“10 Hear the Word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
12 When you come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to tread My courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto Me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts My Soul hates: they are a trouble unto Me; I am weary to bear them.” Isaiah 1:10-14
Man loves outward ceremonies. The superstructure of the modern church contains many religious ceremonies and outward sacraments which are controlled by man-made preachers and priests for the purpose of money and control. Every born again Christian should give to the work of the Lord but sadly many give to satan’s ministers and therefore are in opposition to the work of God.
God grew weary of the Israelites form of godliness by maintaining all of the outward ordinances of the Mosaic Law. The very worship which God commanded became an abomination to Him. The Israelites had reduced God to a form; a religious ceremony of which they placed their faith to maintain righteousness.
“22 You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for Salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:22-24
Just as the Israelites had turned the genuine God-given activity into a mere form of worship requiring nothing more than bodily attendance, so too has the modern church turned the worship of God in spirit and truth into an ungodly and debased worldly form of emotional masses being led by seducing spirits into a frenzy who make a mockery of those who have been touched by God.
It is true, no where in the Bible do we see Jesus running, jumping or shouting. HOWEVER, we do see in the Scripture those who were touched by Jesus running, jumping and shouting. The lame man at the gate of the Temple called Beautiful received a touch from God and “…he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” (Acts 3:1-8).
The heart of the religious searches desperately to secure moral perfection and in doing so they destroy the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified in their heart by twisting and turning it into another gospel and another Jesus. Satan cannot overcome the reality of the Truth, Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe upon Him, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross AND He broke the power of sin for those who believe (Romans 6:14). The devil can however corrupt this Truth with his counterfeit. He will in fact use Truth to exalt his lie. Remember, a little leaven leavens the whole lump.
“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1-2.
We are warned throughout the Scriptures of false teachers, false doctrines, seducing spirits and the devil himself being transformed as an angel of light…yet many do not believe this to be true. The continue to defend the false teachers who are ministering death to God’s Children. Because the false teachers stand behind the pulpit and tickle the ears of many with sincere philosophies designed by man to help our infirmities, many will happily follow, support and defend these wolves in sheep’s clothing…and many will follow them right into a ditch and die eternally lost.
“16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My Eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:16-18
Because of the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the invitation remains open and forgiveness available for those who see the error of their ways and repent. Though our sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow upon proper confession and repentance. Come now, let us reason…
-Donna Clark Warren