CULTURE DO YOU CHOOSE
Message given by JS Lowther in august 2017 for the Iowa Christendom Rally
1Jn_2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the Evil. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
1Jn 2:14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the evil.
1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
The above from 1John 2 are cultural words, it speaks to the overcomming of evil and the cultivation of the will of God found in his word:
and this is what I believe we as Christian Israelite men are missing in our families :
a Biblical Culture, a Lawful Culture, an Israelite Culture a CHRISTIAN CULTURE!
I do not believe the biblical culture to have been abandoned persay, but rather we have not Cultivated it.
See: there is an interesting thing about the usage of the word Culture,
Consider Noah websters 1828
1. The act of tilling and preparing the earth for crops; cultivation; the application of labor or other means of improvement.
4. Any labor or means employed for improvement, correction or growth.
Today the word culture is rightly used in identifing the way of a society as a culture we use it to depict what the 1980 websters new world dict. says :
the cultivation of the soil. 2. production, development, or improvment of a particular plant, animal or commodity. 3. a development, improvment or refinment of the mind, emmontions, interests and manners, tasts ect., the ideas, customs, skills arts of a given people in a given period of time, of a civilization.
and yet another definition which is applied, on in which was more latly discovered but is the function of all culture prior discribed and when it originates, that is:
The growth of bacteria or other micr-organisms in a specialy prepaired nourishing substance.
“American culture or Western culture”, A living breathing thing full it’s own being.
So I’d like to explain by an allagory the literal way in which the fruit of the vine in preserved:
A specific grape, some times from a specifice region, and some times wild grapes may be used to make up the grape juice which is called the culture medium, this medium has it’s own sugar content and mineral structure, the cultivator may or may not wish to add something more to this juice, Now importantly to this anollogy: the grape has it’s own yeast which naturally developes of its self solely due to it’s environment and flesh, this is wild yeast associated with wild micro-organisms that develope and breed on the flesh of the grape will ferment and culture naturally and it’s flavore will be unknown and undoubtedely, if left to it’s own devices vinegar will result and if further unchecked the vinegar will putrify due to the culture it has been medium to, it will not keep.
Thus, when a specific flavor and sweetness in this eventual wine is desired, the way of the culture must be directed by inocculation of the pressed juice, this is by heating, thus you KILL the yeast which is natural to it’s Flesh, that which picked up by it’s own nature and nurture; a specific culture is used to produce a special out come thus a yeast is chosen which contains the microorganisms to produce that flavor and fermentaion desired, before the packaging of yeast one would take prior years wine that had the desired flavor and add it to that grape juice which will then become a certain wine.
Of coarse, there are those as well who take these specific wines with the specific flavor and distil the Spirit, that is the essance out of the wine as to make hard drink or spirit as we call it conveinently, the more sugar the juice has by nature and nurture, the more alchohol can convert from it into wine, and the more alchohol in the wine the more pure spirit may be made from any certain amount.
Here is the point of the anollogical lesson I am hoping to make sense of: As part of Christ we share in the vine as a people and the next generation the fruit, with in us is a specific selection with in YHWH’s vinyard, a choice plant preserved by the grace of God, the vine has been segragated from all other vines to keep it, from that vine comes the fruit which has seed with in it’s self which produces after it’s own kind, the fruit of God’s choosing, it for what ever reason is the fruit of choice, the juice of choice, and by the propagation of YHWH’s own perfectly formulated culture found in His Law formulated and bred for His Chosen vineyard; this fruit eventuilly becomes the wine of choice and ultimantly the Spirit of Choice is harvested. Hard Spirits are interesting substances, they are self preserving, in other words they will keep in the closet or on the self indefinetly if sealed up, and even when exposed to the natural air they will only evaporate, they will never spoil. Wine on the other hand when it is intentionally or unintentionally allowed to be in contact with the air of this world another culture sets in, that is the vinegar culture of this there is a use, but it can never be made in to a spirit, and if it is left to be infultrated by the air of this world for long enough the once precious juice made wine made vinegar thickens, molds, putrifies and rots, having no use at all, it is good for nothing.
We as fathers, young men, sons, husbands Heads and potential heads of Israel and builders of the Kingdom Ekklasia, as branches of YHWH’s choice vine in Christ, the preservation of biblical culture is upon us, we are called to the culture, we as fathers and husbands and young men to be such, must inocculate that is kill the wicked culture of this world which encrouches so violently about our vinyard. And we as the leader of our own independant branch must supply the nurture needed to enfuse the next generation fruit with the ability to come to seed. This is our responcability, our duty, and our right, we are the husband-men called to keep the lords inheiratance, we heads, we men.
We must be the heads YHWH has called as those who will not break his word, doing according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. training our sons to emulate us and ordering our wives and daughters in the Godly culture as to resist the sin nature and depravaty of our dark and evil day.
Num 30:1 tells us of how when Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded.
Num 30:2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
and on ward to say that is a If a woman, in her father’s house in her youth; when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul;
Num 30:7 And her husband or father heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it: then her vows, bonds, or words shall stand.
Num 30:8 But if her husband or father disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make that which she uttered with her lips of none effect: and the LORD shall forgive her.
Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void. But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day; then he establisheth all … for he confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard them. But if he shall any ways make them void after that he hath heard them; then he shall bear her iniquity.
Num 30:16 These are the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the father and his daughter, being yet in her youth in her father’s house.
YHWH’s Law is the culture we are in need of propogating in our homes, our families, the excuse is not relavant any longer that we will follow YHWH this way or that way eventually, when we get to it, by the time of the getting to it the vinegar will have set in, or the pop-culture of the prince of the power of the air the Spirit which works in the Children of disobedience will set have it’s way in our Israelite homes.
What will it be Israel shall we stop with the nonsense of why YHWH’s Law is not perfect enough to convert the soul? will we stop with why His testimony is Not sure, enough making wise the simple? How His statutes are not right, enough to rejoicing the heart: His commandments not pure enough to enlightening the eyes. His Fear is Not clean enough, to enduring for ever: His judgments Not true enough and Not righteous altogether? Because every time we as Heads sit by silently as our families look like, act like, speak like, think like the unperfect the un-sure, the unright, the un-enlightened, unclean and the un-true and unrighteous wich comes from any other culture other than the biblical culture we have let the flesh and the air have it’s way just a bit more, alittle closer to vinegar every time we stay silent.
Isa 24:4-14 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
Isa 24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
Isa 24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned,
and few men left.
Isa 24:7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.
Isa 24:8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
Isa 24:9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
Isa 24:10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
Isa 24:11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
Isa 24:12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
Isa 24:13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
Isa 24:14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
this is the state we live in in our pressent day, and we as those who are mentioned in vrs 12-13 are to sing for the majesty of YHWH, for we are His wine and his strong drink, we are to be the cup of his fellowship in the blood of Christ the king.
And here we stand, in a daily contemplation of the way in which we are to take in our present evil day, and the admonition from the scriptures are to inocculate our selves daily, take up the culture of the Cross and follow Him. offering our bodies as living sacrifices, that is the culture medium, by which the Spirit is developed, to be harvested in distalation at the fullness of our time, and preserved through the salvation of our God.
So it is while the juice is kept back from some and the wine is preserved in sealed vessals, the Spirit will be distilled from others. The cultivation of this crop of YHWH’s grapes, his inheiritance is given to us Fathers, husbands and eventially to you young men.
Consider once again the 3rd defanition of Culture read prior:
A development, improvment or refinment of the mind, emmontions, interests and manners, tastes ect., the ideas, customs, skills arts of a given people in a given period of time, of a civilization.
What is this for our People?
So shall we stay silent and alow the lords inheiritance of which we are charged to become over come by the culture that so easily may beset us? or shall we truly reverence the Law of God in it’s entierty, not taking the easy road of ignorance, nor the road which causes some to call the Biblical culture of God done away with, but the way of truth with tells us plainly that all of YHWH’s words are pure words?
And these pure words are our Culture