Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"Serving False gods"

"And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." 1 Kings 18:21
During the days of Elijah the prophet, and Ahab and Jezebel's reign in Israel, the children of Israel had turned away from following the Lord God Jehovah and started following Baal, Ashtaroth and Molech. Baal was the principal god- the god of materialism and prosperity. Ashtaroth was the goddess of sexual immorality. Molech was the god that the Israelites were sacrificing their children to. 
This sounds like it could be talking about our own nation today. Once a nation that honored and revered God; once a nation that had made a covenant with God; we have turned away from Him and are serving these three gods also. We are serving/following materialism, sexual immorality and abortion (the sacrifice of babies in the womb.)
What is worse is not only has our nation turned and gone in this direction, but so has a majority of the church. Instead of worshipping God and living a life of self-denial, we are pursuing materialism and prosperity. We are not content to live within our means, we want bigger, better and more of it. We equate holiness with wealth and material possessions. In reality, we are serving Baal.
We have also given Ashtaroth worship in our churches. Many churches are embracing homosexuality and ordaining homosexual pastors. People sit in the pews, serve on deacon boards and teach Sunday School classes who are living in fornication, adultery, addicted to pornography and other sexual immoralities.
Surely, we aren't serving Molech. Are we? We are sacrificing our children to gods of fun, games and entertainment. Learning Bible verses, how to worship the Lord, training in the fear of the Lord, holiness, self-denial, how to be servants and givers have been replaced, or in most cases done away with. 
We have seen the worship of these gods and a removal of the True and Living God in our nation and in our churches. When Elijah asked the people how long they would go back and forth between their devotion to the Lord God and their service to these false gods, he was asking the nation, but he was also asking each person individually. (The gospel is always personal.) So the question is-- which God/god are you serving? Are you serving the Lord God with complete devotion? Or are you serving these false gods? 
Have a great day. You can only serve one God--- which God/god are you serving?
For further reading:
1 Kings 18
Matthew 6:24
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