Don’t Be Allured by the False Church

Proverbs 6:12-15 ESV

“A worthless person, a wicked man,
goes about with crooked speech,
winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,
points with his finger,
with perverted heart devises evil,
continually sowing discord;
therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.”

This description here applies to many who either profess no faith in Jesus Christ or who do profess faith in Jesus Christ but who are not living the faith that they profess. They are worthless in the sense that they are just wasting away their lives on stuff that is meaningless, that is just for entertainment or for self-gratification, but not on anything that has eternal value. They have no fear of God before their eyes, and the way of peace they do not know.

They are living to please themselves and not to please God. They are following the sinful cravings of their flesh with no thought to what God wants from them in the way of surrender, obedience, and submission to him as Lord of their lives. Their lives are very self-focused. Sin still has dominion over their lives, their eyes are full of adultery, and their mouths are filled with lies, and they plot evil on their beds and they do not know how to love.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV

“There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.”

God has not changed. He does not change like shifting shadows. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What he hated in the Old Testament he still hates now, for the New Testament talks about these subjects quite a bit, and the New Testament expands on these subjects and it talks about how we need to rid our lives of such things as this, and how we must now put on holiness and righteousness and walk now according to the Spirit.

God is not okay with us continuing to live in sin once we believe in Jesus Christ, if truly we have believed in him. He does not now give us carte blanche to continue in deliberate and habitual sin. Instead, he instructs us that we are not to live like the ungodly, that we are not to do the things that they do, and that we are to no longer live in slavery to sin now that Jesus set us free. But now we are to become slaves of righteousness.

The things that God hates we should hate, too. We should not be those who practice telling lies, who are arrogant and prideful, always boasting in ourselves. We are not to be haters who wish harm to others or who cause deliberate harm to others. We are not to be those who devise wicked plans and who run to evil, looking to have our flesh satisfied with sinful desires. And we must not be those who falsely accuse others, who sow discord.

Proverbs 6:23-25,32 ESV

“For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
to preserve you from the evil woman,
from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes.”
“He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.”

The Scriptures, specifically those addressed to the church under the New Covenant, are a lamp showing us the truth of God’s word and of his gospel message, exposing lies for what they are, and proclaiming the truth. In them we are taught that we must die with Jesus to sin and to live to God and to his righteousness. And the reproofs and the disciplines of God, which he says will come to those whom God loves, are to be a way of life for us.

The Scriptures are not there just to lift our spirits and to cheer us on in our walks of faith, but they are there also to warn us of danger, and to steer us away from going the wrong direction, and to lead us in the right way. They will rebuke and correct and convict, and they will lead us to holy and righteous living. And they will teach us to honor Jesus as Lord, and to forsake our lives of sin to follow Jesus in obedience.

When we follow Jesus in obedience to his commandments, they preserve us from following an evil path, and from going after the harlot Babylon who would lead us all astray. They give us wisdom and discernment with regard to smooth tongued false teachers who are telling us we don’t have to repent, and that we don’t have to obey Jesus, and that we don’t have to submit to him as Lord of our lives. We can tell lies from truth, so we reject the lies.

In God’s word we learn what we are to desire and what we are to not desire, and we are to desire all that is godly and righteous and holy, and we are to reject all that is wicked, immoral, and is harming others. But the only way we are going to be discerning about these things is if our hearts are surrendered to Jesus, and we are listening to him. We have to be students of the Scriptures, read in context, and then we must obey our Lord’s teachings.

If we are walking in obedience to our Lord, and if we are casting off the deeds of darkness, by the Spirit, and if we are putting on righteousness and holiness, then we will not be captivated by the harlot Babylon and all her false teachings and all her allurements which attempt to tempt us to go back to living in sin and to rejecting the true gospel. But we will say “No!” to ungodliness and fleshly lusts, and by God’s Spirit, we will live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives while we await our Lord’s return (Tit 2:11-14).

For he who commits adultery against the Lord and who decides to cheat on God with “other lovers” definitely lacks sense, as well as he is not walking in the fear of God. He is not giving honor, respect, obedience, and worship to God but he is serving himself, and he is worshiping his own idols, and they are the ones getting his passion and desire, not God. And the Scriptures teach that those who walk in sin will not inherit eternal life with God.

[Lu 9:23-26; Jn 6:35-58; Jn 15:1-11; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10, 15; Tit 2:11-14; Jas 1:22-25; Rom 12:1-2; Eph 2:8-10; Php 2:12-13; Col 1:21-23; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Heb 10:26-27; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Matt 7:21-23; Rev. 2-3; Rev 18:1-6; Rev 21:8, 27; Rev 22:14-15]

For Our Nation

An Original Work / September 11, 2012

Bombs are bursting. Night is falling.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Trust Him with your life today.
Make Him your Lord and your Savior.
Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus.
He will forgive you of your sin;
Cleanse your heart, made new within.

Men betraying: Our trust fraying.
On our knees to God we’re praying,
Seeking God to give us answers
That are only found in Him.
God is sovereign over all things.
Nothing from His mind escaping.
He has all things under His command,
And will work all for good.

Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.

Men deceiving: we’re believing
In our Lord, and interceding
For our nation and its people
To obey their God today.
He is our hope for our future.
For our wounds He offers suture.
He is all we need for this life.
Trust Him with your life today.

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