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Degenerating Into Anarchy

Anarchy is a lack of organization and control, especially in a society where there is an absence or failure of government. In simpler terms, it is lawlessness.

If the workers did not get their pay cheques, there could be upheavals and riots in the factories or shipyards or any other working places. Sometimes there are violence, chaos, burning of vehicles, properties or people, shootings and even killings, depending on the severity of the conditions. This is lawlessness in motion.

Even best friends, if they were locked together in a room with no food and drink for a week, would show forth their true colors. Sometimes, cannibalism would arise. Without food or water for a long season of time, a man would eat his neighbor alive! This is the animal instinct or the sinful nature of man! In times of famines, droughts, distresses, sieges and wars, even the refined, loving, delicate and tender parents would degenerate so much as to eat their own children (Deuteronomy 28:53-57):

You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you.

The sensitive and very refined man among you will be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind, so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.

The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, will refuse to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter, her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.

Before judging how rapidly others would degenerate into anarchy, we should honestly check our own hearts whether we would do better. During the financial crisis in the late 1990s, there were many riots, killings and terrors in some streets of Asia. People killing people over a bowl of noodles, a plate of rice or a bottle of drinking water!

No one is sheltered from these tribulations and trials. When they come, they come. From the poorest or weakest country to the wealthiest or most powerful or most civilized country in the world, the heart of man is the same, deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). No one is exempted! Our true colors will show who we really are during those difficult and despairing moments!

Sin Is Lawlessness.

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4)

Lawlessness Exists Inside The Church.

Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' (Matthew 7:21-23)

The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:41-42)

Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matthew 23:28)

Lawlessness Will Abound.

And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12)

Lawlessness Will Lead To More Lawlessness.

I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. (Romans 6:19)

The Mystery Of Lawlessness Is Already At Work.

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2 Thessalonians 2:7)

Righteousness Has No Fellowship With Lawlessness.

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Therefore, Love Righteousness And Hate Lawlessness.

You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. (Hebrews 1:9)

He Who Endures To The End Shall Be Saved.

And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13)

Written On
6 September 2005