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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Fundamentalist Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord's Day Morning, September 2, 2001

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil"

(Isaiah 5:20).

Dr. Bob Jones III recently said:

Warfare is being waged against Christians by neo-pagans. Evidence of it is everywhere, from the recent Supreme Court ruling which (calls for) the removal of the Ten Commandments (from) certain public buildings to the (unreasonable) attacks on Attorney General John Ashcroft… Now, horror of horrors, they have discovered that John Ashcroft is holding prayer and Bible study sessions in his office each morning, and Justice Department employees are welcome to attend. It is not prayer that his critics are opposed to; it is Christian prayer, prayer in the name of Jesus. Similar criticism was made when Christian ministers prayed in Christ's name at President Bush's inauguration. If prayer (had been) made to Buddha…or in the style of transcendental meditation, the critics would not care. Anti-Christian bias rages.

Recently students from a Christian school on a routine tour of the White House (stopped for a moment) to pray for the President. A security guard ordered them out. The President apologized to the school and acknowledged that he opened Cabinet meetings with prayer. That (statement) has brought (out the anger) of media liberals who (scream) that it is unconstitutional for him to do so. They prefer a fornicator in the White House.

Which teenagers serve America's interests better: those who pray or those who surf the Internet for pornography or get high on drugs or grow their carnal natures strong with a diet of rock music?

Our national values are convoluted (twisted backwards). The lines between good and evil are erased. Evil is called good, and good is called evil.

In a recent interview with Bill O'Reilly (news anchor on Fox News), newsman Dan Rather was asked if he thought Bill Clinton to be an honest man. He (said 'yes') Clinton is an honest man. O'Reilly…asked how a chronic liar could be considered honest. Rather answered, 'Honest men can tell lies.' (BJU Review, Fall 2001, p. 10).

That tells you quite a bit about Dan Rather! He thinks honest men can lie. Can you trust his reporting of the news? I say that Dan Rather and his liberal news cronies are twisted, evil men! Evil – just like Bill Clinton was evil!  They called it the "new morality."  Now they call it "postmodern morality."  But it's really just immorality - the same immorality that man has committed since the Garden of Eden. 

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil"

(Isaiah 5:20).

The word "woe" in our text is translated from a Hebrew word that means "Alas!" or "Oh!" It means "How awful!"

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil"

(Isaiah 5:20).

As Dr. Jones pointed out, we live in a twisted time – a time when real Christianity is put down and mocked – a time when filth and sin are portrayed as being "cool" and good. A lot of this comes from having sinful role models. Kids look up to sinful rock stars, evil sports figures, and sinful people like ex-president Bill Clinton. The Bible says:

"The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted" (Psalm 12:8).

Why should a young person today want to be different? Why not follow the crowd? Why not reject real Christianity and live a life of sin? The reason is this – there is a God in Heaven who sees and judges sin. GOD is the reason you should not call evil good and good evil!

I. First, because God sees sin.

The Bible says:

"The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed" (I Samuel 2:3).

God sees everything you do. He knows every action in your life. You can close the window shades – and think that no one knows what you are doing. But you're wrong! God can see everywhere! The Bible says:

"The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth" (II Chronicles 16:9).

You cannot fool God. You can fool me – sometimes. I'm just a man. You can fool your mother. You can make her think you are good – when you're really being bad. But remember, you cannot fool God – because He sees everything you do! The Bible says:

"The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good" (Proverbs 15:3).

Hagar said, "Thou God seest me" (Genesis 16:13). She even named a nearby well, "The well of him that liveth and seeth me" (Scofield center note A, Genesis 16:14).

Anything is permissible if there is no God to observe us. But the fact that God is watching us gives an objective reference – someone outside our own experience – to judge between good and evil. I repeat, God sees every sin that you commit.

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil"

(Isaiah 5:20).

Why is that so? Because God says so – that's why! God is the reason you should not call evil good and good evil.

II. Second, because God tells us what is evil.

There can't be any confusion on this. No one can say he didn't know the difference between good and evil. God Himself told us what evil is. God took His finger and wrote the Ten Commandments on two tables of stone (Exodus 31:18).

These words were written by the fiery finger of God Himself:

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (All other religions are a sin. Have you sinned by practicing another religion?)

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. (Have you sinned by praying to a plaster saint or another religious image?)

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. (Have you sinned by saying, "Oh, my God," or using the name of Jesus as a curse word?)

4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. (Have you committed the equivalent of this sin by missing church on Sunday?)

5. Honour thy father and thy mother. (Have you done that?)

6. Thou shalt not kill. (Have you had an abortion or paid for one?)

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Have you done that?)

8. Thou shalt not steal. (How about you?)

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness (Lying is a sin).

10. Thou shalt not covet (Seeking more than you need is greedy sin).

These are the Ten Commandments, given in Exodus 20:3-17.

You see, there isn't any guesswork. God wrote these commandments with His own fiery finger. The Ten Commandments have never changed. How many of them have you broken?

Breaking these commandments is sin. Why? Because God says so. God is the reason you should not call evil good and good evil.

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil"

(Isaiah 5:20).

III. Thirdly, because God records your sin every single time you
break one of those Commandments.

Not only does God see the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3), but He also records every sin. Each and every sin you commit is written down in God's record book in Heaven:

"And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works"

(Revelation 20:12).

At the Last Judgment, God will read your name, and then He will read each and every sin you have committed. Then you will know why the Bible says:

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil"

(Isaiah 5:20).

You will then know what the word "woe" means – because God will throw you into the flames of eternal punishment for your sins, which you committed during your lifetime.

"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone…" (Revelation 21:8).

Yes, there is a place called Hell. Yes, it is eternal. Yes, you deserve to go there.

No matter how good you start acting now, the sins that you already committed in the past will condemn you. The Bible says that you are "condemned already" (John 3:18). Since you are already condemned, it is too late for you to try to escape from Hell by being good. It's already too late for that!

You face an angry God – who has seen every one of your sins – an angry God who has recorded every one of your sins in His books – an angry God who will cast you into Hell for sinning. There is no way for you to escape from the judgment of God! There is nothing you can do to get rid of your sinful record.

That's where Christ comes into the picture. The Bible says:

"Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (I Corinthians 15:3-4).

You must turn away from your sins, and come to Christ, and then come into the local church. No one but Jesus Christ can atone for your sins.

None but Jesus, none but Jesus,
Can do helpless sinners good.

(“Come, Ye Sinners”
by Joseph Hart, 1712-1768).


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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil"

(Isaiah 5:20).


(Psalm 12:8)

I.   Because God sees sin, I Samuel 2:3; II Chronicles 16:9;
Proverbs 15:3; Genesis 16:13.

II.  Because God tells us what is evil, Exodus 31:18; Exodus 20:3-17.

III. Because God records your sin every time you break one of His
Commandments, Revelation 20:12; 21:8; John 3:18;
I Corinthians 15:3-4.