Closing Our Old Book, Opening Another

By Ben Norrod
As the year 2014 closed out we think back upon 2013. Our hearts remember the best of life and the worst experiences. The subject of the new year always brings about the topic of 'New Year's Resolutions'. Of course, when Bible readers think of turning 'turning a new leaf' one character comes to mind: The Rich Young Ruler.
 
"And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth." (KJV, Mark Chapter 10,  Verse 20)
 
Just like this 'Young Ruler' humanity circles the globe looking for a moral alternative to the inherent badness that lay within the human heart. I just wonder sometimes if we were standing before Jesus what would he say about our life. Would he attribute moral visage? Or would he say 'one thing' we still lack.
 
We find Brother Branham had some thoughts to contribute about today's approach upon morality: "It's a very beautiful picture of a moralist, as we would think today of a man that's a–a… tries to think he's going to Heaven just because that he quit gambling, or maybe he quit running with the woman that wasn't his wife, or stopped his drinking, on New Year's Day, and turned over a new leaf and joined church. See? You see, he doesn't, he really isn't converted. He's just a moralist. And the–the devil using moralists just to–to go out and–and make a foolish representation, when, really, the real power of the living Christ isn't there. See, they–they…" (Branham, W., Investments, Chicago, Illinois, August 3, 1963, para 60).
 
Not long ago, an organization (which shall not be named) committed to American Atheism introduced during the Christmas Holiday a slogan representing good moral character. Though I certainly disagree with atheism, I asked myself this question, "How is modern day Protestantism any different in the theory of morality than the beliefs of the atheist. The new year does not mean for the Christian (or potential Christian) increase your personal morality. As a matter of fact, Catholicism and Protestantism both tout the belief of a present morality within the human. This is not only gross error, but completely un-Scriptural. Let us look to God's Writ for the true answer on our inner morality.
 
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (KJV, Isaiah Chapter 64, Verse 6)
 
"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." (KJV, Psalm Chapter 51, Verse 5)
 
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (KJV, Romans, Chapter 3, Verse 23)
 
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" (KJV, Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 12)
 
From these Scriptures we can see our ability to change is impossible because immorality lay within us all. Only the New Birth will change this part of us that is inherently sinful. However, the good news is we can close out the old book and begin a new one, but only committing ourselves to Christ in Spiritual consecration to His Will and His Word will bring about the closing of our old book and the opening of a new chapter. 
 
BenSamanthawebBro Ben has been a minister for the past twenty years. Bro Ben is married to Samantha and together they have two girls. The Norrod’s music website and newsletter is an extension of the ministry given to Bro Ben by our Lord Jesus. You can visit them at thenorrodsmusic.com

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