Voices in the Wilderness

Posted on 08/30/2015 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory! Hallelujah!
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Glory! Hallelujah!

Jesus, Prince of Peace
Glory! Hallelujah!
Jesus, Prince of Peace
Glory! Hallelujah!


Take me into the Holy of Holies
Take me in by the blood of the Lamb
Take me into the Holy of Holies
Take the coal, touch my lips, here I am

Take me past the outer courts
into the holy place
Past the brazen altar
Lord, I want to see your face
Pass me by the crowds of people
and the priests who sing your praise
I hunger and thirst for your rightousness
and it's only found one place


To him who sits on the throne
and unto the Lamb
To him who sits on the throne
and unto the Lamb

Be blessing and glory
and honor and power forever
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and honor and power forever

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Let's start today's message by reading from the book of Isaiah, chapter 40 and verse 3.

Isaiah 40:3 (TLS)

3 The voice of one who cries in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of the LORD! Make the path in the wasteland fitting for our God!"

This is a passage
that is referenced
in the New Testament
concerning John the Baptist.
He was the type of person
we would consider insane.
He wore what we would
consider rags, and lived
in the desert,
eating bugs
and bee vomit,
which we would call
wild honey.

Not the type of person
those in the religious
crowd of the day
would consider the one
who was sent to
prepare the world
for the
King of the Universe
to walk our humble shores.

He was not a Pharisee.

He was not a Sadusee.

In today's religious world,
He was not a good Christian.

But He was God's Voice,
performing the amazing task
of preparing the way
for the Savior of All Mankind
to walk the earth.

If God can speak
through the mouth
of a donkey,
He can speak
through the mouth
of a madman,
or more accurately,
of a person
who is called by
and surrendered to
Him and His Way.

Now let's come back
to today.

There are many Christians
who preach the
Christian traditions.

"Christian," by the way,
was an insult
in our early days.

It meant,
"little Christ."

As if that's
a bad thing.

But anyway...

Back then,
it was like
calling YOU
a New Ager,
a Heretic,
a Cult Member.

To be called
a "Christian"
was to be called
someone who
rejected what was
known to be true.

And today,
to be a Christian,
means that
what is known,
by the Christian leaders,
to be true.

Try telling someone
that Compassion
is more in line
with God's nature
than the shedding
of innocent blood.

Sounds crazy, right?

But if that
innocent blood
is of a living being
who is not a human,
then if you try
to protect their life,
you become a
son of the devil.

And I say this
from personal

But consider this:

In the same book
from which we read,
in chapter 11,
we read and know
the Nature of God,
His heart,
His perfect will,
His plan
for eternity:

Isaiah 11:6-9 (NASB)

6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion [a]and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
7 Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea.

But it's a major controversy.

Christians cannot promote
a vegan lifestyle.

Because Jesus........

.......ate meat.


once of which
we're certain.

The disciples
offered Him fish.

Or that's the
English translation
of the word.

It could also mean
a type of sea vegetable.

So I guess
we're not so certain.

But God commanded Peter
to eat bacon, right?

Peter never did
rise and kill
and eat.

But he was still
obedient to God.


God was not
telling Him to
eat meat.

God was telling Him
to preach the Gospel
to human beings
who were not Jews.

He did not eat the pig,

but He DID go with
the men who were
asking Him to preach
to the Gentiles.

And in that,
He obeyed God,
for THAT
was God's order:

to preach to
the "unclean" people,
not to eat
"unclean" animals.

Now let me be clear:

This is NOT a message
about not eating meat.

This IS a message
about the
Voice of God
coming through
supposedly suspicious

Here's an example.

Gary Yourofsky.

He is an
animal rights advocate.

He has been banned
from several countries
because he freed animals
who were going to be
brutally slaughtered
for no justifyable reason.

Such as minks.

Oh, but we have the RIGHT
to wear their fur.

After all,
when Adam and Eve
GOD Himself
gave them a fur coat.



So since Jesus
has defeated sin,
we should still
live as though
we are in it.


Sacrifice living creatures
so we can wear,
not cotton,
not nylon,
not some other synthetic,
but the flesh and fur
of an innocent creature.

That sounds like
the nature of God,

Kill the stupid things,
I don't provide
their every need,
I don't see them
when they breathe
their last breath.

They are just things.

Their feelings
don't matter.

Their pain
doesn't touch me.

I don't care.

Rip off their skins.

Ignore their suffering.

I do.

That's my nature.

I want you to
shed MORE
innocent blood,
just to protest
those who would
try to protect them.

Sounds like God,
doesn't it.

Or does that sound....

.... like the other guy.

Lock them in tiny cages.

Tear out their testicals
with no pain killer.

Throw the little male babies
into grinders,
because we only want
the female chickens
who can lay eggs for us
and then,
when they produce less,
end up on our dinner plates.

That's God, alright.

That's His nature, right?

Take the mother's milk,
designed for her babies,
and kill her baby boys
after locking them
in tiny boxes
and feeding them
a purposely-deficient
diet to turn them
into what we call
if they drank
their mother's milk,
we couldn't have
or yogurt,
or milk,
or icecream...

things which are
killing us.....

THAT is the nature
of God.


After all,
the shedding
of innocent blood.

Doesn't He?

when we,
because of our
our appetites,
innocent beings
by the masses,
after subjecting them
to short, horrific lives,

spilling their blood,
the blood that
originally symbolized
the depravity
of our sin,

the sin for which
Jesus shed
HIS own blood,

continuing to do that,
because we like it,
and because
we don't care
about their suffering,

the nature
of God.


If YOUR god
loves torment
and torture
and pain,

and the shedding
of innocent blood,

then I want nothing
to do with him.

He's a little too much
like the devil.

Do you feel
your mind's objections?

Well, consider this:

When we are protecting
an image of our self,
our judgment on the issue
is compromised.

Saying that such-and-such
is true,
would imply that
I am wrong,
or not as spiritual
or as close to God
as I think I am.

it cannot be true.



So there might be
voices in the wasteland
that are preparing
the way for the Lord.

Reminding us of
the Nature of God,

even through
Christian tradition
and religiosity,
which even the most
anti-religious denominations
have embraced,

sounds absolutely foolish.






And whatever else.

When Jesus returns,
we know this,
from Isaiah
chapter eleven,
verses six through nine:

Isaiah 11:6-9 (NASB)

6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion [a]and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
7 Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea.

The earth will be full
of the knowledge of the Lord,
as the waters cover
the sea.

Most Christians know this.

Most Christians love this.

And most Christians
despise and reject
and argue against this.

It means that,
when Jesus returns,
and His perfect will
is fully established,


Because the
knowledge of God,
the full awareness
of His nature,
or His heart,
will pervade
every cell
of our beings.

And will that
full enlightenment,
we will by no means
take the life of another.

Man, animal....
....makes no difference.

When you fully know
the nature of God,
you will no longer
eat meat or dairy.

That's what the
Bible says.

The part of the Bible
that Jesus said
cannot lie.

But we fight against that.

We fight against
the written Word
of God.

The part that
Jesus Himself

Because we think
Paul said such-and-such.

And we have ALWAYS
done thus-and-so.

And because
if I suggest
shedding innocent blood

because you want to have
bacon and eggs,
by the way,
are KILLING you,
destroying God's temple...

I am NOT judging you.


Challenging you to

the nature of God
that has been revealed
from the ancient of days.

Compassion versus
the shedding of
innocent blood.

Which is the nature
of God?

Christians don't preach this.

on the other hand,

I mentioned
Gary Yourofsky.

He doesn't claim
to be a Christian.

And Christians,
by and large,
would see him as
a left-wing fanatic.

As someone who
doesn't know,
and certainly
couldn't speak for,

And yet,
what is God's nature?

Treating the
innocent living beings
like things,
which we are free to
inflict pain upon,
and lock in tiny cages,
and steal their babies,
and slit their throats,
and shed their blood,
so we can have
things that kill us,
things we don't need,
things our bellies,
our gods of appetite,
insist we HAVE to have?

that nature of God?

If so,

will he be cast
into the Lake of Fire?!?

Not a popular message.

Not, at least,
among us
"good Christians."

If you reason it out
with your fallen
human mind,
you can explain
why God loves
all these things,
and why,

"It's not sin!"

"And if it's not SIN,
then there is NO reason
I shouldn't do it."

So if God does not
send you to hell
for doing something,
then who gives a damn
if it's His nature.

my dear friend,
is the Flesh,
the nature of satan.

Let's feed our flesh,
by shedding innocent blood,
by condeming those
who speak against
our blood lust,

and by quoting the Bible
to validate their own
self-seeking lusts,

we justify ourselves.

Jesus did it.

Just like Jesus
suffered and died.

Because God likes that.

He delighted in it,

So we should all
hang on a cross.

That is what
God likes best.

Let's wake up,
shall we?

If you don't
buy the babbel
your mind produces,

which is more
in the nature
of God?

To have compassion
upon innocent beings,
or to slit their throats
so you can devour
the flessh from
their corpose?

To pollute the air
and the water
and the vegetation
with needless pollution
so you can save the trouble
of recycling plastic and metal?

Does God love
or the shedding of
innocent blood?

Does God love
careful stewardship,
or the lazy attitude
that "it doesn't matter,"
God won't let
my careless waste
hurt anything?

my wife and I
need to take action.

Where we live,
everyone burns
their household trash.

It's just a given.

But much of that trash,
when burned,
is HIGHLY toxic.

It causes cancer.

It settles on the crops,
of which there are
MANY in this area,
and pollutes the
water supplies.

In fact,
from my research,
it appears to be
to indiscriminantly
burn trash
around here.

But all our neighbors,
even our close relatives,
think nothing of it.

And the toxic fumes
from many of the
materials in the
burning trash,
turn the entire
into Tokyo.

It would be easy,
and would garner
much less
condemnation from
local "Christians,"

if we ignored it.

If we pretended
there was nothing wrong
with the way
things have always
been done.

For God's nature,
after all,
is to embrace
rather than to
rock the boat.


because the "Christians"
will not speak,

because they have
in many areas,
the nature of satan,
and called it
the will of God,

God speaks through
those who,
at least "we" would presume,
do not know Him.

And yet,
they know His nature,
at least parts of it,
much, much better
than we.


So let's consider
another example
of the Voice of God
speaking through
a secular voice.

Elon Musk.

The creator of PayPal.

The inventor of Tesla.

if you don't know,
is an electric car company.

They are pushing hard,
with great success,
to normalize
the electric automobile.

So what, right?

After all,
we aren't
New York City.

Unless, of course,
YOU live there.

we aren't them.

We aren't Tokyo.

We don't have smog.

So if we aren't at
the extremes of
our pollution,

it doesn't exist.


Where Jen and I live,
almost everyone
burns their trash
in burn barrels.

Some household items,
especially plastics,
which are abundant
in residential trash,
are highly toxic
when burned.

They cause cancer.

They aggrivate asthma
and allergies.

They can cause
nervous disorders
and depression.

And they settle
in near-by crops
and water supplies.

But no one
seems to know,
or seems to care.

The nature of God,
after all,
is to pollute the air,
unless it gets REALLY bad,
in which case,
we'll just pretend
that God won't ALLOW it
to get any worse.

It will heal itself......
......maybe, sometime.....

so it's okay.

if you suggest
that we could
HURT anything
by polluting the environment.

That's just..............
anti-Scriptural, right?!?

So God's nature
is to shed innocent blood,
rather than to have
compassion and to
eat foods that bring
life and health instead.

And God's nature
is to pollute the air,
and the water,
and the earth,
and to support
terrorist nations,

rather than to
make a few
personal sacrifices,
to be kind to the air,
and the water,
and the earth.


Yes, that's God.

Our ideas about
don't really matter.

after all,
is a religion.

Our ideas about
the nature of God,
don't really matter

Our ideas,
after all,
are carnal and fleeting.

The mind cannot grasp
the nature of God.

But if you step back,
and ask from Spirit,
from the Heart,

which is God's nature?

Shedding of blood,
or compassion and life?

Spreading pollution,
or using His given intellect
to minimize ecological damage?

Here's another one:


I personally accept
that sometimes
we must pick up a sword
to protect the innocent.

But I stand against war.

After all,
if there were no war,
there would be...
...no war.

Violence is glorified
in the movies
and comic books
and video games.

It is not seen
as something grievious,
as something that
should be a last resort.

And one could
read the Bible
and argue that
God is not opposed
to war.

After all,
Jesus will come
with a sword
and will slice
the people
we don't like
into tiny little pieces.


But also remember
that it is not
God's will that
ANYONE should perish,
but that EVERYONE
should come to
know the Truth
that He Is.


So the loud-mouthed
vegan activists
who cry out
to end needless
suffering and bloodshed;

The crazy hippies
who push recycling,
the entrepreneurs
who produce things
such as electric cars,
and the whale-saving
environmentalists who
purchase them;

The left-wing hippies
who protest war
and cry out for peace;

They may or may not
confess the name of Christ.

They definitely do
have many things wrong,
as we ALL do.

But if they are promoting,
regardless of their
chosen method,
something that is
in line with
the nature of God,

then they just might be
voices in the wilderness,
crying out to,
in whatever area,
make that path
in the wasteland
fitting for the nature
of God.

The truth is this:

In the end,
everyone will
become enlightened.
And because of that
absolute enlightenment,
everyone will do
the right thing.

From the lion,
to the bear,
to the snake,
to mankind
of any previous
conviction or
point of view.

Because the
knowledge of God,
the inner awareness
of His Nature,
will cover the earth
just as the waters
cover the sea.

In closing,
let's consider
how we might
approach these things.

I've been accused,
too many times
to count,
of condemning
or judging others,
especially when
I share Facebook posts
urging people to
honestly look at
the source of
what's on their plate,
and to
choose compassion
over convenience
and addiction.

1st John 4:18
says that fear
involves punishment;
or you could say,
fear holds judgment.

If you are living
with a background
of fear,
you see judgment
and condemnation
in places
they do not exist.

Things might be
categorized by
the mind as
sin and not sin;

sending you to hell
or to heaven;

making God happy
or full of wrath;

But we have been
called out of darkness
and into marvelous light.

There is no condemnation
to those who are in Christ.

The fear-shadowed mind
might see that as saying
it's alright to do
any immoral thing
you feel the compulsion
or strong desire to do.

But if you step out
of the kingdom of
the mind,
and out of fear,
then you can live
this moment
in perfect peace,

knowing that,
what you do right now,
you do because
you are flowing
with the living waters
that right now become
the River of God.

His Nature is

His Nature is
Good Stewardship.

His Nature is
Kindness and Peace.

And His Nature is