I WAS PASSED AN INTERESTING NOTE THIS WEEK, among the many I receive now daily concerning the subject-matter at hand—they’re a mixed bag of critical, at times hateful (with an emphasis on teeth-gnashing), while many other readers give praise to our Lord for this incredible midnight hour “rediscovery” of God’s testimony regarding His creation. It really is an exciting time to be alive, for those who are willing to accept the Spirit’s call—to be woken up from the delusion that has shackled the church with apostate teaching over the last hundred years. But this one note in question, it was delivered from a self-described brother in the faith—in essence a cease and desist letter—who took personal issue with the doctrine of Flat Earth because I am personally bringing him “hopelessness and despair” by speaking of it. He refuses to believe how this issue could in any way have Jesus in mind, nor could our Lord possibly be his source of “hopelessness and despair,” and as such, Flat Earth or any associated “conspiracy theory,” as he phrased it, is not welcome within an earshot of him.
“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” John 18:36 (KJV)
Never does this present reality, the understanding of conforming to a place or world-view, as the Apostle Paul first commanded us when he spoke, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind… (Romans 12:2)” become more apparent and true than soon after the Spirit alerts and calls us to acknowledge the doctrine of Flat Earth as astonishingly factual. The sun moves about us, not the other way around. True science, by the way, I am wholly certain of—the Spirit attests to it—will back the Lord up. Just don’t expect it from the foolishness of men who depart from the revelation of God’s testimony.
I think if everyone is honest we can at least recognize the fact that, at a much deeper level, this is not an argument about the shape of the world. When the corrupt man behind the curtain is exposed to the Lord’s testimony, and the great globe is realized as a terrible delusion, nothing more than knobs, buttons, and strings in which the “humbug” is turning, pushing, and pulling for the purpose of our agreeable submission to his causes, we must make the connection between the wondrous, wizardly illusion before us and everything in the world surrounding us, including the road of golden bricks leading us here, all of which is perpetrated and built upon that lie. The terrible governing beast warned of by the “conspiracy-theorizing” prophets is finally exposed, but perhaps more sobering, the adulterous relationship which much of the church willfully has with it. Any believer, kindled with the Spirit and prompted accordingly to speak this message, does so because he comes to realize that the church which he loves is held captive with false teaching and idolatry. If anything is despairing to those who hold God’s revelation as unbroken and wholly true, then this is it!
The Lord seeks our hidden hearts, not our empty actions. So when the man who means well is exposed as having participated with the kingdom of darkness, even if his actions were not intended and unconscious, what is hopeless and despairing about removing those filthy clothes, or rather not conforming to the lie? Rather, when we take this command to task and see the great evil that encompasses us and binds the world to it, our thirsts should immediately salivate for the water of life. Everything not of God will perish in the flames—this we are promised—though the man himself of such worldly works may narrowly pass through them and be saved. If, after seeing the “humbug” behind the curtain and the whole of Satan’s kingdom exposed in the light of God’s word, the observer is consequently filled with hopelessness, I can only conclude that the promises of that kingdom seems pleasing to him, and is despaired in having to turn away from what he truly loves, rather than the Savior.
Coming to the realization that we have conformed to this world in more ways than we could ever understand apart from this movement of the Spirit, and have therefore broken trust with Paul’s commandment, should bring us to repentance, knowing the Lord eagerly forgives and cleanses us of all unrighteousness. There is abundant joy in the knowledge of our salvation, but also in knowing what the Lord has created for the saving, His true creation as spoken of by Moses, the prophets, scribes, poets, and Apostles. Who we side with, when weighing our reality against the worldly wise men with what Holy Writ says of it, truly matters.
And why do we believe it—in the doctrine of Flat Earth, that is? Specifically because the Lord, in His own testimony, said everything spoken by the prophets was trustworthy and true. Science will come around in the end. If we are saved by the atoning sacrifice and blood of the lamb, indwelt with the Holy Ghost, then to call God a liar, whether being “frivolous in His testimony” or “poetically dishonest” or “lost in translation,” is blasphemous. The complete writings of Moses spoke of and pointed to Jesus, even in His true creation, which he intends to save.
You ask how the doctrine of Flat Earth has anything to do with Jesus, as if we can select what we will accept of Him without consequence. Our Lord the Christ, when addressing the Pharisees, spoke: “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” John 5: 46-47
Why do some men of reported faith reject Flat Earth? Perhaps because all they must give up of this world to follow the Lord brings hopelessness and despair, being one reason of several. The Gospels are filled with men who found despair in Christ. But who are we truly rejecting today when presented with Biblical facts, a non-circumstantial shape of the Earth, or the Lord’s own testimony of Himself? If Jesus has nothing to do with this, then are you and I even addressing the same Master? At this point it’s hard to tell.
Jesus poised this very question to every man when He asked, “But whom say ye that I am?”
Maranatha from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park!