Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ministering on the UI campus

In recent days we have had a free book table on the University of Idaho campus. One of those days we had a sign at the end of the book table that said “You Have to be Bad to Go to Heaven.” A student came up to the table and began and continued to turn over each book so the back cover was up. Out of curiosity we asked him why he did this. He replied, “If I have to be bad to go to heaven, I thought I would do something not very bad so I would be sure to go to Heaven.” I assured him that he had already qualified with a minimum of badness long before he turned over books. I asked him what his background was. He said that he had been baptized Roman Catholic. Soon he asked if I knew what Unitarian was. I assured him I knew. He said, “I am Unitarian.” “You just told me you were Roman Catholic.” “In Unitarian you can believe anything and it all counts.” I changed the subject and asked him, “If I believe the earth is flat and that the sun revolves around the earth, does that make it true?” “No!” “If I believe that the earth is round and revolves around the sun does that make it true?” “No.” “If I believe in the law of gravity does that make it true?” “No.” “If something is true the beliefs of people are unrelated to the truth. What I believe has nothing to do with absolute truth.” “Yes.” “Then please do not tell me what you believe. That does not make it so. Start looking for absolute truth before you believe.” He received a booklet before he left.

Friday, June 01, 2012

“Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20)

This is such an obvious truth that we think no one would do such a thing. It is dumb, and the consequences are “woe.” They are anti-moral but said to be moral. Let's look at a few of these “dumb” things, since Isaiah wrote them in the eighth century B.C.

In the United States alone we have said it is a good thing to kill innocent people. God says He hates it.

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
(Proverbs 6:16-19)

We have murdered millions of innocent people by saying, “it is good.” Many nations are now doing the same with the unborn, saying it is good. Here are some annual abortion statistics, the information was taken from AllGirlsAllowed.org:

A “lying tongue” and a “false witness that pours out lies” are also hated by God. Hitler, Stalin, and Mao had lying tongues and murdered 60 million people. They said that the lies were true and the murders good.

Homosexuality is no longer bad. It is now a virtue. State laws and the President of the United States have pronounced it good.

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:26-27)

Within the hierarchy of government there are always two types of laws.

1. Malum in se – This refers to behavior which is evil in itself. “Murder” may be against the law. It is not murder because the law says it is evil. It is already evil therefore the law says it is.

2. Malum prohibitum – This refers to something which is “evil” simply because it was prohibited. “65 mph” is not intrinsically evil. It is so because the law says it is.

However, if the law says it is okay to murder it is not, then, okay to murder. These governments have said that “evil is good and good is evil.” People like the government to say it so that they do not have to say it. However, they will say it and have said it.

Stealing is good, adultery is good, coveting is good, pride is good, and idolatry is good. They start out by “not being bad” and soon become good.

“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (I Corinthians 6:9-11)