Does this sign look like your spiritual road map. Mine does. And to no fault of my own. Study to show thy self approved. This is the trusted statement in the bible. Why? Because he reminds us in Hosea 4:6 his people perish from lack of knowledge. Two things that stand out in that verse is the words “his(or my) people”, and “perish”. This shows me that God even with all his power, love for us, and wisdom won’t prevent his own people from perishing if its from a lack of knowledge that they are suffering and headed for demise. This is hard for a lot of people to handle but its true . Its your responsibility to work out your own salvation race as Paul hits to. You are going to have live day to day , test to test , failure and success, slip ups and forgiveness to get to the end. And IF you make it to the end or should I say continue to the end .. Mat 16:24, 24:13, …key word IF, not a guaranteed conclusion like most won’t you to believe. If you don’t believe me ask the six of the seven churches in revelation how far just accepting Christ as your savior and being pronounced his children and church got them when they still allowed false worship and other sins to keep going on in their life.
Example of one of them :
‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. (Revelation 2:19-23 NASB).
The adultery word used in that verse means to sleep with other gods or in common terms to take part in false worship of them. Notice the most important fact is that this church was God’s church. Believers of faith, love, perseverance, and did all the good and accepted deeds for God, and also even put the last first. But God still warns them of the dangers of them being destroyed by him because they either knew or unknowingly took part in false worship. Such false worship you can find in churches today( unless you are a Jehovah witness and this is where I commend them). That’s right, in the church today. When you see a image of Christ but yet you don’t know what he looked like. You have created a false image or god. When the church brings items like a Christmas tree into God’s house when clearly they bible warns you to not to bring them in your own homes yet alone his(Jer.10-2-4) . When the church takes part of Easter egg hunts and just the Easter bunny itself. Everything about that even the very name “Easter” is surrounded with pagan gods.
STOP ….IT’S SIMPLE… ASK YOURSELF THIS. IF YOU WERE CHRIST WHO WAS BEATEN TO THE POINT THAT NERVE ENDINGS AND YOUR OWN SPINE WERE EXPOSED BECAUSE ALL THE FLESH AND MUSCLE WAS TORN FROM IT AND THEY AFTER THIS THEY PLACE YOUR EXPOSED NERVES AND BONE WITH TORN FLESH ON A STACK POST AND NAILED YOU TO IT DO YOU THINK IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH A BUNNY OR EGGS OR ANYTHING ELSE BUT HIM HAVING TO REDEEM US. DO YOU THINK IT WAS CUTE TO GO THROUGH WHAT HE DID ONLY FOR US TO PLACE THINGS IN FRONT OF THIS DAY OR EVEN ALONG SIDE IT AS IF IT WAS JUST AS IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY IN HIS OWN HOUSE TEMPLE. IF SO LET ME REMIND YOU THAT UPON ALL THE PAIN HE WENT THROUGH BEING NAILED TO THE CROSS HE DIDN’T STIKE BACK OR GET ANGRY, RIGHT ? AND CHRIST ALSO SAW ALL THE SINS KNOWN TO MAN DURING HIS LIFE AND HE NEVER ONCE GOT ANGRY OR STRUCK OUT AT ANYTHING, RIGHT? WRONG!
And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘M y house shall be called a house of prayer ‘; but you are making it a robbers ‘ den .” (Matthew 21:12, 13 NASB)
This is the only time Christ showed aggression his whole life on earth that we have recorded. It was when people wanted to bring things into his church that did not have anything to do with God and making them the focus along side of God. Christ declared that his church shouldn’t have anything to do with that which is not of him. Yet we have churches and families that continue to place Christ in a coupled relationship with idols. And the scary thing is people will fight to justify their actions even though they know this is the truth . Even when they are showed scriptures they still put up excuse after excuse to continue to do something they admits has nothing to do with Christ of the day of celebration but because they like it or their family does it or tv shows they don’t feel anything is wrong with it. Umm, last time I checked the bible isn’t a vote. If He says not to and you do it’s a sin then, now , and tomorrow. You again don’t decide these things He does. And he simply says don’t take on their ways. He didn’t say don’t do it until everybody else does it , or until the world likes doing it , or your family and friends . Just DON’T !!!
So in the end with so many churches going the exact opposite of what God says about his church direction “not being apart of the world”. Where do you go? Jehovah witness seems to be the only ones as a whole that get this but even their path is questionable. Oneness Pentecostal believe in holiness only too and even they have got to find me answers to give about their beliefs. Oh well, more to come.