An Appearance of Godliness (Part 7) – The Real Thing

As we look at case after case of evil people disguised with an appearance of godliness, I wanted to insert this refreshing case of the real thing. True godliness. It is found in the book of Ruth and there, in the person of Boaz. Boaz is an obvious type (symbol) of Christ and of course he and Ruth were in the very linage of the Messiah.

Here is true godliness. This is real Christianity. Here is how genuine people of God respond when a poor, oppressed victim of evil asks for help. Notice in particular that Ruth was a Moabite. A Moabite! From a nation that was an enemy of Israel. She was you could say, unclean. Not to be touched. What Boaz did was, if I am not mistaken, illegal! And yet not only did he rescue her and take her in as his wife, he was blessed by the Lord for doing so! 

This is then also an example of how the Word of God is to be interpreted and applied. He requires mercy, not sacrifice. His Word is to be understood and followed according to the spirit in which He gave it, not coldly by “the letter.” This does not mean we make Scripture out to say what we want it to say. No, it means that we interpret it exactly as the Lord intends for it to be understood. This is the very point that Jesus so often went at it in His conflicts with the Pharisees over the Sabbath and other points of doctrine.

How then, according to Christ, is the church to deal with oppressed lambs such as victims of domestic violence? Well, essentially this short portion from Ruth answers that question. Here it is and it is a very appropriate Scripture to read on Christmas day. Christ is born!

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An Appearance of Godliness – Case Studies in Evil (Part 6)

Matthew 21:28-31 ESV  “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’  (29)  And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went.  (30)  And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go.  (31)  Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.

This case study in evil focuses upon a man we will call Jerry. Or if you like, you can apply it to a woman you may have known, but my experience with this kind of evil masquerading as godliness has been with a “Jerry.” Here is a perfect, condensed description of this kind of counterfeit-

There are also those who make no waves, smile and seem to love everybody and yet really don’t.  They don’t want power, just to be known as a nice guy.  They garner sympathy because their spouse is so “demanding!”

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A Central Scripture on the Evil of Killing the Unborn

Jeremiah 1:4-5 ESV  Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,  (5)  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

A nation cannot defy God’s Word indefinitely without experiencing His wrath. Only someone blind to His truth will fail to see that our nation is increasingly receiving His judgments for longstanding, unrepentant wickedness of all kinds.

One of the chief evils that has been prevalent in this country for decades now is the killing of babies. Killing them in the womb. The thing has been sanitized of course – it is a mere “procedure.” But I suspect that if people had to stand and witness what actually goes on in these “procedures,” they would throw up, pass out, or flee the room. It is amazing that the people who perform these murders have grown so callous to it that they can go to work everyday, fooling themselves I suppose with the lie that they are “helping” their patients.

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