Or… Pollutionin the Church.
Or… Turning Away from Authority
After a few weeks of pre-recorded content, we’re back in the chat room, and live. Except for Chris, due to sometechnical difficulties. With a lot on the table to talk about, we get right to our segment of…
Meet the Hosts. We review some things that transpiredsince our last live chat, and a Mother’s day moment. The cat bible gets some attention. Yes, there is such a thing. No, it isn’t a weird religious cult, just a handbook on understanding your furry feline pet better. As a random Internet tidbit, we compare a quote from an atheist observation, to a well known Christian doctrine. Proving that even a self proclaimed atheist can arrive at godly wisdom, which they reject, and can actually understand the benefit of that wisdom
We also present the definition of discernment anwisdom. Two much neeeded traits for existing worldviews today that seem lacking most of the time. .
- Discernment: Knowing the difference between good and bad, the genuine and the fake.
,li>Wisdom: desiring the good and genuine.
In a slow progression to the main topic, we talk about politics. Not in taking sides , but in examining what “Classic Liberalism” is, and how we ended up with the extremes we have in our modern climate between modern liberals and modern conservatives. It’s just a brief outline to illustrate how ideas have shifted, and have strayed due to movements that have polluted and compromised the original idea of democracy in America.
Why is that important? If core teachings are strayed from, it doesn’t matter if it’s a political ideal, a worldview, or the bible itself. The original truth is lost at the whim and at the mercy of a declining humanity.
Ezekiel 2:3-7 (ESV)
3 And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.
4 The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, `Thus says the Lord GOD.´
5 And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.
6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.
7 And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.
Over generations, the truth of worship to the true God had been lost. In a short phrase, to love the Lord God, had been forgotten, distorted, and compromised by outside worldviews. One small compromise had been made, then another, and still others. I’m sure the reasons made sense. They probably suited personal convenience, or brought in a practice from outside religious, or pagan practices. Truth had ben lost, and the time to return to God was coming.
How bad was it? Keep in mind, this wasn’t the world at large. These were God’s special people who should have known better.
The people were:
- Transgressing – To break away from authority.
- Impudent – Severe, cruel.
- Stiff-Hearted – stropng, or bold, but in a bad way. Hard, violent.
Ezekiel had a mission to speak truth:
- Word of Lord God (‘Adonay Yahweh)
- Fearless (fear not).
- Not of briars (stings), or thorns prickles()
- Not Dismayed (layed down)
by their looks, or rebellion (bitterness)
The people may, or may not listen. – Listen and under stand.
They may, or may not Forebvear, or to cease, or go slack.
But they have been told a clear word from a prophet.
The important thing here is that if God wasn’t goin to spare his own people, he will surely do the same to his modern churches when the effort isn’t made to keep uncompromised from world teachings. Let the world do what it does. Let God’s light shine, but it has to be his unpolluted light, discern the good and bad. Discern the genuine and the fakle, and apply wisdom to keep it out of worship[ practices.