A Fully Set Heart

Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.

Ecclesiastes 8:11, English Standard VErsion

You could set a massive number of interesting (if grim) Bible studies, grounded in nothing more than the truth of this verse.

IF someone from ~2050 onward is reading this — deeply doubtful, but maybe — write a book on how the contraceptive/abortion surge impacted your society in Entirely Predictable Manners.

After going through the sexual/murder sins, go through the thieving/boundary violating sins. (Including that of fiat money, fractional reserve banking, and central banking cartels).

And especially the sin of grounding law in the words of men – either by democracy, or a clergy, or a party – instead of the Word of God.

Sins with Entirely Predictable Outcomes, but because divine punishment was delayed — up to three and four generations, in some cases — men ran into the arms of disgrace, poverty, and death.


Deep thought for the day

Why does God delay the punishment for sin?

Hints (the bold is mine):

As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”

Genesis 15:12-21, English Standard Version

and

“Do not say in your heart, after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you, ‘It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land,’ whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you. Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the Lord your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Deuteronomy 9:4-5, English Standard Version

and 

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town,  so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

Matthew 23:29-36, English Standard Version

This quick study was sparked from a few words of Mark Rushdoony (at about 35:00):

[Rushdoony] warned that public policy was going to be the hammer that was going to be slamming us in the head, and we weren’t paying attention. We kept uh playing games with adiaphorism when which played right into the hands of the politicians that urged the public policy dictates everything. That happens, that’s the standard now, not the Word of God.

But public policy is not a standard and it’s a shifting standard which makes tyranny inevitable because there’s no restraint against making it tyrannical: it’ll always expand.

Man’s pretensions are always growing, because a sentence is not executed against an evil work. The hearts of the son of men are fully set in them to do evil. That’s straight out of Ecclesiastes — I think it’s 8:11 or verses like that or 7:29, I can’t keep my Ecclesiastes straight today — but the point is that the hearts of the son of man is fully set in them to do evil, because there’s nothing to restrain them from doing so.

I believe that the believing church — once it’s stop running from reality and has decided to make reality kneel to Christ — will be the force that established a restraint on evil.

And when I say the believing church, I mean the faithful members of the Body of Christ.

And not the ruling clergy and theologians of the denominations.

Obviously not… as they are the ones who laid down the groundwork for the devil’s rule today.

Not the scientists. Not the Marxists. Not the Atheistic philosophers. They are symptoms, not causes.

The senior clergy of the West, Catholic and Protestant alike – and their followers & advisors who knowingly encouraged and supported their corruption – are the cause.

(The Orthodox too, but they led their societies to hell along a different road. As the Orthodox seminarian Stalin would gleefully explain, were he still alive.)

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