The more one gives themselves to prayer, the daily study of God’s Word, The Holy Bible, to faithful attendance to the House of Prayer, and to daily worship of The Lord Jesus Christ the less they have the inclination to do what is wrong and evil, i.e. to sin.
1 John 1:6-10 King James Version (KJV)
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
James 4:4-10 King James Version (KJV)
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Galatians 5:16-25 King James Version (KJV)
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Romans 8:4-14 King James Version (KJV)
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Matthew 7:6-23 King James Version (KJV)
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you…
…11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
THERE, HAVING LAID THE GROUND WORK LET US GO ON…
Let me use an illustration and then link to an article:
You want to leave Amarillo, Texas to head to Hooterville, Kentucky you can not get on the highway and head WEST and get there.
You can not go the wrong direction and reach the right destination.
You can NOT go two separate directions at once.
Another way to think about this is that 2+2 can NOT BOTH equal 4 AND any other number of choice, no matter what Common Core says.
Now here is the article’s headline and link, with an excerpt or two:
The More a Person Follows Christ, The Less a Person Supports Trump
When newspapers report that Christians have the same divorce rate as the rest of the population, that is deeply misleading. The person is characterizing themselves as Christian because they pray at mealtime and for Dale Earnhardt’s soul. They get references to Jesus and believe Jesus is coming back with an American flag and Lee Greenwood as backup music instead of the more Biblically accurate Johnny Cash.
But does the Christian really follow Christ? Does that Christian go to church? Does that Christian recognize his sin?
The data actually shows that actual Christians — people who believe in Jesus and regularly go to church, have a lower divorce rate than society as a whole. Christians are likewise more likely to produce families and those families are more likely to be stable, producing more stable children.
Actual Bible believing Christians who go to church regularly also differ in another significant way from how the media is reporting on them. The more a person goes to church regularly the less likely they are to vote for Donald Trump.
Regular, weekly church attendance — as measured by a standard Pew Research question included in my survey — predicted a statistically significant and substantive opposition to Trump.
Now, that is not to say there are not regular church goers who support Trump. There are. Just as there are regular church goers who are divorced. But overwhelmingly, people who regularly go to church to gospel centered churches that believe in inerrancy of scripture tend to oppose Trump…
…The media does not report it this way. The media allows people, particularly in the South, to self-identify as “evangelical” without actually following up with the question, “Does this mean you go to church every week?” among other questions.
In my own experiences dealing with Trump supporters, many of them feel betrayed by church experiences or disconnected from organized worship. They consider themselves Christian without needing the very trappings of faith the Bible commands they embrace, i.e. regular, corporate worship.
The corollary to their distrust of corporate worship is their anger at their cultural way of life slipping away, reflected in a hostility to political correctness. In a number of cases I’ve encountered online and off, Trump supporters feel battered by life and blame the government or “the man” for their situation. Siding with Trump is a way of sticking it to the man, often without having to make self-assessments they’d rather avoid making.
What separates these Trump supporters from regular church goers is that those who go regularly recognize this world is temporary and they should not put their faith in flawed sinners promising to “Make America Great Again,” which is essentially a call to idol worship…
You see, it is NOT in any mere man to BE “The Answer”.
NOT even a Ted Cruz, Ronald Reagan, Thomas Jefferson, and certainly no vile Liberal. [BTW: Liberalism is the political codification of sin, the changing of what is good into “bad/wrong” and the changing of what is bad into what is “good/right”, an action that The Lord God of Heaven and Earth frowns on and pours out HIS judgment on, see: Isaiah 5:13-25 and Romans 1:16-32.]
-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.