GOD’S PRECEPTS & PROMISES
SPARING THE ROD
Our God is very implicit about parent responsibility when it comes to raising children, and as He is a disciplinarian as is evident when He would not allow His chosen people, the descendants of Jacob to enter the land He had promised until the unbelieving generation had perished. It took 40 years of wondering through the wilderness before the surviving tribes under their leader, Joshua did cross the river Jordan, and by obeying the commands of the Lord, did overtake the fortified walled city of Jericho. This would not have happened should the people of Israel lacked self-discipline, and failed to comply with the commands given them.
Now in this land of The United States of America our illustrious leaders seemed to have negated the true purpose of God’s given instructions for raising our younger sons and daughters to develop in them integrity, character, and responsibility, Laws have been adopted that prohibits a parent, or instructor from using any physical action, as a spanking or any other method of physical contact for correction or discipline, as it is considered as child abuse.
I now want to draw your attention to what God has to say about this: It is written, “Fathers provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Just what does this require of us to be in harmony with the will of God? It is written at least four times, and five verses in God’s inerrant messages of instruction that if we love our children, we are not to spare the rod when we have to chastise them. (Note; the Hebrew definition of ‘rod’ is switch). I now will quote only two verses for edification, they are, Proverbs 23: verses 13 and 14:
13-“withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14-Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
Just how have we allowed our elected representativs to violate the commandments of this God birthed nation, and destroy our worldly status?
Worldly societies have for the most part aborted morality, and deny the sanctity of marriage, therefore destroying family values.
Today many children do not have any respect for one another or any authority, and do not honor their parents, and in many families the parents do not honor their children. Neither do the parents raise their children in the ways of our Lord, or even tell them of Him because of their lacking any knowledge of Him.
The United States of America by legal government action has resulted in prohibiting its public schools to even mention the name; Jesus, let alone opening class with a prayer, and thus leaving them, as well as themselves vulnerable to the deceptive lies of our perpetual enemy, Satan.
Because of this situation there is a great falling away of this countries populous from honoring God who through His servants founded this government where it’s people could worship Him without man generated impedance. The true knowledge of God and Jesus generously made available by His grace has been taken away from the peoples of this world, as well as these United States, by its legalism and politics, and for centuries by Satan’s influence. God’s word, written by His prophet Hosea states: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, and because the world’s governments leading nations] have rejected me. It is written: I will also reject you that you will be no servant to me; seeing that you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children”. This was reiterated by Jesus when He was addressing the Pharisees and Scribes concerning Mosaic Law and He said to them; “Woe to you lawyers, [experts in law giving and enforcement] for you have taken away the key to knowledge”. Reiterating this, Jesus while being crucified interceded for those who had supported that act by asking His Father; “forgive them for they know not what they are doing. [Note, do not confuse knowing (having knowledge) with wisdom.]
This is the same today throughout the entire world. The extensive ignorance of God and the anointing power on Jesus, results in condemnation on all peoples who have not accepted Jesus as Lord of all. This prevailing ignorance, the lack of divine guidance with the knowledge of our God, and the possibility of our receiving His promised life style with spiritual authority over all the works of Satan, and his demonic fallen angels. Their efforts may prohibit our apprehensions of the instructions for living a righteous life.
The gospel has been so badly compromised that much of man’s religion today has been deluded by false prophets and teachers accepting degraded morals which degrades the sanctity of marriage and family, denying prayer openly, and trying to organize a new world order that will have no room for God.
This is not new, as I have noted above, ever since the birth of evil and its expulsion out of heaven, it has been at work here to destroy all that God has wrought. Religion is one of the main targets of Satan, and he has progressively worked, attacking through the vulnerable fallacy of man.
The Holy Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron. Studying God’s promises concerning purpose , and goal of this mortal life I come to a prophetic promise of apostasy. Among those who are actually drifting into apostasy, this promise is certainly "unpopular." Additionally, in a church world that wrongly accepts what sounds positive and rejects what sounds negative (instead of rejecting error, and accepting truth), this promise is often met with disinterest or worse, disdain. "Faith" is the message of the word of God. It is the divine ultimate truth
I n which we are to place our faith, our trust. It especially includes the good news of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our present promise forewarns that there will be those who fall away from "the “faith" as the day’s press closer and closer to the end of the church age.
It is written: "In latter times some will depart from the faith." Since this is a
departure, they seemed to adhere to the word of God for a season. Then they turned away from it. If they remain active in the church world, their message will no longer reflect the true content of the scriptures. Peter gave a similar warning when he stated: "There were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them". As sure as Israel had false prophets, the church will have false teachers. Paul provided some insights into their path of apostasy. They would be "giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons." This would result in their giving credence to concepts that were perpetrated by demonic deception which would result in errors in their doctrine. The devil and his army of evil spirits are intent on confusing and distorting the teaching of the word of God. Typically, such errors feed man's fleshly desires to glorify self. These apostates will also be "speaking lies in hypocrisy." Not only will their teaching be erroneous, their lives will be marked by falsehoods related to pretense. They will add untrue testimony to their inaccurate message. Perhaps the reports of their ministerial prowess will be grossly exaggerated. They will also be "having their own conscience seared with a hot iron." They will teach errors and live lies until their consciences are no longer convicted of sin. We are forewarned. Such apostates undoubtedly abound in these last days before Jesus with His army of saints returns to establish His Kingdom. First, He separates the just from the unjust, the godly from all those that are ungodly. Those that are left, having survived the tribulation will experience the transformation from the carnality of the present world to the precept’s, and love of God’s Heavenly domain. Then will come the end, the second resurrection, and the great white thrown judgment where Satan with his demonic angels, and all the ungodly mortals will be incarcerated in that inescapable lake of fire where they will suffer eternal damnation, and our earthly domane will be void of all evil for everlasting. Next this earth will experience a complete rejuvenation for a permanent home for God’s created man having now his spiritual body like Jesus, and he will realize then, what has been God’s promise since the beginning of time, the manifestation of: THE BEST IS YET TO COME, and it will be for everlasting.