God Rejects Idolators, Even Those Once Sanctified

March 1, 2013

Friends,
If we want to walk in freedom from the evil one, we must get rid of idolatry in our hearts and lives. (1 John 5:18,21 // 2 Kings 17:35-39) We must remember the covenant God has made with us. (2 Kings 17:38) Just as the Lord commanded that the Israelites not worship, bow down to, serve, or sacrifice to idols (v. 35) but to only do so unto Him (v. 36) while obeying all His decrees He wrote for them (v. 37), so we are to do the same under the New Covenant.

The New Covenant’s laws are not only written on our hearts (Heb. 8:10), but we have God’s own Spirit indwelling us whose power is readily accessible and meant to be walked in constantly. (Rom. 7:6 // 1 Cor. 4:20 // 2 Peter 1:3,4) Not only this, but we have the powerful, living Word of God (Heb. 4:12) abundantly accessible as well, that Word which makes us “wise for salvation” (2 Tim. 3:15), nourishes us, teaches us, and fills us up with the Spirit of Christ –if we continuously eat it (Him) and are loyally obedient to His commands. (John 6:53-63 & 8:31 & 14:23-26 & 15:1-10)

However, if a person persists in ungodly practices (2 Kings 17:40) –serving his idols even while worshipping the Lord (v. 33,41)– God’s Word gives a stern warning: The Lord will not only not accept the worship as genuine (v. 34), but He will reject such a person, afflict him, and give him into the hands of plunderers until He has thrust him from His presence. (v. 20) In Jer. 7:9-15 God gives the same warning, directing His admonition to “the house that bears My Name, the temple you trust in.” (v. 14) And in 2 Chron. 7:19-22 God says, “I will reject this temple I have consecrated for My Name.” In both passages God is declaring that He will certainly abandon His once sacred dwelling if the people go off to serve other gods.

In the New Testament we are given the same kind of warning. In 1 Cor. 3:16,17 we are warned that if any Spirit-in-dwelt person defiles himself with sin, he has defiled God’s sacred temple, and God will therefore destroy that person. By indulging in intentional sin (or by accepting anything of the evil or counterfeit realm), a person has denied Christ’s rulership (Jude 1:4), has denied his commitment to Christ (Matt. 24:10-12), and has thus denied Christ Himself. (Matt. 7:21-23 & 24:4,5 // Mark 8:34-38 // Titus 1:16 // 2 Peter 2:1) Moreover, this defiler has crucified Christ all over again, (Heb. 6:6), has subjected the Lord to public disgrace (same verse), has trampled the Savior underfoot (10:29), has insulted the Spirit of grace (same verse), and has “treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him.” (same verse) In other words, the sin-practicer (v. 26) has defiled, thus negated, the covenant the Lord made with him. (same verse) God’s dreadful wrath awaits such a man (v. 30,31) –in Hell. (v. 27)

But, most people have deaf ears to the Truth of what I’m writing. “I’m not an idolator,” they insist. “And I sin because, well, everyone is human.”

Too bad for those foolish people. For God’s Word informs us that all who are immoral, impure, or greedy are idolators (Eph. 5:5), and that they, along with all who are disobedient to God, have no inheritance in Christ’s Kingdom but will instead reap God’s wrath. (v. 5,6) For when someone decides to follow Jesus, he better realize that he is renouncing sin forever –just as if he was gouging out his eye that causes sin, so as to not be found useless and fit only for Hell. (Mark 9:47-50) He better realize that a luke-warm commitment is zero. (Luke 14:33 // Rev. 3:8,15,16)

To sin is to commit idolatry. To sin is to pull God off the throne of our heart and stick something or someone else up there. It is to love, serve, cater to, run after, and adore Self, money, pleasure, another person, reputation, prestige, success, etc. All those whose lives (and hearts, which God sees) show that they are pursuing such things, or allowing such things to influence them above the will, voice, and commands of the Lord, are worshipping God merely in pretense (Mark 7:6,7), without total commitment (Luke 14:25-35), and have even made themselves God’s enemy. (Rom. 8:7 // James 4:4) They are fit only for the manure pile (Luke 14:35) and the fire. (John 15:6) For to commit sin is to commit lawlessness (rebellion) against God. (1 John 3:4) To commit sin is to choose to belong to the devil. (v. 8,10)

We cannot love the world and also be in covenant love with God. (John 15:10 // 1 John 2:15) We cannot be pursuing money or the world’s way of doing things and at the same time be devotedly serving God. (Luke 16:13) We cannot love, overly protect, serve, or indulge Self and still inherit eternal life. (John 12:25) We cannot look back for even a moment to wish we could indulge in sin, the old life, or anything not in line with God’s will. (Luke 17:33) “Remember Lot’s wife!” (v. 32) In other words, if we begin to serve in the Kingdom of God and we then look back, we have already proven that we are unfit. (9:62)

Hardships, suffering for Christ, carrying our cross daily (Luke 9:23 // 2 Thes. 1:4,5)… –if they prove to be too much for someone, that person must understand: He will not be “counted worthy of the calling.” (See 2 Thes. 1:11) He will not be “counted worthy of the Kingdom of God.” (v. 5)

I hope everyone understands what God’s Word is certainly warning us of: That God will reject all idolators, even the ones whom He once sanctified.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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