Why the church lacks discernment
Hosea 4:11 -
Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart [understanding]
In today's message the Lord gives us the reasons why the glory of God is not experienced in the Church of today. Why so many things are happening in the Church which is against God's Word even though we have so many senior people in the Church and why they are not able to discern.
The 3 prime reasons which the Lord gives are whoredom, wine and new-wine.
Whoredom: The Lord is not accusing the leaders of sleeping around or having physical relationships outside the institute of marriage as been a cause of the sickness in the Church. This may be happening to some extend but the whoredom which the Lord speaks of is the mental sleeping around the elders do for the cause of pleasure of the flesh (carnal self).
Many foreign things (things not of God's Kingdom) have been allowed into the Church just to please people so that the Church does not loss finances, name, numbers, power etc...
It started with small things and today it is outright prostitution like is seen is red light areas. Thus we have concepts in churches like all gods are one, inter faith discussions (not debates, not finding the differences but finding common grounds), all people are God's children since God created them (Satan too was created by God but that does not make him God's child), fighting evil is not our work leave it to God, traditions are more important than Word of God (this still happens to some extend still in Believer Churches) etc...
Wine: The Hebrew word used here is 'Yayin' which is a term used for fermented wine. As we know when grape juice is kept in jars over long periods, the rotting causes the sugar to be broken and alcohol to be formed.
God had promised the people of God daily fresh Manna would be provided to the people of God throughout their journey in the wilderness until they entered the Promised Land. That promised was not only for the Israelites but also for us. We too are promised by God that every day we will receive more knowledge and understanding of His Kingdom. But what we see is leaders repeating a teaching for years and years. You will find the Manna collected by one person being passed around again and again like passing the parcel. I am not against sharing what the Lord is revealed to someone but what is of concern is the lack of seeing fresh Manna.
Like overnight kept Manna got worms during the time of the Exodus in the same way teachings repeated again and again start bring worms into preachers. The preacher stops connecting to God and starts connecting to his teaching and then starts looking at himself not God and thus worms like pride, power, greed and spirits like deaf and dumb spirit start showing its head.
New Wine: This is the consequences of 'Yayin'. Since their communication with God has got hampered over a period of time, we find Church leaders taking teaching and understanding from sources other than the Word of God or the Kingdom of God. We find people quoting phrases of well known people more than scriptures irrespective of them being 100 percent abiding by God's Word or not, understandings and traditions from other religions and beliefs are incorporated in Christianity, the Bible is kept aside and new concepts are studied.
Days are not far if this continues, like in Hinduism their evil man Ravan is considered also a saint, so also we will have Satan declared a Christian saint.
Let us wake up and get our act together and our house in order while it is easy else we will have a great, great difficulty in getting this cancer removed.
Things may not look serious since many are void of the knowledge and understanding or scriptures and Kingdom of God but to put this seriousness in a simple layman terms with a hypothetical situation:
A preacher to add special effects to his teaching and to keep the attention of his congregation preaches by standing on one foot. Now another preacher looking at this thinks the secret of the great teaching is because he stood on one leg so he too makes this a habit and has some success in drawing and keeping the attention of the crowd. Looking at this other preachers also start the same in their Churches. After a few years a common understanding is reached that any preacher preaching standing on both legs is not from God but from Satan.
You may laugh at this but sadly such things are happening in the Church and we are blind to it, we just need to open our spiritual eyes and see them.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we pray for the leaders of the Church. We rebuke the spirits of spiritual laziness, blindness, deafness and dumbness and we cast them out. We speak light, knowledge and wisdom into them. May they be filled with your Spirit of Truth. We pray for the quick healing of the body...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
16 This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.
18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.
22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.
25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field.
26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.
27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.
30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
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