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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Corrupting the Protestant Reformation, continued
Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:28-30—NIV)
We learn from the parables of the ten virgins and the Lord's servants' use of their talents the terrifying meaning of "How shall we escape if we neglect our great salvation?"
Hebrews further warns us we are made a partaker of Christ on the condition we hold fast our confidence to the end of our pilgrimage. He who endures to the end is the one who shall be saved—at least this is what God said!
We understand therefore that the Law of Moses and the commandments of Christ and His Apostles indeed do bring us to Christ for forgiveness, but also for moral transformation. The grace of God is not an alternative to moral transformation, it indeed is the Divine Glory and judgment in action to produce moral transformation.
The transformation itself is salvation. It is not directed toward Heaven or toward any other place.
Perhaps the reader does not understand all we have written in this briefest of essays. Total understanding is not necessary. Our common sense ought to tell us if God gave us a new covenant because He was not pleased with the behavior of His people under the old covenant, then the purpose of the new covenant is to produce the godly behavior God looked for but did not find under the Law of Moses.
We don't have to understand everything. All we have to do is obey what Christ and His Apostles have written. If we will do this, looking always to the Lord for the Divine assistance always so freely given under new-covenant grace, Christ will be formed in us. We are deemed righteous, through the blood of Jesus, while the personality transformation is taking place, because we are walking in humble dependence on the Lord. We are living by faith.
As John says, this is the true God and eternal life.
The misunderstanding of the cry of the Reformation is producing a bitter harvest in our day. Let God's spokesmen now arise and warn the Lord's people in America that God is insisting we keep His commandments.
As I said, I think the Lord told me recently that the days ahead will be a time of distress, a period of intense spiritual activity; that many will fall away; that Satan is setting traps to catch the unwary; that God's people are to keep His commandments, and if they do not our nation will be crushed under the Divine judgment that always falls on immorality—perhaps not this year but fairly soon.
Only a turning away from sin on the part of the Christians will heal our land—absolutely nothing else will avail!
If it is the Lord speaking to me it will come to pass. Let each one of us remind himself and his family to seek the Lord with a whole heart, laying aside the economic and social bondages of America. We need—all of us—to seek for gifts and ministries, giving ourselves without reservation to the work of the Gospel, that we may build up the members of the Body until we all stand in victory before the Lord Jesus throughout this year.
To be continued.