Probe.org-a website with plenty of articles about Christian worldview.
Writing prompt-write a persuasive essay about something you are knowledgeable and passionate about.
Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood, And sin as if with cart ropes; Who say, “Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near And come to pass, that we may know it!” Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!…Isaiah 5:18-20
Back in the early 1980’s when I first read this verse, “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil”, I couldn’t fathom many people I knew that would ever do such a mind-boggling thing. First I should explain that I’m from a small town in Southwest Virginia which happens to have churches almost on every corner or street. A few of you city folks or world travelers may think I was naïve or “blind to a fault“.
Yet, I realized that sin of various kind existed in my little hometown, but I believed the prayers and good morals of God-fearing people kept the practicing sinners from parading their lifestyle up and down the streets. In such a religiously influenced place the adulterer, drunk, or thief wasn’t motivated to brag about his or her evil deeds. Instead they had a feeling of shame because of their sin.. or at least a respect for God’s people.
How times have changed-even in my neck of the woods surrounded by mountains. Today most everyone can sense a different spiritual climate in this country and the world. Isaiah prophesied woe to the rebellious people of his time and now godly men and women are prophesying the same to this last day generation. Yet what will it take to wake such people out of their delusional belief system? Nothing but judgement if they continue to rebell and mock the Lord.
3 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.
3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
5 The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.
6 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.
7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.
8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.Zephaniah 3
You have wearied the LORD with your words. “How have we wearied him?” you ask. By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?” Malachi 2:17
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?…Proverbs 17
The following list gives a good example of how euphemisms have taken over our language and made sin sound like a good or completely harmless act.
|ABORTION||WOMAN’S CHOICE||MURDER OF THE INNOCENT|
|HOMOSEXUAL||GAY/BORN THAT WAY||VILE AFFECTION|
|EXTRAMARITAL RELATIONS||AFFAIR/A FLING||ADULTERY|