God On The Down-Grade
There was a time when the very mention of God provoked reverence and fear, but times have changed; I remember as a teenager hanging with my friends fussing and cussing in the streets out of ear shot of our parents, but before we would pass by the neighborhood church we stopped, hushed up and crossed the street “so God wouldn’t hear us”….
now years later when I visit where I grew up, the steps to that same church are now gated
because too many soiled condoms greeted you at the top of those stairs
Even now many who profess to know God show little, if any reverence towards Him; to some the LORD seems to be on extended vacation, or “out of sight out of mind” they no longer believe He is the Omnipresent God, or as the scriptures say “not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:27) a well known proverb says “while the cats away, the mice will play” perhaps that’s why David of the old testament has become the church’s ‘poster boy’ to excuse sin
-One well known 40-ish pastor even used David’s adultery with Bathsheba to down play his own adulterous relationship with a teenaged member of his congregation resulting in a pregnancy when it became public, he compared himself with David, “because at the end of the day, David was still the man” (dismissing it) saying God still used David, at the end of the sermon was applauded (but he left out how God had chastised David)
– Another well known “bishop” divorced his wife after 14yrs of marriage because God told him “He wasn’t called to be married, but to preach” just a week later he remarried, and is now in divorce proceedings, and facing a paternity law suit from another woman
– Another who claims to be ‘the Prophetess to the nations’ praised a gay church for donations and paying her bills, but said nothing about a lifestyle that has eternal consequences
-While a another bishop within COGIC promotes same-sex relationships in the church, says the Satan is a myth, and denies Jesus is the only way to God continues to preach unchallenged by the denomination
– A gospel singer (who now claims to be a pastor) performed on tour being pregnant out of wedlock, was defended by enabling fans against those who objected were told
“Only God judge can me!”
-One pastor in Atlanta is in a same-sex relationship with the “First Gentleman” of the church
and has adopted a baby girl
– in NY a wife catches her husband performing lewd acts with the pastors son, complains and is rebuked by the church, the husband now plans to marry the son, and the pastor will perform the wedding ceremony..!
(They will fight you tooth & nail to defend their pastor- but won’t take a stand for Christ)
What happened to Holiness, without which no man will see the LORD!
God is still the same that requires you to remove the sandals from your feet when you are in His presence, “FOR WHERE THE PLACE YOU STAND IS HOLY GROUND!” (Exodus 3:5)
In Jeremiah’s day people that worshiped God believed He ‘turned the other cheek’ when it came to sin, while on their way to worship they shouted “the Temple of the LORD, the Temple of the LORD, the Temple of the LORD are these!” the prophet stood for God and rebuked them ‘trust not in lying words, but amend your ways and your doings, can you continue to oppress widows, the fatherless, commit adultery, swear falsely, shed innocent blood in this place then come before Me in this house which called by my name and say “we are delivered to do these abominations?! BEHOLD, I HAVE SEEN IT SAYS THE LORD!
Still some today believe ‘they are delivered to do these things’ because we’re under grace, right ..? “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men instructing us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly
in this present time waiting for the blessed hope and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-12)
The sinful habits of high profile Christians have become a stumbling block to an unbelieving cynical world and has caused the name of God to be blasphemed and put Christ to public ridicule! Paul charged the church to rebuke those that are deliberately sinning in the presence of all so that the rest may fear and to practice such discipline without showing favoritism (1 Tim 5:20-21)
But nowadays those mentioned above and others think this doesn’t apply to them and God won’t hold them accountable but God says different-
“Why do you talk about my laws? Why do you take my covenant in your mouth?
seeing you hate my instruction and cast my words behind you,
when you saw a thief you join in, you took part in adultery….
I kept silent while you did these things, so you thought I was just like you-!
But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face!”
Personal holiness requires discipline to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, maturing in Holiness and the fear of God, for if we judge ourselves we will not be judged and come into condemnation with the world, so let us run with patience the race set before us so that when He appears we will not be ashamed at his coming.