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What Happens when You Deny God?

When Jesus died in Jerusalem the event went almost unnoticed to the throngs of people there for Passover. This is often the case with momentous events. Their seriousness is realized years, maybe decades later.

A large group denied God

In the future you will note the astonishing events of September 6, 2012 when the Democratic Convention denied God – three times. The video is clear. By voice vote – an essential element in this tale – the word God which had been removed was to be voted back in. Three times the noisy crowd said no. But the obedient convention chairman, reading the tele-prompter said by 2/3rds vote the return of the word God was endorsed. A politically wise Obama had demanded an over-ride of the vote. The verbiage was innocuous at best – it simply cited “God-given” potential, a sentence seen in previous convention platforms.

But what the American people saw was that an entire political party had clearly said no to God. For this there are consequences.

Denying God is common

First – God counts what we say. He created the universe with words; we create our universe with words. We are saved by public confession of our submission to His Lordship.

Luke 6:45 Good people do good things because of the good in their hearts. Bad people do bad things because of the evil in their hearts. Your words show what is in your heart.

Second, those who deny must make things right later on. Ask the disciple Peter. He denied Jesus three times and lost his discipleship in the process. The angel said in Mark 16:7 to notify the disciples and Peter. Peter is not considered one of the disciples in this sentence. But Peter will regain his post. Here is the scripture.

Matthew 26:75 Peter remembered Jesus’ words, “Before the rooster crows you will deny me three times.” And Peter went out and cried uncontrollably.

The Process to Make Things right

It was necessary for Peter to affirm the Lordship of Jesus three times before he was reinstated.

John 21:16 He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”

Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”

Then he said it a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.”

What, let us speculate, if Peter had died of a sudden aneurysm prior to reaffirming Jesus? Would he be in heaven or hell? I think Peter answers that question himself.

2 Peter 2:1 But among the people there were also false prophets, just as there will be false teachers among you. Under false pretenses they will introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and thus bring on themselves swift destruction.

In Jewish law (not Biblical law) a man can divorce his wife by saying, aloud, “I divorce you.” And off she goes- no monthly stipend, no nothing. A child can be emancipated by the same process according to laws I read a few years back. If you deny parentage of that child and the court frees him from your rule in a twist of fate, you have to support him or her anyway. You don’t hear much about emancipation these days but the laws are there and social workers have studied them.

Judaism, Jerusalem and the Holocaust also denied

In addition the final platform removed reference to Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. There should be little quarrel with this. The Jews place Jerusalem as the capital and the choice goes all the way back to King David, thousands of years ago. https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Netanyahu-Archaeology-DNA-prove-Palestinians-not-native-to-Land-of-Israel-594872

Now we really have God’s attention. Genesis 12:3 says those who bless you (the Jews) I will bless and those who curse you I will curse. The Muslims have decided that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel and their plan is to take over all of Israel and make Jerusalem their own, and rename it Ishmael by the way! That is equivalent to cursing God’s people. Insulted twice.

Denying something has no power to make it go away

Registered Democrats even though they did not take part in this convention or support the convention’s removal of the name of God are still legally responsible for the actions of their party. They denied the Lord 3 times- verbally, openly, for the whole nation to see – and Israelis and our foreign enemies were watching too.

To reverse the curse, affirm God three times

We can start counting the three times the Democratic Party now must affirm God. The ugly truth is now out of the bag.

It may be decades before we see the full consequences, but from God’s standpoint, 9/6/12 was as important an assault as 9/11.

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#emancipationofchildren #reversethecurse

Peter and Jesus – a Pattern for Reconciliation

<ga.js>In John 18 Peter denied Jesus three times, as in fact Jesus Himself had predicted. (Matthew 26:34) A cocky, self-assured Peter said he would never do this. Sometimes our confidence gets away with itself.

Public denial has consequences

Peter learned what was in his inner most heart. But this denial had cut him off from Jesus. Public denial is quite serious. In fact, the scripture says that if you deny me before men, I will deny you before the Father. (Matthew 10:30)

After the death of Jesus and prior to His ascension an angel says to Jesus’ group:

Mark 16:7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

Peter’s denial had removed him from being a “disciple.” So Jesus offers him an opportunity for restoration. Here is the passage. It is important for what it says in the Greek language, something impossible to state in English.

God knows what you have said

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah,[a] do you love Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

If we do not know the two Greek words here, we can get caught looking at the sheep and their feeding instead of the real lesson.

Greek words for love have different meanings

Here we have two different words for love in Greek. This language has five words for love; four of them appear in the Greek Bible. Two of them are here. Agape (ah-gah-pay) meaning the pure, selfless love of God and phileo, (phi-lay-oh) the love of one person for another, i.e. brotherly love. Now – the same passage with the Greek words inserted.

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah,[a] do you love [agape] Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.”

He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [agape] Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.”

He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [phileo] Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love [phileo] You.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

Why did Jesus abandon His “agape” term and revert to Peter’s “phileo” verb?

The rules for speech are for Christian workers too

We can answer this several ways. First, Peter and the rest of the disciples/apostles had yet to receive the Holy Spirit in the upper room on Pentecost. Without the infilling of God’s spirit how can we truly know the pure love of God in our lives.

The natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God, neither does he know them, for they are foolishness unto him” 1 Corinthians 2:14

Second, Peter has been chastened, that is a fancy word for discipline. Discipline to be effective and honorable must always seek restoration. Discipline that is simply violent correction or evil doing, and there is plenty of that in this world, is non-redemptive and leads to more evil. Peter has seen his lack; he is embarrassed and he knows that he must grow in the knowledge of God and His love. In this respect we are all ‘Peters.’

God disciplines His people; he judges the lost

Peter list his position as a disciple after he denied Jesus three times on the day of crucifixion.  We know this because Jesus said the following to the women at the tomb:

“But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee.” Mark 16:7.

Jesus offered Peter an opportunity to undo all the denials he had initiated. By using the Greek word for Godly love, the Lord was telling Peter there was something he had yet to learn. Peter’s repeating that he loved Jesus three times restored him to disciple status.

Restoration through your words

Jesus does that for all of us; we are given space to be corrected and to understand ourselves so we can be effective doing our assigned tasks for the promotion of the Kingdom of God.

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