The September 1, 2016 issue of the Standard Bearer is now out, and in it Rev. K. Koole has an editorial addressing the need our current society has (and has always had!) for the true gospel of grace in Jesus Christ.
He speaks to the bitter enmity, division, and violence that are openly on display in our land, and speaks to the root problem and the only solution: man’s enmity against God and repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
Here is how Rev. Koole addresses the problem:
One can talk about ‘loving the neighbor’ all one wants, loving even those who seem to be your enemy and returning good for evil, but for all that, one has not proposed the Biblical solution for ungodly man. Such is not the solution that is going to resolve the enmity that permeates our society.
Because the root of the problem in our society so filled with violence and division and with hatred and abuse of others is not the lack of love for the neighbor; rather it is rooted in our society’s hatred for God and for God’s good commandments
And when the news media begins to ask us what we think the problem is in our society and what’s the solution, before we start talking about people learning to love their neighbors in a more Christian way, we must point the questioners and reporters to God and our society’s relationship to almighty God.
We must remind those who interview us that we are living in a society that has turned its back on God, denying any truthfulness in Him, and that in a most public and arrogant way. There is, they say, no God to whom we must answer. So who cares one iota about His laws?
And where that spirit rules and becomes embedded into a nation’s laws, judgments will follow matter of course.
That’s the problem, the evil let loose in our society. And our society is reaping a harvest of thorns. When you go to war against God (and have no humility before Him), you will, matter of course, go to war against your fellow man.
So it is today.
And this is what he has to say about the only solution:
So, what is the solution?
Our answer: as things stand now, as our society despises Jehovah God, there isn’t any! At least not along the lines society is looking for, namely, men learning to love their neighbors as themselves and living in unity and peace. There is only one solution in the end, namely, repentance from the sins of despising the things of God, and turning in faith in Christ Jesus. Otherwise, all this call for love, and learning to live in love, is doomed to failure. It’s nice talk, but it is not Biblical Christianity.
Our answer must be along those lines.
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