 3:10. 

            2.  Do not be surprised at the testings in life, 2 Tim 3:12.

            3.   Stay in doctrine, 2 Tim 3:14-17; Mt 4:4.

            4.   Focus on God’s plan for your life, 2 Tim 4:6-8.

            5.   Do not be distracted by believers in KD, 2 Tim 4:10.

            6.  Continue to lean on the Lord for strength,  2 Tim 4:17-18.