Let’s investigate five more “laws” that the world obeys in its rebellion against its Creator.
If you missed 1-5, check them out here.
6. THOU SHALT NOT SPEAK TRUTH
There is nothing the world hates more than truth, and the ones who bear it.
As with the rest of Scripture, everything Christ said during His earthly ministry was true. “Verily, verily, I say unto you…” was His constant refrain to remind the people that His words were trustworthy. All His teachings were like beams of light, penetrating the darkness of sin and unbelief. The Pharisees and other scorners swarming around Him couldn’t stand to listen to it, because they loved the darkness more than the light. They eventually crucified Him in their desperate attempt to keep the light away.
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” -John 3:19
Isn’t it the same in our world now? Christians are criticized and slandered for speaking the truth. We are told to hush up, or else we’ll suffer the consequences. In many places, being a truth- and light-bearer for Christ means being put to death like He was.
Our culture has increasingly embraced this anti-truth movement. The “isms” of Post-Modernism and Relativism teach that “there is no such thing as absolute truth”–and they don’t see the absurdity of such a statement.
Why? Because if the world accepts that there is truth–then they’ll have to admit that God is the only one who defines it. And that leads to moral accountability to Him, the very thing they want to avoid the most.
So they set up their own lies as truth, proclaiming freedom in immorality and denial, yet finding themselves deeper and deeper in their own self-imposed slavery.
7. THOU SHALT CONFORM TO CULTURE
Everywhere we go, the culture is screaming: FOLLOW US, FOLLOW US! We can hardly walk anywhere without billboards, advertisements, pop music, t-shirts, televisions, and people themselves bombarding us with cultural messages, in their desperate attempt to get us to join them in their godless behavior.
We’re told, directly or indirectly, that we need to do what everyone else is doing so we can be accepted by society. Unfortunately, their attempts at polluting the church are often very successful. All they have to do is disguise their worldly ideas and practices as “harmless” and “fun,” banking on the fact that most churchgoers rarely read their Bibles.
If we aren’t guarding ourselves with biblical discernment, the world doesn’t even have to put up a fight. It simply lets itself in.
Sadly, the go-with-the-flow, don’t-be-an-outsider pressure targets youth the most. It’s true that corrupt leaders seek after the young, in order to influence them to join their own evil agendas. Unprotected children and teenagers will often be the first to jump on new trends, not thinking twice about whether or not they are biblical. They are exposed to immorality in many forms–hatred of parents and authority; disrespectful language and behavior; lust after fame and money; and, worst of all, sexual perversion. In all these ways they are taught to pursue their idols and forsake the God who made them. It doesn’t take much to get the youth to parrot what they see the world modeling for them–especially when they have no biblical role models to imitate.
Among Christians and families in the church, this cultural conformity should not exist:
“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. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” -Romans 12:1-2
If we are abiding in the Word, abiding in Christ, applying biblical principles to every area of our lives and walking in the Spirit daily, we need not fear the culture. Try as they may, they’ll never snatch us out of the hand of Christ.
8. THOU SHALT SACRIFICE THY CHILDREN
Why is it that one of the most defining features of a God-hating, wicked culture is its widespread practice of child sacrifice? And not only its practice, but its endorsement of this horrendous act?
Child sacrifice has been committed for centuries. The idolaters of the Old Testament cruelly burned their children alive before shedding their blood at the altars of their false gods, especially as part of Molech worship. Eventually, even the Israelites themselves would partake. The Lord expressed His hatred of this act and His swift punishment against all who would perform it in Leviticus 20:2-5 and here, in Jeremiah:
“And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’” (Jeremiah 32:35)
Tragically, this particularly abominable type of murder is still happening today throughout the world.
We live in a time when stealing, manslaughter, and even littering are still illegal, yet abortion–the murder of an unborn baby–is not only legal, but supported and encouraged.
Sweet little children, knit together and hidden in their mother’s wombs… the very place where they should be safest, the very place where it’s easiest to look the other way and pay to have them torn apart.
Yes, killing infants in the womb is child sacrifice. True, the little ones may not be slaughtered on a physical altar or at the feet of a stone idol any more. But now, in those cold, sterilized rooms, all parties commending the murder–not just the one with the instruments ripping the innocent child to pieces–are performing an act of worship. They bow before their own false gods and take the life of the child in exchange for their own selfish desires.
Do not be deceived: the Lord knows, the Lord sees, and He will avenge Himself on every one who is complicit in the murder of these beautiful children. Until the day of the Judgment, or until there is no more abortion in this world, we will continue to stand against it and defend each life.
“‘Cursed is the one who takes a bribe to slay an innocent person.’
And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’”-Deuteronomy 27:25
9. THOU SHALT NOT REPENT
Once the world–with Satan, who rules over it–has you in its mouth, sunken into its teeth, it won’t let go. That is, unless Christ pries open the jaws to rescue you.
True repentance is unknown to our wicked culture. They know only of worldly grief: feeling sorry for what you’ve done because of the consequences you face, not because of the offense against the holy God. There is “no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18).
Even though the Lord in His mercy is delaying the Judgement, they “despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering” and forget that “the goodness of God leads [us] to repentance” (Romans 2:4). God is kind to give them time to repent, but they refuse.
All around the globe, people who do repent and believe in Christ for salvation are ridiculed, mistreated, or even killed for leaving behind their old religions of sin, self-trust and self-worship.
“But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
“And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory…. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.” (Revelation 9:20-21, 16:9, 11)
Instead of humbling themselves and repenting, the followers of the world continue to sin against and mock God. Not because they don’t know He exists, but because they do, and they hate Him.
You and I were once one of them, and we still would be, if it were in our hands; but praise be to God, that He saved us through Jesus Christ! May we not despair, for He stands ready to save any who call upon His name in faith. And once He grants repentance, there is no going back. Our hearts have been changed. We are new creations in Him.
10. THOU SHALT HATE CHRIST
Ultimately, the world hates Christ, and wants everyone to do the same. If you love Christ, they will hate you, too:
Jesus said, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.” (John 7:7)
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:18-19)
“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.” (John 15:20-21)
“Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.” (1 John 3:13)
Why do they hate Christ?
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
The world wants to go its own ways, make up its own truths, chase after its own life.
Jesus reveals and judges our sin.
The world wants to hide its sin and get away with it.
Jesus is loving and merciful.
The world is full of hate and injustice, people attacking one another and treating mercy as weakness.
Jesus is coming again.
The world wants to forget all about that.
So what do we do? We remember that though we are in the world, yet we are not of it (John 17:16). We rely on the Lord’s power as we strive for holiness–being separate from the evil and wickedness around us. By grace, we obey the true Ten Commandments, not to earn salvation, but because of our love for God and others. We don’t compromise or give in. We stand firm on the truth until the end, never falling for the lies or bowing to the commandments of the world. We look forward to the day when Christ will return, punish His enemies, save His people, grant us eternal life, and restore all things to glory.
And when we grow discouraged, we remind ourselves and one another:
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)