Basket of Figs

Published 2001-09

Bud Powell

Trinity Covenant RCUS, Colorado Springs

 

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Making Up Stuff

 

For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.  -- Jeremiah 29:8

 

The humanist not only despises the Scriptures, which exalt God instead of man, but he also hates nature, for in it the face of God is revealed.  This includes his own nature and he is constantly imagining himself to be something other than he is.

This is the reason that in humanist societies alcohol and drug abuse abound.  Man cannot do anything about nature, so he tries to change his own consciousness.  This is the reason why drunkenness is so often linked with idolatry, because it is a form of idolatry.  It comes from a desire to change the face of reality.

 

Men are drunken on far more things than alcohol and drugs.  One of the most intoxicating things of all is pride and arrogance.  Many a person has come to ruin because his pride caused him to act as though he crazed by strong drink. 

Pilate and Herod, along with the Romans and the men of Israel raged in their madness against the Lord Jesus, according to Acts 4:27.  How else could you explain their rage against Jesus Christ except for the blindness of their own pride and rebellion against God?  It was madness to crucify the Lord of Glory, but that is what happened.

 

This madness is a judgment of God against unbelief and rebellion against God.

 

It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.  Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.   For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.  Isaiah 29:8-10

 

The humanist doesnít think so, however.  He continues to dream his dreams.  In our modern day his dreams are of new moralities that involve saving whales and suckers instead of keeping his word and his marriage vows, honoring Godís name, and faithfully attending public worship.  Tolerance of all kinds of evilósodomy, infant killing, adultery, blasphemy, fornication and other horrors that defile the very lips that utter themóis part of his dream.  He imagines that he is a good person because he has good intentions and from time to time is overwhelmed with emotional spasms of his own righteousness, goodness, and broadmindedness.  Like a drunken man he has lost the ability to make distinctions, but he is firmly convinced that the right way is whatever he wants to do at the moment.  The only person he hates is the man who tries to interfere with his mad dream and desires.

 

It is a spirit of madness, irrational and chaotic, and full of deadly poison.  Every lie is tolerated as long as it furthers the end of the new morality.  It is deadly because of the self-righteousness that goes with it.  It leaves behind a desert of waste and ruin.  It is not new in the history of the world.

 

The apostle gives us a better way:

 

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.   See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,   Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.   And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;   Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;   Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;   Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.  --Ephesians 5:14-21

 

Instead of a life of drunkenness and intoxication and madness, we are called to sobriety and submission to Godís order, and this submission in the Holy Spirit brings a true joy in the heart and order into the life.  In submitting one to another, we accept the order that God has given to our lives, the order that is explained by the apostle in the rest of the book of Ephesians, in husbands loving their wives, their wives being in submission, fathers nurturing their children in the Lord, and children obeying their parents, employers treating their workers kindly and fairly, and workers giving honest and faithful labor.

 

It is a mad dream to think that we can be sane and sober in any other order.

 

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