Love Is to a Standard
The following can only be proclaimed. It cannot be defended by argument. If it cannot be seen and embraced on encounter and hearing, one can only wait until it can be. Few are the ears that can hear it. Yet it must be proclaimed all the same. Perhaps some may be saved by it. Others may choose to leave….
Love is to a standard. Love is always to a standard. There is no such thing as open ended love. There is no such thing as love for its own sake.
Love does not exist as a self-standing all encompassing divine attribute having no boundaries or definition in Truth. In this sense above all senses of its meaning, there is no such thing as “unconditional” love. Where there is no standard, there is no divine love.
Love alleged as to be without a standard in truth and holiness is no love at all—certainly not the love of God. Love without a standard is the love of man. The love of man is not the love of God. Divine love for man is not the love of man.
Man is not the center of God’s universe. Man is not the ultimate objective of the heart of God. God is His own center and standard, and it is in bringing man into conformity to that standard of Divine Centrality that God’s love for man is expressed—and only so.
Today, the love of man has become repackaged as the “love of God.” Humanism has become disguised as the “love of God.” And any offense to the love of man is sure to be taken as a violation of the love of God.
And how clever. For who can argue with a love of man so thoroughly redefined as the love of God, and a love of God now made indistinguishable from the fleshly love of man?
Until man reckons with the standard of perfection toward which divine love beckons him and to which it leads him to be reconciled by the cross, the only “divine” love man can know is a redefined reflection of the love of man back to himself—a “nice love” that never offends, that never displays anger in the cause of righteousness, that never burns with the zeal for a holiness that esteems God more highly than man—than family, than church, than country, than self.
Divine love is today buried under the ground of rank humanism in the world. Drunk on humanism’s love of man, the harlot church has all but banished forgiveness and mercy and reconciliation and restoration conditioned on repentance. Relational justice is nowhere to be found. Church discipline is a forgotten relic of history.
No divine passion for man is valid that is not first grounded in passion for divine holiness. Any such unconditional passion is the mere passion of flesh masked as the Spirit of God. God is not ruled by His passion for what He has made.
Our God is a consuming fire. And his fire consumes all to their destruction who will not be conformed to the expectations and requirements of divine love mandatory for existence in the divine Presence. There is no such thing as unconditional compassion. “Go, and sin no more.”
An unconditional love is a love without discipline. In the words of Hebrews, it is a “bastardized” love. Is that the love by which you wish to be known, you passionist?
Theistic Humanism is the ruling philosophy of the church of this age. It is the “Let’s all get along—I’m OK, You’re OK” gospel. “No more walls” is the cry of the worship minions. No more “expectations.”
But there are barriers to God and to His Presence and to His genuine intimacy. There is a flaming sword that stands guard against entrance into this garden. “No Fig Leaf Coverings Allowed,” says the sign. None with spotted garments may enter. And if love for man is at the center of your universe, then your garments are thoroughly spotted. Whatever you may have entered, you have not entered the genuine garden of Holy divine love.
Divine love never obfuscates divine accountability. Accountability to the divine is at the heart of divine love. It is called the “fear of the Lord.”—the beginning of wisdom and of the knowledge of the Holy….
“Holy, holy, holy” is the defining cry of the Lord God Almighty. Holiness, not to itself, is the standard toward which the love of God brings us. And all intimacy within the passion of God is predicated on it. None without this garment enters into the bridal suite.
How many chambers of Jezebel today are redefined and labeled as the bridal suite of Christ? How many who plead “God accepts me just as I am (without one plea)” believe they have come into that very suite? And how many are the worshippers and intercessors and prophets whose summum bonum of ministry is to proclaim God’s “unconditional love for man”?
Have we at last uncovered the true end time delusion upon mankind and the church itself—even the belief that the love of man is the love of God—because we first refused the love of the truth on which all divine love for man is grounded?
The Lord is slow to anger, but angry He is with the wicked. The love of God is an angry love. (Doth this offend you?) It is at last a fire true to its consuming nature... a love that after much patience destroys Canaanites, spears through idolaters, overturns tables of moneychangers, inveighs against Pharisees, predicts judgments to come, calls down fire on cities, rejoices over the destruction of Babylon’s harlots and at the last casts both serpent and men into the lake of fire.
These things love does to all who finally refuse its gracious, patient self-sacrificing invitations to the divine standard by which it always and ultimately lives. Love is never to its own standard. It is never a standard unto itself.
Do you think you really know and possess the love of God? Do you love God enough to at last execute His vengeance on His enemies, which honor have all His saints?
Love is to a standard. It is always to a standard. It is to the standard of holiness and righteousness toward which it seeks to bring and reconcile men. This love is ultimately loyal to its standard—one that detests false pity, mercy and forgiveness. God’s love for man is unto His love for righteousness and justice. Where there is no righteousness, no justice—there is no divine love. There is only humanism.
Can we embrace the severity of this love, which paid so dearly for a reason? Or shall we slumber on in our deceived humanism called “love,” until we are justly destroyed by the true love we steadfastly refused and from which we excused ourselves with lifelong fig leaves, thinking these were enough with which to enter the wedding hall?
The Wisdom behind divine love still cries out in the streets. Her tone amazingly yet allows a window of conditioned mercy. Will we listen and heed, or will we continue to play the fool before Her heavenly call… until love at last irrevocably changes Her tune in our ears?
New Meadow Neck, Rhode Island
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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