Deuteronomy 18:9-14 ESV
“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations… And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.”
For the Jews, the Promised Land was their physical inheritance. For us, our inheritance is our salvation, our eternal life with God, our hope of Christ’s return, our salvation completed, and our eternity with God in glory.
So for us, coming into our Promised Land, ultimately, will be when Christ returns. But, actually we enter into that eternal life with God when we believe in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives. And, we continue in that salvation and in that eternal life with God through our daily walks of faith with our Lord in fellowship with him, in his word, in prayer, in repentance, and in obedience to his commands (See: Rom. 8:1-17).
So, for us who believe in Jesus, this is saying that now that we have entered into our “Promised Land,” i.e. into our inheritance, we are not to learn to follow the abominable practices of the nations (the world).
So, this begs the question, “What are some of the abominable practices of the nations, or of our own home country, that we are not to follow?”
Let me preface this by saying that scripture is clear that, for those of us who have trusted in Jesus Christ, we are to now live lives which are separate (unlike, different) from the world around us. For, Jesus called us out from the world and out from their practices, attitudes, values, principles and behaviors. And, we are taught, too, that we are not to love (take pleasure in, long for, or make our preference) the things of this world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 Jn. 2:15-16).
Sinful Practices (addictions) – We, as followers of Jesus Christ, are not to continue in sinful practices. It is not ok for us to remain addicted to sin once we have entered into our eternal inheritance. God is not blind to what we do every day, nor is he accepting of us making sin our practice.
He is not sitting up there in heaven looking down on us and smiling while we regularly and consistently engage in filth, lewdness, immorality, dishonesty, adultery, lust, gossip, slander, meanness, abuse, manipulations, false righteousness, hypocrisy, and making fun of people who are different from us, and using other people for our own advantage and our own selfishness.
The world, including the worldly church, is powerfully trying to persuade the people of the world, and even Christians (or professing Christians), that we are here to have fun, to entertain ourselves, to play games, watch TV, watch movies and videos, throw parties, make ourselves feel good, do what feels natural, pamper ourselves, feed our addictions and medicate ourselves, too.
They are trying to convince Christians (or prospective believers in Jesus), that Jesus just went around patting everyone on the back and making them feel good about themselves, that he didn’t judge anyone, and all he did was just “love on” people, and so everyone loved him back. They are trying to convince them that to be a follower of Jesus is to do the same, to not make waves, to stay in our “own lane,” and to not rock the boat.
Some church and world leaders are pushing hard the message that we can have salvation from sin and the hope of heaven when we die, but nothing is required of us at all – no submission to Christ, no repentance, no obedience, no humility, no fear of God – just some innocuous “faith” which does nothing but enjoy life and have fun and play games and entertain ourselves, and maybe give Jesus 5 minutes of our time for devotions each day.
They have no problem with you continuing in sin and believing in a false hope of salvation and never ever experiencing true freedom in Christ, because they are not of God, but of the devil, for they are false teachers and hypocritical liars and deceivers who are wolves in sheep’s clothing whose goal is to steal, kill and destroy the church.
So, they are like parasites, feeding on you for their own advantage, for their own selfish purposes. Thus, they make manipulation, the twisting of truth, lies, deception, abuse, mind-games, trickery, using people, charming the socks off of people, amusement, entertainment, pretending, and hypocrisy their practice in order to deceive you into following after them, instead.
And, they are out there everywhere, within the gatherings of the church, in leadership within the church, in our governments, on blogs, on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like), on television, on the radio, on the internet, on Christian discussion sites, and on political discussion sites. They are out there spreading their filth and their garbage and their false righteousness and their lies and pretenses in order to suck you in, and to get you hooked, so you believe their lies, and so you do what they do.
They want you in limbo. They want you filling your minds with garbage every day so that the Word of God can’t get into your minds, and so they convince you that God is ok with all that worldliness and that he uses it to bring people to Jesus. Hogwash! We need to cut through that baloney.
They are masterful actors, these liars and deceivers posing as men of God or as political leaders who have our best interest at heart. But, so many of them are just following scripts. They are all following the same play books, but not the Bible. They are busy building their earthly kingdoms, so they are not thinking about participating in the building of God’s heavenly kingdom.
So, don’t trust them! Don’t put your trust in the president or in congress or in pastors and elders and TV evangelists and preachers. Don’t put your trust in the news media, either. For, there is a New World Order (of the beast) in play right now, and we live in an age of great deception, and even the elect are being deceived by these masterful tricksters and manipulators.
Their goal is to break down everything that divides us as a people of this world. But, know this! The gospel of our salvation divides us, and so their goal is to destroy that, too, and that is where all of this is ultimately headed. They, including Donald Trump, want us to all come together as one voice, one mind, one heart and to forsake all that keeps us from being united together as one under the rule of the New World Order beast (Rev. 13).
Deuteronomy 18:15-19 ESV
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.’”
Know this! Jesus Christ, God the Son, died on that cross about 2,000 years ago in order that we, who believe in him, might die to sin and live to righteousness. His goal for us is not that life should be one big party where we entertain ourselves incessantly. His goal for us is that we are crucified with him in death to sin so that we might live with him to his righteousness.
The cup he said we would drink from is not a cup of merriment and entertainment and self-pleasure, but it is a cup of suffering. He said we would suffer like he suffered, and that we would be hated as he was hated. So, know this. They do hate us, these who try to convince us that God is ok with our sins, and that is why they are trying to convince us of that.
But, also know this. The Bible says that if we walk in our sins, we will die in our sins. If we make sin our practice, we do not have the hope of eternal life with God, but a fearful expectation of judgment. We will reap what we sow. If we sow to please the flesh, from the flesh we will reap decay (death). But, if we sow to please the Spirit, from the Spirit we will reap eternal life (See: Rom. 8:1-17; Lu. 9:23-25; 1 Jn. 1:5-9; Gal. 5:19-21; Gal. 6:7-8).
So, don’t be fooled! Don’t believe everything you read or hear or see, especially on TV and on the internet, for there is so much disinformation and lies and trickery on there. Not everyone is who he or she appears to be. Anything can be faked! Just because it looks true doesn’t mean it is true. So, get your minds out of the world and into God’s Holy Word, and see what His Word has to say about what he requires of you, because if you follow after the abominations of the nations, God will require your life of you.
An Original Work / August 29, 2018
Your bond is broken
With your Lord and Savior
And, your testimony is
Separate from Him.
Your words not matching
Your actions today.
Repent of your sin and
Bow down and pray.
Live what you testify
In truth always.
Purity’s lacking in
Your life and witness,
For you profess one thing,
But other you do.
Not moral, spiritual.
Still of the flesh.
Not living in truth to
What you confess.
Lying about it
Puts you in a mess.
Living a lie is your practice,
‘tis true of you.
Masquerade righteousness –
None of it true.
Your heart is not given
To your Lord God.
Because of how you live,
You are a fraud.
Turn from your sin and
Give your life to God.
Monday, December 10, 2018