Immorality In The Religious Church is An Apostate Condition (Continued)
The reasons why I say in this titled message “Religious” is because religion has no part in the kingdom of Heaven, nor has a part with God. Religion is man-made. In fact it should never be in the common vernacular of the believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus never once tried to bring us religion. Instead He brought us reconciliation to all who believes, between God and man. A relationship with God the Father, in His entire fullness through Jesus Christ His only begotten Son as it is written:
John 14:6-7 I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really knew Me, you would know My Father as well.
also, Mathew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, For I am gentle and meek in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jesus did not say, ‘Come unto My religion that man will make out of Me, and you will find rest.’ No! He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Religion is dead and all who participate are dead also. Dead unto God. Dead unto the Spirit. Dead to the relationship God wants all to have with Him. God Almighty commands us to be alive unto Christ; as it is written:
Romans 6:6-12 Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him (Jesus the Christ) that the body of sin might (the word “might” suggests by ones own choice, action, and faith) be done away with that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he (the believers and followers of Jesus Christ) who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, But alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it’s lusts.
The word “religion” is a rebuke to those who knows God, and have a real relationship with Him. All can have this relationship with God. And those who only have religion and does not know God are truly in a apostate condition, due to the rejection of God by man made regulations and false doctrines and religious rituals that has nothing to do with the Word of God at all. For these things are empty. They have everything to do with the outward appearances. They have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. Where there is no healing, deliverance, or convictions, there is something seriously wrong and it isn’t with God. Most likely they are in apostate conditions.
Mark 16:15-18 Go into all the world and preach this good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but who ever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will recover.
Does this sound like a dead or a lukewarm church, No! For doing the work of the Lord is being alive unto Christ also. Being alive unto Christ is bearing much fruit for the Kingdom of God of Heaven. As it is written:
John 15:4&5 Abide in Me (Jesus says) and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides (or remains) in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I Am the vine, you (the believers and followers of Jesus) are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
If you are not doing the things God has commanded us to do Like, “Love one another as I have loved you, freely you have received freely give, or Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your enemies and pray for them, do good to those who hate you and spitefully use you.” Telling people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and casting out demon’s, raising the dead, healing the sick through power of the Holy Spirit, then there is something seriously wrong.
Maybe it’s being ashamed of Christ. Maybe it’s fear. Maybe it’s you, who don’t have this true close relationship with the Lord that I’m talking about (Abiding in Christ). Maybe it’s your faith, the lack thereof. Maybe it’s sin. Or maybe your not reading the Word of God and adding to you faith, knowledge. Whatever it is, in a nut shell, it’s an apostate condition, a religious rut that makes you dead unto Jesus Christ our Lord. The work that the Lord has done are commanded by Jesus for all born-again believers to do. It is also a promised in:
John 14:12-14 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater (in numbers) works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And what ever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father maybe glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
On Easter and all year long, we celebrate the living, resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ The Son of God. For Jesus is not dead but living, and we serve, honor, and worship Him and God His Father. The Cares of this world, the lust for the things of the world does in fact choke the Word of God in ones own heart and life. therefore it also chokes faith.
Mathew 13:22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the Word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches chokes the Word of God, and he becomes unfruitful.
Thorns is a type of hearer of the Word of God and is a symbolic representation of clutter. Whether it is the vain pursuit of popularity, fame and fortunes, or worldly possessions. Even the pursuit of happiness through things which is not guaranteed happiness at all, takes over one’s heart and makes itself priority over all important matters and decisions. When the cares of the world chokes off the life flow of Jesus Christ in you, then you are in an apostate condition. Remember, Apostasy means: (Greek) Apo = away + Stasis = A standing. It means, ‘An abandoning of what one has believed in, as a faith, or cause.’ And in this case referring to a falling away of what is right. Straying away from God and His truth is apostasy
If the Word of God is not building up your faith which is what it is supposed to do when you read it aloud to yourself, or when you hear your Pastor or other ministers in the church. Nor does it convicts you, or equips you, then you need to rededicate your life unto Jesus Christ and receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit of God because you could be backsliding quickly into an apostate condition. God designed His Word to build up your faith and equip you every time you read it.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The World, Flesh And The Devil Are Workers of Apostasy
The enemy (the devil) does plant seeds which leads to apostate conditions (refer to last blog (Apostasy part 2). he cultivates the ground (Known as the flesh; the heart of mankind). he then plants those seeds into individuals, who are ignorant about the truth (the Word of God and His ways) and waits to reap the harvest which is the forbidden fruits of the flesh. To either turn you away from Christ and from the truth of Christ, or to reap destruction eternally in your heart, mind, soul and body.
So called “Christians” who practice any one of these things are in an apostate condition. Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident which are: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness. idolatry, sorcery (devil worship, spell cast and drug use) hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage (protesting and rioting), selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 5:3-7 But fornication and all uncleanness (homosexuality) or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, (cussing; gossip), nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
So we see clearly that those who practice such things will miss Heaven if you do not repent and continue in them. For God created man to be with a woman from the very beginning. Homosexuality is absolutely not natural and is absolutely out of the will of God. And if you continue to practicing sin after knowing the truth, then God will eventually excommunicate you from His presence forever
Romans 1:24-27 Therefore God also gave them up to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever Amen.” (this falls under the category of idolatry. Fornication is also the worship of flesh) For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. (due to continual rebellion against the truth of God and against His original design) For even their women exchange the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
The Word of God also specifically says in:
Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
For every thought, every decision breeds action. And every action has consequences. Good decisions has their rewards. And poor choices has consequences and they are absolute. Examples: Heroin addicts are not born as addicts. They made a choice to try it, by slamming a needle into their arm to get that high, and they find themselves addicted to it. They have sown and also reaped. And because they could not shake their addiction, they die.
Pornography addiction may have started out as innocent curiosity. But over time it brings the person into bondage of sexual immoral actions, because the seed is planted through the eyes, (the window of the soul). Over time like wise, innocent curiosity becomes an addiction, and in the end result reaps destruction of the soul. Destruction of families, friends and marriages.
Premarital sex/casual sex, reaps unwanted pregnancies which can leads to abortion, (murder). It can also lead to sex addictions, (Pornography, and debauchery even can lead to the point of prostitution.) Which then leads to sexually transmitted diseases, which also leads to uncleanness and premature death. Death of the conscience! Death to innocence! Death to a real wholesome, loving, normal relationship with the right person. For premarital sex becomes a curse in itself.
In these last days, not many experience the innocence and cleanness of a real and true loving, wholesome, nurturing marriage. For the marital relationship are destroyed because of that premarital sexual/ sexual immorality, the curse that can cause adultery which results in broken homes, kids without discipline, guidance and structure. And this adds to a societal breakdown of lawlessness. These are just a few examples out of hundreds today. the point is again, every thought and every decision breeds action. And every action has consequences. Good decisions has their rewards. And poor choices has consequences and they are both absolute.
God teaches against all these things, not for you to earn eternal life, for no one can earn the right to the kingdom of Heaven and no one can be good enough according to His standards. But it’s because He wants us all to be happy, and having the peace of mind and heart without drama and bearing fruit for the kingdom of Heaven. He wants to give all a life full of abundance, peace and joy in Him and He can give that to you, but it is only through Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleans us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus can fully restore! Fully heal! Fully deliver! Fully sanctify! Fully make whole, if you truly and fully come to Him. Surrendering your full heart, mind, body and soul to Jesus Christ. God cannot lie nor can He fail, for God the Father of Jesus Christ are merciful, just and true.
Ignorance By Lack of Knowledge of The Word of God Is An Apostate Condition
My heart has grown sick to hear a report on Family Life Radio 91.5, that there is illiteracy in the church body of Christ. Not that people can’t read, but many don’t read the Word of God enough or at all. According to a report a few years ago on CBN News, many in the church body of Christ today don’t know the 10 Commandments by heart.
A real born-again Christian knows the Holy Bible like the back of their hand. When Christians don’t know the Holy Bible they become more vulnerable to believing lie’s. Warning; Those who don’t read the Holy Bible will fall into darkness and not recover. Unless you come to repentance and start reading the Holy Bible faithfully. Because of ignorance, people will fall by the way side as it is written:
Mathew 13:5-6 Some seed fell on stony places (hearts of stone) where they did not have much earth (shallowness) and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth, But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
In the Book of Luke 8:13 this parable was explained by Jesus to His disciples more clearly than in Matthew. The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the Word, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a awhile and in time of temptation; persecution; or in tribulation they fall away.
Reading the Holy Bible daily deeply roots us and helps us build a strong foundation in us that can not be moved nor can be shakened. For the Word of God builds our faith, as it is written in:
Colossians 2:6-7 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus our Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
It is a sin to sit on Word of God and not read and do the will of God as He commands. All these are apostate conditions. Raising a harvest of ignorance and faithlessness in the body of Christ Jesus our Lord in this very day and hour. And the Harvest is a dead church full of hypocrisy (play acting). A dead church that has no power nor any eternal worth in the kingdom of God. No hope, nor has eternal life. A religious church harvesting eternal death. If you do not believe in your heart and confess out of your mouth that Jesus Christ has:
#1). Come into this world by the virgin birth in the flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit
#2). Died for your sins,
#3). and was raised from the dead,
you will not be saved and there is no truth in you as it is written:
1 John 4:1-3 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come into the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is already in the world.”
Hell will be your eternal home for those who denies and rejects Jesus Christ as the Messiah as the only begotten Son of God and His the power thereof. Note This: when you read the Word of God today, God is preparing you for something big tomorrow in the near future. Not only that, how are we to know God apart from His Word. You can’t. The Holy Bible is our spiritual sustenance and through His Word and experiences with God we get to know more about Him
All that the churches should represent, the root of it all is Jesus Christ. When you take away Christ, we absolutely have no hope! No eternal moral values! Nor eternal life. And certainly no message worth hearing, because without Jesus Christ, you have absolutely do not have the Father nor His Holy Spirit. When you have neither of Them, all you really are, is a dead secular church.
1 John 2:22&23 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ (the Son of God) he is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son who ever denies the Son does not have the Father either. He who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
And empty messages are vain, because they absolutely have no authority, nor power, because it lacks the Holy Spirit and the Holy Trinity. You then, really and truly have nothing.
John 15:5 I Am the vine, you (the believers and followers of Jesus Christ) are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
The Unpardonable Sin
There is only one sin that can never be forgiven. All sins can and will be forgiven as long as you turn away from wickedness and walk in the direction of righteousness (repentance). But there is one sin that will never be forgiven and that is: The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit which simply means, “anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit” Here’s a good example of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit: I met 10 out 10 Baptist’s from different States in my personal life-time thus far who claims, “speaking in tongues is from the evil one” (referring to Mark 16:15-18). Are they right since the majority claims such things? No! The Holy Bible teaches us there are tongues of men (an earthly language) and tongues of angels (the heavenly prayer language in 1 Corinthians 13:1) and they are from God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Signs; wonders; and miracles are also from God, as merciful gifts from God to man. Jesus Himself performed these signs; wonders; and miracles by the power of God, not from devils.
Mathew 12:31&32 Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven of men (all humanity) but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven of men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven of him, either in this age or in the age to come.
Blasphemy: (according to Webster’s New World Dictionary) means: ‘Profane abuse of God or sacred things.’ Where there is sin in a believer’s life, the Holy Spirit will let you know, for He is our helper. If a church body and/or a born-again Christian rejects the narrow way and continues in sin, than the Holy Spirit will eventually take His flight. Some churches has experienced this and that is why the glory of the Lord has departed and has become a dead secular church due to sin and the rejection of Gods Holy Word and doctrines. And has been replaced with man-made doctrines, programs, concerts and entertainments.
I must clarify again religion vs. Relationship. Religion should not be in the vernacular of the true believers and followers of Jesus Christ, unless it is for the purpose of rebuke. Religion has no relationship to God at all. In fact it is dead and empty. It is really about the outward appearances and expressions of the flesh, which they call faith. Religion is a mere outward appearance that looks good, but it is a farce and full of play acting. It has no power to convict, restore, nor gives anyone any lasting hope. A real relationship with God stands alone. The only similarity to religion vs. relationship is that all can have either. That’s it.
Revelation 22:10 Then He (Jesus Christ) told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophesy of this book (the whole Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation of all 66 books) because the time is near, let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.
A warning to all the people in their secret sins, both in leadership and those who are not. “Come back to your senses and reason right now with the Lord of eternal life and forsake all the apostate condition and be alive unto Jesus Christ and dead to sin!”
Ephesians 5:8-14 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
All sin done in secret will be exposed. And all will know eventually. The Lord is returning for His bride very soon! Are you ready to meet Jesus Christ, The Son of God, being caught up swiftly in the air with Him? Or due to your impenitent heart, are you ready to meet the hour of judgment that is to come. Its your choice. Are you ready! For Christ is coming for a spotless bride who is glorious. These are some of the signs of the end times…