. . . . . the IRS and the Supreme Court do not know God. They want to usurp his place as Father. From all appearances this liberalism--which is not liberalism at all, but reactionary totalitarianism--will increase.
1 John 3:1
3:1 See what love the Father has given us in order that we may be called children of God. And we are. Therefore the world does not know us because it did not know him.
The text: Why the Textus Receptus omitted the two words "and we are" is a mystery. The manuscript evidence is very strong; several ancient versions, and some early church fathers as well, have it.
The love of God for his elect is variously described in the New Testament. Here the purpose, or a purpose, of God in loving us is that we may be his children. And so we are, for God's purposes never fail and Christ shall see the results of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied that he accomplished his purpose. [Isaiah 53:11].
This entails what to some may appear as a disadvantage, namely, the world does not recognize us, does not know us, approve of us. Of course, in one sense the world knows us very well. At this writing the Internal Revenue Service has instituted rules to harass and very likely to suppress Christian elementary and high schools. Christian colleges have for some years suffered harassment. The courts incline to regard children as wards of the state and to deny parents their rightful authority in the upbringing of their offspring. Liberals who loudly assert that the Constitution erects a great wall of separation between church and state when Christians protest against abortion and homosexuality, never see a low fence when it comes to the State's curtailing of the practice of religion. As one half drunk communist said to me as he was returning from Russia, "you can pray all you want." Yes, but you can't put your religion into practice.
What is the reason for this? John states it clearly: the IRS and the Supreme Court do not know God. They want to usurp his place as Father. From all appearances this liberalism--which is not liberalism at all, but reactionary totalitarianism--will increase. Hatred of Christ seemingly will wax worse and worse. We pray that totalitarianism, terrorism, socialism, and all the antichrists may be overthrown; but we have no indication that God will do so in the near future. Even the churches, the large liberal churches, contribute huge sums of money to support guerrilla warfare.
Dr. Gordon H. Clark. First John. 1980. Second Edition. (Jefferson: Trinity Foundation, 1992). P. 90.
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:13-17 KJV)