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Philippians 2:5 – 11

January 13, 2022

We at Tabernacle Baptist Church in New Bern, North Carolina, were honored to listen to our pastor, Dr. Scott Gleason, who is simply the best preacher I’ve ever heard—and mind you, to qualify as “best” requires that the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth be told from the pulpit—teach on Philippians 2:5 – 11, which, or so it seems to me, comes down to “When the time comes, it is imperative that one have not one iota of a thingy in this life that he wants to hold on to.”

Not possessions, not reputation, not fame, not influence, not wealth, not social standing—nothing, period. Because when that moment comes, nothing must stand between Lord Jesus and our devotion to and praise of Him. The devotion cannot be authentic and be less than one hundred percent. The praise cannot be authentic and be less than one hundred percent. He is our Savior and He is Lord of Creation and only He can heal the rift that the rebellion in the Garden brought on. You must wear Christ Jesus on and in your heart.

Which is not to suggest that it is possible, during our time on this sullied earth, to achieve a state of sinlessness. That would be nice, indeed, and it seems to have been God’s original intent for us, but we completely, right out of the gate, blew that opportunity. The altered state of consciousness that ensued violating God’s taboo has been handed down from Adam and Eve through the generations. It is our corruption. It is our curse. Only by bringing Lord Jesus into your heart can you enter Heaven. And yes, I’m saying some fairly politically incorrect things here.

There was a time, up to around thirty years ago, that I thought a person who would write what I’ve just written must be a narrow-minded bigot. Funny, that is what significant numbers of people in the world believe about those of us who will give up everything for the love He has freely given us.

Then, instead of letting emotions get in the way—Satan makes his appeals, after all, by manipulating emotion—I took up the question, “Is it possible that ALL of it, every word of it, was true?” and after several years of going down one rabbit hole after another came to the conclusion that the Christ, Jesus, was born of a virgin, was fully God and fully man who inspired the writing of a completely, one-hundred percent true account of his life, was crucified to death, was buried in a rich man’s tomb, and did rise to life, fully healed, on the third day. He Who was hated never felt hate. He Who was murdered is the Way to Life. God’s purpose in giving us the power to think was to ensure that we would appreciate irony, because the story is as ironic as it gets.

The Savior of the world was poor. He had only the clothes on his back. He had no status. In fact, He came from a small village that was generally regarded as the wrong side of the tracks. His mother and earthly father were not married when she conceived. He had no ambition for earthly riches, status, power, or titles. His only ambition was to defeat the serpent and make way for God’s children to join Him in the New Jerusalem, the New Earth. A most unlikely way for God to make Himself known to us, face-to-face. Unlikely in the sense that no mortal could have come up with the story written in the so-called New Testament. Commonsense leads to the inescapable conclusion that the story was not of man’s making. It is the story of what actually happened and what is to come. At this point in man’s history, the Age of Information, no one can plead ignorance ever again. The Good News has been preached across the world, into every nook and cranny. All one can plead is defiance.

Self-determination is what the serpent promised. That means not only the unfettered exercise of free will but also the faux “right” to determine our own future. We are not determining our future; we are sealing it. God intended for us to be completely free to govern ourselves according to His proprietary knowledge of good and evil. Right off the proverbial bat, we showed Him the direction in which that freedom would lead, and He did what He had to do.

The demonic concepts of self-esteem and self-actualization emerged from the humanistic psychology movement of the 1950s and 1960s. According to the humanists, we human beings are capable of understanding ourselves without subscribing to a supernatural mythology of one sort or another (they being supposedly equal anyway). The humanist movement has now evolved into the transhumanist movement. Transhumanists believe that Darwinian evolution has reached a natural endpoint and that it is our destiny to take over the process from here and manage human evolution such that we become more than human and therefore no longer human. No longer even capable of self-government, but manipulated for the purposes of a self-appointed elite.

That would be a final, decisive win for the evil one. My apologies if I seem dramatic, but it’s time to choose sides. There will be war. Choosing a side isn’t a crap shoot. We’ve been fully informed of the consequences of choosing one side over the other. Our problem is that there’s a toddler in each and every one of us who insists that no one can tell him what to do.

Copyright 2022, John K. Rosemond

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