June 30, 2013
Divine Versus Human
There is an ongoing conflict between God’s divine arrangements and the worldly plans of human beings. God is not answerable to us, but we are answerable to God. It is also true that even in those instances when God has told us what to do, but has not told us why we are to do it, we must respect his will and honor his wisdom by doing what he has commanded. Divine arrangements always trump human arrangements. Man is finite; God is infinite. Man is limited; God is limitless.
When God expresses his mind to us in the scriptures, we should be committed to respect it without addition, subtraction, or any other modification whatever. Yahweh is Lord and we are his willing servants.
“It is not in human beings who walk to direct their own steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)
“There is a way that seems right to a person, but the end result are the ways of death.”(Proverbs 14:12)
Notice the following areas in which the divine will is in conflict with the human will.
God has specified the religious “group” or organization that is to teach and uphold the gospel. It is the work of the local congregation to support the preaching of God’s gospel. The local is described as “pillar and foundation of the truth.”(l Timothy 3:15) No human missionary society, denomination, nor any other man-made arrangement has any right to compete with God’s specified divine arrangement. The local congregation is designed to do all that God has assigned to her, and the addition of human schemes is not only perversion, but a challenge to what God has instituted. The local congregation is equipped to teach (I Thessalonians 1:8), assist and edify needy believers (Acts 6:1-6), and worship God. (1 Corinthians 11). A conflict is inevitable when there is dissatisfaction with God’s arrangement, and other arrangements are “added.”
God has specified the kind of music we are to use in worship. He tells us “singing and making melody with your heart.” (Ephesians 5:19) “Singing and making melody” are the what, and “with your heart” is the means or the instrument. There is resistance to the simple plan in most religious groups. Mechanical instruments are added either as an accompaniment to or replacement of the singing. But the word divine arrangement that we can read in the scriptures says “sing.” God did not say play on a mechanical instrument. There is a conflict when something is added to our worship. The Bible is right, and God always wins.
God has also specified the parties in marriages that he accepts. God has decreed that a marriage is the union between a man and a woman. No matter how many laws are passed by local, state, and the federal government allowing same sex marriages, God’s word teaches that they are unacceptable and wrong! Jesus said the marriage relationship that has God’s stamp of approval is that which consists of a man and a woman! (Matthew 19:4-6) The divine arrangement is pure, plain, and simple. The human arrangement is impure, confused, and complicated.
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