The events of the past few weeks have left an objective observer little choice but to conclude that much of the world is heading into what can reasonably be called “lawlessness”… from wars in northern Africa and the Mideast, to riots in Greece. But it is in the United States where that word may be most appropriate, as so many recent court decisions and acts of Congress have literally turned centuries-old principles of law on their heads.
In Indiana, that state’s Supreme Court recently even made the astounding claim that the hapless residents there are not allowed to resist their police-state masters EVEN when armed men* enter their homes in COMPLETE violation of the law! Thus, in one evil blow, the ‘court’ overturned not only the few remaining shreds of the 4th Amendment from the Bill of Rights, but even the eight century-old principles of the Magna Carta as well…that a “man’s home is his castle”. In Texas, the state House overwhelmingly passed a bill to protect the citizens there from abuse by the TSA, saying that those who commit sexual assault, even in airports, by groping passengers in a form offensive to “reasonable” people, would actually be held accountable for the crime. Before that bill could even pass the Senate, however, the Feds and TSA — like the legendary Godfather played by Marlon Brando — “made them an offer they couldn’t refuse”. They literally threatened to shut down all air traffic into the entire state if they failed to submit to their federal masters. Texas caved. And – although it really was no surprise – the US Congress again “renewed” the hideously-misnamed “Patriot” Act, confirming that “we don’t need no steenkin’ warrants”, either.
Very little of what was once the “Bill of Rights” survives today. And people who once believed in a “rule of law” wonder what happened. In hindsight, however, the Truth is as simple as “we reap what we sow”. In previous months, we have explored some of the ways in which dishonest money, or “unjust weights and measures”, lead inevitably to inflation and moral decay. Both the Bible, and the Constitution, forbid the type of fiat paper dollars that masquerade as “money” today. But there is another issue.
For well over 1700 years, the world has been misled by a ‘church’ which teaches that the “law has been done away with”. Popes, priests, and pastors claim the authority to replace the commandments of YHVH with their own “traditions”, which the Pharisees before them were rightfully called “hypocrites” for doing. In particular, the Torah, or “teaching and instruction” of God, as given to Moses, is often purported to be part of another “dispensation”, even though YHVH Himself said He does not change, and that His instruction would NOT change either, until “heaven and earth pass” (Matthew 5:17-19) . Men have “changed times and seasons”, and declared that His Sabbaths, which He said we were to keep “forever” — no longer apply. Commandments for everything from what constitutes marriage, to what constitutes food, have been treated the same way. Now, all around the world, Caesar’s churches continue to peddle that self-serving lie. Even dictators have learned to take advantage of a compliant state-licensed clergy, by twisting the language of Romans 13 to claim that while God no longer cares that His Law be obeyed, it is what the Almighty State decrees that really matters.
Consider, finally, some other recent developments. The city of San Francisco just gave final approval to a ballot issue which proposes to outlaw circumcision of males under the age of eighteen, with no “religious exemption” for trivialities like Scripture. And, for the first time ever, a Gallup poll claims that a majority of Amerikans now support “gay marriage” — again, in direct opposition to the Bible. Is it any surprise that a people who believe such Big Lies are able to accept something declared “legal” which YHVH calls “abomination” …and vice-versa?
The cycle is complete: The Constitution is now no more the “Supreme Law of the Land” than the Bible. A people which have come to believe that the Written Law of YHVH the Almighty Himself can be “done away with” will eventually, and inevitably, conclude that the Constitutions of men are just as ephemeral, just as trivial. There is no question that “many have been deceived” by false teachers and prophets.
And our Savior said, “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
How can one “love your neighbor” while ignoring the way our Father says we are treat him, in accord with His “torah”? It is more than ironic that the same “church” which teaches lawlessness — that the “law has been done away with”, been “nailed to the cross”, or just “no longer matters” in “this dispensation” — is in large part responsible for fulfilling His prophecy of the sorrows to come.
“Lawlessness” — like the inflation and collapse which follows dishonest money — is a cancer. It rots the very foundation of societies. The admonition of Revelation 18:4, to “come out of her, My people“, and separate ourselves from the plagues which follow, is important, and bears repeating. But there is an even stronger warning to those who “lead His sheep astray”, “fail to teach the difference between the set-apart (qadosh, or “holy”) and the profane”, and practice (much less teach!) “torah-less-ness”. It is in Matthew 7:22-23:
“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your Name?
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “
There is a reason why He Wrote it down for us.
* Note that I did not use the term ‘police’, much less “peace officer”, because there was a time not that long ago when a sworn official acting “under color of law” — violating their oath of office — was held to be acting criminally. No longer. And how does someone whose door is broken down by a “cop” know whether the thug acting against him and his family unlawfully is a “real” criminal, or just an impostor in a uniform?