feast: Preparing To Rule
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 18-Oct-19; Sermon #FT19-05; 70 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that God has chosen the weak and base things to confound the wise (I Corinthians 1:26), suggests that many of those currently holding governmental power are exponentially wiser than God's called-out ones in terms of technological expertise. Yet, they are total failures when it comes to stopping human conflict. How can a group of rag-tag upstarts with no experience—that's how the world's leaders perceive us—hope to succeed where these 'high and mighty' ones have utterly failed? We have the same ugly carnal nature as the techno-wizards, but for the most part, because of our sense of unworthiness, have found it easier to yield to God's shaping of our character. As we undergo our grueling sanctification process, we must take control of our carnal nature, mortifying the "old man." The hardest thing we will have to learn is to subdue our self-centered carnal nature, esteeming others more than ourselves. The earth's problems are not technological in nature, nor soluble through technological means; rather, virtually all the world's problems stem from the antagonistic pulls of carnal nature. Christ expects us to get that nature under control through the support of His Holy Spirit. Our Elder Brother has more technological knowledge than the wisest among mankind will ever have; at the right time, He will supply the necessary skills to our perfected characters to enable us to get the job of repairing the destroyed earth done and done right. We will assist Christ in governing a repentant, but still very carnal, clientele.
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