Last week we reposted from another blog “It matters whom you Marry”, nice little post that every young person should read. However it got me thinking, it also matters whom we worship. Look the world over and consider that the Buddhist are better of than the Islamist. The Christians are better off than the Buddhist. And of the Christians the Protestants are generally better off than the Roman Catholics. So it really does matter. We must know who we are worshiping.
You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. John 4:22
The more of the truth a people, culture, or nation have, the better off they are. So the question is; is the God we worship one of truth or somewhat less?
For it is truth that sets us free. John 8:32
Is the God we worship the one who’s Son walked through the Galilee and Judea in the first century, or is He one that has been created by 2000 years of greedy clergymen and or the cultural wants of the time. There is a difference between the God of the Bible and the god of churchianity. Sometime there is little or no resemblance between a first century Jewish Rabbi and the church god that many pretend to be Him.
Too many want a god they can control, and whether consciously or unconsciously they seek out spiritual leaders that will feed their desire and teach them methods by which they can achieve this control. In this way some congregations have given up on sound Biblical principles and turned over their individual status as priest to so called spiritual leaders who are nothing more than soothsayers [1 Pet. 2:9]. These spiritual leaders are either the deceived or deceivers and it matters not to those who listen to them. The information is false. None of this serves as seeking the Kingdom. It is all false teaching.
How do we tell them from real teachers? The tests are clear in the Scriptures [1John 2:18-25, 3:4-10, 4:1-6 & 2 John 2:7]. Does what they teach lift up Messiah or does it put the plans and purposes of some man in their place? Do they follow the laws of God or negate them? Do they explain away difficult passages and our right lie about what others say? e.g. The Law has not passed away.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. Rom. 3:31
They tell us God will give us what you want if we tithe. They tell us to pray “Jesus come into my heart” and like magic we will be saved. They contend that the kingdom is yet future. That there will be a Rapture and or a seven year Tribulation. Some claim the magic to turn wine and bread into the blood and body of Messiah. They give you beads to count repetitious prayers so God will hear you, etc. So much of what is being taught is historically, Biblically and theologically wrong, that many have lost their way and quite possible their souls.
“And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Matt. 6:7
The only way to make sure that what we believe is truth, is to read the Bible for ourselves.
Seeking the kingdom is not one of trying to control God, but rather one of learning what His plans and purposes are and working to help those things along.
To be Face to Face with our Lord we first need to understand Him as He is.
Quod non est Biblicum, non est Theologicum
i.e. if the quote is not in the Bible, it is not Theology