||.... Because iniquity shall abound,
the love of many shall wax cold.
Here in the 24th chapter of Matthew, Jesus makes His longest
about the END of The Age and the signs of His coming. Among all the
about earthquakes, plagues, false prophets, and turbulent political
there is this one short statement about a DECLINE in LOVE. This decline
in LOVE must, of necessity, signal a decline in True Spiritual Content,
for, as the Bible says: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God
is love (1 John 4:8). Iniquity has been abounding now for
2000 years. Little wonder, then, that at The End, the love of many
wax SO cold, that it finally becomes a SIGN of that GREAT and FINAL
APOSTASY that was predicted by the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians
You may recall that Our Lord said: By this shall all men
ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another (John3:35). The
word that is translated to love is AGAPEO: which means "active
devotion to the welfare and happiness of the one who is loved". This
is that love, that GIVES without calculating COST or REWARD, and looks
only to God for recognition.
This love is nearly extinct in Christendom today. Some
who were involved in the "Jesus Movement" of the 60's and 70's
can remember how different things were, even then. There were many
people who were willing to make GREAT SACRIFICES of their time, their
and their privacy, for the sake of their fellow Christians. Older
often "adopted" youthful believers, and took them into their
homes. The younger Christians spent all their free time with each
and never made "friends" out of unbelievers. Every day, we looked
for opportunities to attend church, or Bible study, or prayer meetings;
we walked the streets looking for someone to witness to. In everything
we did, we were trying to be better Christians. We loved being
and we were devoted to each other. I remember those days very well.
I was troubled or confused, there were many people who would SIT UP ALL
NIGHT with me; to COMFORT, COUNSEL, or PRAY with me. People that I had
just met: people who didn't know ANYTHING about me, would devote an
afternoon, or even several afternoons, to discussing The Faith with me.
These "friendly debates" could go on for hours, or days, or weeks,
or (believe it or not) MONTHS. The MOST IMPORTANT feature of all this
for me and CONCERN for the Truth, was that it was shown by people who
NOTHING (in the world) TO GAIN for their time and effort. These were
working folks who had to pay their bills, look after their children,
their own lawn, and sort out their personal problems JUST LIKE THE REST
OF US. YET....we were still able make prayer and spiritual fellowship
the most conspicuous priorities in our lives. And, USUALLY, there was
attempt to draw me away from where I attended Church: but only the
to PROVE A TRUTH. There was, at that time, and among those people, SOME
concern for The Truth, for it's own sake.
If you became a Christian during the 1980's; and especially in
part of that decade, it is UNLIKELY that you have ever met anyone like
this. Nowadays, whenever you meet anyone who shows any interest in you,
they almost always have some ulterior motive: like filling a pew in
church-house, getting some of your money, or gathering their own little
congregation of admirers to lord it over. Maybe because you are
a True Believer, God has led you to someone who truly cares for your
JUST AND ONLY BECAUSE you are a Christian. One thing I'm sure of: you
know more than a FEW people like this.
|Jesus said, that BECAUSE iniquity shall abound,
the love of many
shall wax cold. The word for iniquity is ANOMIA, which
"without fixed principle", and is often translated to the word
LAWLESSNESS. What Our Lord Jesus Christ is telling us here, is that
CHRISTIANS will not be reliable to obey the counsel of the Word of God:
The Bible. Those whom we expect to be ready to stand for the Truth, and
to LOVE, FORGIVE, and HELP us, will NOT BE FAITHFUL to the principles
confess. RATHER, you see INDIFFERENCE, HYPOCRISY, sudden TREACHERY, and
CALCULATING GREEDINESS, all mixed up with professions of love and
THE DOMINO EFFECT
Because so few people around you show any SINCERE and RELIABLE
to their profession of faith, your own SENSE OF OBLIGATION to
character and virtue is diminished. You EXPECT LESS from yourself AND
and so, like just one domino in the row, YOU TOO, fail to be consistent
with your profession; thereby disappointing someone else, who then
YOUR example. The social life among professing Christians has
into a RAT RACE, in which the PROSPEROUS MAN and the BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
all the applause and attention. Church-Goers strive with each other for
authority and reputation within their own group; and THESE are awarded
to those who MINDLESSLY perpetuate whatever doctrine or program is
It's JUST LIKE the Godless world that you thought you WERE
you joined the "church": BUT, because you are afraid to start
"judging", you ACCUSE YOURSELF, you IGNORE THE OBVIOUS, and you
end up doubting that you can ever know the truth. You ALREADY KNOW that
if you "rock the boat", you will only be criticized AND rejected
by those very people to whom you are looking for love and support.
|This DECLINE IN LOVE in Christendom, has also spilled over
into the unchurched
world as well. All around you is EVIDENCE of this GROWING COLDNESS:
can't wait to get rid of their children, and children can't wait to get
away from their parents. MOST marriages don't last for a lifetime, NO;
they don't even last 5 years. Everyone is full of BLIND AMBITION to
their own career. EVERYTHING has come down to MONEY, and WHO HAS IT.
Love (so called), is just the willingness to overlook every sin, and
everybody, as long as they are NO IMMEDIATE threat to YOUR money, YOUR
family, or YOUR plans. "Everybody is going to heaven", unless
they personally offend or threaten YOU. MERCY, is now defined as the
to tolerate and justify every one of your family and friends, who is
to make an excuse for their sin. Ye say, every one that doeth evil is
in the sight of the Lord, and He delighteth in them (Mal.2:17). The
that makes SELFLESS SACRIFICES, TAKES RISKS, and ENDURES ALL THINGS for
the sake of God, Bible, and Truth; IS GONE from religious society AND
KNOW IT. True Heroism is only known by legend; there is no one "VALIANT
FOR TRUTH" unless they can stand at the head of a cheering crowd.
WHO, I ask you, Dear Reader, REALLY shows a persistent care
welfare who has NOTHING (in this world) TO GAIN from you? In the last
years, has ANY "stranger" newly entered your life as your BROTHER
IN CHRIST: cared for you, prayed with you, given to you, and then left
you with no one to repay but God? Of course, there has ALWAYS been
love" than one could wish for; but I am telling you, that we are IN
THAT DAY, that PARTICULAR DAY spoken of by Our Lord, when the love
many shall wax cold.
A SIGN OF THE END
As a SIGN OF THE END, this decline in SELFLESS SERVICE among
claim to be "brothers and sisters in the faith", is harder to
certify than what I will show you next, for most of you will never have
known Christendom to be any other way than it is now. Even the Revival
of the 60's and 70's was cold in comparison to the UNFEIGNED AFFECTION
and UNFAILING LOYALTY that the Bible describes as commonplace among
during the 1st century of The Church.
THINK ABOUT IT: Newer, bigger, and fancier buildings are added
"churches" while the widow in that "church" struggles
to provide for her children. New carpet MUST be purchased; new audio
is a BIG NECESSITY; everyone (including the poor and destitute among
is advised to INCREASE their giving to meet all these "crucial"
needs. Just a fraction of the money that is coming into most of these
could be directed to provide a new car, or new furniture, or a safe
for one or more of the impoverished and unfortunate members of these
"churches". BUT, it doesn't happen, UNLESS, of course, it can
be turned into a PUBLICITY STUNT. Even then, it is still a rare
because the greed and avarice of the majority of the "church members"
cannot bear to see anyone else receive what they lust after for
NO! Instead, the "church charity" becomes 2 bags of groceries
for everyone: THIS LOOKS GOOD, and pacifies the envious; but it doesn't
make any real difference in the lives of those who receive it. They
left their first love (Rev. 2:4-5).
||Though I speak with the tongues
of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become
as a sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.
though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and
knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove
and have not charity (love), it profiteth me nothing.
LOVE is the MAIN FEATURE of a True Christian Faith; the lack
of it is
a CLEAR SIGN of a FALSE FAITH. Therefore, it is of the greatest
that we understand what is meant by LOVE in the New Testament; for THIS
LOVE is so lacking in Christendom that it becomes a CLEAR SIGN of That
Great and Final Apostasy that was predicted by the Apostle Paul in 2
THE LOVE THAT IS LACKING
|| And then shall many be offended,
and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
||And many false prophets shall rise, and shall
|| And because
iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
|| But he that shall endure unto the end, the
same shall be saved.
In the 24th chapter of Matthew, Our Lord Jesus Christ makes
address to the question: What shall be the sign of Thy coming, and
the end of the age (Matt. 24:3)? Among all the signs which
political strife, natural disasters, and the rise of false prophets;
is this one short statement that DESCRIBES the character of Apostate
at the end of the age. That Matt. 24:12 applies PRIMARILY
not exclusively) to those who will "call themselves" Christians
at the end of the age is made plain from the context. Our Lord
says, Many shall be offended (24:10), a term which always
at or disappointed with the True Faith". And Our Lord says,
They shall betray one another; which speaks of TREACHERY among
who profess the same cause.
|| But he that shall endure unto the
end, the same shall be saved.
Jesus issues a WARNING: that ONLY those who HOLD OUT, and
to Him AND to HIS TEACHINGS in the midst of this GROWING coldness
saved. The word saved means RESCUED: and in this
refers to Eternal Life AND deliverance from The Great Tribulation
One could always have said that there is NOT ENOUGH love in
but in this context a LACK OF LOVE could never be a sign of any kind.
is not something that can be truly judged in a historical context, if
only refers to acts of kindness or tolerance alone; for the Apostle
tells us: And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and
I give my body to be burned (risk everything in apparent acts of
heroism), and have not charity (love), it profiteth me
13:3). One may, therefore, do ALL these things without TRUE love.
You may have noticed that the King James Translators rendered
AGAPEO as charity throughout the 13th chapter of 1st
While they were somewhat inconsistent in their translation of the word love
through out the New Testament (see John 21:15-17 in
they thought it important to distinguish this word AGAPEO from the 3
other Greek words that may be translated to love in this
because 1 Corinthians 13 is a definition of how "love"
acts. The differences between these 4 Greek words for love
is absolutely crucial. In this article, every occurrence of the word
in a Bible text, is a translation of the word AGAPEO.
Our Lord does not say that STORGIA (natural family affection)
wax cold; neither does He say that PHILEO (the affections of
will wax cold; and He is by NO means suggesting that EROS
or romantic infatuation) will be on the decline.
Now if you look up AGAPEO in a dictionary you will find that
it is a
VERB, having to do with ACTION. The other 3 words for love may only
DISPOSITIONS, or AFFECTIONATE FEELINGS. AGAPEO is active devotion to
welfare and happiness of the one who is loved, OR, as some say:
SERVICE. However, the meaning of ANY word in the Bible is controlled by
how and where it is used.
Every Biblical word has its own ESSENTIAL meaning, but it also
MEANINGS which are IMPLIED by the CONTEXT in which the word is used.
it is BEYOND DISPUTE that the word AGAPEO describes a love which DOES
You may love (STORGIA) your mother all the time; but when you scrub the
kitchen floor for her without looking for recognition or asking for
you love (AGAPEO) her in the way that Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded
to love one another.
So far I have shown that in Matthew 24:12 Our Lord is
a SHARP DECLINE in the performance of SELFLESS SERVICE among professing
Christians. BUT, even this definition for love will not allow us to go
beyond making comparisons between "more" and "less".
There are plenty of people who still give to charitable causes, lend a
hand to their neighbors, and help to solve the problems in their
What I am going to show you, is that if we permit The Bible to
us a definition for LOVE in IT'S OWN WORDS; you will plainly
that the love that Our Lord spoke of is so RARELY shown in Christendom
today; and that the LACK of it is so PROFOUNDLY OBVIOUS; that any
mind can easily see that the display of Biblical love among the
of professing Christians has sharply declined, and almost disappeared.
LOVE DEFINED BY BIBLICAL USAGE
John 13:35 as a definition of true Christian
||By this shall all men know that
ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
must have meant something more than what
we normally define as SELFLESS SERVICE is obvious, when you consider
He ALSO said this:
|| If ye were of the world, the world
would love his own. . . .
Our Lord tells us that the world will love his own; so
He means something more specific than JUST "selfless service",
His statement to the effect that you can tell WHO THE REAL CHRISTIANS
because they love each other, becomes meaningless. As you shall see,
love that the Bible describes as a SIGN of the True Faith is a VERY
kind of love. SO SPECIFIC, in fact: that unless one IS a born-again
of God, he CANNOT show ANY of this love.
|| Beloved, let us love one another:
for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God,
and knoweth God.
|| He that
loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Do you believe that the Bible is INSPIRED? Do you believe that
seen to it that a RELIABLE RECORD of Revealed Truth has been given to
us AND preserved for us? If you say, YES: then you must
there is no "mistake" here; AND YET, the Apostle John "appears"
to contradict His Lord, Who said, The world will love his own.
MUCH MORE SPECIFIC than "selfless service" has to be in view;
for whatever love that the Inspired Apostle is talking about
ONLY be shown by those who are born of God. A further description of
the love that the Apostle is referring to is found in verse 10
||Herein is love, not that
we loved God, but that He loved us,
and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
The term Herein is love, implies that a DEFINING
EXAMPLE of love
is about to be given. Remember: AGAPEO is a love that DOES SOMETHING,
just an "affectionate disposition", and here we see what God
DID to show His love for us. God sent His Son to be the
for our SIN problem. This gives us a BIG CLUE about the kind of lovethat
Christendom today. The words, Not that
we loved God, but that He loved us; make a DISTINCTION between LOVE
that comes FROM us, and the love that comes TO US from God. The LOVE
which the world loves his own IS NOT God's example of love. Even if a
does "selfless service" for another "because" he "loves"
God, he may still fail to show forth the PARTICULAR love that is being
discussed here. That we are obliged to show others the SAME KIND of
that God Himself has shown to us is implied in the next verse.
|| Beloved, if God so loved us, we
ought also to love one another.
The word so, may ALSO include the idea of HOW MUCH love
to show, and the context suggests this. However; this word so, is
which means, "after this manner". What we ought to do
here, is love one another in the SAME WAY that God loves us.
love that is being described HERE is a PARTICULAR KIND of "selfless
service". It is a love that, ORIGINATING FROM GOD, embraces
us, and CURES THE SIN PROBLEM. If we love one another in THE
WAY that God loves US, we will be CURING each other's SIN
We must love one another with God's love, which love
proceeds FROM God, and NOT FROM US, for you and I cannot cure anyone's
sin problem. If you have received God's love, you are conscious
of the fact that THAT love does not justify sins or grant any
to commit sin. Only if you have received that love, are you able to
it, or pass it on. The conclusion is. . . .if the LOVE that you show IS
NOT a CURE for the SIN PROBLEM, you have NOT loved IN THE SAME
that God loves.
ALL OF THIS DETAIL is supplied for the purpose of
that is PLAINLY obvious anyway. If LOVING someone is to DO THE VERY
THING WE CAN for them; and if the BEST THING we can do for them is to
THEM SEE the TRUTH that can SAVE them and SET THEM FREE: then ANYTHING
called "love" that does not reinforce and proclaim the SAVING
and ETERNAL Truths of the Bible IS NOT love at all. The "love"
that reassures an unbeliever on his deathbed that, "Everything will
be alright, just because God loves you", is not only NOT love
according to God; but is ACTUALLY The Devil's BEST form of LIE. God
so loved the world (John 3:16)....but millions are going to hell
because they refuse the intention of that love; that we should
be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ
(Rom.8:29). To GIVE
REASSURANCES to ANYTHING that is not in accord with God's Truth
from the Bible is to DO THE DEVIL'S WORK for him. MOST of whatpeople
like to call "loving" can be described as SOOTHING THEM INTO
HELL. It ought to be obvious to you by now that "sentimental
ARE NOT that love, without which, the Bible says: we knoweth
Consider how this next Scripture defines love in a way that is
AT ODDS with the popular notion of what love is.
|| By THIS we know that we love the
children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments.
|| For this is the love of
God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are
I hope you have NOTICED that there is not so much as ONE WORD
Scriptures about HOW we TREAT EACH OTHER. If we love God, or if
we love our brother; we do so BY keeping His commandments. Our
Jesus Christ says EXACTLY the same thing:
||Jesus said unto them, Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and
all thy mind.
|| This is the first
and great commandment.
|| And the
second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
I can ALREADY hear someone WHINING: "But there is nothing in
the 10 Commandments about telling POOR OLD DYING GRANNY that
going to HELL if she doesn't believe THE RIGHT THINGS about Jesus".
. . . . . . WRONG!
The 2nd Commandment forbids you to bow (Exodus
that is, do obeisance, or make concessions, to ANY OTHER than the True
and Only God. If you GRANT ASSURANCES that there is ANY other way to
HELL and go to HEAVEN except through Jesus Christ AND the WAY that He
DESCRIBED; you have BOTH made Him out to be a LIAR, and disobeyed the 2nd
Commandment. It is because the Lord anticipated conflicts like
that He said, If any man come to Me, and hatenot his
father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and
CANNOT be My disciple (Luke 14:26).
THE SUMMARY OF THE MATTER IS THIS: We can only love
by loving God. If we do love God; we will keep His
If we keep His commandments, we shall end up loving our
What the Godless world teaches, however, is the exact OPPOSITE: that if
we are careful not to REBUKE, OFFEND, or CONDEMN our neighbour by
UP THE TRUTH, that we are "loving" them, and thereby also "loving"
God. Under the cover of this "sloppy agape", WHAT THERE REALLY
IS, is the unwillingness to endure any persecution (Matt.13:21)
for The Truth's sake: and THAT is because they are not really SURE
the doctrines they are so ready to assert when there's NO risk or cost
THE LOVE THAT IS ALWAYS SELFLESS
Lest anyone should think that all they have to do to fulfill
command to love one another is to "preach" to them; God
has given us this CLEAR TESTIMONY to the necessity of DOING SOMETHING
our brothers and sisters in the Family of God.
|| My little children, let us not
love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
While we are reminded that the love we are to show
than a matter of preaching; we are still reminded that truth must be
spring and guide of that love. But by no means, does a
to preach to everyone dismiss you from the need to prove your love
|| What doth it profit, my brethren,
though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save
|| If a brother or sister
be naked, and destitute of daily food,
one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;
ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth
|| Even so faith, if it
hath not works, is dead, being alone.
The words, Can faith save him? bear directly on what
before from 1 John 4:7: and everyone that loveth is born of God.
The man who SAYS he has "faith", BUT does not love his
brother cannot be saved by THAT "faith"; and he that loveth
his brother does not say, "Good luck, but GET LOST" to
his brother or sister in their time of need.
|| He that loveth not, knoweth not
God; for God is love.
It couldn't be more clearly stated than it is here. If one is
truly born of God, they will have the love that is
spoken of here.
THIS love is a SELFLESS SERVICE that always confirms the Truth and
the one who has received that love to contemplate their
to God. Our Lord Jesus Christ says the same thing:
|| Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
If you fail to let that light so shine (the light of
then when men see your good works, they WILL NOT glorify
your Father which is in heaven. Instead, they will just come to
YOU: and you will end up confirming their faith in human nature, or
or in their own self-righteousness. Goodness and Truth CANNOT be
from each other, except when BOTH the "goodness" and the "truth"
are FALSE and destructive: that is, NOT really goodness or truth at all.
The WORLD and Apostate Christendom teach us to show a
that exists with or without Truth; believing as they do, that their
is Truth itself. According to the God of the Bible, ANY act of
that does not confirm God's Truth becomes THE LIE OF SATAN. This has
been the Devil's best form of lie; for by this kind of "goodness"
he wishes to prove that "any religion" which is accompanied by
sufficient public morality to gain the praise of men (John
will make a man righteous in God's sight. THINK ABOUT IT.
I once knew a man who boasted of his connections with the
earned his living by illegal means; but he kept a safe distance from
of the "dirty work" of his profession. He would find some young
lonely and unfulfilled boy or girl, and "rescue" them from the
boredom and futility of their life. He also provided them with a decent
place to live, and bought them gifts. They did all the "dirty work"
and incurred all the danger; but they also lived a life of adventure,
relative comfort. As long as they didn't betray him, he was kind and
and he was, in fact, a fascinating and likeable man. After a while, he
would dismiss them from their "job" and send them away with enough
money to survive for a while. WAS THIS LOVE? The example I have given
is extreme, but it's ALSO a true story, and it faithfully describes the
nature of that FALSE and MISLEADING "goodness" that the world
calls LOVE. THINK ABOUT IT. What about that young man or woman that
Mafia" was so kind to? Do you think that they were turned to God and
Truth by the kindness that they were shown? Might they not conclude
a "life of crime" wasn't so bad? Will they not begin to think
that the Mafia is the "True Church", where they can find FRIENDS,
HELP and an EXCITING LIFE? I shouldn't have to produce any more
to prove that: To show "goodness" that does not confirm the Truth
of The God of The Bible is TO CONFIRM THE LIE of the Devil; and those
DO SO are the Devil's BEST representatives. The Devil is at war
with God, NOT US, and the destruction that he works on mankind is just
one of the ways he attempts to discredit and malign Our Lord Jesus
If the Devil can prove that there is GOODNESS WITHOUT GOD or TRUTH
FROM JESUS CHRIST, he has fully accomplished his purposes with mankind.
As it is, men all over the world are crying out: WHERE IS JUSTICE? God
is despised for refusing to intervene in the affairs of men if He is
AT ALL. Men look around at all the "good works" they are doing
and WONDER why God does not reward or protect them.
|| By reason of the multitude of oppressions
they make the oppressed to cry; they cry out by reason of the arm of
none saith, Where is God my Maker, Who giveth songs in the night?
The words God my Maker are the key to understanding
for you could hardly say that the oppressed do not pray for help. BUT,
they pray to a "god" of their own imagination; NOT the One and
Only True God their maker; Who cannot be known ANY OTHER WAY
through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Even those who call themselves
are guilty of this: for they imagine for themselves that they can
a Jesus APART from His teachings. They have a FALSE Christ, an
Christ; a "Christ" who will confirm their worldly philosophy,
and smile with favor on their "sloppy agape". They even FLATLY
DISAGREE with Our Lord's teachings and DESPISE those teachings while
USE His Name.
They have a "goodness" WITHOUT Truth, or a "truth"
without God, or a "god" who is not revealed EXCLUSIVELY through
Jesus Christ, or a "jesus" who would NOT SAY the things that
the REAL Jesus did: and so they have in fact rejected the God of the
They never find the God, Who giveth songs in the night: the God
Who counsels, comforts, and consoles those who worship the Father
Spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him
Even the demons can SAY that Our Lord was Christ, the Son
of God (Luke 4:41), but this confession does not get them into
demons admit that there is only One God (James 2:10): but the
is a TERROR to them; they need a "different god", one who is
NOT LIKE the One God. Rather, they look to find a "god"
who will leave them as they are and STILL love them like they are and
THEM REMAIN like they are......indefinitely. The men of THIS WORLD look
for the same thing from their "gods". They FOREVER want to be
forgiven; but they also want to continue in their sin, their rebellion,
and their lies forever. Those who REFUSE to TRULY REPENT think that if
they "feel bad" about BEING BAD; everything will be O.K. They
are ALWAYS READY to moan about their "failures" and admit to
their "faults"; thinking that BY THIS they will escape The Judgement:
but they WILL NOT FORSAKE their pride, their false doctrines, or the
that keep them from actually repenting.
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
The WORLDLY view of mercy PERMITS a man to CONTINUE
his wickedness and dishonesty. The MEN OF THIS WORLD want a god who
forgive them even if they NEVER change their ways. If God will not
them in spite of their REFUSAL to repent and change, they ACCUSE God
of being merciless: and so, IN THE END, God would have to
The Devil to prove that He is merciful. THUS, they show "sympathy
for The Devil": for if God will forgive THEM without repentance,
will demand that He forgive The Devil as well.
THE LOVE THAT IS ALWAYS SELFLESS is not selfless because a man
hope of reward. Every one of us has continuous needs that we hope will
be met. Even when we give our time, our money, our labor, or our very
to another man without charge: there is HOPE OF REWARD from God or
THE LOVE THAT IS ALWAYS SELFLESS is selfless because it DOES NOT COME
US; but from God, and that love ALWAYS cures the sin problem. Consider
how clearly the Apostle Paul asserts this:
|| Or despisest thou the riches of His
goodness and forbearance and
longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth
Yet the "goodness" that originates from MAN or Satan leads
you to believe that repentance is NOT NECESSARY. God
us OUT OF and AWAY FROM our sins; not IN and WITH our sins. There will
be NO SIN going on in heaven, and those who love their sins here WILL
NO PLACE THERE.
|| And every man that hath this
hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.
|| Little children, let no man deceive
you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.
|| He that committeth sin is of The Devil;
for The Devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the
Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of The
THE LOVE THAT IS ALWAYS SELFLESS is selfless because it DOES
IT'S OWN REPUTATION. One who is loving with God's love is not
to "prove" to the world how "godly" and "good"
they are. Charity (love) vaunteth not itself (1 Cor.
MOST of the "love" that is being shown in Christendom today is
for the sole purpose of embellishing one's own "testimony": it
is the attempt to prove to others what "good Christians" they
are; to POINT TO THEMSELVES as "examples" of "good people".
They think they are DOING GOD A FAVOR when they do this, for they think
of themselves as a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in
darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes
Oh, I know how many of them SAY "Thank God, not me"; but because
their "goodness" does not proceed from and confirm The Truth,
the END is still the same. Even their words, "Thank God, not me"
only add to their OWN glory, because now the world can see that they
not only "generous", but "humble" as well. Actually,
every professing Christian who practices a "goodness" without
Truth becomes a little anti-Christ, because THEY THEMSELVES get seen as
the One Who is Good. Jesus said: There is none
good but One, that is, God (Matt. 19:17).
||But all their works they do for to
be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries (proofs
of their own holiness), and enlarge the borders
of their garments (advance their own reputations).
They are ANTI-CHRISTS because the person they show their
towards is NOT left with the contemplation of God and truth; but with
for themselves. They all become little "saviors" and love to
hear testimonies about how "godly" they are. They wish to be
indispensable and irreplaceable in the lives of others. Our Lord said: The
you free (John 8:32), but the truth
men share makes you DEPENDENT ON THEM. By focusing your attention on
"goodness", THEIR "power", and THEIR "revelation",
they INSERT THEMSELVES between you and God; so that to approach to God,
near to them. They place themselves BETWEEN you and
The Light of Truth, so that you fall under THEIR "shadow". They
stand IN FRONT of The Light, and the Truth appears AROUND them like a
They bid you to DRAW NEARER, that you may "warm yourself" in
That Light; but as you do, you find you are still SHIVERING IN THEIR
THE LOVE THAT IS ALWAYS SELFLESS can be easily illustrated by
that parents have for their children. If Baby won't quit playing with
you will eventually resort to ANGRY WARNINGS or PUNISHMENTS. Even if
LOVE that baby with all of your soul; and even if you cannot bear to
that baby cry; and even if you know that that baby will RESENT YOU if
spank her; and even if spanking that baby will hurt you deeply; and
if you need that baby's affection more than anything else in the world;
LOVE (concern for baby's welfare) WILL spank that baby until she quits
playing with matches.
THE LOVE THAT IS ALWAYS SELFLESS cares not that it may be
"having no love"; or that it may be accused of being CRUEL, or
MERCILESS, or UNREASONABLE. Any one who loves another with THE
THAT IS ALWAYS SELFLESS will never ask: But how will I look? BECAUSE
CARE SO MUCH for the welfare of that other person, that you are willing
to endure slander, rejection, and even their hatred, in order to help
THE LOVE THAT IS ALWAYS SELFLESS will be loud, and demanding,
annoying; and RISK REJECTION by the very ones you love; if by
so you may save them from GREATER HARM, or awaken them to their NEED
|| This is My commandment, that
ye love one another, as I have loved you.
love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
|| Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever
I command you.
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