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生命的道路 43:神管教祂所愛的  

2012-12-20 14:33:14|  分类: 经济文化信仰 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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生命的道路 43

神管教祂所愛的
2012-12-20
神管教祂所愛的

當我們思考從最近總統大選所學到的功課,一個主要因素在於有越來越多的道德防火牆遭到破壞,而美國持續走向主所謂的『惡行』之路。主斷言祂會為此審判世界,無疑我們正走向越來越嚴重的審判。我們必須謹記在心,神的審判不是為了定罪或毀滅,乃是為管教祂所愛的。

在主審判前,祂常常呼叫、召喚,甚至規勸這些國家。當審判無法避免時,祂總是百般的恩典與憐憫,總以憐憫向審判誇口。倘若我們持續拒絕悔改,走向錯誤的道路,審判會變得更嚴重。會來到一個時候,只有嚴厲的審判才管用,接著來到一個時候,沒有任何的管教有用,最後才是毀滅。

聖經中帶來神審判的四大因素分別是:1)流無辜人的血,2)轉向主所謂的『惡行』,3)轉離神去拜偶像,4)悖逆。還 有 其他因素,但這四個是聖經中最常提到的,其後果也是最嚴重的。超過半世紀之久,美國朝向上述所有的錯誤方向,美國也在越來越嚴厲的審判下。到目前為止,似乎還沒有引起太多人的注意。現在,讓我們簡短來看這四大因素,以及美國人在這些事上的所作所為。

1) 流無辜人的血    

有什麼比未出生的嬰孩更無辜?許多人爭論是否胚胎算為生命,但神的定義是生命在血裡。只要有血,就有生命,所以在神的眼裡,胚胎一形成就是生命。就連野獸都願意犧牲生命來保護牠們年幼的孩子,所以墮胎的罪比野獸的道德還不如。所羅門智慧的第一個考驗,便是分辨哪一位母親看重她孩子的性命,這是領袖階層最基本的道德考驗。

我們確實還有一些值得鼓勵的,就是現在有超過百分之五十以上的美國人反對墮胎。然而,我們也必須問一個問題,怎麼會有將近一半的美國人認為墮胎沒什麼?另外,怎麼會有如此多反對墮胎的人投票給贊成墮胎的候選人呢?有可能在某個地方出現嚴重斷層,使這個最重要的道德議題,竟沒有成為我們投票的決定性因素。 

2) 轉向主所謂的『惡行』

任何形式的淫亂在聖經中都被定義為惡行,尤其是『逆性』及同性戀。許多的研究證實我們在這方面的墮落,大多數年輕的福音派基督徒不認為在婚前與同性發生關係,或是同居有什麼不對。各種形式的逆性妄為越來越被接受與普及化,因此伊斯蘭世界認為美國是同性戀的國家,因其主導著我們的文化。

3) 轉離神去拜偶像 

所謂的偶像不光是我們跪拜的對象,還有我們信靠超越過神的對象。金錢是人們最普遍信靠超越神的偶像。我們在此方面所站立的立場為何?     

4) 悖逆

在舊約和新約中唯一帶著應許的誡命,就是孝敬/尊榮我們的父母,應許是使我們得福,並使我們的日子在神所賜我們的地上得以長久(參考5:16申命記)。想一想看:聖經在哪一處說要尊榮年幼的?沒有一處。聖經在許多地方告訴我們要尊榮年長的,那麼今日我們強調以年輕人為中心是從哪裡來的?當然,我們喜愛並看重年幼的,但我們文化中對年長者的敬重跑到哪裡去了?那是聖經對公義的根本原則。我們還需要提到從年幼到年長不斷上升的悖逆,大大抵擋神與祂的道路嗎?

很明顯我們掉入這些惹神忿怒的事情中,並且越陷越深。怎樣才能終止此滑跌呢?沒有任何選舉可以終止。我們必須有另一波的大覺醒,否則我們的時候並不多。

 (摘自喬納 word for the week, Week 50, 2012)


The Lord Disciplines Those He Loves - The Path of Life, Part 43
Week 50, 2012 
Rick Joyner 

As we consider the lessons from the recent elections, a major factor was that more moral firewalls were breeched as America continues down the road defined by the Lord in His Word as “wickedness.” This is the road He affirms that He will judge the world for. We are no doubt headed for increasingly severe judgment. We must keep in mind that God’s judgment is not condemnation or destruction but discipline from the Lord for those He loves.

The Lord usually calls, beckons, and even reasons with nations before He sends judgment. When judgment is necessary, He is usually as gracious and merciful as possible, always preferring mercy over judgment. It becomes more serious if we continue to resist and go down the wrong path. There is a time when only severe judgment will work. Then there is a time when no discipline will work, and that is followed by destruction.

There are four major causes that bring God’s judgment on a land in Scripture: 1) the shedding of innocent blood, 2) turning to what the Lord defines as “wickedness,” 3) turning from the Lord to worship idols, and 4) rebellion. There are others, but these are the four most frequently addressed in Scripture and have the most severe consequences. For more than half a century, America has been heading in the wrong direction on all of these. America has been under an increasingly severe judgment also. Nothing to date seems to have gotten the attention of more than a few. Now let’s briefly look at these four factors and how America might be doing: 

1) The shedding of innocent blood.    

What could be more innocent than the unborn? Many debate if an embryo should be considered alive, but God’s definition is that the life is in the blood. If there is blood, there is life, so in His eyes, the embryo is alive immediately after conception. Even the beasts will willingly sacrifice their own lives to protect their young, so the sin of abortion is falling below the beasts in this basic morality. The first test of Solomon’s wisdom was to discern the mother who was careful and esteemed the life of her child. This is the most basic test of the morality of those in leadership.

We do have a bit of encouragement in that now more than 50 percent of Americans consider themselves to be pro-life. However, we must also ask how could nearly half of all Americans think that there is nothing wrong with abortion? Also, how could such a large percentage of those who claim to be pro-life vote for pro-abortion candidates? At best, there is a serious disconnect somewhere for this most important of moral issues not to be a deciding factor in who we vote for. 

2) Turning to what the Lord defines as “wickedness.”

Sexual immorality in any form is defined as wickedness in Scripture, but “perversion” and homosexuality are especially singled out. Evidence of our slide into this is abundant. Studies have shown that a majority of Evangelical Christian youth do not think there is anything wrong with having sex or living together before marriage. Perversion in just about every form is finding increasing acceptance and popularity, and the Islamic world considers America a homosexual nation because of its dominance in our culture.

 3) Turning from the Lord to worship idols. 

An idol is not so much what we bow down to as much as what we put our trust in instead of God. Money is the most prevalent idol that people put their trust in rather than God. Where do we stand in this?

 4) Rebellion. 

The only commandment with a promise, which is stated in both the Old and New Testaments, is to honor our fathers and mothers. The promise is that it would go well with us and that our days may be long in the land that the Lord has given to us (see Deuteronomy 5:16). Think about this: Where does it say in Scripture to honor the youth? Nowhere. Many times we are told to honor the elders. Where does the youth-centric emphasis that we have today come from? Of course, we love and esteem the youth from the womb on, but where is the respect for elders in our culture that is so fundamental to biblical righteousness? Do we need to even talk about the rising rebellion from the youth to the elderly, who are turning against the Lord and His ways?

We are obviously failing in all of these, and falling further continually. What will end the slide? No election can do this. We must have another Great Awakening or our time is short. 
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