GOING TO CHURCH TO WORSHIP: But who are the churches worshiping?
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
Empty Rituals, Empty Traditions
Americans lay great store in “going to church.”
Americans put their faith into the things of the church.
What did Jesus say about such man-constructed idols of pseudo-holiness?
“Then came together unto him [Jesus] the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”
The modern churches are temples full of dead rituals and empty, meaningless ceremonies which comfort the flesh of those attending. Church-goers mistake this temporary feel-good for the spiritual cleansing of true repentance and heartfelt prayer.
It matters not whether the church professes to be Roman Catholic, snake handlers, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Baptists, Science Fiction Church, ascetics, TV ‘ministries,’ Methodist, Lutheran or what-have-you: all are infested with traditions, ceremonies and rituals which satisfy the human hunger for routine.
Jesus continually warned against the leaven of the Pharisees. The corporate church, as it exists today is not a result of that leaven.
It is that leaven.
“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”
TRADITIONS, RITUALS and CEREMONIES: Empty Rituals + Empty Worship = Another God, Another Jesus
Even though many know their churches are infested with godless practices and mind-numbing traditions, they choose stubbornly to cling to what they know.
“…stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
—1 Samuel 15:23
It’s only a “ritual” if the other guy does it; if we do it, it’s “worshiping God.”
Jesus, in Luke 11:37-52, let loose another stream of condemnations against the Pharisees in particular and against mindless traditions of the ungodly in general.
“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”
Jesus has to be full of sorrow to see most of His Church transformed into temples for Pharisees.
Oh, there’s no end to preaching against “legalism.”
“Legalism, legalism, blah blah blah. It’s an abomination!” thunder the wolves from the pulpits.
This is similar to a bank robber who stops in the middle of a robbery and begins lecturing the victims on the evils of robbing banks–except the victims don’t reward the robber by taking up a collection after he’s finished.
The modern churches are composed of rituals. Their very essence is form over substance; of the letter of the law over the Spirit; of the Pharisees’ construction of hundreds of man-made nonsensical regulations to supersede the salvation of God.
Churches have become exactly what Jesus warned against: buildings of man-ordained purification; where (for a price) the ungodly can outsource their connection with God to hirelings and wolves.
The ungodly drop a few bills into the collection plate and make a weekly sacrifice of 60 minutes from their busy schedules. In return, they go out to Sunday dinner feeling cleansed for another week of cavorting with this present world.
Because this charade takes place in every great city and every sleepy burg, the United States of America fancies itself “a Christian nation” instead of the den of the dragon.
Because the churches are largely buildings where apostate gather to go through the motions, they are in a holding pattern; waiting until the man of sin comes for his apostate whore church.
MAN OF SIN: The Man of Sin is Coming
JESUS WARNED BELIEVERS OF THE END TIMES DECEPTION
Jesus warned believers repeatedly of end times deception. So did Paul, Peter Jude and John. The entire New Testament is a warning of what those who profess Jesus would become during the end times. Yet because those in the churches are for the most part blind and without the Holy Spirit, the warnings go unheeded.
The warnings are always for the “other guy.” The danger is always without: it’s safe within the church. The perils warned of are always “outside the church.”
Make no mistake: the denizens of one church can see the beam in the eyes of another. The Pentecostal can see the robes, golden dishes and traditions of the Roman Catholic for the soulless ceremony that they are. The Baptist can see the the demonic laughing, jumping and shouting, senseless jabbering and wild claims of the Pentecostal for what they are: flesh-pleasing riot. All can see the snake-handlers are tempting God.
And there are true born-again children of God within each of the man-created denominations. BUT they are born-again children of God in spite of their churches–not because of them.
But few see the web of deceit constructed within the walls of their own church.
Those who do, leave.
The modern churches construct their own God and another Jesus and worship these idols for God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth and His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s reproof to the nation of Israel (the ancient God-ordained nation, not the modern, secular counterfeit) should be heeded by all those who inhabit the modern churches and worship gods of their own construction.
When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.
These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Do You Know Jesus?
Do you REALLY know Him?
Or are you going through the motions?
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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