Idolatry

Idolatry

2 Timothy 4:2- 4

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

Paul’s exhortation to Timothy was straight forward: Preach the word! Why? Because the days were coming, and today are here when people will not listen to sound doctrine. Today you can present plain Scripture to professing Christians and they will turn away their ear, instead listening to more pleasing views of God, contrary to the word. They form a god to suit themselves, a god who is ok with witchcraft and sexual immorality (Revelations 21:8), who will not judge in righteousness (Acts 17:31), who does not command us to repent (Acts 17:30), who is indifferent to wickedness (Isaiah 5:20), and who created heaven without hell (Matthew 18:8, 9). This is what the Israelites did in the wilderness, and is called idolatry. Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Paul might of told Timothy to “convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine”, but if you practice this today people will say, “don’t judge me!”, and, “Jesus said to love”, completely ignoring portions of God’s word for the sake of their agenda. They claim their actions are based on love, but part of the definition of love is, “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6); yet they rejoice in iniquity and hate the truth, defending evil and shunning any Scripture that opposes their carnal view.

Paul told Timothy, “but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers”, and so they do, gravitating to teachers who tell them love would never correct or make us uncomfortable, who do not teach of repentance, sin, hell or judgment, but only grace, mercy and love. Yet, the Great Master Himself, because of His love, mercy and grace taught us about sin, righteousness and judgment, which things the Holy Spirit also came to convict the world of (John 16:8).

If we love God we must follow the footsteps of Jesus in His teaching, actions and words; but many feel wiser than God and chose to do it a “better” way than He. Turning their ears away from the truth, they turn aside to fables, choosing to believe the idolatrous view of Jesus, which path leads to destruction. Please, for any who will listen today: seek the Living God! Read the word and believe it, not twisting it for your own advantage. Fear God and depart from evil, and Christ will give you life! Do not let anything keep you from the truth, but submit your heart entirely to the LORD and His ways, and He will be with you (John 14:21).

With love for your soul, Jonathan Balls

Web: www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground

Home Church: www.goodfight.org

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Love your Neighbor

Love your Neighbor
Mark 12:31
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Once a man dressed up as a homeless person and sat in front a Church. As “Christians” flooded in that day to hear the message and fulfill their religious duties, not one person stopped to minister to the man nor care for his needs. Then, the man got up, walked to the front and declared to the people the coldness of their hearts, for he was the speaker that day.
How many people have we passed up in the business of life? As we wear the name of Christ, or Levite or Priest, do we truly perform our spiritual duty to love our neighbor as ourselves? Ashamedly I must say “no”, we do not often walk the way we should. But we must, for whoever denies the least of these denies Jesus Christ Himself.
Lord please open our eyes to see what you see. Give us hearts that break for the lost, give us compassion that swallows our fears. Use what you have to serve others; do not be afraid to get your hands dirty. Look for the need, and meet it. Do you not see them? They are all around, a world full of walking dead men who need the water of life. Satan has beaten and broken them, sin has left them festering with soars, like leprosy that eats the flesh. They are rotten and dead, in need of the words of eternal life.
God has chosen you and I to be the vessels through whom He operates. Therefore, do not stop the flow of His Spirit by the clutter of selfishness or apathy, but seek to have clean hands and a pure heart so God can use you, and surely He will use you, dear friend. Let His power work through you mightily to reach every tribe, tongue and nation on earth, for He seeks such to worship Him in Spirit and in truth.
With love, Jonathan Ball
http://www.goodfight.org/
http://www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground