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" I Said: No Thank You! "

    "As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ." (Ga1:9-10)

    "You shall not tempt Jehovah your God..." (De6:16)

    "And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If You are the Son of God, speak that these stones may become bread. But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God... And he says to Him, All these things I will give to You if You will fall down and do homage to me. Then Jesus said to him, GO AWAY, SATAN! For it has been written, You shall do homage to the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve." (Mt4:3-4,9-10)

    "Then [Elisha] said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins, and take my staff in your hand, and go. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the boy." (2Ki4:29)

As I share from time to time, I run a small business, which provides just enough to keep the bills paid, and my stomach sufficiently filled. (1Ti6:8 And business is sufficiently 'slow' so that I have time to work on this ministry) Periodically sales people come walking along, wanting to unload their little trinkets and toys. Even though I have prominently displayed a "No Solicitors" sign on the door, they still come in. Sometimes I will ask -if- they saw the sign, with various types of responses: Yes I saw the sign, but thought I would come in anyway; We're not soliciting; 'just wanted to show you this "great deal"; and whatever you've likely heard out of the mouths of sales people, it's likely been said to me; and sometimes the younger 'kids' will smirk and retort, "I can't read!"

Amongst the ones who come around, seasonally these particular guys come around with their pickup truck, loaded with several kinds of fresh fruit. My neighbors always get suckered into buying (if I go around to visit, I will see the fresh fruit sitting on their desks, and I know 'where' it came from)... but I never do. The other day these 'fruit' guys came again; 'Interested in some fresh fruit? I looked over and smiled, "No thank you"; and turned to resume what I was doing.

As I continued with my work, I noticed he was still standing there, staring at me; and he started muttering: Don't you like fruit? Don't you eat fruit? ...and whatever else, I wasn't really paying attention. Finally after a minute of this as he wasn't leaving, I turned to face him again and repeated, this time with a 'serious' expression and firm voice, "I said: No thank you."

As he turns to grab the door knob, he mutters something about, "You don't have to be so rude!"

Well... I meant what I said, and I said what I meant... and an elephant... well... you know...

But this sort of "reasoning" has been going on since Eden. It is how males and females get into each other's pants. It is how politicians finagle words around to make people believe the opposite of whatever is the Truth. It is how car salesmen unload lemons. It is how the Church went apostate. And it is how sinners are headed to the Lake of Fire.

Satan comes to Eve, "Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (Gen3:1) Aw... Don't you like fruit?

Notice the cleverness of the opening salvo. Has God -INDEED- said? Did He -REALLY- say that? Such wording gives a -suggestion-, by such an emphasis, that perhaps it is not really true. As though it is unbelievable. If the questioner can suggest unbelievability, it starts the thought processes in the answerer....if this is being questioned, and I don't want to be -RUDE-, let's -POLITELY- 'listen', and 'engage' in conversation.

But the questioner is not -asking- from curiosity. He is -leading-. Just like the fruit salesman was not -asking-; he was -wanting- to SELL. He had an agenda. The serpent (satan) was not engaging Eve in "conversation", he had a militant agenda to corrupt her, and through her (and Adam) the whole human race.

This is how communism works. I read in one of the NewsWithViews postings recently (I forget which one, but pasted this quote from it):

    "Like Antonio Gramsci's more subtle form of Communism, the Fabians encouraged GRADUALISM, INFILTRATION and DECEPTION rather than bloody revolutions."
This is the "polite" way to take over. Since Christians are to be characterized by "love" (Jn13:35), work on their love; and the included assumption that love is polite and gracious. Assumed in graciousness is that a person will not reply with a firm, "NO!" If a person responds negatively, immediately accuse them of being judgmental and disobeying the 'prime directive' -LOVE-. And so the unwary Christian, not wanting to be guilty of hate; caves; and 'listens' and 'engages' in the dialectic conversations of consensus. As the enemy cleverly shuffles words and concepts around, ultimately the "christian" is persuaded that the Bible -REALLY- teaches a person to be worldly. With the added 'plus', that it is for the purpose of "evangelism". You need to be "like the world" in order that you can "relate" to the world, and -thus- you can win them. After all, isn't that the other prime directive, to "go into all the world and preach the Gospel"? (Mk16:15) Thing is, the christian has been GOTCHA'd!! Nor is the world truly 'evangelized' for Christ!

Never forget: Wolf doctrine begets pups, not lambs! (Mt7:15-23)

The Bible says...

    "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God for pulling down strongholds," (2Co10:4)
And what does God exhort us to be?
    "..but as He who called you is holy, you also become holy in all conduct" (1Pt1:15)
Holy, by definition, is a state of SEPARATENESS, of being DISTINCT. From what? From sin. And when the sinner comes enticing, the Bible says...
    "My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent." (Pr1:10)
They say, C'mon, let's go do this [thing]. The son says, NO.

These days they run TV promos to "Just say NO" to drugs. Drugs are bad. Just say "No!" But when it comes to all sorts of other things, if a person says NO... You're so rude! And as Peter says,

    "In this regard, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same overflow of dissipation, blaspheming." (1Pt4:4)
They may become angry with you, but note their end...
    "They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead." (1Pt4:5)
At the top Paul asks: To whom are we accountable? Are we supposed to make friends with the world, or remain faithful to God as His 'bondservant'?
    "Adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore purposes to be a friend of the world is shown to be opposing God." (Ja4:4)
When satan came to Jesus, Jesus responded with "It is written". And when satan refused to back off, but kept upping the ante, Jesus says, "GO AWAY, SATAN!" My! How RUDE! Indeed! There are times we -need- to be rude, when the world militantly insists on trying to corrupt us away from holy service to God, we must take a "stand" against him. (Eph6:13)

When the world, or the world's apostasy of its 'church' comes luring, using Scripture out of context about "not forsaking the assembling of yourselves" (Heb10:25) in order to try to give you a guilt trip for not fellowshiping WITH THEM, where they can further indoctrinate you into worldliness, the Holy Believer must be firm and say, "No!"

As the Believer is travelling along, doing the Master's business, and they come along, wanting to stop you for fellowship, the Holy Believer must do as Gehazi was instructed: Don't stop to visit. Don't even return their greeting. Because... if they get the slightest of footholds in the door, ultimately you may not be able to shut the door on them. Rude? Indeed!

However... if you are going to say "No" to somebody or situation, be sure you actually -mean- it. That "No" is your true heart's intention. Don't send mixed signals. Don't be like the girl who says, "No" coyly, but otherwise her attire and demeanor say, "Yes" or "Maybe?" Be a (as the saying goes) "man of your word". If you are known for your word, you should not need to swear oaths: on your dead mother's grave...rest her soul; on the life of your kids; with hand on Bible; or whatever other ways people try to emphasize their words to -persuade- others of their truth, when in fact in their own heart they know they are lying through their teeth. One reason the tempters keep coming is because liars continue lying, so they know that with most people, if they can just get a few words in 'edgewise', they can turn a person's "no" around into a "yes".

    "But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by Heaven, for it is Godís throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. But let your word be Yes, yes; No, no. For whatever is more than these is from evil." (Mt5:34-37)

    "But above all things, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your Yes, be Yes, and your No, No, so that you do not fall under condemnation." (Ja5:12)

And what is that condemnation?
    "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, prostitutes, sorcerers, idolaters, AND ALL -LIARS- shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (Re21:8)
Amen!
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