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Letter From William Bradford - September 22, 2023

Letter From William Bradford

September 22, 2023

A World Without Accusing

Society has ramped up the accusatory tone in local, national, and world politics.  Here is an example of a recent headline from The Economist magazine, "A devastating accusation by Justin Trudeau against India." Similarly, outside of politics, we also see the use of accusations being hurled against opponents to minimize their influence and to leave doubts about people's character.

Is there an originator of the accusatory mindset? Let's look at the origins of the accusatory spirit that permeates the society we live in today.  Way back in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, the serpent put forward to Eve a very subtle statement that includes a very early example of the spirit of accusation.

Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."  (Gen 3:4-5, NKJV)

The serpent presented a lie that was also packaged with a subtle accusation. It introduced a question in Eve's mind about God's nature and made her doubt God's love toward them.   As you recall, God instructed Adam and Eve that they could eat the fruit of every tree except for one.  After the serpent's words, Eve had an idea that started taking root in her mind, that God was withholding something good from her. 

Eve's willingness to entertain this accusation has had long-lasting consequences, and generations of Adam and Eve's descendants continue to doubt God's goodness.

We see Satan maintains his accusatory schemes as a tactic when he has but a short time at the end of the age.

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. (Revelation 12:10, NKJV)

The book of Revelation captures Satan's consistently accusatory nature directed towards those following God's way.    As Paul said we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11), one of which is consistent accusatory behavior.

As we observe the Day of Atonement on Monday, we should take time to consider the time of the millennium without the originator of the accusation present, without the prince of the power of the air broadcasting an accusatory message for the minds of men and women to tune in to hear. It will be a time when there will be no outside interference to have a society that has thoughts oriented to whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, of good report, of virtue and being praiseworthy (Phil 4:8, NKJV).   

Imagine all society following God's laws with a Philippians 4:8 mindset. The positive results would be revolutionary, with humanity cooperating and being productive in ways not many have ever imagined as being possible.

We currently see a world built on that first accusation and understand how devastating it has been for most to live in peace, widespread prosperity, and cooperation among all peoples.   The Feast is a contrast for eight days to what society is experiencing under the sway of wicket one (1 John 5:19). 

Have a meaningful Day of Atonement and a fully overflowing spiritual Feast of Tabernacles.     Continue to pray and remember those who cannot attend the feast due to age or health.  Please pray for God's protection in our travels, pray for God's presence and inspiration on the giving and hearing of the messages, fellowship, and rejoicing before the Lord.