Welcome to the CARNAL-val
Final installment in this series
By Ken Pullen
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1 Peter 1:13-19
It is very simple, really. Turn closer, draw nearer to God and His instruction, His ways, His Word, His Son, and distance oneself from self and the world.
Yet the overwhelming majority of those professing to be followers of Jesus Christ and wear the moniker of Christian don’t walk the walk no matter how much they talk the talk. Overwhelmingly the talk and allure is to turn people from God and to serving the prince of this earth under the guise of either being “a good person” even if an unbeliever and worldly person, or even worse “a good Christian person” who in truth listens to abides by and in the teachings of this world and its allure and lusts rather than humbling oneself before the Lord our God, and living in fear of the Lord to do the will of God – which is known to us by turning to and reading, HEARING His instruction, His will for us – through the Holy Bible.
So much talk. So many voices. So much confusion and so many paths. All claiming they have the answer and are the way. That we can ignore and change the living incorruptible unchangeable Word of God to fit our lives, our time, which so many are so utterly convinced in error is so different from times past.
All so people can go their own way, serve themselves, serve the teachings of men rather than serve the Lord and follow the instruction of the Lord.
Nothing has changed since man and woman of his and her free will and corruptible nature choose to be beguiled and seduced by lies, and beauty, and the sensual of this world while throwing away their communion and closeness with Almighty God. It could not be any clearer. The continual thread of the corruptible history of man could not be any clearer. Yet men and women living today deceive themselves and others into believing the great lie they can overcome the fall of man, overcome the very sinful nature of man through self-will and self-determination and through following the unsound doctrine of a man or a woman in lieu of following the Word of God and following the path of Jesus Christ the Lord, following the path of the apostles, and of a true believer.
There is only one way. It is very clear and simple. Without adding to or omitting from. Only one way. Jesus Christ the Lord and the complete living incorruptible sound for instruction and reproof and edification Word of God. To hear and learn and read and increase in the instruction of the Scriptures.
There is no need for entertainment. For productions. For feel good gospel unsound doctrine and the following of fables over the truth of the pure life giving Word of God.
The worst part is as the lies and living as carnal Christians greatly increases these lost and deceived tell themselves they are getting better and better and living how God wants them to live!
The beguiling ability of Satan evidenced as the master deceiver today just as he was in the Garden of Eden. No different. The response of men and women to his lies and deceptions no different. The consequences no different.
How do we each FASHION ourselves? Do we fashion ourselves as obedient children of Almighty God? Or do we fashion ourselves according to the lusts of this world which we ought to be freed from through a genuine renewing of mind and spirit and an indwelling of the Holy Spirit, allowing the power of the Spirit of God to live and work within us?
What do we read?
What kinds of music do we listen to?
What ambitions do we entertain in our hearts?
Where do we go?
What language, what words do we think, write, and speak?
Do we exaggerate? Do we lie? Do we delude and deny?
Who are our friends? What friends and associations do we keep?
What runs through our minds with frequency? What do we contemplate and brood over?
These are some of the things which shape us, mold us, FASHION us. These are but some of the things which condition our mind and where we place emphasis and which become values and priorities.
Do we gird up our loins? Do you even know what the apostle Peter, and what it means when reading gird up your loins?
To prepare. To prepare and make ready for strenuous work ahead. Rather than wearing a robe of comfort tie it off and make oneself ready for what is coming, what lies ahead, to always be girded and prepared not lax.
The apostle Peter uses the Greek word anazōnnymi in 1 Peter 1:13 – Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
To gird up, to prepare, a metaphor derived from the practice of the Orientals, who in order to be unimpeded in their movements were accustomed, when starting a journey or engaging in any work, to bind their long flowing garments closely around their bodies and fastened them with a leather belt.
How many of us gird the loins of our minds in the truth of God’s Word in preparation?
Rather, instead, we reside in comfort, in following the former lusts, desires, and pleasures. Making excuses. Living in comfort. Refusing the truth while we follow false teachers, false doctrine and are led astray into the abyss of the great apostasy which is upon us at every turn.
To most people the realization of the Adolf Hitler’s of the world define evil for them.
Yet more sinister evil is in being beguiled. Seduced. In permitting corruptible lies of men to erode the truth and weaken one before the enemy – which is this world and its prince for a season, that old dragon himself, Satan.
TV is a subtle evil which leads astray. Music. Everything in and of this world. It all shapes us and can be damaging to our souls damaging to our spirits in regard to our walk with the Lord and our daily relationship with God and the truth of His Word.
All the obsession with personal beauty and being ageless. Seeking the pleasures of this world. Obsession over what takes place in this world and among the world’s people.
Careful not to slip over the edge into legalism rendering grace to none effect, becoming as the Pharisees became. Empty corrupted vessels.
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
1 Peter 2:11
We are to walk as strangers and pilgrims in this world. Separate. A peculiar people. Recognizable by our example, our speech, our behaviors, every way we live that we serve the Lord our God and strive to nourish ourselves in the spiritual food of God Almighty, Jesus Christ the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit through the constant partaking of the Word of God rather than feast upon the table the world offers up before us.
Sadly, the Church has lost its way in these last of the last days. Accepting and elevating abominations, sin, that which directly and clearly goes against the Word of God, teaching false doctrine, leading millions astray each and every day.
The remnant needs to heed;
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
1 Peter 1:22-25; 2:1,2
Will we gird up the loins of our minds and be prepared? And in so doing know the preparation comes from a contrite and pure heart, a clean vessel willing to take instruction and reproof from the Word of God? Going to the complete Word of God, the Holy Bible, to hear the Word and live it? Implement it into every portion of our lives while we disavow and turn from this world and its ways and return to the bosom of Almighty God and Jesus Christ the Lord? Forsaking the carnal which is death, and turning to the spiritual of the One True Living God and His Son, which is life?
Man fell in the Garden of Eden. Allowing his self-will and his love of pleasure and lies to override the truth of God and communion with the Living God. And from that moment on man and woman has fallen further and further from the truths of the Lord and His ways.
To the point even those professing to be Christians are indistinguishable from the most vile of unbelievers and most ardent followers of Satan here on earth. The Church has fallen. The apostasy is upon us. Each person must be ruthlessly honest before the Lord our God and with themselves and they must push the beguiling ways of the Great Deceiver, the Master Liar, the Father of Lies – Satan himself and his minions and all they offer up alluring and pleasurable and say is benign, and even say is of God…and we all must go before the Lord, to His Word in humility and faith to discern the truth wisely and correctly and return to God and tell Satan and his minions and his lies to “get thee behind me Satan!” and to gird the loins of our hearts and minds and walk on the only path acceptable unto the Lord prepared in the day, prepared each step of the way.
Through the hearing, reading, and reliance upon the Holy Ghost to reveal and instruct upon the inerrant Word of God, the Holy Bible.