Not All Human Righteousness Is Filthy Rags To The Lord

Not All Human Righteousness Is Filthy Rags To The Lord

Isaiah 64:6 (“all our righteous acts are like filthy rags”) is often quoted by folks as proof that any effort on our part to do good still comes across as pretty putrid in God’s sight. As Kevin DeYoung explains in The Hole in Our Holiness, however, that’s just bad exegesis–and it paints a terribly unflattering (and woefully inaccurate) picture of our God, to us and to the world:

The “righteous deeds” Isaiah has in mind are most likely the perfunctory rituals offered by Israel without sincere faith and without wholehearted obedience. In Isaiah 65:1–7 the Lord rejects Israel’s sinful sacrifices. They are an insult to the Lord, smoke in his nostrils, just like the ritual “obedience” of Isaiah 58 that did not impress the Lord because his people were oppressing the poor. Their “righteous deeds” were “filthy rags” (64:6, KJV) because they weren’t righteous at all. They looked good but were a sham, a literal smoke screen to cover up their unbelief and disobedience.

But we should not think that every kind of “righteous deed” is like a filthy rag before God. In fact the previous verse, Isaiah 64:5, says “you [God] meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways.” It is not impossible for God’s people to commit righteous acts that please God.

Not only is it not impossible, DeYoung goes on to note, but it is downright possible and in fact specifically commended throughout the pages of the New Testament:

Those who bear fruit in every good work and increase in the knowledge of God are fully pleasing to God (Col. 1:10). Presenting your body as a living sacrifice pleases God (Rom. 12:1). Looking out for your weaker brother pleases God (14:18). Obeying your parents pleases God (Col. 3:20). Teaching the Word in truth pleases God (1 Thess. 2:4). Praying for the governing authorities pleases God (1 Tim. 2:1–3). Supporting your family members in need pleases God (5:4). Sharing with others pleases God (Heb. 13:16). Keeping his commandments pleases God (1 John 3:22). Basically, whenever you trust and obey, God is pleased.

And whenever you trust and obey, DeYoung adds, you reflect to the world an infinitely more accurate picture of God than when you insist to others that every human act ought to be regarded as “morally suspect”:

Why do we imagine God to be so unmoved by our heart-felt attempts at obedience? He is, after all, our heavenly Father. …

Do the good the Lord has specifically prepared in advance for you to do. It truly will bring him delight….

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(vid) Really Graceful: The Sodom & Gomorrah Story, Discovery, Happening Today!

we discuss the cycle of decadence, decay, and destruction written in the book of Genesis, take a closer look at the story of Lot and the angels who visited him with a warning, show the scientific evidence that supports the existence and abrupt end of these cities, and draw parallels between the cycle established in the Old Testament and the one we’re in today.

12:50 Actual remains of Sodom and Gomorrah shown!

1430 “The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is not a fairy tale. It actually happened, and is recorded in the most read book of all history for a reason, as a warning.”

16:45 “Do you reckon they had a drag queen story hour in Sodom and Gomorrah?”

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(vid) THE COMING TEMPLE – Actual Location — ‘Wailing Wall’ not part of Herod’s temple

The Dome on the Rock mosque won’t need to be taken out. I waded through Hezekiah’s tunnel ending at the Gihon Spring, when I visited Israel in the ’80s. And in the ’90s, Mom and I saw the impressive model of 1st century Jerusalem at the Israeli museum shown in this video. Never did I think that the model could have been false. Experts tell why here.

I saw a Chuck Missler presentation of this misnomer a few years ago. This video is really good, because it also clearly shows who will rule from the rebuilt temple. It’s not going to be pretty.

Surprisingly, they give two references to the antichrist ruling from the rebuilt temple, but don’t include the main one: 2 Thess. 2.:

3 DON’T LET ANYONE DECEIVE YOU in any way, for that day will not come until the REBELLION occurs and the MAN OF LAWLESSNESS is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he SETS HIMSELF UP IN GOD’S TEMPLE [the third temple in Jerusalem], PROCLAIMING HIMSELF TO BE GOD.

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21:30 The western wall, or “wailing wall” is not part of Herod’s temple, but the Antonio Fortress, a Roman fort.

The temple was actually by the Gihon Spring.

28:12 The model of Jerusalem at the Israeli Museum shows the Antonio Fortress being much too small, because the temple shouldn’t be there at all.

31:30 Where the original temple once stood: the City of David on the SE ridge of Jerusalem (min.-48)

33 Josephus

34 The rock under the Dome of the Rock was a Christian site.

37 “No stone left” prophesy fulfilled

43 Rebuilding of the Jewish temple will start the 7-year tribulation period where the antichrist will reign from

Mt. 24:15 “When, therefore, you see the abomination of desolation, Daniel 9:2711:3112:11 which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place….

44 Mark of the Beast, 666

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(vid) TruNews: Christianity Vs. Evangelical Zionism – Steve and Jana Ben-Nun!

Landmark, very important show today! The only thing I disagree with is Rick saying everything with the Jews has been fulfilled. Paul clearly says in Romans 11 that the true Jews will be saved after the fullness of the Gentiles happens. There is no other way to interpret what Paul said.

Otherwise, great show!

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(vid) Addicted to PORN? You CAN overcome — As soon as the suggestion comes, say ‘NO.’ RESIST the devil and he will flee from you”

Related:

Can a Christian Have a Demon? Absolutely! Most Have Many!

We MUST overcome — my article that no one can refute:

Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT”

HOW to overcome:

“LUST ‘the poison that kills the soul’ FREEDOM! My experience: How DEMONS DRIVE heterosexual and homosexual lust in ‘Christians’ — When we realize demons drive lust we can be free!

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Demons will use the temptation of pornography to destroy the image of God in you, to feed your eyes with the flesh and therefore kill the Spiritual in you. The more we feed the flesh, the more the flesh needs. …

I had my share of this sin in the past and the devil always comes with the same steps, first with a suggestion in the mind, it could be an image on the side of an internet page, then as soon as we entertain the suggestion, it becomes desirable to the heart and then it is only a matter of time until our will follows.

So always the same:

1- suggestion in the mind

2- desire in the heart

3- decision of the will

We need to identify how we are approached. We battle against principalities. The best weapon we can form against this process is to identify it and call it out. Do not ALLOW the devil any foothold [a place, the Greek actually says]. As soon as the suggestion comes, THERE is the place that we have to interject with our own will and say NO. RESIST the devil and he will flee from you. You can also change your mind, scroll to a different page, go out, go spend time with family, anything but don’t sit there, don’t entertain the suggestion. It will destroy you.

You know where this takes you, you do it, you satisfy the flesh and then what? You feel guilty, the demons leave you in a state of humiliation before the Lord. You feel inadequate to go to Him again….

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(vid) Trump challenged to abide in Christ and love his enemies | “When we refuse to forgive, our sins are not forgiven” – Rick Wiles, leads by example!

16:55 Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small reads John 15 to Donald Trump, who heard the abiding part, and what happens to those who don’t abide, but then Trump talked with the man next to him, missing Jesus’ desire that our joy would be full, when we abide in the Vine, walking in love.

21:43 Trump challenged to love his enemies. His reaction shows he heard and understood the challenge.

24:44 Rick Wiles’ example: loving and forgiving our enemies — ‘no hate.’

29:30 “I’ve seen people needlessly suffer. I’ve seen them go to the grave with their diseases, unwilling to forgive.” – Rick Wiles

“When we refuse to forgive as a Christian, our sins are not forgiven by God the Father. … Forgiveness of others is mandatory, required if you want God to forgive your sins. … If you are unwilling to forgive even one person in this life, your sins that you have committed since you’ve been born-again, your sins aren’t forgiven. Jesus said if you won’t forgive your brother God the Father will not forgive you.”

31:25 “So it’s a sad thing to watch President Trump and Nancy Pelosi sit there at the prayer breakfast fume and steam, and have hatred and bitterness and unforgiveness in their hearts towards each other. It’s sad.”

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(vid) Liz Wheeler: Super Bowl Halftime Show – Cultural Decay, Not “Women’s Empowerment”

Liz Wheeler on “applause for literal pole dancing during the Super Bowl halftime show” — 3 minute video and my transcription:

“Degrading women has tragic cultural consequences. … What message is that supposed to send to little girls? … ‘Hey, little ladies, if you exploit your sexuality you’ll be successful.’

That is not ‘women’s empowerment.'” That is exploitation of women, demeaning women to mere objects, degrading the beauty of female sexuality.

And what message was this performance supposed to send to young men? How are we supposed to expect men to respect women when we teach them to applaud for women portrayed as sex objects. Might as well take the kids and all the young preteen boys who watch the Super Bowl to the strip club at halftime. ‘Female empowerment!’

Her lack of respect for her own body doesn’t justify your lack of respect for her. …

This is…a cultural crisis when even 70% of ‘Christian’ men watch pornography. …

If you are so desensitized to what’s degrading to women that you’re defending this halftime show as being totally fine and appropriate, then maybe it’s time for a heart check, because you might be part of the cultural problem.

By the way, where is the outcry from feminists who claim they fight against the sexual exploitation of women?”

Previous not-family-friendly halftime shows that Liz mentions: Beyonce, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Adam Levine.

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(6 min vid) “I will NOT forgive IF they don’t repent” — Dead to this world – No place for resentment in the heart of a Christian

Best 6-minute summary I’ve ever seen. George nails it!

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SHOULD WE FORGIVE IF THEY DON’T REPENT?

Some Christians say that if a brother does not repent, if they don’t come back to say they are sorry, we should not forgive them. They use the passage when Jesus said “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.” (Matthew 18:15)

Dear brothers and sisters, a true Christian is a dead man to the world. They don’t keep record of wrong, they don’t care about their pride and their ego. They don’t care about being treated unjustly because they are dead to this world.

The passage that speaks about confronting our brother who sins against us in Matthew 18 is about a fellowship setting. If we are in fellowship together as brothers and sisters, we need to brings everything out into the open. We need to rebuke, correct each other but IN LOVE. This is because we need to stay in one accord and to walk together, we need to agree together.

However that doesn’t mean that we should not forgive anyone who has wronged us even if they don’t repent, not only Christians but also unbelievers.

When Jesus was on the cross, He said: FORGIVE THEM because they know not what they do. The people who crucified Him did not repent prior to Jesus saying that. The same with Stephen when he was being stoned, he said: “don’t lay this to their charge”.

There is no place for resentment in the heart of a Christian. We need to forgive everyone and for anything. We need to trust Jesus to deliver righteous judgment when we will stand before Him. He will repay, it is not up to us to repay.

May God bless you

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(vid) Chuck Girard ministering in song & wisdom – CA Feb. 2016 — No reason to get puffed up, just “your reasonable service” • Entertainment “worship” • “People don’t want straight truth anymore” and more honesty

49:20 “There’s a scripture that says ‘when you have done all these different things that is such is your reasonable service.’ … When you get to the height of heights, there’s no reason for you to take any credit for it or feel like you did something because that’s just your reasonable service.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. – Rom. 12:1

II 7:50 Most “worship” today is “entertainment worship,” people watching but not worshiping.

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Ron Paul: “What would we call them if they did this to us?” – More Bombs Than Ever! Trump Escalates War In Afghanistan

5:05 “What would we call them if they did this to us? Of course, we would be outraged and rightfully so.” – Ron Paul

When evangelicals booed Ron Paul:
(‘America is done’ video) Ron Paul was just BOOED FOR TALKING ABOUT THE GOLDEN RULE, “Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” — South Carolina Fox News Republican debate 2012

Ron Paul: “Evidently, I have been reading a different Bible. I remember something about ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’”

“Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS, for they shall be the CHILDREN OF GOD.” — Jesus in Mt. 5:9

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John Piper: 6 Reasons to Skip Tattoos – Do not make you prettier or more handsome • You and culture will change • Focus on external adornment …

From a Christian perspective that bucks our currently self-centered, hedonistic culture:

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TruNews in Davos: Putin’s Rabbi Reveals Trump Peace Plan • Rick Wiles states EMJ’s/Paul’s “Jewish revolutionary spirit” mindset

At 37:29, Rick Wiles basically states E. Michael Jones’ revolutionary spirit hypothesis, transcribed by me.

[Note, Paul clearly said in Rom. 11:28 that the “natural branches,” “all Israel” are “enemies” of Christians because of Jesus’ gospel: “As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes….” 25-26: “…a partial hardening has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and so [when] all Israel will be saved.” Their Babylonian Talmud is anti-Logos, against Christ — the “leaven of the Pharisees” Jesus warned us about.]

“The unsaved Jews, because they rejected Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Messiah — and now for 2,000 years, they have been in rebellion against God by rejecting Jesus Christ. And they are still searching for a Jewish king. They don’t want a savior, they want a king. And Jesus was not the king that they wanted, because He did not promise them physical land. He did not promise an insurrection against the Roman empire. He promised them to bring them into the kingdom of God. … And they’re still searching for a king today. But this person that the Jews are going to turn to, I believe is antichrist. … The son of perdition, the man of destruction, but he’ll be Jewish. And the Jews will rally to him; they’ll worship him. And sadly, the evangelical Zionists in America will also fall for this man. They will worship him. And they will be excited that the Jewish messiah has arrived.”

Minute-37:29

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Logos in John 1: JESUS is GOD and Created All Things

“Word” is “Logos” in the original Greek.

John 1 WEB

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God2 The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him. Without him, nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it. There came a man, sent from God, whose name was JohnThe same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light. The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world. Continue reading “Logos in John 1: JESUS is GOD and Created All Things”

Doc Burkhart (TruNews) 1/17/20: Blame for America’s decadence falls squarely on powerless preachers who stubbornly refuse to proclaim holiness and the fear of Almighty God!

Doc Burkhart (TruNews)

You cannot blame America’s moral decadence on the Illuminati, the Zionists, or even the Devil himself. The blame falls squarely on powerless preachers who stubbornly refuse to proclaim holiness and the fear of Almighty God.


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