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Eternal Minded & A Fleeing Christianity?

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Mark 16:5–7 ESV
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”

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1 Corinthians 10:14–17 ESV
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

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Pagan Idolatry is the context
Pagan (noun) a heathen, an idolater; one who worships false Gods. In Arabic it has been used to distinguish one from a Christina and a Mohammedan. Pertainting to the worship of false Gods.
Our immediate question is, how does pagan temples, pagan sacrifices, pagan feasts and pagan worship relate or apply to the average American Christian.
temples, pagan sacrifices, pagan feasts and pagan worship seems to be quite distant from the thinking of the average American Christian. Many would feel this section has no relevance to them, but it does. What Paul has to say about paganism can be directly applied to what relationship a true believer in Christ today sustains to liberal churches, apostate churches, cultic churches and quasi-evangelical churches in the twentieth century. These verses have something to say to the sincere Christian who chooses to remain in a liberal or apostate, cultic or quasi-evangelical church in order to be a witness to it, or teach Sunday school or serve in some capacity, hoping to act as salt and light in a corrupt situation. These verses have something to say to the naive Christian who does not understand the implications of his or her association with a liberal, apostate, cultic or quasi-evangelical church. These verses have something to say to the carnal Christian who remains in a liberal, apostate, cultic or quasi-evangelical church for social, economic or sentimental reasons such as there is such a beautiful building or it has such a wonderful choir or it is doing so much for the community.
The relevance of this section should not be dismissed.

4 Areas Of Current Relevance

Paul’s teaching through the Holy Spirit has direct application to what relationship a true believer in Christ today sustains to liberal churches, apostate churches, cultic churches and quasi-evangelical churches in the twenty-first century.
Paul’s teaching through the Holy Spirit gives instruction to the sincere Christian who chooses to remain in a liberal or apostate, cultic or quasi-evangelical church in order to be a witness to it, or teach Sunday school or serve in some capacity, hoping to act as salt and light in a corrupt situation.
Paul’s teaching through the Holy Spirit gives warning to the naive Christian who does not understand the implications of his or her association with a liberal, apostate, cultic or quasi-evangelical church.
Paul’s teaching through the Holy Spirit have something to say to the carnal Christian who remains in a liberal, apostate, cultic or quasi-evangelical church for social, economic or sentimental reasons such as there is such a beautiful building or it has such a wonderful music ministry, great programs for my kids and fellowship groups, or it is doing so much for the community.

Context:

Prior Context:
In , Paul is dealing with the subject of meat offered to idols. He has already taught that meat sacrificed to idols was a questionable practice and it could be eaten providing it did not cause a weaker brother to stumble.
However, if it did cause a brother to stumble, it was to be forsaken for the unity of the body of Christ and the keeping of a weaker brother from falling into sin.
Paul has just concluded an urging against arrogant Christianity of living for the carnal while taking grace for granted. (using wilderness Israel as an example)
Current Context
Now Paul gives another reason for abstaining from the questionable practice of meat offered to idols.
Those partaking might be led into sin.
By going to the edge of what is permitted, one may very well be drawn into the sinful.
Before their conversion to Christ, all the Corinthian Christians had been deeply associated with the pagan temple. They worshiped idols and participated in heathen feasts.
After they were converted, some of them still participated to some degree in the ceremonies and feasts of the temple worship. They enjoyed the festivities.
Perhaps some were sincere and were trying to reach their lost relatives for Christ who were steeped in paganism.
Others may have been naive to the evils of paganism because they were babes in Christ. Still others were just carnal and chose to stay in contact with paganism for social, economic or sentimental reasons.
Others may have been just pragmatic and refused to leave the idolatrous worship system of paganism because they did not want to rock the boat, offend friends or incur the displeasure of families.
All the Corinthians had recieved the teaching that that paganism was wrong. They understood that there were no real gods behind the idols. They realized that it all was a sham. Yet they continued to associate with this pagan idol worship to some degree for whatever reason.
He (Paul) warns them to abstain from idolatrous feasts because they might be lead into idolatry. By going to the edge of that which is permissible, they might be drawn into sin. There was great danger that the Corinthians, convinced that an idol was nothing, might be induced to join the sacrificial feasts that took place within the temples. It was one thing to buy meat at the market and then eat it in their homes, but it was quite another to actually go to the feasts themselves. Paul tries to convince them that going to sacrificial feasts was the same as engaging in idolatry (Table Talk).
Now, Paul warns them to abstain from idolatrous feasts because
they might be lead into idolatry. By going to the edge of that which is permissible,
they might be drawn into sin.
Understand: There was great danger that the Corinthians who were convinced that an idol was nothing, might be swayed to join the sacrificial feasts that took place within the temples.
It was one thing to buy meat at the market and then eat it in their homes, but it was quite another to actually go to the feasts themselves.
Paul therefore tries to convince them that going to sacrificial feasts was the same as engaging in idolatry.

ATTITUDE ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN PAGAN IDOLITARY

1 Corinthians 10:14 ESV
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
The first thing that Paul does is to encourage them to respond according to God’s attitude towards idolitary rather than by their own reasoning. They are told to flee from it, to keep on fleeing from it, because God hates it.
Idolatry deals with what is false. It attacks truth by pushing a false narrative as turth or as purpose for life. It worships a false god and rejects the true God. The Corinthians were not to flirt with this.
Idolatry deals with what is false. It attacks truth by pushing a false narrative as turth or as purpose for life. It worships a false god and rejects the true God. The Corinthians were not to flirt with this.
Think of Israel in the Wilderness being told not to mingle with surrounding territories…the absolute worst thing they could do for their preservation would be to stand on the edge and observe, lust for, flirt with and seek round about ways to participate with the forbbiden. It would (as it did) eventually ensare and destroy them.
Think of Israel in the Wilderness being told not to mingle with surrounding territories…the absolute worst thing they could do for their preservation would be to stand on the edge and observe, lust for, flirt with and seek round about ways to participate with the forbbiden. It would (as it did) eventually ensare and destroy them.
Given this perspective the only wise course and the course instructed (under the guidence of the Holy Spirit) by Paul was/is to have nothing to do with it.
Given this perspective the only wise course and the course instructed (under the guidence of the Holy Spirit) by Paul was/is to have nothing to do with it.
The liberal Christian in our American culture who boast in his God-given freedom in Christ can so easily compromise and ensare themselves.
The liberal Christian in our American culture who boast in his God-given freedom in Christ can so easily compromise and ensare themselves.
Our culture is pluralistic, meaning that culture holds that there is more than one cure for the soul and thus idolitary should be not just tolorated but accepted as viable, if not for self then at least viable for the person who holds that view. Thus the common push of culture and even liberal christianity is showing tolerance and acceptance of everything.
Our culture is pluralistic, meaning that culture holds that there is more than one cure for the soul and thus idolitary should be not just tolorated but accepted as viable, if not for self then at least viable for the person who holds that view. Thus the common push of culture and even liberal christianity is showing tolerance and acceptance of everything.
Pluralism in America is bringing us many false gods to worship Allah, the New Age god, liberal god and the freewill god and the gods of various religions. - very dangerous.
Pluralism in America is bringing us many false gods to worship Allah, the New Age god, liberal god and the freewill god and the gods of various religions. - very dangerous.
There are many different philosiphies for dealing with this in the church both now and in the future as this quickly expands, which is why it is critical that we as a church look to the Bible in this now.
There are many different philosiphies for dealing with this in the church both now and in the future as this quickly expands, which is why it is critical that we as a church look to the Bible in this now.

PARTICIPATION IN IDOLATRY IS FELLOWSHIP WITH IDOLATRY

1 Corinthians 10:15–17 ESV
I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
The Lords table is more than just a rememberance of the death of Christ. More than a memorial, it is an identifying with, an actual sharing in the blood and body of Christ.
The word can mean, “participation”, “fellowship” or “share”
Christ is not in the elements of bread and wine (as Catholics believe) but there is a spiritual uniuqness, a special fellowship between the Lord and His church during that time.
We refer to the Lord’s table as a “sacrament”. A sacrament is an oath. The word sacrament was used for the oath of alegiance which the soldiers of the Roman legion took to show their loyalty to the emporer.
As we gather each time for the sacrament of the Lord’s table, we do so in rememberance and renewal to our allegiance to our Lord. Our devotion and fellowship together is confessed to Him who saves us by His grace.
One body with many partakers. The means of grace which is at the Lords table not only brings us into fellowship with Christ but also with other believers. It is a symbol of unity.
Thus we must confess our sins and get our lives straight with our siblings in Christ before partaking or we make a mockery of the unity expressed.
The point: To participate in the Lord's Table is to have fellowship with Christ and Christ's people but to participate in idolatry in any way is to have fellowship with idolatry and ultimately demons. In other words, whatever your thinking on the inside, realize this…there is great power in participation.
Christ's people but to participate in idolatry in any way is to have fellowship with idolatry and

ANY PARTICIPATION IN IDOLATRY IS THE WORSHIP OF DEMONS 10:18-20

ultimately demons.
1 Corinthians 10:18–20 ESV
Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons.
There is no man-made god behind idolatry. Meaning a statue, though worshiped by confused man…is a statue. Paul acknowledges this.
There is a “god of this world” Satan…and he and his demons are behind idolatorous worship.
Behind all idolatry are no man-made gods, but there is the god of this world, Satan, and his demons. These Corinthians were not involved in Satan worship per se. They did not realize that demons were behind this idolatrous worship. Yet, their ignorance did not make it any less true. What Paul is saying is that behind the idolatry at Corinth was Satan and his demons who had instituted a false religious system in order to lead men and women away from God into a false, counterfeit religion. The Devil and his demons are the masterminds behind pagan idolatry and all other false religions and systems. So to participate in the heathen temple worship, to get involved in pagan feasts, to have anything to do with idolatry is to have fellowship with all that is associated with paganism. Satan is behind the pagan temple, in the sacrifices and among the priesthood. Therefore, all who participate in any form of idolatry have been deceived by Satan. A Christian cannot flirt with idolatry and not be affected by it. If a Christian becomes involved in idolatrous feasts, he is exposing himself and the Christian community to demons.
The argument structure:
The Corinthian Christians were not involved in Satan worship per se. They did not realize that demons were behind this idolatrous worship.
However, their ignorance did not make it any less true that behind the idolatry at Corinth was Satan and his demons who had instituted a false religious system in order to lead men and women away from God into a false, counterfeit religion.
No matter how “nice” the people or how “good” the human intent… the Devil and his demons are the masterminds behind pagan idolatry and all other false religions and systems.
Therefore, to participate in the heathen temple worship, to get involved in pagan feasts, to have anything to do with idolatry is to have fellowship with all that is associated with paganism.
Satan is behind the pagan temple, in the sacrifices and among the priesthood. Therefore, all who participate in any form of idolatry have been deceived by Satan.
A Christian cannot flirt with idolatry and not be affected by it. If a Christian becomes involved in idolatrous feasts, he is exposing himself and the Christian community to demons.
What about missions?
There is a missionary thought in this verse. When we take the gospel to heathen lands where idolatry is rampant, we do not leave the people who trust in Christ to continue in their paganism. They must separate from it. Why? It is demonic. To allow people to flirt with paganism is to invite them to participate in it and with the demonism connected with it. We are not to Americanize other cultures, but we are to have them separate from the paganism, keeping within the confines of their own culture as much as possible.
There is a missionary thought and teaching in this verse.
When we take the gospel to heathen lands where idolatry is rampant, we do not go to participate in heathen worship but to call people out of it.
Secondly, we do not leave the people whom we are on mission to, who trust in Christ to continue in their paganism. They must separate from it.
Why? It is demonic.
To allow people to flirt with paganism is to invite them to participate in it and with the demonism connected with it.
I am not saying that we must Americanize other cultures (that could be just as pagan), but we are to have them separate from the paganism, (we do christianize just as we have been). In every culture, Christianity is counter cultural. That is the culture that we teach…the culture of the text.. the culture of our savior…the culture that we are all running towards. The culture of the saved by grace, spirit controlled Jesus glorifing church of Christ.

ALTERNATIVES IF ONE PARTICIPATES IN IDOLATRY 10:21-22

1 Corinthians 10:21–22 ESV
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
The “cup of demons" was a cup of wine drunk by pagan worshipers at their feasts where certain gods were honored. The drinking of this wine, often leading to intoxication, was accompanied by a prayer to the gods.
It was a ritual that pagans went through to honor their gods.
When this was done, the pagans were actually honoring demons, even though they were not aware of it.
Interesting Thought: Our modern-day custom of drinking toasts at feasts and celebrations arose from this practice of pouring out wine or drinking wine in honor of the heathen gods.
What is Paul's point? A person who professes to be a Christian cannot consistently and habitually associate with demons and idolatry and still call himself a Christian. A true Christian may flirt with idolatry and demonism as a naive baby Christian, but he cannot consistently do it, for this would prove he is not a Christian at all. It is impossible for a person to eat of the table of demons without being brought under their power and influence.
What is Paul's point? A person who professes to be a Christian cannot consistently and habitually associate with demons and idolatry and still call himself a Christian.
A true Christian may flirt with idolatry and demonism as a naive baby Christian, but he cannot consistently do it, for this would prove he is not a Christian at all.
It is impossible for a person to eat of the table of demons without being brought under their power and influence.
A Christian must separate completely from idolatry and be wholeheartedly committed to Christ. If a Christian is partaking of the Lord's Table on Sunday night and the table of demons on Wednesday night, then he must flee idolatry and separate from it, whatever his motives, whatever his/her philosiphy, whatever their bumper sticker. This must be done in to demonstrate that he or she is a true believer in Christ.
A Christian must separate completely from idolatry and be wholeheartedly committed to Christ. If a Christian is partaking of the Lord's Table on Sunday night and the table of demons on Wednesday night, then he must flee idolatry and separate from it, whatever his motives, whatever his/her philosiphy, whatever their bumper sticker. This must be done in to demonstrate that he or she is a true believer in Christ.
Are we trying to amuse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he? God is a jealous God for the love of His people. When a Christian associates in any way with idolatry, he
Are we trying to amuse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he? God is a jealous God for the love of His people. When a Christian associates in any way with idolatry, he is provoking God to jealousy because God is not receiving the wholehearted devotion from the Christian which He desires and deserves.
is provoking God to jealousy because God is not receiving the wholehearted devotion from the Christian which He desires and deserves. The true Christian opens himself up to the discipline of God. Christians are not stronger than God, and He will discipline whenever we flirt in any way with idolatry of any kind.
The true Christian opens himself up to the discipline of God. Christians are not stronger than God, and He will discipline whenever we flirt in any way with idolatry of any kind. We are not more powerful or more able to overcome evil than he and thus even under the cover of evangelism this is not acceptable.
The Lord is a jealous God, who brooks no rivals, no comparisons, no alternatives. There are dangers in presumptuousness and complacency, especially the danger of finding ourselves victims of the humiliating fall which inevitably follows all pride. But there is, if anything, even greater danger in compromise, because we smudge the issues and let all kinds of spiritual counterfeits which confuse the truth as it is in Jesus, as well as being in obvious conflict with it (David Prior, I Corinthians).
The Lord is a jealous God, who brooks no rivals, no comparisons, no alternatives. There are dangers in presumptuousness and complacency, especially the danger of finding ourselves victims of the humiliating fall which inevitably follows all pride. But there is, if anything, even greater danger in compromise, because we smudge the issues and let all kinds of spiritual counterfeits which confuse the truth as it is in Jesus, as well as being in obvious conflict with it (David Prior, I Corinthians).
There is, perhaps an even greater danger in compromise. In compromise we smudge the issues and let all kinds of spiritual counterfeits which confuse the truth as it is in Jesus, as well as being in obvious conflict with it (David Prior, I Corinthians).
APPLICATION TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY CHRISTIAN
This message must have smacked the Corinthian church hard in the face, and the message should hit us modern day Christians just as hard.
We are not to have any part in false religions or counterfeit religions because these religions are controlled by demons who seek to destroy true Christianity. They seek to blind and decieve and our compromise only serves to further such blind deception.
Satan Is Behind All False Religion.
2 Corinthians 4:3–4 ESV
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
As biblical Christians, we understand that Satan is behind the false religions such as Shintoism, Mohammedanism, Buddhism, ancestor worship, Ba'hai and many others, and most are persuaded that we should not be involved in the various Christian cults such as Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Unitarianism, Unity, Christian Science and others because Satan is in control of these organizations as well. However, we are often duped by liberalism, the apostate church and quasi-evangelicalism. Satan's strategy is to counterfeit the real thing. His frontal attack is a religious system that is designed to promote unbelief. Satan’s ace in the hole is churches which call themselves Christian but are not Christian because they have gone liberal and/or apostate. Satan’s latest strategy is evangelical churches which deny a real eternal hell, saying that people do not have to believe in eternal judgment to be true “born again” Christians. Satan has blinded people to the truth that salvation is found only in Jesus Christ, is purely by the grace of God apart from works, and is appropriated only by faith in the person of Jesus Christ.
As biblical Christians, we understand that Satan is behind the false religions such as Shintoism, Mohammedanism, Buddhism, ancestor worship, Ba'hai and many others, and most are persuaded that we should not be involved in the various Christian cults such as Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Unitarianism, Unity, Christian Science and others because Satan is in control of these organizations as well.
However, we are often duped by lured by a more liberal approach. ,The apostate church and quasi-evangelicalism has infultrated and influenced the Bible Church hard.
Satan's strategy is to counterfeit the real thing. His frontal attack is a religious system that is designed to promote unbelief. Satan’s ace in the hole is churches which call themselves Christian but are not Christian because they have gone liberal and/or apostate. Satan’s latest strategy is evangelical churches which deny a real eternal hell, saying that people do not have to believe in eternal judgment to be true “born again” Christians. Satan has blinded people to the truth that salvation is found only in Jesus Christ, is purely by the grace of God apart from works, and is appropriated only by faith in the person of Jesus Christ.
Satan has His Own Theology.
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and allow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron ().
Satan and his demons have their own doctrines and their own systematic theology of error. They get people in apostate churches to believe that one can be a true Christian and yet deny the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, the substitutionary death of Christ for sin and sinners, the inspiration of the bible, the bodily resurrection of Christ, the fact of miracles, a real hell and other fundamental truths of Christianity.
Satan is the author of syncretism which is the mixing of Christianity with other false religions and false ideologies. Christianity is mixed with eastern mystical religions which results in New Age heresy. Christianity is mixed with feminism which creates rebellious women and goddess worship. Christianity is mixed with voodoo so as to give some kind of white witchcraft religion. Christianity is mixed with American Indian paganism so as to get a worship of the earth. Christianity is mixed with all the religions of the world so as to get Ba'hai. Satan and demons are behind all syncretism.
Satan Has His Own Clergy. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light (). Satan’s masterpiece is not the drunkard, dope addict, gangster or prostitute but the self-righteous man who is in unbelief against Jesus Christ. There are many intelligent, attractive, educated, suave and witty men and women who preach behind pulpits or on television or radio who are emissaries of Satan, directing people away from the free and gracious salvation which is in Christ Jesus the Lord.
Satan Has His Own Clergy.
2 Corinthians 11:13–14 ESV
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Satan’s masterpiece is not the drunkard, dope addict, gangster or prostitute but the self-righteous man who is in unbelief against Jesus Christ.
There are many intelligent, attractive, educated, and witty men and women who preach behind pulpits or on television or radio who are emissaries of Satan, directing people away from the free and gracious salvation which is in Christ Jesus the Lord.
Satan Has His Own Churches. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan () This may refer to Jews who called themselves Christian but in reality they were false believers, making up a synagogue of Satan. If Satan has synagogues, he also has churches under his control. These churches may have many cultured and educated people in them. They probably meet in gorgeous buildings and have fantastic music and church programs, but underneath it all, they deny that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior and the only way to heaven.
Satan Has His Own Churches
Revelation 2:9 ESV
“ ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
This may refer to Jews who called themselves Christian but in reality they were false believers, making up a synagogue of Satan.
If Satan has synagogues, he also has churches under his control. These churches may have many cultured and educated people in them. They probably meet in gorgeous buildings and have fantastic music and church programs, but underneath it all, they deny that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior and the only way to heaven.
Satan And False Religion Must Be Shunned. Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry (). True Christians are to shun and flee from all apostate religion. Why? Because it is demonic and out to destroy the true message of Christ and salvation.
Satan And False Religion Must Be Shunned.
1 Corinthians 10:14 ESV
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
True Christians are to shun and flee from all apostate religion.
Why? Because it is demonic and out to destroy the true message of Christ and salvation.
Satan And False Religion Must Be Separated From By The True Christian. Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.
Satan And False Religion Must Be Separated From By The True Christian.
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.
2 Corinthians 6:14–18 ESV
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
To be truly unequally yoked means to associate with false religion. Christians are to come out from religious liberalism and apostasy and cultism and be separate.
Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (). To be truly unequally yoked means to associate with false religion. Christians are to come out from liberalism and apostasy and cultism and be separate. No Christian can flirt with apostasy and not be influenced by it. This is why Christians should not go to liberal seminaries. They will be tainted by their
No Christian can flirt with apostasy and not be influenced by it. This is why Christians should not go to liberal churches, seminaries and private schools. They will be tainted by their unbelief and rebellious spirit. Friends let me also put a word of warning before you about secular schools lest you be spiritually deceived about the impact that will be upon your children.
unbelief and rebellious spirit.

APPEAL/PLEA TO CHRISTIANS

For a Christian to flirt with liberalism and/or apostasy, cultism or quasi-evangelicalism is a very serious matter. Why? Because it endangers your very spiritual existence.
Endangers Spiritual Health. No matter how pure and doctrinally strong you may think you are, you will be influenced by apostasy. It is impossible to walk through a coal mine and not get dirty, so it is impossible to snuggle up to liberalism and not be tainted. Therefore, flee!
Endangers The Souls Of Your Children. To stay in a liberal church or a quasi-evangelical church in order to witness to it or to stay for social, economic or sentimental reasons, may not affect you as much as it will your children. They do not have the ability to discern truth from error. You must not play Russian roulette with the souls of your kids. Therefore, flee!
Endangers You To God’s Discipline. When you flirt with false religion, you are associating with demonic powers. God is jealous for the devotion and dedication of His people. If He does not get it, He will bring loving discipline into your life. He does this because He loves you. Therefore, flee!

CONCLUSION

Having said “flee false religion” on might say, what is true religion or…where is it found? If your fleeing something then where is the saftey that your running unto?
This saftey is found in Jesus Christ alone. The Jesus of the Bible, the life found within Him, the abiding in His Word and His promises.
It is found in our Savior Jesus, the true deity who alone exersised perfect humanity, born of a virgin and died a substitutionary death for sin and sinners. Who was resurrected from the dead which we celebrate today and who went to the Father’s right hand in heaven and who is coming in His second advent.
This Christ is the promised Messiah, the one true King and His salvation is offered to all men who recognize their depravity and placement under God’s wrath, who exersice repentance and turn to Christ alone to forgive them of their sins.
Salvation is not by works, but by grace through faith.
In such repentance we turn and we don’t turn back. We look ahead, to the joy that is before us. We avoid worldly entanglement for the deprament to true life that it is and we pursue godliness, holiness, resting in His promises and trusting in His power and provision.
If we are to survive as faithful in a compromised culture and a compromised church-era then we must ourselves be un-compromised, flee the current idolatry and stand firm on the promises of Christ. We must lead our children in this path and trust in Christ to be our preservation as He calls His community, His church together as the true bride of Christ.
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