On Account of These

Colossians 3:5-6 ESV

“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.”

Because these types of sins have been able to run rampant within the church for a long time, all under the guise of God’s grace, judgment is upon the church in America. And, perhaps, the same is true in other nations of the world. We are now seeing the results of many years of unbridled immorality within the church, and of leadership who promoted it and/or ignored it.

Not only were the majority of the gatherings of the church (which is the people of God, not a building) turned into businesses of men, and marketed to the world like any other man-made business, but they also turned the church gatherings into places of frivolity and entertainment. And, worship services were turned into massive stage productions to entertain the world.

Instead of the Bible being the book of life for the church, many turned to books written by mere mortals who blended truth with lies, who diluted the gospel of grace to make it a free license for lasciviousness, and who also blended other religions, their philosophies, and their practices in with the teachings of Scripture, and in with Christianity.

And, they also turned to marketing books to tell them how to grow God’s church, rather than listening to the voice and the counsel of the Holy Spirit. And, many pastors get their sermons online from various sources rather than listening to hear the Spirit’s voice teaching them and revealing to them what God’s messages are for his church in our day and age.

And, many of these pastors have turned into clowns, actors, and entertainers to attract the world to “the church,” so that the world would come back, craving more fun.

And, so they dilute the gospel, and they either outright say or they imply that one can believe in Jesus, but still live in slavery to sin, and yet have eternal life with God, which is a lie from hell. For, most of them do not teach or no longer teach the requirement of repentance and walks of obedience to Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and eternal life with God.

Instead, they chide such teaching and falsely call it works-based salvation. But it is what Jesus and his New Testament apostles taught, that we must put to death our former lives of living in sin and for self, that we must be changed in heart and mind of the Spirit of God, and that we must walk, not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit if we want to be saved from our sins and have eternal life with God (Rom. 6:1-23; Rom. 8:1-17).

So, instead of godly men in most of our pulpits across America, we have mostly wolves in sheep’s clothing or the deceived in our pulpits tossing people back and forth by every wind of doctrine coming from human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. And, this is of Satan who has tricked so many people into deserting the true gospel of grace to follow a gospel of lasciviousness which allows them to continue in their bondage.

And, one more thing on this subject. The church was also largely persuaded to unequally yoke together with the US government for they thought it would provide them some financial benefit. But with that union came the downfall of most of the church in America as they turned to men to lead them instead of turning to the Holy Spirit and to the Word of God. And, this is one of the big reasons the adulterous church in America is under judgment.

Colossians 3:7-10 ESV

“In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”

So, the Lord wants the church to put all these abominations away, to cast them off, so they are no longer a part of his church.

He wants the false teaching, the false worship, the deceptions, the manipulations, the worldliness, the entertainment, the actors, the cheap grace gospel, the immorality, the sensuality, the idolatry, the wolves in sheep’s clothing, and the government, etc. gone permanently from his church.

For, none of these are to be part of our lives if we are true followers of Jesus Christ. We should have put the flesh and sin to death, by the Spirit, when we trusted in Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior, if we did. All this worldliness, idolatry, immorality, sensuality, and fleshliness is supposed to be in our past, not in our present, not part of our walks of faith with Jesus.

For, if we have genuine faith in Jesus Christ, we have put the flesh to death, and we have put on our new lives in Christ Jesus, which are created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:20-24; Rom. 6:1-23).

Colossians 3:12-15 ESV

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

As new creations in Christ Jesus, our Lord, not only does that mean that we have put off the flesh and sin, by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, but it means we have also put on Jesus Christ and his righteousness.

For everything that we put off, there is an opposite that we are to put on. If we put off lying, we put on telling the truth, and making it our practice. If we put off stealing, then we put on working with our hands and giving to the poor. If we put off sexual immorality, we put on love, faithfulness, morality, and purity. If we put off evil desire, then we put on godly desires.

If we put off outbursts of anger and rage, and spewing it forth to others, then we put on love, compassion, patience, gentleness, and forgiveness, oh, and self-control (that’s a big one). And, if we put off slander and gossip, we put on speaking the truth with love and kindness and forgiveness.

And, all of these are encompassed in putting on love. For love, which prefers what God prefers, and which submits to what God prefers, does no harm to its neighbor.

So, we can’t love people and hate them at the same time. We can’t love them if we are slandering them, abusing them, cheating on them, stealing from them, committing adultery against them, lying to them, deceiving them, and using them for our own evil purposes. For, love is what we do. It is not lust, and it is not some temporary emotional high, either.

But it isn’t just people that we are to love. First and foremost, we are to love God, and to love him is to obey him. It is to not just be hearers of the word, but it is to be doers of the word. It is to walk in the fear of the Lord, and to give God our allegiance, and our fidelity, with our whole hearts. And, from that love for God will flow love for our fellow humans.

And, the peace of God will rule our hearts, and then we won’t be crying out for men to give us peace. For, theirs is not the kind of peace which God gives. For theirs is absence of conflict, and it is unity with the world and with the beast, and it will mean the persecution of Christians, mark my words!

So, look to the Lord, not to men to be your savior. Look to the Lord to heal your wounded hearts and to give you his inward peace. Trust him with the circumstances of your lives and put your all on his altar of sacrifice. Believe that God is completely sovereign over all he has made, and don’t take matters into your own hands. God has a plan, which he is working out, which is for our good, and it is to revive his church before he comes back.

For Our Nation

An Original Work / September 11, 2012

Bombs are bursting. Night is falling.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Trust Him with your life today.
Make Him your Lord and your Savior.
Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus.
He will forgive you of your sin;
Cleanse your heart, made new within.

Men betraying: Our trust fraying.
On our knees to God we’re praying,
Seeking God to give us answers
That are only found in Him.
God is sovereign over all things.
Nothing from His mind escaping.
He has all things under His command,
And will work all for good.

Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.

Men deceiving: we’re believing
In our Lord, and interceding
For our nation and its people
To obey their God today.
He is our hope for our future.
For our wounds He offers suture.
He is all we need for this life.
Trust Him with your life today.

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