This update may be offensive to some.  Not that I'm intending to be unpleasant, but I will be pointing fingers.  First though, let's briefly discuss a turning point in history, specifically the upcoming date of December 1, 2009.  Do you know what significant international events will take place that day? 

Here it is:   (1) An official change to the structure of the European Union (EU), known as the Lisbon Treaty, will go into effect December 1, and (2) the first president of the EU will formally take his post on that same day.  The Lisbon Treaty is an international agreement signed in Lisbon, Portugal on December 13, 2007 designed to change the makeup of the European Union.  The Treaty also called for the election of a president.  

Seemingly waiting until the last moment, European Union officials selected (not elected) their first president, Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy, on November 19, 2009.  Rather than choose a high-profile international figure like former Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, EU officials shunned democratic principles and put forth their choice.  This was done in a series of ultra-secretive closed-door meetings, made up of anonymous politicians, bankers and industrialists.  Sorry, no input was allowed by the commoners, and critics simply called it "selection day" where no concern for so-called transparency or democratic process was evident.  This is a precursor to how the Antichrist will govern, and he's coming sooner than we think.

What's got many political observers on edge are the strong elements of elitism which have shaped the EU's approach to governance.  The people must simply nod and move on.  The EU, and its "New World Order" politics will officially have a president and a new structure.  Some consider it the last hurdle for the European Union to be legitimized globally as a "superstate."  You may wonder how this will affect Americans, or for that matter, anyone else in the world.  You'll want to take heed for what's coming next.  For many years the EU has been developing far-reaching environmental policies with a goal of worldwide enforcement.  Christian prophecy scholars have been warning how radical environmentalism will be used by politicians to control the masses on a global scale.  In the name of reducing global warming, greenhouse gases and carbon-dioxide emissions (considered a hoax by many scientists), aggressive policies on power consumption will eventually bring the people to their knees.  Whether you like it or not, environmentalism is the "New World Order" that is going to be enforced by global legislative powers, and is the method by which governments will gain control over the people.  Don't look now, it's already begun.

Radical environmentalists from around the world have shaped the EU's legislative branches of government.  Without a peep from the media, and when nobody was looking, on the same day EU officials were "selecting" their president, EU legislators introduced radically tough new energy-efficiency regulations for all electricity-using appliances and buildings within the next decade.  Europeans will be required to establish a certification system to measure buildings' energy efficiency.  These certificates will be required for any new construction or buildings.  Existing buildings will also have to improve their efficiency where feasible.  The American president and his administration will likely adopt similar environmental policies through proposed "cap and trade" legislation.  Do an internet search on that topic and learn more.  It's scary, and it's coming to a city near you.  Sooner than later our freedoms will be gone, thanks to oppressive laws enacted to prevent so-called global warming.  But here's the sad reality...a majority of people are accepting these lies, and sin is the reason. 

While environmentalism will be used to usher in a "New World Order", we cannot forget what has happened to American culture in just the past 20 years.  The rapid decline of morality in America is helping usher in global environmentalism.  Bible prophecy author and researcher, Steve Spillman, recently wrote about specific sinful behaviors listed in Scripture that have become mainstream in our culture.  These behaviors are often glorified, defended, displayed and promoted in every entertainment venue possible.  Television, movies, sports, video games, music (the list goes on), including many celebrities and politicians (yes, the ones you elect) are also guilty as charged.  These politicians, whom we can blame for protecting those who have taken our nation down a path of immorality, are our progressive liberals.  Yes, liberal Democrats (plus those liberal Republicans and other like-minded politicians) have adopted or enacted laws, policies and regulations that glorify sinful activities which the Bible specifically says will lead to death.  Spillman says, "There are acts that lead to death.  If you don't want to die, don't do them."  What are those acts?  The Apostle Paul made a list for the Church in Galatia:

"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious:  sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like.  I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."  Galatians 5:19-21

You might think that "witchcraft," "orgies" and "debauchery" are unusual, or sins committed by certain groups of people.  Not so says Spillman.  He suggests if the list sounds a little irrelevant; if you think you're safe, if you think it's a list of stuff other people do, then maybe you need be sure that Paul's list has nothing to do with you.  That's right to the point, and you might be shocked at what the Scriptures really say:

Sexual immorality – the Greek word Paul used here was "porneia."  Porneia covers the gamut of sexual sin – sex with someone you're not married to, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality and incest.  It's the word we get "pornography" from.  Remember what Jesus said?  "Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."  Galatia didn't have internet access, satellite or cable TV when Paul wrote his letters.  Today we're more technologically sophisticated and discreet with sexual sins.

Impurity"akatharsia" in Greek literally means "uncleanness."  Not just lustful thoughts, but impure motives.  Akatharsia also refers to a luxurious or profligate (recklessly extravagant) lifestyle.  Remember the TV show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous?"   While we're "oohing" and "aahing" as Donald Trump sips champagne from a glass slipper, death creeps in and strangles us.  According to God, that kind of life isn't "extravagant," it's "unclean."

Debauchery"aselgeia" in Greek.  It's also translated "sensuality."  The word refers to a life without restraint – "anything I want, anytime I want it."  Sounds like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous again, doesn't it?  The word aselgeia is derived from the negative particle "a" and the root "selges" meaning "continent."  So "aselgeia" can be translated literally "incontinent."  Not a pretty picture, but spiritually accurate (you figure that one out).

Idolatry – "eidololatreia" in Greek.  That means worshiping false gods.  There were a lot of false gods worshiped during Bible days.  Thank goodness we don't have much of that anymore!  But one false god from the old days did survive; and it's got more worshipers today than ever.  And the idols to this god are everywhere.  These days it seems like the only real competition to the One True God.  Jesus warned his followers about worshiping the idols to this false god.  "No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money."  Matthew 6:24

Witchcraft – okay, for sure, we don't have to worry about this one.  There may be some nuts out there that practice witchcraft, but not us, right?  Greek word – "pharmakeia."  Sound familiar?  How about "pharmacy?"  Pharmakeia (witchcraft) means literally, "using or administering drugs to achieve a desired 'magical' result."  Nowhere in the Bible does it distinguish illicit from prescription drugs or homegrown from synthetic.  If you're using or administering drugs to achieve a desired "magical" result, you're practicing witchcraft.

Hatred – here's a good respectable sin; way more acceptable than witchcraft or sexual sin.  Some translations of the Bible use the word "enmity," which means "a deep seated dislike or ill will;" literally – the state of being an enemy.  Hatred can take a lot of forms.  We can hate the bad guys overseas or on the other side of town.  We can hate the kid with the throbbing sub-woofers next to us at the stoplight.  We can even hate someone in our own household.  Hate doesn't have to be in your face with guns, knives and fists; it can be secret and as subtle as a spiteful look or an unkind comment.

Discord "eris" in Greek.  It means contention, strife, arguing, quarreling.  Sounds like a typical family breakfast on a weekday.

Jealousy"zelos" in Greek.  It's where we get the word zeal from.  That doesn't sound so bad.  The Bible says that God is jealous for His people.  That's God, not us. Jealousy in the hands of people turns too easily into bitter envy.  Jealousy is the root of disorder and wickedness in the world.  There was an angel named Lucifer once.  His jealousy nearly destroyed the earth, expelled a third of Heaven's angels and did incalculable damage to the family of man.

Fits of rage"thumos" in Greek.  Its root word "thoo"; in English "kill."  Thumos is rage that quickly boils up like a pot on a stove, to the point you want to kill someone, then quickly subsides.  Ever been cut off by an agressive driver on the freeway and feel that "fit of rage" boil up?  That's thumos.

Selfish ambition – "eritheia" in Greek.  Strong's Concordance defines "eritheia" as "a partisan and fractious spirit which does not disdain low arts."  Likely "low arts" are something politicians use to gain an advantage over their rivals.  That's what selfish ambition is – politicking.  Doing whatever it takes to one-up the next guy.  That's how it's done in Washington DC.  Too often that's how it's done at work at school and even at church – putting yourself ahead as the expense of others.

Dissensions – "dichostasia" in Greek.  It means discord, division, dissension.  If we're all one Body, born into one Christ why is there a church on every corner, each featuring its own brand of "one Body," "one Christ?"  Have you belonged to a church where the preacher spent more time railing against other churches than he railed against sin?  Pitiful.

Factions – "hairesis" in Greek.  It's where we get the word "heresy."  Hairesis means literally, "the act of taking" or "capture."  In the church it means "capturing" your own brand of truth or opinion and building a fort around it.  We have a much cleaner word for it today – denomination.

Envy"phthonos" in Greek.  Envy is looking at someone else's the stuff or position, feeling pain that you don't have it and ill will toward the person who does.  It's an absolutely ridiculous practice and is best left to the advertising industry and television reality shows.

Drunkenness"methe" in Greek.  This is an easy one; it means "drunkenness" or "intoxication."  It also means buzzed, smashed, under the influence, inebriated or tipsy.  It's not a glass of wine at dinner or a beer with your burger.  It's like "killing the bottle or six pack single-handedly."  The Greek methe is also the root of words like methanol (alcohol) and meth (methamphetamine drugs) which can be added to the sins of witchcraft above.

Orgies"komos" is the Greek word.  And it's not what the word "orgy" has come to mean these days; "reveling" is a better word.  "Partying" is and even better word.  It's not getting together socially with a few friends.  It's bar hopping, boot stomping, cow tipping, rolling around in the street at 2:00 AM partying.

Spillman also notes that at the end of the list Paul ads "and things like these" to cover anything he may have forgotten.  We live in a society where most of the acts of the sinful nature, if not totally acceptable, are pretty much tolerated.  But here's the problem...these acts do carry the death penalty.  "I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."  Galatians 5:19-21.  When looking at each word, "the acts of the sinful nature" aren't some irrelevant list of sins only "bad" people do?  They're sins everyone has the potential to commit every day!  Don't think so?  Look at the list again.  We'll be judged by our actions, not our intentions.  Ask the Lord how He wants to conform you into the image of His Son, and if you ask Him, He'll point out what's got to go.  Remember, Paul wasn't writing to the general populace; he was writing to Galatian believers.  "I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."

Now I'm sure some don't like the fact that I pointed out how many of our liberal politicians take much responsibility for the promotion of, and our society's acceptance of many of the sins Paul warned about.  I'm not suggesting conservative politicians are always better; however, we should compare the two political groups in light of Paul's statements.  Let start with sexual immorality – today it's homosexuality and gay marriage.  Which political groups support this?  Liberals.  Next let's look at drugs and drunkenness – today it's the legalization of certain drugs.  Which political group supports this?  Liberals.  Liberal politicians have deceived many Christians into accepting the false notion that America's major issues are health care, race relations, jobs, education, the poor, the environment, sexual orientation and reproductive rights.  Those issues have gradually come to the forefront over the past 20 years because many, if not most Americans no longer consider the sins Paul mentions as crucial problems in society.  Think about it.

I've spoken to many people (who claim to be Christian) who always vote for liberal politicians because they represent "health care for everyone" or "are against hatred" or "help the poor and needy" or "are for some right to do this or that" or just want "change."  Change?  How blind can they be?  These same politicians condone the very sins Paul says will lead to death.  I'll take Jesus, they can keep the change.  If you, as a believer, find that offensive, then get on your knees and take it up with the Lord.  He'll lead you down the right path.

What's interesting is the rapid fulfillment of Bible prophecy in these last days, particularly as it relates to this topic.  Referencing the Church in the last days, Jesus himself said to the Laodiceans in Revelation 3:14-21 that believers didn't recognize their own sins, were rich, in need of nothing and lukewarm.  My personal opinion is that those Christians who continue to vote for and elect liberal politicians are the same Christians that Jesus was speaking of in Laodicea.  Rather than choose the Biblical stance for what's right, many Christians follow their flesh, voting for and choosing politicians who would deny Paul's admonitions above.  Even so, a seat at God's throne is promised to those who overcome.  Pray for wisdom!

One final warning:  "Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."  Galatians 6:7-8

Keep looking up,

Tim Osterholm


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