Let us turn to the Christian applications of the word 'love' as it is found in the New Testament.
The first fruit of the Holy Spirit in the life of a saved sinner is "LOVE" (Gal. 5:22). This love is directed to God first, and then to God's words (Deut. 6:5, Job 23:12). After that, it is directed to a handful of people. It is quite common in the 20th Century to find apostate Evangelicals and Fundamentalists, as well as Liberals and Catholics taking the "modernistic" view of this love.
For example, when the head of the "Bible" Department at a large "Christian" university decided to comment on some pastors' twisted portrait of Jesus Christ:" ("The Truth About the King James Controversy," Bob Jones University Press, p. 30), he replaced a "rude" and "uncouth" Christ with a model effeminate politician. This "Bible" teacher thinks he gave his students a "true picture" of Jesus Christ. The picture he gave was a smooth, crafty, mealy-mouthed, slick socialite. Here are his exact words: "To picture the Lord Jesus Christ as RUDE and UNCOUTH is a false and unbiblical portrait....The Lord Jesus never spoke or acted in any way that could be correctly termed "savage"....To picture the Lord Jesus Christ as worked up into a fleshy fury is to utterly distort the Biblical picture of the Lord" (Ibid.).
Here is the Biblical "picture."
"Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation
of Hell?...Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father
ye will do....He that is of God heareth God's words; ye, therefore, hear
them not because ye are not of God!...And when He had made a scourge of
small cords, He drove them all out of the temple...and poured out the changers'
money, and OVERTHREW THE TABLES.
University: "The Biblical portrait of the Lord Jesus is one...of LOVE and compassion in regard to people...there is always CALMNESS AND RESTRAINT as well...there is never a particle of BITTERNESS or UNKINDNESS in the words of the Lord Jesus Christ."
JESUS CHRIST: "Ye hypocrites...ye fools and blind...why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Ye are as graves...ye shall receive the greater damnation...twofold more the child of hell than yourselves...if I should say I know Him not, I shall be a LIAR like unto YOU" (Matt. 15:7; 16:3; 22:18; 23:13, Mark 11:44, John 8:55).
My, what a polite, "couth," kindly preacher "speaking the truth in LOVE!" Don't you wish you had a "calm, restrained" pastor like that, with no "bitterness" about him? The head of their "Bible" department is a LIAR; he is a Bible perverter. Most 'Christian' universities are just as liberal as any unsaved Modernist in the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCCC) when it comes to presenting to its students a "BIBLICAL" PICTURE of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ cut Nicodemus off in an opening conversation,
without even acknowledging his politeness or compliments: John
3:1-3. Jesus Christ told a Samaritan woman her whole race didn't
know what they were talking about when discussing religion (John
4:22). He told His own host at a dinner table that the host hadn't washed his HEART before he began to eat (Luke
11:38,39). After healing a Gentile man's servant (Matt.
8:9-13), He told a Gentile woman (pleading with Him to heal
her daughter) that it wasn't fit to feed DOGS like her (Matt.
15:22,23). How's THAT for "rudeness"?
If Chrisitans really believed in the Deity of Christ--naturally they profess to believe in it--then they knew that it was the Lord Jesus Christ who spoke the words found in Deuteronomy 28-32, Isaiah 60-66, Jeremiah 23 and Malachi 1-2. He spoke of spreading DUNG on people's faces. Read the passages. You never saw such anger and bitterness and "SAVAGE FURY" (Deut. 28:35-44) in all your life. Read the passages. many Christians don't believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ at all; at least, not when it comes to KNOWING HIM, PERSONALLY.
The truth is that many generations of "self-lovers" (2
Tim. 3:1,2) cannot properly handle either Testament where it
speaks of real LOVE. They always consider their own safety, their own image,
or income (or their "necks") when trying to find an alibi to justify SILENCE
where the Book speaks. Their "good words and fair speeches" (Romans
16:18) and "great swelling words" (Jude
16) are due to "respect of persons" (Jude
16), not "love."
If anbody says about you that you "believe that the AV is infallible and inerrant," & you are not "speaking the truth in love" (or in decency), then he is "speaking a lie in hate." Over 4,000,000 Christians believed that before todays 'Bible-believing Christians took that belief.. If a Baptist pastor of Bible teacher says that "the original AV contained the Apocrypha as part of the Old Testament," he is lying. He knows nothing about TRUTH or LOVE; he is lying. He is a crafty, smiling, pious, polite, cautious, gentle LIAR.
Any man who speaks "the truth in love" never says that
"'King James Onlyism' is a cult." That terminology was the private invention
of two men (Bob Jones Jr. and Bob Jones III), back in the late 1960s. They
coined the term offset "Scholarship Onlyism," which is what both of them
"Love" in the New Testament (defined as "charity"
in 1 Corinthians 13)
is presented in this fashion:
1. God's love toward us is perfect and permanent, and guarantees a perfect "Christlikeness" in the end (Rom. 8:28,29).
2. Our love to the brethren (Eph. 1:15, Col. 1:4) should not be with "respect of persons" (James 2:1-5, Rom. 12:9).
3. Brotherly (and sisterly) love is "clean" love (Rom. 12:16, 1 Tim. 5:2), not incest. A Christian man will sometimes treat his wife with more courtesy if he treats her as a "sister in Christ" (1 Pet. 3:8) than as his wife. She is called his "sister" in the Song of Solomon.
4. Real love is a gift of God imparted by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5; 15:30).
5. Every Christian is to love God (1 Cor. 2:9; 8:3; 16:22).
6. A minister should love his converts (2 Cor. 2:4). This love should be real and not "made up" (2 Cor. 6:6). It can be tested by DEEDS instead of talk (2 Cor. 8:8, 1 John 3:17, 2 Cor. 8:24).
7. The "God of love and peace" is not ANY "God" recognized by Congress, the UN, the EC, the USSR or the National Council of Churches (2 Cor. 13:11, Eph. 2:4).
8. Faith "works" by love (Gal. 5:6). It is Jesus Christ's love to us that compels us to work; we do not work to get saved, or to stay saved, but because we ARE saved.
9. We are to be "rooted and grounded in love" as well as doctrine (Eph. 3:17), although this "passeth knowledge" (Eph. 3:19). A man who is rooted and grounded in love has grace to put up with things from the "brethren" (ridicule, hatred, envy, slander, gossip, criticism, etc.) that they cannot put up with in him (Eph. 4:2, 1 Cor. 13:4,7).
10. A Christian husband should care for his own wife like he cares for his own body (Eph. 5:27,29). He should love her enough to die for her (Eph. 5:25).
11. Love is always needed in making "value judgments" (Phil. 1:9).
12. "Love in the Spirit" (Col. 1:8) is not like carnal love. Faggots who try to make a case out of 1 Samuel 18:3 or John 13:23 are just typical examples of perverts who pervert the Bible to make it justify their own perverse natures.
13. A "labor of love" is a good way to describe the proper motive (Heb. 6:10) that any Christian work should have behind it (Heb. 6:10). The "first love" of the Ephesian church (Rev. 2:4) is like this. In 2 Thessalonians 3:5 this has to be a Christian being directed to love God more than he does; it is not a Christian trying to find the love of God.
14. Just as women have to be taught to love their own husbands (Titus 2:4), so the Christian must "work at" ("follow after") love (1 Tim. 6:11).
15. The "spirit of love," in 2 Timothy 1:7, is not the Holy Spirit, or even the Spirit of "man." It is a God-given attitude towards life; this is more like having the "mind of Christ" (1 Cor. 2:16).
So, the word "love," after being defined in the scriptures (Genesis 22 and 1 John 2-4) means "to be devoted to something or someone;" "to be attached to someone," to have a "strong liking, or affection for someone or something," "to admire someone passionately," or "to be delighted with someone." There does not live upon this planet ONE unregenerate "Adamite" of any religious persuasion or "faith" who "delights" in the Lord Jesus Christ, or admires Him "passionately." Paul did (Phil. 3:3). Further, there does not live on this planet ONE religious leader of any caliber of spirituality who so admires and loves Jesus Christ that he brags about Him, unless that leader has experienced "the love of God" through his salvationl.
When you mention "passionately," or the case where Jonathan loved David "as his own soul" (1 Sam. 18:3), you are talking about THAT kind of love; sex is not a factor. The reason the queers read sex into such matters is because no unregenerate sinner could understand such expressions unless the FLESH was involved. "That which is born of FLESH is FLESH" (John 3:6). David happens to be the greatest "types" of Christ in the Bible, outside of Joseph.
When you admire someone and are "delighted in them" you make up songs about them: "Juanita," "Heart and Soul," "Danny Boy," "Martha," "You Belong to My Heart," "Aida," "Just Plain Bill," "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair," "My Gal Sal," "The Man I Love," "Rosamunde," "Forever, Thine Alone," "Oh, Johnny!" "Amapola," "Sweet Lelani," etc. Where are the songs about Buddha, Mohammed, Gandhi, Mandela, Marx, Lenin, Freud, Einstein, Plato, Aristotle, M.L. King Jr., John Brown and JFK?
Why, there are not four songs about the greatest human lover who ever lived: Giovanni Jacopo Casanova. He was an habitual fornicator and adulterer who was a journalist, a soldier and a preacher (1825-1898).
Human love is obviously grossly inferior to Divine love.
Mati Hari (1897-1917) would put Cleopatra and Liz Taylor "off the boards" along with Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. When it came to "love" ole Mati charged her boy friends $7,500 a night; the modern equivalent of $37,500 in 1996 cash. Sam Giancana shacked up with Marilyn for less than one tenth of that; so did Jack Kennedy. A conservative estimate of Mati Hari's whoredoms would be about 200 different men (married and single) through a period of twenty years; ten a year. She was executed (with no blindfold on) by a military firing squad. She smiled as she was being shot: sex and violence.
Mati Hari's brand of "love" was the American TV brand (Dallas, Peyton Place, Dynasty, etc.): fornication, adultery and cheerful prostitution. Nobody has sung a song praising her yet; not one song in eighty years. She did as much for anybody in Asia as Buddha did, which is to say "NOTHING." If Buddha did any more for anyone in Asia, WHERE ARE THE SONGS THAT PRAISE HIM?
Unfortunately, the last three generations of Christians (1918-1990) have learned how to counterfeit the FRUIT of the Holy Spirit; many times without the root. Since the first of these is "love" (Gal. 5:22) it was the first one to be counterfeited. It was the news media and Hollywood that showed American Christians how to do this. One must never forget that Hollywood doesn't have any real people in it; they are ACTORS. None of the lives you see on the "silver screen" are real lives; not even when they are "biographies." They are all counterfeit; just as counterfeit as a federal reserve note. But so great is Hollywood's power to deceive--TV has magnified this power a thousand times--that, to this day, Americans think that Marion Morrison was the greatest infantryman, the greatest fighter pilot, the greatest frontiersman, and the greatest naval captain who ever won a battle for America. After he was dead, he was honored as one of the greatest "patriots" America ever produced. But Marion never fired one round in one war America fought between 1776 and 1990. Marrion fired blanks on movie sets in Los Angeles and out "on location." Marion couldn't even stand to tell you his real name; he called himself "John Wayne."
When Hollywood came into the living rooms of America, it brought 2,000 professional actors into the homes. It set up "role models" for young people who simply pretended they were something they were not; in shoert, "HYPOCRITES." In the "love" category, in came 8,000 hand-shaking, back-slapping, smiling, hugging, kissing, fanny-patting, pawing "sharers and carers" who were all engaged in "selling" their personalities to the public. So they presented (before the camera) warm, friendly, kind, lovable, smiling, "outgoing" personalities; people LOVED them. As TV degenerated (1980-1990), along came the degenerate "Christians" (PTL, the 700 Club, Pat Boone, Robinson, Swaggert, Gorman, Tilton, Schuller, etc.) sporting an endless string of smiling, grinning, hand-shaking, back-slapping, hugging, kissing, glamourous phonies without a spiritual bone in their bodies. All of them were either carnal Christian babies who had just been saved--they had the spiritual maturity of a two-year-old--or smooth, slick, commercial "rappers" with dollar bills hanging out of their eyes, ears, noses and mouths.
Fundamentalists as well as Charismatics (and Popes) learned how to perform before a camera. They learned how to "project" love, warmth and joy, when called upon to don the mask. Out went the publicity pictures, by the thousand, showing the happy, young, smiling, radiant faces agleam with a "testimony." It was done to boost enrollment and attendance (1954-1990). The young people who posed for the pictures might not have had an ounce of New Testament Christianity in them when it came to self denial, a burden for souls, a knowledge of the Book, a love for Heaven, an intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ, or even the ability to witness. In Pensacola, a Christian college spent an average of $20,000,000 a year for five years on buildings and property. The buildings included planetariums, indoor swimming pools, sports centers, ice rinks, elevators, motels, and dozens of private homes bought out for the school. During that time, less than two percent of the income wound up on the foreign mission field, and after ten years of that expenditure, the college had not produced FIVE soul-winning, Bible-believing evangelists or pastors. (Ministers and missionaries sent their children there, but no preachers were produced from "virgin timber.") God bypassed the work when it came to calling young men to preach.
Between 1950 and 1990, the pulpits of the average Baptist church turned into a performer's platform for third-rate theatricals--to be applauded. During that period, the word "love" came to mean "Go along with the act," "Don't rock the boat," "No name-calling, please!" "Don't stir up trouble," "For God's sake don't discuss FINAL AUTHORITY!" "Handle your rich supporters with kid gloves," "Don't offend anyone," and "Please tolerate everybody's opinions," "Quit condemning the modern corrupt translations!"
And so it stands today.
Hollywood took control of eighty percent of the Christian schools and ninety percent of the Christian churches. The Christians either forgot that every "love scene" they had seen from MGM, Paramount, Columbia and Universal Studios (1930-1990) was a "setup." It was a fake. Not one handshake, not one smile, not even one compliment they had seen or heard was genuine--the script called for it.
The "LOVE" and the "LOVE STORIES" never existed. The "lovers"
were pretending for the benefit of a camera. They pretended to be "in love"
with someone. They were selling a phony line of baloney to Christians who
believed in "LOVE." The silver screen's great "lovers" (Clara Bow, Mary
Pickford, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Rudolph Valentino,
Tyrone Power, Fredric March, Joan Crawford, Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature,
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Loretta Young, Dustin Hoffman,
Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Dorothy
Lamour, Richard Burton, etc., etc.) weren't real people; THEY WERE FAKIRS.
They counterfeited "love." They were professional ACTORS. "Love" wasn't
present in any of the films.
Along with this fake Hollywood Christianity came the following criticisms of Biblical preaching and Biblical preachers:
1. You are "unloving" if you don't smile and shake hands.
2. You are "unloving" if you criticize someone's religion. Jesus Christ spent half of His earthly ministry criticizing people's "religion" (Matthew 8-23, John 3-8, Luke 4-17, etc.); and He often said, "Oh ye of little faith" to those who had a "faith."
3. No one who had a "Christlike spirit" would "call
names" or "attack those who disagreed with them."
Jesus Christ did it constantly (John 8, Matthew 23). Paul did it constantly ("Hymenaeusw, Alexander, Demas, etc.), and even acused a whole RACE of people as being liars and being lazy (Titus 1:12; "evil beasts....slow bellies"). The Pauline epistles are a direct attack against the life styles and personal convictions held by every atheist, queer, Lesbian, bossy wife, woman preacher, Hindu, Buddhist, disobedient teenager, drunkard, Judaizer, Moslem, Catholic, and humanist on five cokntinents (1 Timothy 1, Hebrews 10, Ephsians 5, Colossians 3, 1 Corinthians 3, 6, Romans 1-3, etc.).
A modern Fundamentalist, nine times out of ten, is nothing but a Bible-rejecting liberal; at least when it comes to practice. His profession may be something else; but "profession" comes cheap these days. Profession, in the Pauline Epistles (see Titus 1:16) is just Hollywood play-acting.
4. The modern "loving+caring=sharing" Christian thinks it is sinful to use slang and street language in preaching and yet he same bunch of hypocrites are the ones who holler, every other year, about "updating" the King James Bible in "modern language." Same bunch. Paul used the language of "the man on the street," and it was so plain (2 Cor. 10:10) and bold (2 Cor. 11:6) that his "brethren" said his preaching was "rude" and "contemptible" (2 Cor. 11:6).
That was the Hollywood crowd of the first century. If the same pious bunch of smooth, slick, religionists had had TVs in their day, they would have bheen enjoying the "street language" of the "Tonight" Show, and the dirty comedians of their day. Paul was careful to avoid the voaculary of the intellectuals and sophisticated philosophers of his day and time; ditto Sam Jones, Bob Jones Sr., B.B. Crimm, B.R. Lakin, Oliver Greene, Billy Sunday, J. Frank Norris, Martin Luther and scores of others. those who "disagreed" with Billy Sunday were called "old bald mutts." Those who crossed J. Frank Norris had "suck egg hound" placed on them. Mordecai Ham referred to one of his adversaries as an "old hog-jowled liquor head." Luther addressed "His Holiness" (the Pope) as "Most Hellish Father," and Bob Jones Sr. said that Judas Iscariot was more decent than the Modernist preachers in the NCCC: "He knew he wasn't fit to live, so he went out and broke his rotten neck!"
Any preacher in that list did more to acquaint sinners
with the "LOVE of God"
in a year than any of their adversaries did in twenty years.
The modern American Christian not only has his speech censored by the Government and the Press, but he censors it himself because it would cost him friends and ($$$) if he didn't. The Hollywood brand of Fundamentalism loves "Give ye!" (Hosea 4:18).
When you hear an apostate like Cloud, Ross, Afman, Martin, Bob Jones III, Sumner, Kutilek, Farstad, Price, Rice, MacArthur, Hutson, Swindoll, etc., say "you down everyone who doesn't agree with you," you are dealing with crafty liars who actually mean "you down everyone who disagrees with what the Book says." Deception with such people is a life-long project. They say what they say so the unwary will respect the destructive critics of the Book and attribute a "lack of LOVE" to the faithful Bible believer who sticks with it. This is especially true where the believer is actively exposing their own stupidity and unbelief in the Book.
The super pious, "separated" fundamentalists know nothing about love at all, for the Book says that love "rejoiceth in the truth" (1 Cor. 13:6), and "Thy WORD is truth" (John 17:17). The real problem with them is that they envy (and sometimes hate) the Book they have to use to maintain their memberships and enrollments and status. They "use" it, while deeply resenting its authority and power. When a real Bible believer speaks with authority, and "not as one of the scribes" (Matt. 7:9), these "Marion Morrisons" put on their makeup, present their best visage to the CAMERA, and they accuse the Bible believer of "attacking everyone who disagrees with him."
You are at the end of the rope. The church age is winding up. The Laodicean period (Revelation 3) is about over. The next thing after "Laodicea" is the rapture (Rev. 4:1-4) of one of the greatest types of the Body of Christ in the Bible: the apostle John (see John 13:23; 21:22-23 and Eph. 5:28-37). Until the rapture, if you have the "love of God" and the "love of Christ" dwelling within you, you are to rebuke, exhort and correct these Hollywood "Christians" (2 Tim. 4:2), and you are to do it "SHARPLY" (Titus 1:13). You are to speak to them as from "the oracles of God" (1 Peter 4:11); and while you are speaking "the truth in love" to them, don't forget to "deliver some to Satan" (1 Cor. 3:3; 1 Tim. 1:20). (Both of those references are in Church Age Epistles written to the Body of Christ.) Restore others "with meekness" (Gal. 6:1). Don't withhold any of God's counsel (Acts 20:27) from the SAINTS. And treat all of the modern scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees of your day exactly as Jesus Christ treated them in His day; all three groups are still active in Christian circles. As usual, all three groups perform "Nicolaitan functions" (Rev. 2:6, 3 John 9). Most of them are simply little Protestant "Popes." As usual, all three groups are interested in only two things: asserting and keeping their own position of authority over Bible believing Christians (John 9:22). Tell 'em where to "head in." Jesus Christ did; follow His example.
"The GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ and the
LOVE OF GOD...be with you all. Amen"
2 Cor. 13:14
Before ending this treatise and applying that benediction, we should look at the "United Nations Religious Manifesto." Here we have it given in the most complete and perfect form I have ever seen it. Here are all the elements: brotherhood, humanity, peace, love, new birth, heaven, communion, light, harmony, self-realization and "universal consciousness," all in one lump. The speaker is the founder of Aikido, a Japanese Martial Art. "Sensai" Morihei Ueshiba is the preacher. Here, he records for posterity the perfect New Age "Plan of Salvation"; this is the absolute apitome of humanistic religion, without the Bible, or the God of the Bible, or the Son of the God who believed the Bible, Sensei Ueshiba speaks here for 3,000,000,000 Adamic "Global citizens" who want to cover their self-righteousness and their sins with a manmade covering.
"The world is actually a complete manifestation of HEAVEN and earth. We, as human beings, created in the same divine UNIVERSAL IMAGE, must make the earth into a truly HEAVENLY PLACE." I.e, air condition the hog pen (Luke 15:16). There it is: M.L. King, JFK, Bobbie Kennedy, the UN, UNESCO, all Post-Millennial preachers, all Popes, all "kingdom builders" and all International Socialists.
"Aikido...is to make the world a BETTER PLACE,
a world of JOY...God gave US this world and the world is ALL ONE FAMILY...we
must accept the GIFT of the Divine LOVE of God, and constantly strive to
honour that GIFT by nurturing the changes that will bring HAPPINESS to
There it is; a "gift" that is disconnected from Christ's work on Calvary. There it is; all men are in "one family," although the Book states that all men are in TWO families (2 Cor. 6:14-16, Galatians 4, Eph. 2:1-6, Matt. 23:15, John 8:46-44, Mal. 3:16-18).
"We must work for PEACE...we, ourselves, must take the responsibility to realize the HEART and mind of GOD...the material, or the spiritual world. In REALITY they are ONE and the SAME thing." There it is: love what God told you to avoid (John 17:9,14). Equate material flesh with the Spirit (Gal. 5:16,17, Rom. 7:16-24), in direct violation of the direct will and mind of God (John 3:1-6).
"The only ORIGINAL SIN is to lose this connection with our ORIGIN, and to be oblivious to the great GIFT of OUR life...once we are truly aware of the universal PLAN and its DIVINE purpose, we no longer have any real choice but to apprentice ourselves to the service of the most superb and SACRED endeavour. The infinite UNIVERSE and Aikido are THE LIGHT that signals the DAWN of the consciousness of HUMAN BEINGS." And there it is. Fake "dawn" (see Mal. 4:1-4 and Matt. 13:43 and Judges 5:3). Fake light (see John 1:1-6 and John 1:9-10). Fake "original sin" (see Romans 5). No knowledge of the "universal plan" (see 2 Peter 3 and Revelation 21,22). No knowledge of the future (see Isaiah 41-46). Total rejection of the depravity of man, the need for the new birth, the atoning work of Jesus Christ, the love of God manifested at Calvary, the end of history as recorded in the Bible, and what the Book says about the destiny of sinners who reject the love of God, while PREACHING ABOUT IT (Revelation 20, Matthew 25).
But ALL the "necessary" elements are present to hook the Adamic suckers: love, joy, peace, one family, love, harmony, light, unity and even a sacred "gift." Sensei Useshiba has given the world the greatest counterfeit "plan of salvation" the world ever has seen outside of a sinner going to a Catholic altar, and pretending that a Baalite hood can get him out of Purgatory with a glass of liquor and a magic "cookie."
The benediction of 2 Corinthians 13:14, given above, means that if you miss the love of the God who is LOVE you miss love altogether; no amount of plastic manmade substitutes will do anything for you, permanently, for this LOVE comes from One who hated sin and judged sin (and sinners). This Holy One actually poured out His wrath on His own people as a jealous LOVER who hated pride, lust, Satan, covetousness, idolatry, impurity, and the WORLD, as competitors for their affections. He then "became sin" (2 Cor. 5:21) and became a "CURSE" (Gal. 3:13) for them, after pronouncing twelve curses on their "life styles" (Deut. 27:15-26).
Do you know of anyone who loves you that much?
Mary? Mohammed? Sensei Useshiba? The universe? Gandhi?
Joseph Smith? "The Divine Plan"? Some Pope?
I. "GOD IS LOVE."
II. "OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE."
III. "LOVE...THE COALS THEREOF ARE AS COALS OF FIRE."
IV. "THE LORD YOUR GOD IS A JEALOUS GOD."
V. "THE SPIRIT THAT DWELLETH IN US LUSTETH TO ENVY."
VI. "I HAVE LOVED THEE WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE."
The love of God is not what you find, at all, in the world's major religious "systems"; not even when their leaders talk about it. They are only talking about sentimental humanism, or philosophical concepts. And the religions who did retain gods who were "jealous" (or "vengeful") could not retain any man whom they loved enough to sing about. They have no man who loved them enough to save them from the fierce anger of their "god." This explains their muteness when it comes to SINGING. They have no song books; we do. This automatically makes Biblical Christianity--I DID NOT SAY "ROMAN CATHOLICISM" OR "PROTESTANTISM"--the only "faith" in the world that has any real proof that its "plan of salvation" works.
Biblical Christianity produces musical praises to praise the LOVE of a HUMAN prophet. The Christian is in love with a MAN, whom he calls "THE Lord" (1 Cor. 12:3, 1 Tim. 2:5). He loves Him "as he loves his own soul" (1 Sam. 18:3). He loves Him because this man loved him enough to "pour out his soul unto DEATH" (Isa. 53:12) in order to save him and give him eternal life.
BEHOLD HOW HE LOVED HIM!! (John 11:36).
AS MANY AS I LOVE, I REBUKE! (Rev. 3:19).
Dear reader!! You haven't been able to really understand one line that has been written if you haven't been to Calvary, and seen your true condition there.
Life "begins" with Jesus Christ (1
and it is everlasting life (John 5:24),
going beyond the grave into eternity (Rom. 8:28-30),
because it is based on an eternal God's LOVE for sinners--like YOU.