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The Corruption of God's Way  The Corruption of God's Way

Decisions within the Christian churches over the last few years have put to the sword their assertion that the Bible is the source of their authority, and the foundation of all Christian beliefs. The Bible, for centuries treated as the voice of divine authority, is being increasingly ignored in order to permit the introduction of ideals that, though popular, are directly opposed contrary to its teaching. The teaching of Christ was never fashionable, it was never intended to embrace the popular ideas of the day. It was the Word of God and, if adopted as the only acceptable code of behaviour, was powerful to educate people in the way of salvation. That his Father’s message was out of step with the modern society of the day was clearly seen in that they finally crucified Jesus after enduring his message for only 3½ years. The Christian world of modern society today appears just as unashamedly determined to reject the teachings of the very person they profess to be the founder of the Christian church.

The Prophet Jeremiah, through the Spirit, declared of Israel: “Behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it. Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in”. The Word of the LORD was not to their liking because it condemned the things they did as evil. Centuries afterwards, the Lord Jesus spoke similar words, declaring that “Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved”. Israel, both in the times of Jeremiah and of Christ, were doers of evil things and the word spoken by these two messengers was inconvenient to such a pursuit; therefore they despised the word, and the messengers who conveyed it. The word of the LORD reproached them for their evil deeds, wherefore they had no delight in it. With the Word of the LORD shut out of their minds, they could continue with a clear conscience. The prophet Jeremiah was moved further to consider: “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush”. Only the Word of God, as the only absolute authority on that which is good and that which is evil, is able to create conscience within man. Shut out the Word of God and the conscience is clear. With a clear conscience they had nothing to be ashamed of, and no reason to blush. Ever man can do that which is right in his own eyes.

That such happened in Israel should not surprise us when we see the same thing happening before our very eyes. Not many years ago we witnessed the advent of the ordination of women. Following the growth of the women’s liberation movements, and the clamour for sexual equality, the ordination of women in the church followed. In the debate leading up to the ordination of women, the Scriptures were abundantly quoted by those opposing the development. The Apostle Paul’s unmistakable words were cited. The press openly publicised Scripture which declared, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection”; “I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence”;
“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak: but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law”; “If they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church”. How did they cope with such Scriptures? The Word was a reproach unto them, therefore they took no delight in it. They removed the cloak of inspiration from the Word and branded Paul a bigot and a male chauvinist.

From there they moved to the recognition of homosexuals, and even the ordination of such to the clergy – despite the abundant testimony in Scripture branding such behaviour as an abomination in the sight of God. They even moved towards the recognition of ‘same-sex marriages’. The Old Testament Scriptures are full of denunciations of such behaviour, declaring those who practised such abomination in Israel to be worthy of death by stoning. They were deemed to be not fit to live; and a gross danger to the rest of the nation whose behaviour they might have influenced. More than that, they were a defilement and a pollution amongst those people who had been sanctified (separated) by God for Himself. Before Israel’s beginnings, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire and brimstone in testimony of God’s abhorrence at their behaviour, having first removed Lot – a just man, appalled at their evil deeds. The New Testament is consistent with God’s declarations in the Old Testament, in denunciations again publicised in the press recently. The Apostle Paul declared of those who professed themselves to be wise, but who “changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things”. The beasts practiced the very things that perverted man sought to practice. Therefore they considered God to be altogether such an one as they themselves in outlook. They compared God to beasts that had no moral law and therefore exercised no restraint. Thus they changed the truth of God into a lie. “They worshipped the creature more than the Creator.” “For this cause, God gave them over to vile affections” – and what were those “vile affections”? “Even their women did change the natural use into that which was against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet”. BECAUSE they did not like to retain God in their minds, which would have been a constant thorn in their side and a pricker of their consciences, “God gave them over to a reprobate mind” (a mind void of judgment). The divinely inspired, God-given, Scriptures could not be clearer. How did they cope with such Scriptures? The Word was a reproach unto them, therefore they took no delight in it. They again removed the cloak of inspiration from the Word and declared openly that the Scriptures needed bringing up to date – as if such behaviour had been unknown when God framed His law!

How appropriate are the words of God through the prophet Jeremiah, even today, when he was moved to write those words cited above: “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush”! How can they dare to seek excuse for that which God condemns in unmistakeable terms? Are they wiser than God? Nay, professing themselves to be wise, they become fools.

The Bible is the only voice of divine authority and the inspiration of the Scriptures has been a rock of the true Christian religion. Without this single authority, there is no basis for religion. Religion is not merely a system of worshipping a god or gods. “Religion”, by its very meaning, is the process of “reconciliation to God” – literally,
‘a re-binding’ or ‘the healing of breach’. Since there is only one true, living God, He alone is the one to whom man needs to be reconciled, or re-bound, and His law is that alone which constitutes “God’s Way” in the earth. Those who flout it, disregard it, or even argue against it are irrevocably condemned by their own attitude and actions. They make themselves an abomination to God. THAT IS HIS UNCHALLENGEABLE VERDICT.

In the times of Noah “God’s way” had been corrupted, and the result was the destruction of the complete civilisation of those days. Lot was a man who was vexed by the immoral behaviour of his day, who knew that the practices allowed in his day (those same practices now being accepted by the Church) were abhorrent to God, witnessed the complete destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The increasing rejection of the teaching of Christ by the Church is a clear indication that the ‘Christian church’ has abandoned God, has abandoned Christ, and has in reality abandoned Christianity – as the Bible describes it: “Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof”. Its conclusion? “From such turn away.”

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