Be Holy in All You Do
You see the same things I see. To be honest, I did not really believe that I would ever in my lifetime see the degree of this present darkness that is around us. I was not disbelieving that it would come. Although I read it in the Scriptures of how the last days would be, I cannot believe how very swiftly we have gone away from being a God-fearing nation to a God-hating generation of infidelity and anti-Biblical and anti-Christ attitudes and behavior.
Not only are decadent infidels now flaunting their defiant paganism, tragically multitudes of people in far too many “churches” are not hearing or being discipled in the authenticity of Biblical faith. Far too many in the 21st century, Christianity has been morphed by perverse leaders into a religion that is not true to the Biblical foundations. The attempt of churches to attract attendees by doing everything possible to make man feel comfortable and welcomed “inside a church gathering” has prompted the Holy Spirit to withdraw. He will not be defiled, nor will He honor the rejection of the divine “otherness” of God. He certainly will not act in compliance with that which is profane and common. God is not to be accommodated. He is to be held in awe and revered as absolutely righteous and worshiped as glorious, majestic, and holy.
The more churches appeal to men’s appetites, preferences, sensory feelings, and sensuality, the further the church moves from being pleasing to God. Man has to choose between God and material things; between that which is spiritual and that which is flesh; and between this present age that is passing away or the Kingdom of God that is forever. God’s ways are always higher than man’s ways…and it will always be so.
Sadly, the more men usurp authority of any church, the more it takes on the characteristics of man. That was the case once Jesus was in Jerusalem for the last days of His earthly ministry. The temple had become big business. The form had overtaken the true function. Brokenness took a back seat to business. On the day after Palm Sunday, Jesus entered the temple and was appalled as He walked among the people seeking to enter and saw the selling of sacrificial animals and religious relics. These merchants and moneychangers were selling with the backing of the temple priests. Their animals for sacrifice and relics that they provide were sold at exorbitant prices. The extortion done in the name of God on the temple grounds was disgusting. Here is how Jesus responded when He saw the profaning of the site built for worship.
Matt.21: 12-13 – Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “My house will be called a house of prayer, ‘but you are making it ‘a den of robbers”.
AND, once man has lost sight of God, and disgraces holy places, man’s behavior moves from sinful to despicably evil. Read what God spoke through Ezekiel……
8 You treat my holy things with contempt and desecrate my Sabbaths. 9 You have people spreading lies and spilling blood, flocking to the hills to the sex shrines and fornicating unrestrained. 10 Incest is common. Men force themselves on women regardless of whether they’re ready or willing. 11 Sex is now anarchy. Anyone is fair game: neighbor, daughter-in-law, sister. 12 Murder is for hire, usury is rampant, and extortion is commonplace. “‘And you’ve forgotten me. Decree of God, the Master. 13 “‘Now look! I’ve clapped my hands, calling everyone’s attention to your rapacious greed and your bloody brutalities. 14 Can you stick with it? Will you be able to keep at this once I start dealing with you? 15 I’ll throw you to the four winds. I’ll scatter you all over the world. I’ll put a full stop to your filthy living. 16 You will be defiled, spattered with your own mud in the eyes of the nations. And you’ll recognize that I am God.'”. Ezekiel 22:8-16 – The Message.