Isaiah 5:20 and The Present Situation

bigstock-Man-with-Good-and-Evil-fak-30668819I am not usually a doom and gloom kind of person, nor am I usually one to point out what other people are doing. I have no clue what is happening in other people’s lives or how God is at work in their lives, so I try not to make judgments. After all, God does not judge until the end of the world, so why would I not only take his role in judging, but even do so before he will?

That goes for individuals. When groups, organizations, and denominations start making decisions and policy or position statements, then there is a bit of testing the spirits that can happen. Keep this in mind as you read this verse from Isaiah:

Doom to those who call evil good and good evil,
    who present darkness as light and light as darkness,
    who make bitterness sweet and sweetness bitter.

Of course, in order to deal with this verse one has to define evil and good. Evil is that which is against God and what he has revealed in his special revelation of Scripture as it has been understood throughout the life of the Church for the last 2000 years. If the Holy Spirit has been truly guiding the Church since its inception as Jesus promised, then we cannot discount the entirety of our history by saying that those who went before us just didn’t understand what we do now. We are talking about God’s illumination and inspiration–what people understood or did not understand is irrelevant.

Any organization or denomination that celebrates what the Church has universally understood as wrong over 2000 years, through countless cultures and languages, may need to take a second look at Isaiah.


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