Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove
Faith Bible Church
Sunday, Nov 15, 2009
Salvation (Eph 2:1-3; Acts 16:8-9; Mt 16:26); the SL ( Zech 4:6; 1 Cor 3:12-16), spiritual growth (Pro 1:20-33; Col 1:9-13; Rev 3:21-22)
GOD’S COVENANTS – Part 22: The Mosaic Covenant, Part 14:
Divine Institution #1: Volition and Freedom
(Messiah & A.C. #268)
A. Laws of Divine Establishment (DE).
1. God has ordained 5 laws of divine establishment for the protection and blessing of both the believer and unbeliever in society, Prov 14:24.
2. These laws are written in the nature of all men and are found in the Mosaic Law which was given to the nation of Israel (Rom 2:14-15; Ex 20:1-17).
3. Overview of the 5 laws of divine institutions.
4. As goes a nation’s adherence to the laws of DE so goes that nation, Lev 18:20-30; Prov 14:24; Lev 26; Dt 28:1ff.
5. Divine discipline on nations for violation of laws of divine institutions include: rejection of Truth, loss of morality and virtue, unleashing of rulers’ OSN on the people, apostasy, terrorism, disease, economic depression, military defeat, lack of courage, fear, cowardice, loss of production, loss of military power, social disorganization, increase in violence, disrespectful children, liberty becomes more and more restricted, increase in mental illness and psychological problems, military collapse, and final destruction - unless people return to divine viewpoint (Lev 26:15ff).
B. Divine Institution #1 – Volition, Freedom, and Liberty.
1. Volition is the single greatest issue in the POG, Rom 9:22-23; 1 Tim 2:4; Jn 5:40; 7:37; Acts 17:26-30; Rev 22:17; Mt 11:28.
2. By positive volition alone all handicaps are set aside, 1 Cor 1:26-31.
3. By positive volition alone the believer can move into the promised life, 3 Jn 1-3; Eph 3:14-20; 1 Cor. 2:6-9; 10:1-13.
4. Volition, freedom and liberty are indeed the greatest human gifts from God, Lev 25:10; Rev 22:17.
5. There are two kinds of freedom for mankind: temporal and spiritual.
a. Temporal/Earthly/Establishment Freedom, Lev 25:10.
b. Spiritual Freedom, Gal 5:16; 2 Cor 3:17-18; Jn 8:32.
C. There is no true freedom apart from Truth, Psa 119:45; Jn 8:32-36; 2 Thess 2:7-10.
1. We now live in a time of unprecedented rejection of Truth.
a. Rejection of Truth is destroying man’s mental framework.
b. Rejection of Truth has led to psychological determinism.
c. Rejection of Truth has led to sociological determinism
d. Rejection of Truth has led to genetic determinism.
e. Rejection of Truth has led to economic determinism.
f. Rejection of Truth has led to an exploiting manipulative media.
g. Rejection of Truth has led to destruction of the rule of law.
h. Rejection of Truth leads to the enslavement of degeneracy.
i. Rejection of Truth leads to citizens becoming zombies of the State.
j. Rejection of Truth leads to fascism, socialism, and communism.
k. Rejection of Truth always leads to destruction of capitalism.
2. Rejection of the Truth in the laws of DE by our current leaders has led to moral and immoral degeneracy of politicians, socialism and a coercive nationalize health care.
a. Our leaders for the most part have rejected laws of DE.
b. What has made America great and prosperous is freedom – not security!
c. National freedom is only possible and sustainable in Truth.
d. It is no accident that every modern dictator has been an advocate of national health care or that the welfare state always leads to a police state.
e. Government planning is always incompatible with individual liberty.
f. In government health care the physicians end up becoming employees of political elements of the government .
g. Government health care system is immoral – as charity, welfare, and the individual conscience are nationalized. Forcing others to spend time and money on others in the name of charity. Forced charitay.
D. Consequences of rejection God’s Truth on any level (DE or spiritual) is always reversionism, i.e. acceptance of evil thinking.
1. The single greatest issue of life is Truth, 1 Tim 2:4-7; Eph 4:12-16; 2 Thess 2:10; Jn 3:18-21; 14:6; 17:17; 18:37; Heb 11:6; Prov 3:1-18.; 4:7-9.
2. On cannot reject truth without accepting a corresponding evil, Rom 1:25.
3. Characteristics of Christian “reversionism,” Eph 4:17-32.
a. Bible doctrine is relativized, Mt 26:75.
b. Priorities are reversed, 2 Tim 4:10.
c. Life dominated by the OSN & degeneracy, Eph 4:17-19.
d. Life of reaction and distraction, Ecc.
e. Life of FSH, 2 Tim 3:4; contra 1 Tim 6:6-7; Philip 4:11.
f. Expedient life governed by personal peace/affluence (SCL).
g. Those who have rejected God’s truth and absolutes have always been willing to give up their freedom for more personal peace & affluence & are always willing to excuse or condone evil if that is the expedient thing to do.
h. The reversionist with his twin gods of personal peace and prosperity is always more than happy to accept authoritative government – just as long as it means security for his personal peace and prosperity.
i. When Truth and principles are destroyed, there remains only expediency at any price.
j. Without absolutes and universals man is doomed.
k. The Biblical truths with all their virtues, values, and absolutes demand absolute commitment, 2 Tim 4:1-18.