Like Begets Like
by Dr. Ken Matto
(Job 4:8 KJV) Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
In the above verse we see a major biblical principle enunciated in that basically, you will reap what you sow.

(Gal 6:7-8 KJV) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. {8} For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Sin begets sin and righteousness begets righteousness. The biblical norm is that “like begets like.” Today is August 6 and many will remember it is the day in 1945 that the USA dropped the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Many have condemned the United States for making that move but they will never recollect that it saved probably one million lives and shortened the duration of the war. What the opponents fail to realize is that we were at war, in fact almost the whole world was at war. They also fail to realize that it was Japan that attacked us on December 7, 1941 and how many fail to remember that after the fall of Bataan, many American and Allied soldiers were brutally murdered via cruelty of the Japanese in the Bataan Death March. Soldiers were made to walk about 100 miles in 100 degree sweltering heat without food or water. If any of the prisoners fell from the heat, they were beaten with rifle butts or killed. The Japanese soldiers at that time in history were very cruel to their prisoners of war.

These cruel treatments of the prisoners of war may have escaped the eye of the media but they did not escape the watchful eye of God. I am sure there were many Christians who suffered under these cruel taskmasters but God promised in Genesis 12 a promise which nations still do not heed.

(Gen 12:1-3 KJV) Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: {2} And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: {3} And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

God made this declaration early in the life of Abraham that those who bless his descendants will be blessed and those who curse them will be cursed. Of course, the descendants are the true born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. When these captors were tormenting their prisoners, at the moment it looked like there would be no retribution. Bataan fell on April 9, 1942, then 9 days later God had already began the downfall of the idol worshipping Japanese empire when on April 18, the Doolittle raid took place and then in less than two months the battle of Midway from June 4-6, 1942 saw the sinking of the four carriers which brought the planes to Pearl Harbor only seven months earlier. I mentioned idol worshipping Japanese Empire because the Emperor was worshipped as a god on earth. In the Pacific, it was basically a war of god vs. God.

In the end, God finally opened up the secret of the universe, namely the atom, and with it came the most destructive bomb ever built at that time. Moses saw a similar situation when Pharaoh, who was also worshipped as a god, dared to oppose the God of the universe. Emperor Hirohito like Pharaoh Thutmoses III faced the wrath of God with massive loss of life. Thutmoses lost the first born of Egypt and his complete army in the Red Sea, after that the power of Egypt was broken and she began to become a weakened nation. Hirohito also saw the massive loss of life through the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, so Japan capitulated. It was after that, General MacArthur told the American churches to get their missionaries over to Japan. The Japanese were very religious and superstitious and would have learned much about the Christian Faith from missionaries. They would have learned about the God who defeated their little god. In heeding the Generals advice, the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses flooded Japan with their missionaries while the church held meetings, which resulted in Japan being less than 1% Christian.

So we basically see that no nation on Earth is big or powerful enough to challenge God and win. While on the surface it seems that it was just a war for control of the earth, but behind every physical war there is always a spiritual war going on. When some world leader exalts himself as king, they are in essence challenging God as King.
(Isa 42:8 KJV) I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. God, in His timing, always deals with those who exalt themselves. Now we can learn an excellent lesson from these “would be kings.” We too must never try to exalt ourselves as some kind of spiritual giants in the faith. If we attempt to sow to self-exaltation, then we ourselves are no better than those who try to rule the world. Sin is sin, whether it is on a personal level or a national level. As we look at the fate of these two nations, we see that God dealt with them in due time. It may take years for God to deal with an individual or a nation, but never forget that He will. The nation of Israel was in Egypt for 430 years and the major part of that time was spent in slavery. God could have freed them in one year, but He waited until Pharaoh thought that he could not be touched, and when Pharaoh worship was well entrenched in the people, then God showed who the real God was.

We too must never think that we can get away with sin, because the law of sowing and reaping contains a time element in between the two. A farmer plants a crop and doesn’t reap that crop until a few months later. So we must never think that God is allowing us to get away with anything. Unbelievers will have a great surprise on Judgment Day, for they believe and live like there is no God, and this is still the day where they can believe what they want, but those beliefs will end on Judgment Day when they come face to face with the God of this universe. Each one will give an account to God for their sins plus their treatment of His redeemed people. Those people who work in organizations such as the ACLU, ADL, or the Gay and Lesbian Task Force or any other organization who oppose Christianity and are dedicated to its destruction will give an account to God for their actions. Genesis 12 applies to anyone who opposes Christianity that they will be cursed for doing so, whether it be an individual or a nation. God has protected the United States with His mighty hand for so many years because we are still the hub of international missions and Gospel sending. However, the corruption of Christianity has become a widespread crisis in this country and Christians themselves are partaking in their own destruction by compromising with evil and refusing to remain vigilant in the truth.

Christianity has begun to reap what is has been sowing since the 1960’s and that is massive spiritual corruption. The true Word of God has been removed from the churches and Gnostic, Christ attacking books have replaced them under the false guise of modern versions. Roman Catholicism is now being embraced by many Christians. False signs and wonders such as tongues are overtaking the majority of churches. Sodomites being placed in pastoral positions. True believers deemed as troublemakers in the churches are being thrown out, while the unbelievers are given status in the church. As Christians continue to embrace compromise, spiritual declension will continue at a rapid rate. We will reap what we sow. If we plow iniquity and sow wickedness, we will reap the same, and we are already experiencing it at an exponential rate. We live in the age of confusion simply because we have not adopted biblical absolutes in our lives. Biblical absolutes are unchangeable truths from Scripture. Absolutes cannot be combined with any bit of compromise. Either we adapt absolutes or live in compromise. You will reap what you sew!   (8/6/04)