Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fruits Of Idolatry

Focus verses: Ezekiel 23:46-49

The Lord has shown Ezekiel a picture of the sins of Samaria and Jerusalem. He likened them to prostitutes. They took what was actually due the Lord and gave it to idols and men. They traded the spiritual health of their cities for the tawdry baubles of power and wealth.

This should be a sign to us in the United States. We have adulterated the truth of God with a social gospel that proclaims tolerance of every kind of aberrant behavior. We fail to preach the facts of heaven and hell. We neglect the teachings of God's love and His righteous anger.

We have turned Him into a loving Father without regard for righteousness and His righteous wrath. We have given Him some respect - as long as we can make Him small enough to wrap our finite little minds around.

We seem to prefer a god that is as small as we are. We don't have that. We have a God who is too big to imagine. He's much too large to put into any box. And He is a jealous God. He will not allow us to give His glory and honor to another. That is spiritual prostitution.

It's ugly and self-defeating. It leaves us diseased in every sense of the word. God will let us reap the consequences of our infidelities so that we may know that He is the Sovereign God.

Father, God,

Preserve us from any form of adulteration of Your word. Keep us faithful to Your truth and help us to speak it without reservation.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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