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Yahweh’s Lists

 

Introduction
   Very much rhetoric coming from the pulpits of Christianity is taken up with promises, rewards, and inheritance. But there is much, much more in Scripture, that speaks of disinheritance!
   The Jews’ religion has codified 613
Torah commandments contained within the first five books of what is delineated as the Old Testament. Of those 613 commandments, 248 fall under the “Thou shalt...” category, with an overwhelming 365 coming under the “Thou shalt not...” column.
   Taking these two numbers, 248 and 365, and applying them as Yahweh would, as an expression of what constitutes the abundance of men’s hearts, we might conclude there is less which is inherently good in mankind and more, much more, that is evil (Matt. 12:34). Indeed, if we were to take the 248 positive commandments and the 365 negative commandments, and apply the ratio of 2 to 3 to what constitutes the abundance of men’s hearts, we would arrive at a 40.457% percentage of what is good in man, and 59.543% of what is bad.
   Incidentally, when one considers the five-fold administration of Yahweh’s Word—reproof, correction, rebuke, instruction-in-righteousness, exhortation (2 Tim. 3:16; 4:2) —we find nearly the same ratio of 2, instruction-in-righteousness and exhortation to 3, reproof, correction, rebuke. We contend, therefore, that apart from a renewing in the spirit of his mind, mankind is much less good and much, much more, bad (Eph. 4:23). In fact, on this point let us affirm the Scripture in Romans 3:4: “Yea, let Yahweh be true and every man a liar,” as a refutation to those who assert man is basically good!
   Certainly, Yahweh’s observation of mankind at the time of the Noahic Incident, that all flesh had corrupted his way, the thoughts of men’s hearts only evil continually is well noted (Gen. 6:12; 5). Scarcely four generations later, in the Babel Tower matter, we read Yahweh’s conclusion of mankind, that now, “nothing is restrained from them, which they have imagined to do” (Gen. 11:6).
   Who could deny, that in this day, mankind’s lawlessness is abounding and his evil, waxing worse and worse (Matt. 24:12; 2 Tim. 3:13)! As evidence of our thesis, we submit to you, lists. We’ll begin, at the beginning.


Yahweh’s Attributes, Wisdom and Fruit
   Adam and Eve were created in the image of Yahweh. We might assume therefore, that as such, in the image of Yahweh, they should have also possessed His Attributes:
            Merciful and gracious, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving transgression and sin and manifest, moreover His wisdom that is,
            First pure, and then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy, and be filled the Fruit of His Spirit, namely,
            Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance and lastly, give diligence to add to these,
            Faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience righteousness; and to righteousness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness...love (Exod. 34:6; Gal. 5:22-23; James 3:17; 2 Pet. 1:5-7).
   Demonstration and practice of these characteristics ought to have secured for Adam and Eve (and for us) the exceeding great and precious promise of becoming partakers of the incorruptible and undefiled nature of Yahweh” (2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:4).


Introducing Romans 7:18
   But alas, one came into “a garden eastward in Eden,” to steal away the promise, reward and inheritance of Heaven (Gen. 2:8). And thus, for a very brief “moment, not worthy to be compared with a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” what ought to have been the crowning of Yahweh’s creation was diminished from the position of having been the head and above, to the tail and beneath (Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:17; Deut. 28:13). And ever since, mankind has taken on other characteristic sets, representative of that thief, both a liar and murderer from the beginning (John 8:44) and, moreover, certified of himself, that is, in his flesh, dwells no good thing (Rom. 7:18).
   These characteristic sets will approximate the aforementioned ratio. Remember, 40.457% good and 59.543% of what constitutes the abundance of men’s hearts and Yahweh’s conclusion, there is less inherently good in man and more, much much more, that is evil (Matt. 12:34)!


Now, “The Lists”
   The first list is taken from the Master’s own observation of what’s in man: ‘evil, adulterous, wicked, faithless, perverse, sinful’—six characteristics which, in Biblical numerology, is the number of man (Matt. 12:39; 16:4; 17:7; Mark 8:38).
   We have already considered the Fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (self-control) (Gal. 5:22-23). Though these are nine increments, they should be thought singularly, as one set constituting the abundance of the heart. A want of any, is a want of all. We might think of this in the context of James 2:10: to offend in one point of the Law was to be guilty of it all. The Apostle Paul seems to corroborate this principle, writing, “every man that is circumcised, he is a debtor to do the whole Law” (Gal. 5:3). Briefly, therefore, it will either be nine, or none at all!
   Now, the antithesis of the fruit of the Spirit is the works of the flesh, which are these: Adultery, fornication, impurity, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling and such like, as a disproportionate ratio of good to evil (Gal. 5:19-21).
   There are other lists, too. Romans 1:28-31, reads of them who, because they did not like to have Yahweh in their knowledge, He “...gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient, being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of Yahweh, deceitful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.”
   Most grievous to Yahweh, are specific sins of the flesh, its wages and sentence very often paid executed in this life (Rom. 6:23; Eccl. 8:11).
For even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet, Romans 1:26-27.
   And today, the LGBT-QA community will protest they are the way they are, because that’s the way ‘God’ made them. To this we reply, it is because through the lusts of their own hearts, and their choice to worship the creature (idolatry) more than the Creator, that Yahweh has given them over to vile affections and a reprobate mind to dishonor their bodies between themselves (Rom. 1:24-26). Homosexuals, which represents less than 5% of the general population, has become a scourge on society, demanding and receiving recognition from acts of legislatures, judicial rulings, business models, industry, health delivery protocols, educational curricula, and ecclesiastical institutions.
   Aberrations in sexual orientation
receive special notice: Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh, 1 Corinthians 6:10.
   Another list appears in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 7:
In the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, without self-control, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Yahweh, having a form of piety, but denying the power thereof…ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth.
   Lastly, the Apostle John composes a list;
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death, Revelation 21:8.

Conclusion: Forgiveness to the Penitent
   We do not want to close without saying there is nevertheless, hope. Hope to all who will, now, in a time accepted, behold the day of salvation…confessing, repenting, and renouncing the darkness, dishonesty and deception of the sin that has so easily beset mankind (2 Cor. 6:2; 7:10; 4:2).
   Conviction, contrition, confession, and repentance from dead works can and will effect Yahweh’s forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration. Behold, He stands at the door and knocks.
   To coin a couple phrases, it will be either “turn or burn,” or “fly or fry.” The point is we all have a choice to make, each with consequences. Thanks for joining us on your way to eternity.



-Elder John W. Reece


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