Wednesday, July 02, 2008
God’s Wrath and the Mysterious Babylon: Part 3
A couple of verses to define the aforementioned point from Part 2: “This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27
“… the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.” 1 Timothy 5:16
To bring this study to a close, I ask you, why is it, in light of Scripture, that the overwhelming majority of Believers go to no end to prove that surely the organized church cannot be this mysterious Babylon clothed in outward riches? I believe that the main reason we try so hard to make Babylon the “lost world” is because that takes all responsibility and the coming wrath of God off of us. Is it not easier to say, “Oh, God would never do such a thing to, what has been (errantly deemed) ‘His church’”? Friend, we must wake up in this hour and look at God’s Word with unveiled eyes! The false teachings of men must be torn down and the Word lifted high. Time and time again people want to place their eternal future in a “Pastor So and So told me once” belief system. This cannot be so! Absolutely all opinions and “I know the Bible says that, but…” statements will be burned up in the fire of God’s furnace. I ask you, what truth resides in your innermost being that will remain? What have you discovered for yourself? Diligently seek truth – diligently seek His face - diligently seek to be found wearing clean garments and pleasing in the sight of a holy God.
People ask, "How can a religion, a 'Christian' church that gathers in God's name be against God?" I ask you, who was it that had Jesus Christ crucified? Was it the evil and ungodly world? No, it was those that were deemed, by themselves more than anyone, to be the religious, the elect of God. Those who proclaimed their own message and elevated themselves as having all of the answers conspired to have Jesus, the very Son of God, put to death (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16). To me it is very clear that the same is happening today. Programs are elevated and the Word is silenced. Worship is perverted and is all about making us feel good. Pastors are honored and, so called “laity” are taken advantage of. Fluff, opinions and ear tickling words are spoken and the Holy Spirit and power are forsaken. Everyone is confused about what is taught, what they don’t understand and what they really even believe - yet no answers are ever given and no one dares to ever question authority alongside the Scripture. Welcome to Babylon my friend. The church is confused and mixed and little to nothing is getting accomplished for the Kingdom of God!
I guess the best way to somehow do a wrap-up of all of this resides here: seek the Lord today, while He may be found. Tolerate no imitation. Tear down everything that exalts itself above Him and be found surrounded by a body of Believers that want Jesus above all else. The “real” church does exist, but you must look. Don’t be afraid to go outside of the Babylonian gates and seek out the ones who are striving to keep themselves completely unstained by the world. We are called to ultimately answer to one Shepherd and His name is Jesus Christ. I believe that the Lord, via His Word, has sent out a resounding call to His children. We are all individually responsible to know for ourselves His Truth. In the end, no blame can be moved onto another man or organization. It’s my prayer that you’ll take the time to set aside what you’ve likely always known and pursue absolute Truth from the Father. All that I’ve said is not flawless or perfect in any way, but one thing is sure - I’m diligently seeking the Lord for myself and will only ultimately allow what the Spirit confirms to remain. May we all be found cherishing the voice of our Father above all else. All Truth lies within His hands and He freely gives. Let’s look to the Father and leave behind the corrupted ways of men… in this place alone will He truly be found.
I want to end this with words from Jesus Himself, found in Mark 7:6-9: “And He said to them, ‘Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.' Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men’. He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.”
I want to make one thing clear - Babylon is a spirit and a mindset, not a “place”. We can be ruled by the ways of men and found not following God’s plans in any setting or occasion. A “service” that is all about man’s desires and precepts is just as wrong in a living room as it is on a church campus. It’s the spirit of Babylon that we must flee! We must always be cautious that we’re all prone to follow what we like and what is easy. I say let us run hard and fast into the fields of God’s order and plan! Let us abandon our ways, traditions and comforts and seek to be true followers of Jesus Christ.