"Don't be so negative."
Today we hear the phrase "Be positive. Not negative." What does it mean? In short: identify with your (and everyone else's) love of pleasure and hate of restraint, rejecting any command, rule, fact or truth and threat of judgment (damnation) that gets in your way, i.e., that "hurts your 'feelings,'" i.e., that makes you "feel bad," i.e., that makes you "feel guilty" for your sins.
God's Word warns you:
"The heart is deceitful above all things [thinking pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the father's/Father's will], and desperately wicked [hating whoever prevents, i.e., inhibits or blocks it from enjoying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' it desires]: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9
"Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." Ephesians 2:2,3
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain ["of and for self"] in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;" "Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Romans 1:21, 22, 28, 32
"For this cause [because men 'justified' their "self" before one another, rejecting God's authority] God gave them up unto vile affections [let them have what they wanted, dying in their sins]:" Romans 1:21, 25
"And for this cause [because men, as "children of disobedience," 'justify' themselves, i.e., their love of "self" and the world, i.e., their love of the pleasures of the 'moment' over and therefore against the Father's authority] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in their "self" and the pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12
"Christians" and "ministers" in the "Church" speak to you today:
"Don't be so negative."
True believer speak to you today:
"You're heart is deceitful and desperately wicked." "You must repent before a holy, pure, righteous, loving, merciful, and gracious God who is giving you your next breath to come to know, worship, praise, and serve Him with. If you do not, after your last breath, you will spend eternity in Hell."
"If you love the pleasure of this life, including the praises of men, rather than the Lord your God, if you refuse to daily die to yourself, if you refuse reject the praises of men, if you refuse to follow after the Lord Jesus Christ, doing his Father's will, if you refuse to tell others not only of His love for them but also warn them that if they do not repent and turn from their wicked ways, i.e., if they love the "positive," i.e., the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates and hate the "negative," i.e., hate commands, rules, facts, and truth that get in their way and hate being held accountability for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, rejecting God's Word and His authority, after their last breath they will spend eternal in the flames of eternal death, becoming like you, after their last breath, i.e., "positive," desiring the praises of men instead of God.
"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Matthew 16:24-27
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin ["lusts," i.e., carnal desires of the flesh and eyes] unto death, or of obedience [to the Father] unto righteousness?" Romans 6:16
Are you thinking like the Devil, being "positive?" i.e., "You won't die," i.e., are you a "Christian" with "No fear of God in your eyes?"—"The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil." (Psalms 36:1-4)—or are you a believer, following after Christ, warning others of God's judgment upon them for their sins, i.e., being "negative." "Positive" "Christians" and "ministers" are not in love with the Word of God because it is to "negative," i.e., judgmental. Loving the pleasure of this life, including the praises (opinions) of men, they have become "positive" instead. Leave out the deceitfulness and wickedness of man's heart and God's judgment and wrath upon him for his wicked ways and you have the "positive" "Church," i.e., the apostate church of Satan's domain. Satan did not fight against the Church, he joined it (as a facilitator of 'change') to "help" it "grow," i.e., to "help" it to become "positive," i.e., to "help" it become adaptable to 'change,' i.e., to "help" it to think and act according to the opinions of men.
"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ [doing the Father's will]. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." 2 Corinthians 11:3-4
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 10:32, 33
"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2016, 2018