Pure & Perverse Worship Don’t Mix

A message I sent out May of this year, 2009:
To continue my last message about the modern Christian church:  Yes, because she forsakes The Truth, she will be left desolate.  (Matt. 23:38)  And she will be left sobbing outside Heaven’s door saying, “Sir!  Sir!  Open the door for us!” only to hear Christ say, “I don’t know you.”  (Matt. 25:11,12)  I’ll repeat:  The church IS forsaking –at record speed– the true God of the universe –instead being “led astray by gods which are LIES.”  (See Amos 2:4)  As God told Jeremiah, “My people are fools; they do not know Me.”  (4:22)  Beware of a church who has most of its members (especially those in leadership) saying they know Christ and are following Him, yet are at the same time clearly devoted to entertaining themselves with distractions and benefits the world has to offer.  They have turned to sexual impurity, greed, and lies.  And that, my friends, is called in Col. 3:5 –“IDOLATRY” because of which “the wrath of God is coming.”  (v. 6)

Many in the church think all this glitter, hype, fads, smut, LIES, etc. are cool and hip, and that relating to the heathen in their way is the only way to advance Christ’s Kingdom; but God commands in Deut. 12:4 (again in v. 31) –“You must not worship the LORD your God IN THEIR WAY.”  Yet these “enlightened” folks continuously ignore any Scripture they think needs “reinventing”… such as James 4:4 –“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God” and 1 John 2:15 –“If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

So, as Jesus says in John 4:22-24, if we do not worship in BOTH SPIRIT AND TRUTH, then we are not true worshipers of the true Heavenly Father.  As 1 John 4:1 says, we must “not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God…”  Otherwise, it is simply “following after deceiving spirits and things taught by demons… teachings that come through hypocritical liars.”  (See 1 Tim. 4:1,2)  And who is the liar?  It is “the man who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands.”  (1 John 2:4)  As Jesus says in John 8:44 & 47, “You belong to your father, the devil… the father of lies…  The reason you do not hear [God] is that you do not belong to God.”  Instead of hearing and serving and worshiping the true God Most High, many deceived individuals, in our generation also, are actually worshiping devils.  “For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14), and since he is always “looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8), he is using the guise of light to “go forth to deceive the nations.”  (Rev. 20:8)  Lies…  Deception… Fear of others (–the craving to “belong” and thus compromise)… Greed for power, fame, “wisdom” and “secret knowledge”… Twisting the truth… Counterfeiting all that is pure and good… –these have always, since Eden, been his tactics.

2 Thes. 2:9-12 says, “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of COUNTERFEIT  miracles, signs and wonders [–certainly this will be mostly IN church or amongst “spiritual” people], and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”

In other words, to refuse truth leads to more refusal of truth… then more refusal… then more refusal…  “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.”  (Rom. 1:26)  Because of… –what?  Look at the verse right before this:  Because “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator…”  (v. 25)  Oh, yes –“Christians” are falling all over themselves, panting and giggling after all sorts of created lies.  “Their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”  (v. 21)  “Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the [true and holy] knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.”  (v.28)  They became utterly perverse.  And yes, that is exactly the path most of the “Christian” church is presently staggering down!

Many of the foul-mouthed, cussing perverts who are mocking God’s Word while pretending to preach from it are actually “pastors” of big and “hip” churches throughout our nation.  One prime example is Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle.  Yet not only are the moderate, “solid” pastors of evangelicalism not stepping forward to rebuke these apostates, they are actually endorsing them!  Why do not these “big” names:  John Piper (well-known theologian) nor Dr. Lutzer (of the famous Moody Church) not step forward to renounce Driscoll’s incompetence to speak in a holy pulpit?  Why was he allowed to preach last week at The Gospel Coalition’s National Conference in Chicago –on none other than “Rightly Dividing the Word”?  Has the whole Christian church lost all sense?

Well, for those of us who commune with God –He who is pure and holy, and who hates all sin– we are commanded to stop our ears to such reprobate godless chatter.  Why?  Because “Their teaching will spread like gangrene” (2 Tim. 2:17) and unfortunately it already has.  Have you ever seen, or smelled, or tried to wash gangrene??!!  I have!  It makes one want to wretch!  And verse 18 tells us that such people “have wandered away from truth.”  Why would we listen one second to the repugnant “chatter” of those who plainly worship a different God, “a different Jesus”, and “a different spirit” than the True One?  (See 2 Cor. 11:4)  Why would we allow one word of heresy for consideration?  Why would we listen to one word from the mouths of these preachers and authors who have such contrary-to-the-Word ideas and/or such reprehensible fruit?

“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.  Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”  (2 Cor. 6:17)  “For what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (v. 14)  Yea, …what…?

Count me out.  In fact, this is why, several months ago, and though I’ve visited there off and on for over 20 years, I can no longer sit through a CFNI “worship” service.  After about the tenth time of having to walk out during a sermon salted with not only silly talk, but perverse (yes, sexual) talk, I had to quit going.  Truly, if no one else there is complaining, then many could only be worshiping a god of their own imaginations, or a “different spirit”; –because folks, Jesus is NOT our boyfriend.  We are to worship our Lord in reverence and holiness, not in singing or dancing to sensual songs that are too suggestive for me to even copy here.  Yes, we love and adore our Savior, but we lean against Him as a lamb does against her Shepherd.  Yes, we admire and serve our God, but as a child does to his Father.  Yes, we appreciate the Holy Spirit, but we view Him as He should be viewed –our Comforter and Counselor.  Verses in the Bible about God being our Husband?  Yes.  But only as He is our Provider, our Protector, our Faithful One, and our Companion.  But NEVER, EVER with even a hint of sexuality!  It seems this shouldn’t even have to be said, but shamefully, it now must.

Well, it is certainly appalling to see the vulgar, low state the “Christian” harlot church wallows in –like “dogs returning to their vomit” as 2 Peter 2:22 describes.  Let the words of Rev. 2:5 ring in our ears:  “Remember the height from which you have fallen!  Repent and do the things you did at first.  If you do not repent, I will come to you and REMOVE your lampstand from its place.”  And Rev. 3:2,5 –“I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are DEAD.  Wake up [–for most of your body is grotesques with gangrene]!  Strengthen what remains and is about to [also] die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of My God… [For only] he who OVERCOMES will… be dressed in white.  I will never ERASE his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before My Father and His angels.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says TO THE CHURCHES.”

“Christian”, your name CAN be erased if you do not overcome and make your DEEDS complete in His sight.  And if you do not “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Luke 3:8), “prove your repentance by your DEEDS” (Acts 26:20), or allow your “faith to be made complete by what you DO.”  (James 2:22)  Again read Jesus’ words in Matt. 10:32,33 –“Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven.  But whoever DISOWNS Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven.”  How do we disown Him?  Is it not by so often remaining silent when we should speak up for The Truth –for Him, His commands, and His Word?  Is it not by so often disobeying when we know the right thing to do, yet do the opposite?  Continued disobedience does say, “You, Jesus, are not the reigning King of my life.  I am boss.”  You can deny that your sinning says that; but it does say that; for in such actions, you disown Him from being your own King.

Dear one, how many times must these warnings be made?!  For most of God’s Word IS directed to those who SAY they are BIBLE-BELIEVERS !

“TO THE CHURCHES”… “to the churches”…

Those biases holding back the truth in people’s minds must be ejected!  Jesus speaks to those who tout the Scriptures –to those who think they’ve “got it down”, yet have been reading His Word only as a “token sacrifice” –tidbits… quickly… minds elsewhere…  As He says in John 5:39,38, “You diligently study the Scriptures… but you don’t hear God’s voice, nor does His word DWELL in you.”  (my paraphrase)  No, Jesus considers those adopted into His family –ONLY “those who hear God’s word and PUT IT INTO PRACTICE.”  (Luke 8:21, & see Mark 3:35)

So, dear “Christian Church”, way too many in you are amongst those who wait for Jesus’ return, but will, at the Last Day, be like the five foolish virgins of Matt. 25… pounding on Heaven’s Door, NEVER for it to be opened unto them.  (v. 11,12)

And with such an anguishing thought, how can anyone hang onto any shred of these idolatrous fads of complacency and deception, chancing such a horrible possible end for our families, our friends, human beings anywhere –or even ourselves?  Yes, how? … –Because one’s foolish, adulterous heart has blinded one’s own mind…



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