CHRISTIANS IN LEAGUE WITH THE ENEMY: THE TRAITOR WITHIN
Posted by RJ Dawson
There is no effective difference between those in powerful positions on the world stage engaging in mass subterfuge who actively oppose the Lord Jesus, and deceived Christians who support them unequivocally.
Though blissfully unaware, they are willing accomplices. They will not get a pass. Failing to correct this great wrong before passing into eternity means facing their Creator on the wrong side of justice. They will be shocked by the verdict. The Lord alludes to this outcome in the following:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’” [Matthew 7:21-23]
You may be wondering what He means by “lawlessness.” On the surface it should be plain to see that He referred to such people as apparently successful users of His Name without knowing the bearer of the Name—they didn’t know the Lord Jesus personally. The Greek word is anomia. Though some Bible versions translate the word as “iniquity” or “evil,” the root of such is actually defined as “without the law, contempt for the law, or violation of the law.” In this case, the word must indicate the violation of God’s law.
How were these people who appeared to be disciples in good standing with the Lord Jesus and therefore keepers of His law actually violating it? Looking further into anomia, we discover that it points to something familiar: One can be violating the law unknowingly. He can be ignorant of it. He can be unaware of its existence. This also portends deception. And, as always, ignorance of the law is no excuse. This is why those Christians who violate their conscience, even to a small degree, open themselves up to blurred spiritual vision and an inability to properly delineate right and wrong.
THIS IS WHY GOD MADE PROPHETS
There is a gross misconception among “prophetic types” and those who follow them that prophecy is one of two things, either foretelling, which is obvious, yet primarily forthtelling. This is not necessarily untrue in that prophecy is not only seeing the future and pronouncing it before it arrives, but also addresses particular actions or steps one may take, for example, to get right with God, prepare for a certain outcome, or partake on a certain course. However, there is a third aspect just as important—correcting those in authority. For example:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” [Matthew 23:27-28]
In other words, those Christians in authority without proper accountability due to the stature of their office must have a means of receiving correction, not primarily for their own benefit but for those subjected to their authority. And because God knew beforehand that people in authority would attempt to claim accountability by surrounding themselves with sycophants, yes men, and the rubber stamp guild, He determined that prophets must be independent so as not to be compromised by the same egregious false concessions made to maintain illicit authority.
Authority figures who engage in immorality or injustice, or refuse to be accountable to God are compromised, even though they may legitimize their power to their heart’s content barring any uprising by those under their rule. If the ruled over are content to live for less and usually much less than God intended that is their choice. God obviously saw this happening beforehand also. Therefore, the prophet also exists to encourage and strengthen those who refuse illicit religious rule and demand God’s rule and His righteousness.
CONSPIRACIES EXIST BECAUSE THEY WORK
The murder of the Lord Jesus was the end result of a conspiracy. The plan was carried out in stealth by those who hated Him. They had tried to get Him several times without success but at last succeeded once gaining the valued assistance of a traitor.
They needed an inside man. They needed a dupe they could deceive. Dupes are not necessarily unintelligent but are compromised by a false perception of reality. The false perception arises from believing and acting on lies or propaganda masquerading as truth. All perceived knowledge must be vetted. If not, it entails a lack of discretion and proper discipline, which makes one susceptible to incorporating principles that are selfish in scope and evil at their core, though such evil is rarely perceived. In order to be fooled, that is, to accept the making of moral concessions, they must engage in an effort, however small and seemingly innocuous, to compromise their conscience.
And it is the violation of their conscience—that wonderful entity possessed by all that acts as an arbiter of good and evil—that opens the door not only to potential evil but also to deception.
Rather than reject all sin with the desire to serve the Lord and gain His righteousness, see the world from a positive perspective, do right, treat people right, engage in righteous acts, and attempt to spread goodness and joy, however idealistic such a course may be perceived, the conscience compromisers decide they have no choice, in order to get ahead in life, but to reject the Golden Rule (treating others as one wants to be treated) in areas in which they feel infringements are warranted. They deceive themselves by this practice and insist the bulk of their actions are good, or will have a beneficial end, and that somehow the greater percentage of good they do outweighs the minor amount of bad behavior. Or they may think a certain immoral response or ongoing behavior is justified based on prior maltreatment or perceived wrong.
THE TRAITOR WITHIN
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” [Taylor Caldwell, A Pillar of Iron.]
Like Judas, Christians must be deceived into supporting the enemy and his conspiratorial evil plans, and a great many do. Their lack of insight, spiritual laziness, and a willingly compromised conscience has blinded them to reality. They fail at seeking the Lord with all their heart. Rather than know Him they merely use His Name for their own benefit. As the Lord expressed in the preceding verses from Matthew’s gospel, such Christians appear to be for real but are merely chosen members of a club who all believe the same and therefore support one another in deception. They may practice foretelling and forthtelling but refuse the ultimate truthtelling. The prophetic voice of correction is rejected.
And also like Judas, they have their price.
© 2020 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.
 Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Posted on March 25, 2020, in Current Events and tagged Conscience, Deception, False Christian Movements, False Conformity, False Religious Authority, Hidden Agenda, Judas, Lord Jesus, The Presence of the devil, Unreal Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
RJ, this is just a small detail I learned to consider working in a Christian counseling office. At some point, I would ask my new client if he had a church home. Sometimes, the answer would be, “Oh, I’m Christian.” And I would think: “Maybe.Explore further.”
But if the person said “I’m a Christian, and I go to such and so church,” I could be pretty sure he really did know the Lord. A tiny little article–I’m A Christian–was significant.
So how does that apply here? There are many, many people who consider themselves “Christian,” but when you gently probe a bit you’ll find that they are Christian by virtue of their infant baptism, or they go to church, or they were confirmed, or they do their best to do good. You know the drill as well as I do. These are some who will be shocked when Jesus says, “I never knew you.” They never had a personal, soul-saving, sin-cleansing acknowledgement of what Jesus did for them.
One of the greatest joys I had was when I was able to lead such a person to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and watch him leave my office with a new light in his eyes and hope on his face.
I loved my job 🙂
Thanks Linda. I appreciate your contribution here. NOTHING can replace being used of the Lord for someone’s salvation. This is why it is so important that the voice of correction must exist, and with regard to my post, for some in Christian authority also, who insist it can never apply to them.
One thing I think most real Christians have as a major part of their testimony is that they became convicted of their sins upon hearing the Gospel. I know I did. Up to that point we think all is well. It is not that we do not acknowledge wrong doing on some level but that we never elevate it to the place it should be to grab our attention. That’s what the real Gospel does when delivered properly. This process reveals our heart’s sinful condition. It is certainly Good News, though, because we discover there is a cure and that we can be free. Up to that point we are often jaded and cynical due to wanting real life but believing it will never exist. Or we think the idea of personal reform doesn’t matter anyway because there is nothing to be done about it. Life in this world has a tendency to destroy any form of idealism or hope.
So this must address all the Christians out there who are not for real though they go through the motions or have been given a clean bill of spiritual health by quacks when they know it isn’t true. They want more and know there must be more but if their brand of Christianity is what they think Christianity is they will never progress. The problem then, must be laid at the feet of whoever is in charge obviously preaching a faux gospel and thus keeping people in bondage. Such Christian leaders must be corrected. The Lord has made a way for this. But just as the cure for sin is often rejected, the cure for some Christian leaders believing themselves to be beyond correction is also often rejected.
Be blessed. You will always have a job with the Lord. People need you.
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Agree with you completely on this! As I read this post, I am also examining myself as to where I stand as a child of God. There is no grey for a Christian. It’s either white/black. Whenever I come across Mathew 7:21-23, it’s like 😱!! Great post! Thanks for the reminder!
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Thank you. Much appreciation. We must be always thankful that we serve a Master who embraces the truth, tells the truth, and IS the Truth. There is no deceiving Him. He sees through it all and knows it all. Best thing to do is come clean and throw ourselves at His mercy. That’s what all real Christians do in the beginning. From there, if we obey, serve Him and one another, repent when we sin, attend to our calling, and stay the course, we exist in real relationship with Him. And then we get to live in His Light and Love forever. Blessings to you.
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Amen!! Praise the Lord!!
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Blessings to you too, brother! 😇
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