ARE WE ACCOMPLICES TO SINNERS OF TODAY?
WICKEDNESS i.e. DOING AND THINKING CONTRARY TO GOD’S WILL, IS FAR TOO COMMON IN THIS WORLD.
Are we accomplices to these evils? An “accomplice” is a person who helps another commit a crime or a sin. Someone drives a neighbor to his mother in laws home so he can kill her, would be an accomplice in the crime. Someone who allows or helps someone commit the crime or sin is an accomplice.
In our current society, we have congressmen, senators, presidential candidates who want to allow and to finance with our tax dollars, to abort, even murder the ‘just born’ babies. Do we sin if we vote for them? Are we accomplices to their sin? Abortion is not a crime due to other accomplices of the past, but killing of the unborn is still a sin. If we vote for, encourage others to vote for them, send support dollars to aid them in this sin, we are aiding and abetting their sin,, and being an accomplice.
Terrorists are abundant in this current world. We find that name given to those who in the darkness of sin and the devil’s deceptions, seek to terrify the world with fear of them and their agendas. Terrorism, arson, destruction of another’s property, looting, theft, murder, maiming, are all sins. Yet, today, in this world these are far mor commons than I ever expected to see.
A true Christian would not commit those sins. Yet, are we accomplices if we vote for the politicians who condone such sinners?
The list of atrocities and evil acts done or threatened to be done is long. However, the causes of terrorists are the result of the agenda of devil. The devil is the ultimate instigator and cause.
God wants us filled with ‘faith’ in Him, in His desire to save us from sins and their penalty, to live an eternity as His children. This faith fills us with hope, and we can withstand the wiles and terrors of devils due to that faith. Still, some “Christians” condone, act as an accomplice to terrorists, to pollitical condoners of sins.
The devil wants to fill us with fear. He threatens, he mocks our faith, he seeks to employ human cohorts to do the same to us.
Jesus spoke faith to us, confirming what we all know in our hearts, as Christians:
Matthew 10:28 (KJV)
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
The devil wants to destroy our faith, and cause some to be accomplices to sins. The devils seek to make us unaware of sins in persons seeking election to offices that enable them to support, to enable, to lie about the sinfulness of ungodly sins.
I Corinthians 14:20
"Brethren, be not children (PAIDIA) in understanding, but in malice, be ye children (NEPIAZO), but in understanding be men (TELEOI)."
We are thus instructed to not be "paidia" in understanding. This Greek word indicates "children beginning in school." Too many Christians are still beginning students in understanding the spiritual battle we have in Christianity. They are immature students who are easily fooled and led astray by the attempts of the devils to inject fear and terror.
In malice we are to be "nepiazo," which means "infants who do not yet speak." We can, as Christians, speak ‘rhema’ orders, claiming the protection of the Lord, and sending demons fleeing with the same verbal claim of the power of God. Some Christians are still ‘infants who do not yet speak’ the truths about what sins are.
In understanding we are to be "teleoi", which means "men of mature age." By maturing in understanding, but not in malice, we learn to avoid certain false teachings and their proponents. We learn we have the power of God abiding with us, we learn we can be full of faith, rejecting the sinful ways of the devils.
We are to then "grow up in love." This is a real test for love, to know what sin is, and who are the agents of the devil to commit and condone such sins encouraged by the devil, in his attempts to remove faith from the saints.
2 Corinthians 5:10-11 (KJV)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
Once we are saved by the grace of God, we live in faith, knowing that He watches over us, hears our prayers, and keeps us safe.
1 Peter 3:12-15 (KJV)
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Condoning of sin, being an accomplice in a politician's sins, has no place in the heart of the Christian.
Isaiah 54:14 (KJV)
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression.
We, as Christians, abide in the presence of God, and in His shadow. Do not fear taking a non politically correct stand for God.
Psalm 91:1-8 (KJV)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
There are occasions when we can be tempted to allow the devils to deceive us into supporting someone we should never ve their accomplice. When our minds let the news media fill us with fake, deceptive news, distortions of what is evil, we may contemplate allowing us o be accomplices to sins.
Jesus must keep His troops in line. He may find good reason to reprimand us, if we ignore the Bible’s truths, we then allow the devils’ claim of victory not be challenged.
These accomplices to sins hinder God's plans.
2 Timothy 2:14-16 (KJV)
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
While we live in a sinful world with abortion accounting for a holocaust of the unborn, while marriage is being made to include the sexually perverted, while terrorists burn, kill, maim, and steal, some may seek to surrender from the battle, and hide in a lonely church, and then vote for those who condone such sins.
"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small."
If we consider what persecution our Lord endured, the crowds who once followed Him becoming doubters shouting ‘crucify Him’, and even the betrayal of one of His own, we still see that this agonizing to Jesus, hanging there on the cross, did not subside His awareness that this was all part of the plan of God, and victory was around the corner, literally. This same Jesus, now can and will help us through similar times of the seeming victories of devils.
"For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your mind."
While some await the seeing of end of these ‘perilous times’, while some await seeing success in their own ministries, these ‘some’ may be tempted to give up. As we serve in the Lord's army, the battle is sometimes long, and the victory may seem so far away. We must not give up, and we must not succumb to the idea that it is all in vain.
"And let us not be weary in well-doing; for in due season, we shall reap, if we faint not."
When there is need to stay in persistent prayer, to study the Bible and see what prophetic fulfillments are in these last day events, some would rather choose to consider giving up. Often saints do give up. They are the ones who were predicted to give heed to ‘seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.’
1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
We are commanded not to cease prayer, nor to give up our hopes and faith in the truths of ultimate victory in Jesus.
"Men ought always to pray and not to faint (give up)."
2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 (KJV)
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Yes, that passage above reveals we shall see some ‘fall away’ from the truth, and become accomplices to the devils’ schemes.
Revelation 12:12 (KJV)
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
We need to get a sufficient amount of spiritual food to keep ourselves strong. Some do not feed their spirit, and the spirit gets weaker and weaker. When a weak, underfed spirit comes before the temptation to surrender, it often will. We need to feed the spirit an overly adequate amount of Bible study, prayer, and Christian fellowship.
"I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
We need to cease our gaze upon the enemy and the difficulties in the times we are tempted to give up. The enemy likes to parade his handiwork before the saints. The devils want us to stand in awe at the horrible works being done. The devils get pleasure out of our praise of their attacks and persecutions. They celebrate when we become accomplices to their evils.
Anchor yourself in God's unchanging love in times of despair. God is our only help, and we should willingly turn to His comforting, and His soothing mercy.
"When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then Thou knewest my path... I cried unto Thee, O Lord; I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living."
Allow the power of God to do the work, when your faith is weak, and tempted to run from the battle. Our God never gives up, and He is never weary. He has pre-written the Bible with all the prophetic truths needed to keep us in faith, in hope, in joy, even in the midst of the devils’ last battle.
"...the Creator of the ends of the earth fainteth not, neither is weary."
When tempted to surrender in battle, rest in the Word of God. He tells us what to do and not do. He will build us up in faith through the Word’s revelation of what is truly happening.
"In that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not; and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack."
Put your eyes on Jesus, and look directly into His gaze. That gaze upon Him will dispel fear and faintheartedness.
"...consider Him Who endured such contradiction of sinners."
The Lord will not allow us to be tried or tempted above our ability to resist. His trials and the attacks of the devil have a limit, and God is the LIMITER.
The Lord will therefore renew our strength when we need to be renewed. He will teach the ones who need teaching within their trials. He will never forsake us to the enemy, during the attacks.
"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint."