American Apostasy: Disobedience in the House of God

DISOBEDIENCE: Disobedience and deception go hand-in-hand.  The Church is full of both.

“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
Luke 16:15

One of the most-quoted Bible verses these days seems to be 2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

A great many church-goers quote it while begging the people of the USA to repent and turn to the Lord so that America can continue being the Land of Worldly Opportunity for them and their families.

But that is a misapplication of the verse to be sure.

The verse is not referring to the pagans or heathens to turn from their wicked ways.  It is referring to what God’s people need to do. But a casual look around the United States is enough to convince most that God is not blessing the Land of the Free.  In fact, God has turned the Land of the Free over to its sin.

Which means apparently God’s people have not turned from their wicked ways.

And judgment begins at the house of God.

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
1 Peter 4:17

Deception and disobedience go hand-in-hand in the American Church, particularly disobedience and self-deception.  After disobeying God on any number of everyday issues, church-goers lie to themselves that disobedience is the new normal.

Jesus reserved his harshest words for the Pharisees and their hypocrisy. But is the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the hypocrisy of those who inhabit the churches in 2014 America so very far apart?  Pew-sitters go about their business, merrily preparing the way for the man of sin, all the while smiling while singing “Jesus loves Me.”

In the time in which we live, this is troubling because all who do not have a love for the truth will be subject to a “strong delusion.”

But few seem troubled as they revel not only in their deception but in sin as well.

And make no mistake: Jesus hates sin.  God hates sinners. Anyone who insists differently is selling something.

Yes, God so loved the world that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to make a way for all who would repent and turn away from their sin. But any number of scriptures makes it clear that God not only abhors sin, he abhors sinners (the wicked).

“thou hatest all workers of iniquity.”
Psalm 5:5

God loves his creation.  But God is the perfect Judge who will judge perfectly.  And as a Holy God–a concept with which no human can identify–He abhors iniquity and sin and those who commit it. There are many scriptures of God very plainly declaring his feelings about sinners.

“If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema (cursed).”
–1 Corinthians 16:22

“…all that do unrighteously are an abomination to the Lord”
–Deuteronomy 25:16

““He that justifieth the wicked… are abomination to the Lord.”
–Proverbs 17:5

“And if ye will not for all this hearken unto Me, but walk contrary to Me; Then I will walk contrary to you in my fury.”
–Leviticus 26:28

Disobedience comes in many forms. All sin is disobedience in one form or another.  Church-goers who continue in their sin while insisting “God knows my heart” should be assured: God does know our hearts. And he has made it clear our hearts are naturally disobedient.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jeremiah 17:9

To list all of the types of disobedience in today’s Church is beyond the scope of this article, but one of the most common forms of disobedience is on display every day in American churches: friendship with the world.

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
James 4:4

American church-goers are such bosom buddies with the world, they no longer even recognize their condition. The world helps the church-goers out by dreaming up other names for friendship with the world.

SELLING SIN BY ANOTHER NAME: The American Dream

Once more, deception and disobedience go hand-in-hand in the American Church.

Is your calling and election sure?

“Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.”
Psalm 44:21

[Parts of this article originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 19, 2014.]

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by Jeremiah J. Jameson
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