The Kingdom of Heaven Is Not A Democracy, Pt 2

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
October 18, 2016

mercy-grace         Because he knew he was a gifted prophet, Jonah thought he had the right to rebel against God.  He reasoned within himself that his hatred of the citizens of Nineveh (the capital of Assyria) was justified because they had so ill-treated his own people.  He also knew that God was a God of Love and that He would forgive those sinful people—those Jonah considered to be filthy Gentiles–if they would repent of their evil ways. This prophet knew well of God’s great love and mercy, and he greatly resented it.  So here we have one of God’s people–one of His chosen servants—resisting His will.

The human soul is made up of the mind, the will and the emotions.  All of these factors within Jonah’s heart were in disagreement with God. How could such a gifted prophet be so out of step with God’s will? It happened because he listened to his own human thinking, instead of humbling himself and waiting before The Holy Spirit in prayer and fasting, and resisting all force to make such a rebellious mistake.  Jonah’s mind was made up to go against God’s will. His emotions were filled with satanic hatred, not the love of God.  With everything in his being he willed to go against what he knew God wanted.

When a Christian with knowledge of God and His Word purposely goes against God’s will pitting his own will, mind and emotions against the will and Word of God—that mature and knowledgeable  Christian flirts with the loss of his own salvation. Yet this prophet must have believed in God of mercy and love enough to think he could get away with such rebellious thinking, let alone action. Jonah actually believed that he knew God well enough that he had the right to disagree with Him.  This was his interpretation of “free will.” Yes, God does give human beings the free will to do, think and say what they want to do, think and say.  But this does not mean that there are not consequences for wrong thinking, wrong words, wrong decisions and wrong actions.

Perhaps you remember the rest of Jonah’s story from your Sunday School days—how while he was on a ship going away in the opposite jonah-whaledirection of Nineveh, Jonah ended up with his body dead within the belly of a giant fish, while his soul and spirit were in Hell.  We will go over more of that in the next blog, along with the fact that the Bible does not detail whether or not Jonah completely repented, even after he brought revival to Nineveh and got thousands of people saved and reconciled to the goodness and everlasting love of God.

But for now, please look at the one-chapter New Testament book of Jude wherein the Apostle gives example after example of fallen Christian leaders, including fallen angels, who knew God, who had experienced His power—i.e. the traitor Judas—and who nonetheless decided to turn against Him and serve Satan.  Some of God’s laws—i.e. unlawful sexual relations—cannot be broken without everlasting punishment, unless there is full and complete repentance.

As we are now in the last of the last of the last days, again I ask you to consult such books in wholesale Christian Bibles as 2 Peter, Jude, 2 John, etc. for an understanding that deliberate back-sliding, continuous disobedience in full knowledge of God’s will, hard-hearted unwillingness to forgive, racial hatred (as in Jonah’s case), love of this world more than love of God’s laws and His love–is flirting with everlasting damnation. Yes, even if one is a born-again Christian.  Also, remember that there are very few examples of people, who like Jonah were able to pray their way out of hell!

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