THE OFF-CUFF SOCIETY- A PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY
by CHARLES ROBEY
(MOODY AL USA)
Have you ever attempted to drive down an unfamiliar road, depending on signs for direction? Each sign has a particular purpose, giving you certain information or instruction, as you move along the path.
You travel along, following the speed limit which is set at a normal, safe pace. Suddenly the speed limit exceeds that safe rate to one that you are unable to reach, or can afford.
Well, such is life in today’s American progressive socialistic fast lane. Have you been to the service station lately, or grocery shopping lately? Have you paid your utility bill for the month? Better yet, have you checked your bank balance?
What about today’s life in the fast lane of America’s current culture? Can you keep up the pace? Do you have the right information or instructions to move ahead? Do you have the right instruction book?
God’s Word, the Holy Bible, is there for us. It is our road guidebook. It gives us reliable information, and/or warnings for today’s living and what lies ahead for us as a people, a nation, and a world.
We must realize of course, seeing these signs and happenings around us and not having a defined answer or conclusion of all that’s going on, can and will cause us despair, anxiety, and confusion, to say the least.
I recently heard a very interesting comment, from a well-known national Bible teacher, who stated, “No one teachers' prophecy anymore, not even the main line seminaries.” My answer, “you needed study prophecy, simply tune in your television news or read your local newspaper.” Amen!
So let's look at what’s happening now and on into the future of our lives. Please enjoy the Bible's information pathway, its inspired prediction and direction of the now and the future of America. This is the reason for writing this Bible study blog. We shall label this unique Bible Study “The Off the Cuff Society.” To enjoy its context, please click and read the various Scripture passages, as you move through the blog.
Lamentations 2:19 "Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the LORD. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner."
So, have you ever noticed how America’s liberal “off the cuff” culture, in conjunction with the supportive dependency of government and the national drive-by news commentators, takes great pleasure in advising us how to live our lives? Do this, don’t do that? Think this and not that? Eat this, instead of that? And most importantly, worship this way and not that? All various suggestions, without the help of our living Creator’s holy Word or our dedicated prayer (II Timothy 3:16) (Psalm 17:1)
Thus, it is my understanding, according to the Internet news, that America’s Congress is considering a number of ungodly, unconstitutional laws. Among them include:
Expanding or packing the Supreme Court, adding 4 pro-abortion Justices – the exact number needed to upend the Supreme Court decision upholding life.
The passing of expanded gun control laws, in direct conflict with America’s Second Amendment, that of the right to keep and bear arms for personal self-protection.
And the top U.S. Senate Democrat wants to bring a bill protecting same-sex marriage to a vote on the Senate floor.
I don’t know why I should get so upset with respect to this type of government insanity. It’s all covered within the inspired divine writing of our living Creator, God’s holy Word. Can we say “PROPHECY?” Can you say living in “THE LAST DAYS”?
Prophecy can be very simple or a bit hard to understand. For you see, the teachings of prophecy actually came from God, through the men who wrote it. (II Timothy 3:16) (2 Peter 1:20-21)
And the Last Days, as we know they are called, is simply watching the television, reading the newspaper, talking to friends, or maybe even attending church.
According to Dr. Charles Ryrie, God superintended these human authors so that using their individual personalities, they composed and recorded without error God’s Word to man.
Are your bags packed, my fellow Christian? (I Corinthians 15: 51-52) (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) (Revelation 4: 1) Yes, it is all covered within the prophecy of our living Creator’s holy Scriptures.
Even, our Lord’s trusted disciples, being as human as we are, had the same questions. They wanted to know when it would happen and what would be the signs of His coming back. (Matthew 24:3)
The Lord did not answer “when will these things be?” But He did answer what would be the signs of His coming in (Matthew 24:29-31) and He speaks of the signs of the end of the age in (Matthew 24:4-28).
So, let us continue with today’s living in America, in comparison with the holy Scriptures. Again, I’m not really surprised with the progressive doings of today’s American government nor of the people it now represents
Psalm 2:1-5 "Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the ruler's band together against the LORD and against His anointed, saying, "Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles." The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the LORD scoffs at them. He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying, 'But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain.'”
GOD’S MARRIAGE LAWS – Man’s creation is in the natural and moral likeness of God (Genesis 1:27-28) (Matthew 24:38) (Romans 1:26-27)
SUBJECTION TO GOVERNMENT – Essentially, it’s our individual attitude towards the state. (Romans 13:1-7) (I Peter 2:13-15)
Now, for the end times living, one need only place the Bible on top of the local newspaper, or read it out loud, as the television news is being announced.
HERESY AND FALSE TEACHING - The heresy of false teaching inspired by hypocrisy. (I Timothy 4:1-3)
PERILS OF APOSTASY - A mass corruption, of a breakdown of law and tradition, only having a form of godliness, only having an outer semblance of spirituality. (II Timothy 3:1-9,13)
FALSE TEACHINGS -The Denouncing of false teachers. (II Peter 2:1-3,10) (II John 1:7)
PRACTICE AGAINST SIN -To walk in the light is to live in obedience. (I John 1: 7-9)
MOCKERS – In the last Days, there will be mockers. (II Peter 3:3-4)
And to summarize the true facts of our blog, read (I Peter 3:12) (I Peter 5:6-7)
You see, our Lord’s watchful eye is upon the righteous, but His face is against those who do evil. God will always exalt us at the proper time. Amen!
I conclude this blog with an all-important two-point question. Is America now under national judgement, and are we now living in the last days? In my opinion, I give a positive yes on both accounts.
Being older than dirt and twice as gritty, far into my eighth decade of years, I’ve never seen America in such premeditated chaos on every hand, in the home, at work, and play, in the civic government and even in the organized religion.
I know Scripture tells us that our living Creator, God, appoints both good and evil leaders to establish His divine will. (Daniel 2: 21-22) Also, it is evident that today’s civilization is moving in the wrong direction. (Ecclesiastes 5:8).
Can we, as a people, and as a country escape such disturbed living? Yes, we can. Again, I give you two answers to the two above mentioned questions.
RESPECTING TEMPTATION- (1 Corinthians 10:13) The way of escape, the way out. Not necessarily relief, but power for us to bear the testing.
RESPECTING A SOLUTION- (2 Chronicles 7:14) Here we see a God-given commandment, with a corresponding Godly promise, not to the world, but to His people.
ALWAYS REMEMBER - Just as a child belongs to a father and mother, everyone belongs to someone or something. "To belong" means to be the property of or part of a particular group, organization, or class. We do belong to our living Creator, God first, our family second, and all other third. Amen!
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34)
My parting prayer. "Father God, I’m so unsettled within my spirit that my soul trembles within me. I know you are still our all-powerful, all-knowing Redeemer. I know you still place the just and unjust in authority according to Your perfect will. (Daniel 2:21) I know you reward good and punish evil (Genesis 12:3) with respect to Your people Israel. And I know from personal ongoing experience, that You love and protect Your own. (Galatians 3:26) Thank You for Jesus (John 3:16) and Your Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26) to lead me and guide me into all truth, (John 14:26) in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!"
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