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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Is God Angry at Me?

Is God Angry at Me?
1 Peter 1:16, 17
“Because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear;”
If you were to hear someone say that God is angry with people, would your response be, “that’s not my God!” ? If so, let us examine the Scriptures together to see if your God is indeed the God of the Bible. Today, in an age of tolerance for everything except “truth”, our minds have been conditioned to accept an idolatrous image of God, one who is indifferent to sin and kindly accepts all manner of wickedness. Almost all of our songs are about love, love, love, and many people lack an understanding of the holiness of God.
Contrary to popular belief, God is angry with the wicked every day. If He were not angry at sinners then Jesus would not have been crucified in our place. Saying that God does not have righteous anger towards a hateful, adulterous and rebellious world is the same as saying that a judge is indifferent towards murders and rapists. God has to punish our wicked deeds because He is just. It is in His abundant mercy and love for His enemies that He provided Jesus as our Substitute; the Just being punished for the unjust.
Read the following Scriptures carefully and fear God. Psalms 7:11- 13 says, “God is a just Judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If He does not turn back He will sharpen His sword, He bends His bow and makes it ready. He prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.“ You can either chose to believe what God says about Himself and fear Him, which is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10), or you can reject Scripture and worship an idol. But those who are His know His voice and will submit to truth.
Let us go on: the God of the Bible actually kills people. God killed two men because He did not like their conduct (Genesis 38:7,10), He struck Uzzah dead for touching the Ark of the Covenant in disobedience (2 Samuel 6:7) and He destroyed a fully populated world with a flood because the intent of their hearts were only evil continually (Genesis 6:5-7). He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with eternal fire because of their homosexuality and immorality (Jude vs.7). He killed 23,000 Israelites in one day for sexual immorality, and we are told that it was written as a warning for us who want to live the same way (1 Corinthians 10:6, 8). Now let’s go to the New Testament to see if God (who never changes) has changed: After Jesus established His Church, God killed Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit, and the fear of God came over His people (Acts 5:1- 10). Today we see ministers doing the opposite, robbing people of holy fear by preaching a watered down message that say God is not angry at you. But Jesus said not to fear men but to fear the One who has the power to kill you and cast your soul into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him (Luke 12: 5). Even today the world is reserved to be judged by fire (2 Peter 3:7), and Revelations tells us that Jesus, the Lamb will tread the wine press of God’s wrath (Revelations 19:5; 6:16). John 3:36 says, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
So where do you stand, dear friend, are you still at war with your Creator or have you made peace with Him through the blood of the cross? God’s holy nature will not be compromised. He will do what is right and should be feared. Know that He offers us mercy today, and has no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but He will not be mocked. What you sow in life, that you will reap in eternity (Galatians 6:7-9); either death or life, so chose life and enjoy a right relationship with the Living God. And you will live forever with Him! He is rich in mercy to the humble of heart, and will give you an inheritance with His Son Jesus Christ.
With a deep love and concern for your soul, Jonathan Ball
http://www.goodfight.org/
http://www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyrooundergound