Drinking from His cup

Matthew 26:36-45

Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37  And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.38  Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.40  And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.42  He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.43  And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.44  And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.45  Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Five Cups He Drank From Which We Must Drink.

The cup of want

  • Sometimes we lack things that we need – finances, health, job, home, etc.
  • Sometimes we must totally trust in His provision – Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  • Sometimes we confuse our wants with our needs. I Timothy 6:6-12 – But godliness with contentment is great gain.7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

The cup of betrayal – Judas

Matthew 17:22  And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:

Matthew 20:18  Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,

  • Family betrayed Jesus. Only member of His family mentioned at the cross was His mother.
  • Jesus was betrayed by those around Him. Only four women and John are mentioned as being surrounding Him at the cross.
  • Jesus was betrayed by His closest friends. Not even Peter was mentioned at the cross and we know that Judas betrayed Him with a kiss.

The cup of Pain

Matthew 26:28-29;65-68 –  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

65  Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.66  What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.67  Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,68  Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

Acts 16:20-25 –  20  And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21  And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. 22  And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 23  And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24  Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25   And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

  • Sometimes it hurts to serve the Lord.
  • Sometimes it may mean prison.
  • Sometimes it may mean death.
  • Sometimes it may mean mistreatment.

The cup of bereavement

John 11:34-44 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.35 Jesus wept.36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

  • We have all been to the valley of bereavement.
  • Grieving is a natural part of this earthly life.
  • Grieving comes to all, even those who know Jesus.

Cup of persecution

    Luke 21:8-15 – And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

    Acts 7:51-8:1 – Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. 1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

    • Have you ever experienced persecution for your faith?
    • Have you ever been quiet because you were afraid of what people would think, say, or do?
    • Persecution, not praise comes when one takes a bold stand for the truth of your Gospel.

    I think the church has a lot to learn.

    I Corinthians 3:1-7

    And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal,
    even as unto babes in Christ.2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for
    hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.3 For ye are yet
    carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye
    not carnal, and walk as men?4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I
    am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but
    ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6 I have
    planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that
    planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

    Any believer is a brother of sister regardless of their current situation.

    I John 3:13-17 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

    • We are outnumbered by those who hate us.
    • It is important that we stand with each other in these trying times.
    • I have more important things to think about then attacking other believers.
    • I do have a responsibility to point out error in “church” leaders – those who are outright deceivers.
    • There are times to separate from believers who walk in sin –

    II Thessalonians 3:14-15 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

    Regardless of the version you use, people can get saved with any version where the clear gospel is given.
    Romans 10:13 –

    For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved KJV

    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” Geneva,

    “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” NLT

    Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” NIV

    Not all children are the same.

    I Corinthians 12:1-12 – Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

    Christians can view certain passages of scripture different then you do, and they are still born again.

    I Corinthians 10:31- 11:1 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: 33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. 1: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ

    Sometimes God moves regardless of the denominational name about the church door
    • D.L. Moody – non-denominational non ordained evangelist
    •  Billy Graham – Baptist
    •  Billy Sunday – Fundamental Presbyterian 
    •  Dwight Pentecost – Presbyterian/non-denominational
    •  John Wesley – Methodist
    • Charles Spurgeon – Baptist
    • Martin Luther – Ordained Catholic priest who is credited with the protestant reformation and founder of the Lutheran Church.

    Instead of condemning those who may not be totally Biblically correct, may be instead of condemning we need to:

    Pray that they see the entire truth.

    Pray that revival breaks out in the lives of those seeking it, even if they may not understand ALL the scriptures that deal with Revival.

    Thank God that the focus is on Jesus, not on Satan or the sinfulness of the world.

    Pray we have a truly life changing moment and surrender our lives to Him forsaking sin. 

    Pray we become true ambassadors for Jesus.

    Pray that real revival comes to our personal life, our family, our church, our town, our state, and our nation; and then to the whole world one more time before Jesus comes.

    The Failure of the Church in America

    Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

    • What do you think of when you think of the church?
    • Do your views line up with the Biblical views?
    • Do you even know what the real church looks like?
    • Here is what Jesus said about His church in Matthew 16:18.

    Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    Acts 2:42-47 – And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

    I want to look with you at the qualities the church should have.  I want to kind of take them in reverse order. So, here we go.

    BIBLICAL QUALITIES OF A REAL NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH

    1. Quality one – Praise! Acts2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
    2. Quality two – Gladness! Acts 2: 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Glad means to greatly rejoice.
    3. Quality three – Getting together on a regular basis. Acts 2: 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
      4 Quality four – Ministry together with other believers. Acts 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. I Corinthians 4:1-5 – Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
      A. Involves my time.
      B. Involves my talents.
      C. Involves my giving.
      5 Quality five –Sound Biblical doctrine taught and lived out. We are told to live out our faith. Acts:2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
      A. Share the good news of Salvation.
      B. Minister to those within the body of believers who are in need.
      C. Minister to those who are outside the body who are hurting.

    James 1:19-27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26  If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

    What are you doing to have:

    • An attitude of praise.
    • A heart of gladness.
    • An urgency to come together.
    • A ministering spirit of others.
    • A willingness to live out sound doctrine.
    These all take intentional effort to accomplish. They do not just accidentally happen. Isn’t time you get on board and allow God to use you to change lives?

    The Fall of Christianity in America

    THE BIG “IF”

    II Chronicles 7:11-16 – Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king’s house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected. 12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

    Just recently a group of students from a catholic school were kicked out of the Smithsonian air and space museum in Washington DC.  Their crime – they all had hats that said pro-life on them. “ They were told they could not wear them in the museum. I applaud them for standing firm and refusing, even in the face of being kicked out, they refuse to compromise on the issue.  My friends, America is in trouble. In Nebraska, a state senator is introducing a bill that would “BAN” kids under 19 from attending Sunday School and Vacation Bible school – The reason, it indoctrinates children and leads to child abuse. 

    1. Note: This command was to be carried out in the HOUSE OF GOD.
    2. His house is to be a place of sacrifice, not a place of comfort.
    3. NOTE; God sends the pestilence – It is often to rebuke the sinfulness of His people
    4. The solution begins with IF.
      a. Humble– to be subdued, be brought down, be low, be under, be brought into subjection
      b. Pray – Not to just ask, but here to intercede
      c. Seek – to seek, require, desire, exact, request
      d. My face – Desire His presence
      e. Turn – To return, to turn back.
      f. Wicked ways – Evil, displeasing.
      g. Then
    • I will hear – to hear with the intent to give attention too.
    • I will forgive – pardon.
    • I will heal – to make healthy.

    II Corinthians 5:17-21 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

    Our standing in Christ

    1. We are made new.
      a. That means the old ways are to be forsaken.
      b. That means our attitudes, actions, thoughts, and love change.
    2. All things now are of God – we now live Godly in Christ

    II Timothy 3:10-17 –  But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11  Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

    We have been given THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION – the restoration of the favor of God to sinners that repent and put their trust in the expiatory death of Christ
    Ephesians 6:19-20 -    And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20  For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

    Acts 1:16-18  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

    Philippians 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

    He hath been made SIN FOR US.

    • He knew no sin.
    • He took my sin on Himself.
    • The Father looked a Jesus as if He were me.
    • The Father looked at me as if I were Jesus.
    • We have been given His righteousness

    Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

    Romans 8:1-4 –   There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    Romans 10:3-4 3  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

    Are you and I willing to do the “IF” part? -If my people!!!!!

    The fall of Christianity in America Today 

    The Problem

    Judges 2:6-15   And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.7  And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.8  And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.9  And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.10  And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.11  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:12  And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.13  And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.14  And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.15  Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.

    • God’s people forgot.
    • God’s people raised a generation that did not even know God.
    • That generation worshiped the gods of this world, not the God of heaven.
    • God brought judgement to His people.

    Romans 1: 16-32 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;9   Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.4  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:27  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 recompence of their error which was meet.28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,31  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    • The church today has mishandled the word of God.
    • The church today has forgotten who the glory belongs to.
    • The church today has changed God’s word into something it is not.
    • The church today has turned to the gods of this world.
    • The church today has turned to the world for counsel, not to God’s word.
    • “Christians” put more trust in man then they do in God.
    • Judgement must begin at the house of God.

    I Peter 4:16-17 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

    8. People today do not know who God is.– Paul says SHAME ON US.

    1 Corinthians 15:31-34 – I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame

    1. The church today has brought the ways of the world into the house of God.

    1 Corinthians 5:6-13 – Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.1 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

    • The church has accepted the evil of the world as OK and has not stood against the sinfulness of man, but has indeed embraced it.
    • It started out with little compromises, UNDERSTAND SOMETHING – A LITTLE COMPROMISE TURNS INTO A FORSAKING OF TRUTH.
    • We are not to embrace the sinful lifestyle of men, but we are to PUT IT OUT OF THE MIDST


    10 . Churches have chosen appeasement pastors over “thus saith the Lord”
    pastors.

    2 Peter 2:1-9 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

    2 Peter 2:18-22 – For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

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