This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. *
We are all liberals by nature. We are ‘me-first’ people and are most comfortable with others who also condone such a ‘me-first’ perspective (as long as their ‘me-first’ agenda doesn’t interfere with our ‘me-first’ agenda).
Liberalism comes so easy to the average person. It’s totally instinctive. It’s not something that needs to be taught. It’s our natrual disposition.
Liberals tend to think of themselves as more accepting and compassionate. There are even some who suggest that they are the most Christ-like in their ideology. This is incorrect, however. Jesus did not promote total acceptance. Jesus promoted radical change – a complete denial of self. His invitation was completely inclusive, but the final ‘condition’ was one that was impossible to embrace,
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” -Luke 9:23
There’s the rub.
The liberals will hear none of it! They’ll accept Jesus, but only on their terms! Jesus must be conformed to their image. They don’t want to acknowledge that a complete self-denial is the most essential spiritual consequence of giving yourself over to The Higher Power. They insist Jesus be incorporated into their way of living.
Left to ourselves, we (natural man) would rather have our riches above Jesus; or maybe we have some secret vice that prevents us from coming to a place of total submission.
We eventually do the complete opposite. Our own ‘needs’ take precedent, and we reach a point of total rejection. We naturally place our own wants and desires before all else, even before a saving Diety.
Liberals tend to fancy themselves as the epitome of rational wisdom. They view themselves as an ‘enlightened’ people. They firmly believe that a complete submission to their methodology will enable a fairly distributed, person-centered, needs-driven standard of living to flourish. Underneath it all, however, is an elitist, radically-motivated power-grab reflective of a greater global political-social agenda.
(Note: Charity, not socialism, was endorsed in the Bible within the body of believers and was secondary to the Gospel. The Marxist ideologue of our day is promoting tyranny under the guise of empathy. But what they really seek is totalitarianism).
The mentality behind the madness is quite primitive, almost infantile. Whereas conservative principles and foundations must be taught, enforced, then experientially reinforced, liberal attitudes and propensities are part of our makeup. All of humanity comes into this world as full-blown liberals from the womb. These liberal traits must be methodically broken down as we are raised to become God-honoring individuals, with respect for authority and a willingness to extend peace and goodwill to our fellow man. The unfortunate reality, however, is that we naturally fight against conservatism, a belief system that requires discipline and self-control.
We naturally want to do what’s wrong, and we want to get away with it. Then we want to do it over again. Then we want to make sure everyone else has the opportunity to get away with it because ‘those’ who do right make us feel guilty. We hate ‘those’ people. We want to tear them down and cast them away! Then we will all be the same! We get to do what we want without fear or regret. There will be nobody to answer to, and nobody can tell us what we are doing is wrong. We answer to nobody but ourselves.
Once this ‘humanistic vision’ becomes completely realized, we can become fully-recognized, state-certified ‘earthly gods.’ We will be granted the rights to get what we want, do what we want, and have what we want, when we want it! We then become more emboldened, more arrogant, and more indignant….we eventually morph into full-blown narcissists. We’ve gained the world but lost our soul.
As we proceed down this slippery slope, we are never fully satisfied. Quite the opposite, happiness and contentment cannot be realized, no matter how hard we try! We will always crave more. We begin to lie, cheat, and steal….we’ll do anything to continue to gain an advantage, to feed an addiction that can never be achieved via temporal earthly conquest!
We want to be admired and adored. We crave the power and attention. We desire full affirmation that we matter, that we’re important, that we’re special, and that nothing is going to get in our way. If we are rejected, we will use force to ensure we ultimately have our way, no matter how absurd the scheme!
Our message to the idealistic obstructionist is one of contempt and dismissal. Our liberal self declares, ‘away with your rules! away with your morals! away with your absolute standards! I am beyond your reproach, as I don’t believe as you do. I have the power to hide my mistakes and defer my accountability. I am entitled to satisfy my own urges and desires with little or no consequence. The greater good is of no concern as long as I get mine.’
When restrained by the culture, our liberal self realizes the need to turn it upside down until it suits us. If well-rooted and time-proven stability does not conform to our personal desires, we will unapologetically change the reality. Right will be wrong, up will be down, and left will be right!
If the course we’ve charted for ourselves (and zealously advocated for on behalf of our like-minded brethren) is not adhered to, we won’t need to debate the natural realities or the facts; we can simply rely on emotional outcries and hysterics. We’ll use the media to promote our hot-button charges against our enemies. We’ll cry slander, bigotry, and injustice, whatever achieves the desired effect! We won’t even have to discuss the widespread merits of our way…….Our harsh accusations will rule the day!
There’s nothing we can’t achieve! We can do what we feel is right and feel good about our efforts, while those heavenly-minded absolutists flounder haplessly, as they are deemed ignorant fanatics with irrational views not worthy of public consideration. The arguments and perspectives of these religious conservatives are swiftly declared ‘out of bounds,’ not fit for rational discussion.
This is the proven, winning formula. This is how the natural inclinations of man and their sinfully-driven, liberal faith maintain power and authority.
Ultimately, they will advance (often due to their own short-sighted ignorance) a complete global destruction in the process….if and when they are awakened, it will be too late!
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” **
* 2 Timothy 3:1-5
** 2 Timothy 3:12-17
(King James Version)
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