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Thursday, September 1, 2022


THE RISE OF WESTERN LAWLESSNESS:

Second Edition

By Chris Winters Steinle

FOREWORD BY

Douglas W. Krieger


The Rise of Western Lawlessness: Second Edition is an expansion of Volume 1 and includes a foreword by Douglas W. Krieger (see below). Many images have been added to better illustrate the philosophies of man and the spiritual systems of wickedness that have exalted themselves against the knowledge of Christ.

Steinle takes the reader on a journey through 3,000 years of western history exposing the deceptive spirits of humanism and deism rooted in ancient philosophy- the same ungodly influences that were reintroduced to western thought during the Renaissance and the so-called Age of Enlightenment. Along the way, discover why the modern hodgepodge of spiritism, metaphysics, and evolutionary theories are not only false, but inconsistent and self-defeating. Includes more than 150 supporting references and 26 illustrations. Excerpts: [Today's freedom represents neither the Old Testament concept of freedom from ungodly peoples, nor the New Testament freedom from the enemies of sin, death, and eternal separation from God. The new face of freedom is the liberty of self-expression - a personal freedom that perceives as its adversary every form of restriction... freedom to experiment, freedom to sin, freedom from conscience, and freedom from God.

Meanwhile, the remnant who still cling to Judeo-Christian ethics look on in dismay as the citizens of the Western nations surrender all of their other rights for the right to sin. Lawlessness is next to godlessness...The Western Church has diminished the perceived authority of God by embracing the philosophical god of goodness. An ideal god that is too good to judge. A universal goodness devoid of power to do anything.

Today's nominal Christians are disowning the Lord God and following after this theoretical god; an inanimate god who sees nothing, hears nothing, and knows nothing. The philosophical god is as unlike the living God as the idols of ancient times. "But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them." - Psalm 115:4-8 NIV.

And those who make this theoretical god will be like it! That is, the worshipers of the abstract god will be without discernment, without knowledge, and without judgment. Likewise, those who imitate this god believe that it is wrong to distinguish differences, that it is wrong to claim truth, and wrong to judge anyone. But the True God is the living God; the Father God; the Lord God who is the judge of heaven and earth - the judge of the living and the dead. Thus, this freedom called lawlessness has one great and dreaded enemy - the existence of the one true God.]- end excerpts.

 

FOREWORD

By

Doug Krieger

Tracing the “mystery of lawlessness” throughout its initial rebellion in eternity past – throughout its outbursts in antiquity unto its convulsions in the latter days is a cosmic crime scene investigation culminating in the final exposure of the LAWLESS ONE himself, along with all the “earthlings” who have yielded their members as instruments of unrighteousness . . . they, having fully ingested the poisonous pill, wherein deception is epidemic among them, shall perish because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Indeed, “for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (Excerpts from 2 Thess. 2:9-12). 

Chris W. Steinle’s updated volume, The Rise of Western Lawlessness, has compiled a dossier of criminal activity, now greatly expanding his original investigation—it’s as if the “categorizer of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10) appealed his case before the Judge of All the Earth, refusing to have his head crushed beneath the feet of them who persist with divine audacity in the proclamation of the Gospel of Peace.  Alas!  Steinle’s courtroom drama simply hammers the final nail in his sarcophagus.  The fabricator’s final appeal falls flat as the Judge throws out his contentious protestations with Steinle’s new and insurmountable evidence . . . the stolid conviction will abide . . . now awaiting “whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming” (2 Thess. 2:8).

You see, Chris W. Steinle, as many of us, follows in the train of his Forerunner—Firstborn among many brethren—He  Who was made a little lower than the angels . . . is now displaying His human captives to principalities and powers who gather before His throne, under His scepter.  They reflect the One of Whom it is forever declared: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom . . . You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions” (Heb. 1:8-9).

There are no “shades of grey” in between loving righteousness and hating lawlessness—we’re either celebrating under His anointing with the “oil of gladness” or perishing “like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed”—changed, alright, only to manifest as “Your enemies Your footstool.”  The choice . . . ah, yes, in Steinle’s world there are no hung juries or mistrials—none!  “Wavering between two opinions?”  You’re not going to have that option here. 

In Josh McDowell’s classic, Evidence Demands a Verdict, he presents overwhelming proof that the myriad of ancient manuscripts laid bare to us all from both Testaments assures the faithful before the whole world the record stands firm with abundant evidence: what is read today was read in the originals—you must render a verdict!

The more you delve into The Rise of Western Lawlessness, the more you shall conclude that “the whole world lies in the hand of the Evil One” . . . because “we know we are of God” (1 John 5:19).   Listen up:  You cannot know just how evil are the “kingdoms of this world” and what is at the core, the source, of their unrighteousness unless and until you demarcate by the standard of His righteousness, Who is Christ Himself in Whom we have been “rescued . . . from the kingdom of darkness and transferred . . . into the Kingdom of His Dear Son” (Col. 1:13).  

It is from this pristine vantage that Occidental subterfuge shall, via the Willful King in the latter days, “. . . exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done . . . [even so] . . . but news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many . . . yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him” (Excerpts from Daniel 11). 

Yes, what has been determined shall be done . . . till the wrath has been accomplished!  Know this, “. . . rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them!  Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea!  For the devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth he hath but a short time” (Rev. 12:12-KJV). 

We know as well!  It’s just that getting from here to there that’s, on the one hand, altogether assuring, but, on the other hand, leaves little or no wiggle room for the present condition of the Laodicean Congregation . . . which brings me to my concluding remarks in this brevity:

Make no doubt about it, Steinle does not leave us any room to “man the bilge pumps” to save the sinking ship, as D. L. Moody once said:  “The Church’s task is to get the passengers safely off the sinking ship and into the lifeboats”—this is a full-blown rescue operation!  Case in point:  If you sought for a positive confession from our Lord’s Olivet Discourse prior to His crucifixion in His disclosure to His fledgling Ekklesia regarding how things playout in the final wrap up known as the “end of the age,” you know, something akin to “it’ll only get better from here on out”—let me disabuse you of such folly!

A casual read of Matthew 23-24 concerning the stereoscopic view of world history by Jesus commences with the total destruction of Jerusalem’s Herodian Temple (Matt. 23:37-39)—following hard on its heels are repeated warnings of deception, false Messiahs, deceived multitudes, wars and rumors of wars (whatever they are)—but the end is not yet!  Then, ethos will rise against ethnos (“nation will rise against nation”—racial wars) and kingdom against kingdom (ideological wars), famines, pestilences, earthquakes in various places—these are the beginning of sorrows (birth pangs) . . . you will be delivered to tribulation, they will kill you, you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake, many will be offended, will betray one another, will hate one another, many false prophets will rise up and deceive many, lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold . . . the abomination of desolation (will take place as per Daniel, the prophet), best to flee, then there will be great tribulation, more false Christs showing great signs and wonders to deceive even the elect . . . the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from heaven, the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (excerpts from Matthew 24)—if you can see anything positive going on here, then as Rudyard Kipling once said to Gunga Din:  “You’re a better man than I am.”

The point of the Olivet Discourse was that in the midst of this abounding lawlessness was the sole affirmation:  “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations . . . and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).  Without this shining testimony in the midst of these calamities, there’s nothing of which to lay hold—the ship IS sinking—get off and into the Good News of the Kingdom!

All this to say that a timeline examination avails no plan in the mind of Jesus whereby soci0-political reformation prior to His Coming again in glory is predicted—such “end-time predictions” are heralded by many a well-meaning postmillennialist—the sincere “kingdom-minded” lot.  Instead, the Olivet Discourse displays a world gone mad, ever descending into chaos, sin, rebellion, arriving at the manifestation of the Abomination of Desolation and final Antichrist along with the time of Great Tribulation.  That ought to cause every true believer severe reservation to recast social, political, educational, and economic institutions into a “kingdom mold” – indeed, Christ’s timeline abandons such Reformational outcomes until the time of His Second Coming

As the late author Douglas R. Shearer has said of this Titanic altercation:  

“She isn’t just heading toward the rocks; she has already hit the rocks!  She is already foundering!  In short, the church’s task is not to save the ship, but to get her passengers safely off the ship and into the lifeboat; and that lifeboat is, of course, Jesus Christ!” (Sourced:  Herald’s of the Tribulation, Doug Shearer, 2019). 
 

Notwithstanding all the hype of “making the world safe for democracy”—we now sit on the precipice of socialism’s rise toward global dominance with “race theory” being waged as the cause celeb for its triumph.  Humanity is more bent on identity politics than ever before—ethnos vs. ethnos . . . capitalism vs. communism-socialism . . . the climax of the age draws near. 

Brethren—I speak to the Household of Faith (and so does Chris Winters Steinle)—why labor we for a promised utopia under the guise of “salt and light” when Matthew 24’s revealed timeline discloses what Matthew 6 obscures?  Consequently:

  1. Our wasted time and resources are needlessly spent improving the utterly impoverished!
  2. Why compromise our gospel playing “footsie” with the governments of this world to curry their favor?
  3. Haven’t we had enough hopes dashed from our more recent “prophetic postulations”  gendering cynical expressions from scores of believers, along with abundant scoffers from the kingdom of darkness?

We have tragically focused on “national and societal reformation” and not upon individual transformation—Christian leadership has once again sought revival in all the wrong places; especially, in their vain attempts to forestall the inevitable timeline forecasted by our Savior in Matthew 24 . . . indeed, it’s not that they cannot see its/His predictability—it is more like they/we refuse to admit to its inevitability!

The message of “THIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM shall be preached in all the world for a testimony . . . then the end will come” demands we preach just that and nothing more.  I once told John Haller of “Prophetic Updates” (video channel) that the name of our next confab should not celebrate our takeover of “Seven Mountains” but should read something like this:  THIS SUCKER’S COMIN’ DOWN!

Trust me, “the days of Noah” are upon us.  It’s not that Noah’s doomed generation did not know of the day nor of the hour—they had plenty of “visual evidence” to the contrary for their indifference.  That’s just it.  It’s not that they did not know—they knew but “had pleasure in sin’s season” until the door was shut!  “But if the master of the house would have known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into”! (Ref. Matt. 24:43).

If you think for one New York minute that Chris W. Steinle finds anything redeemable in Babylon’s confusion in the course of his amazing research into the “spirit of Western Lawlessness” and its pythonic stranglehold now squeezing the world—forget about it . . . coming out of foggy bottom’s blur into the brilliant sunlight of His Coming again in Glory will set you and all of us free to preach the real message of His Kingdom to come. “Getting on the lifeboats and fulfilling His Great Commission” is in a league all its own.  The best “salt and light” and “city on a hill that cannot be hid” anecdote for today’s catastrophic pandemic of Western Lawlessness is to be vaccinated by the Holy Spirit to withstand the “current of this age” by “preaching this Gospel of the Kingdom in all the world”—then the end will come and so will His Coming again in Glory!

Lastly, if this text does its work—as I am more than confident it shall—then your Weltanschauung (your world view) will radically change.  No, this isn’t just another view on something concocted by a sincere but “also ran” brother in the Lord—it’s the Gospel Truth and demands we do something about it . . . not only in our own lives and relationships but before the court of world opinion.  That’s when it should get really dicey.  Here’s a rash “Foreword Suggestion” – STOP, read no further, if you are content with the course of action you are now taking; however, read on, thoroughly read on, if you are NOT content with the status quo. 

As they say:  PREPARE FOR IMPACT!  The world around you is about to crash, burn and finally sink . . . but there will be would-be survivors.  Your job, my job, is to get them into the lifeboat of Christ Himself—let’s prepare; check out Chris W. Steinle’s “crash site” and scramble to get those out there into His Lifeboat!

Doug Krieger


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