Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
October 1, 2017

Point 4.  Idolatry also Distorts and Perverts the Divine Design of Sex. It motivates the human race to get involved in the whole realm of sexual sins as in the Phallic cult, Eze 22:1‑16, 23:37‑49.

That is all an idol really is ---- a "DECEPTION," A "LIE" or a "NOTHING"  manifested by something or someone to blind believers from Isa 43:21; Rev 4:11.

His goal is to lead all believers astray BY DECEIVING THEM.

Deception is simply the infiltration of satanic thought which why Satan's thoughts are called doctrines of demons, 1Ti 4:1.

It just isn't expressed in terms of evil, but in terms of improving this world and doing nice things for your fellow man so that Satan can try to be like the "Most High," (Isa 14:12-14).

Deception is the invasion of the soul with thought that is false thinking, i.e., the policy and principles by which Satan operated prior to the creation of man and afterwards as the ruler of this world.

Satan desires to promote sin and evil or to improve this  world and try to make himself to be equal with God?

Here is where the alert pastor comes into the picture and reveals the spiritual and invisible purpose of "True Idolatry" which comes in by means of blinding and deceiving us from divine solutions.

For now we are deceived by looking at marriage, family, money, wealth, friends, social life, materialism, fame, fortune or power as a means of blessings and we forget the Blessor.

Psa 39:5  "Behold, Thou hast made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Thy sight, Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.

PSA 96:5  For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens.

Point 5.  Idolatry and the influence of the Phallic Cult.

The Phallic cult came from the Phoenicians and includes immorality of all kinds, such as
Bestiality, Lev 18:3‑25;

Demonism, Lev 20:6;
Human sacrifice, Lev 20:1‑5;
Rejection of authority, Lev 20:9;
Social degeneracy, Lev 20:10‑23.

Consider = pres-act-imp of nekro - to render impotent certain members of your body. Believer's take certain parts of their body and they use them either to glorify God or to fall away from God and become apostate or reversionistic.

"The members" refers to the different parts of the human body, which according to the word of God, should be offered to god and not to the cosmic system.

All believers are commanded to present their "physical body" as a sacrifice unto God, Rom 12:1.

Rom 12:1  I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

This means that a "part" of your worship toward God is the presentation of your physical body.

We are commanded to present our bodies a living sacrifice because our physical body actually "belongs" to the Lord, 1Co 6:12-20.

God, not just TLJC, but the Father and the Holy Spirit, are to be glorified, not just in our soul and spirit, but also in our human body.

The beginning of presenting your earthly body is rebound, Heb 10:22. Rebound is a means of presenting our bodies as clean vessels unto the Lord.

The bodies being washed with pure water is a reference to rebound cleansing us from all unrighteousness and qualifying us for spiritual worship.

The body must be presented unto God through the filling of the Holy  Spirit or else there is no glorification of God, 1Co 13:3.

The power of the Holy Spirit gives life and energy to the physical body for the purpose of glorifying God, Rom 8:11.

Rom 8:11  but if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit who indwells you.

Mat 6:22  "The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.

Mat 6:23 "but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

There is a direct relationship between your soul perception and the presentation of your entire body.

Once doctrinal soul perception takes place, the believer must make his physical body "his slave" rather than becoming a slave to the needs of his body.

Prin-Without making your body a slave to the new nature, your body will become a slave to the old sin nature.

You have "not" discovered what it means to be free from your Christian obligations and free from the OSN.

The believer must make his physical body "his" slave rather than becoming a slave to the needs of the body.

The believer is commanded to present the "members" of his physical body, such as the eyes, ears, hands, feet, etc. as instruments for God to use.

Freedom does not mean irresponsibility, no commitment, dedication and devotion, freedom means the opportunity to become a slave or servant to God.

Our human body should reflect the brand-marks of being a Christian, Gal 6:17,  From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand‑marks of Jesus.

Is there anything about us that marks us out as belonging to Christ and identifies us with Him?

The word “”I”” is emphatic in the Greek. Paul said, “I bear in my body the marks of Jesus.”” Was he boasting? No, but in this letter Paul was vindicating his ministry.

What is the proof of our attachment to Christ?

There should be some distinctive marks about our lives that identify us as Christians.

He had in mind a common custom of those days, namely, that of branding certain people with a hot searing iron.

Slaves were branded as a mark of ownership; they were also branded as a mark of shame, for if a man ran away and was recaptured his master would brand him as a mark of shame and disgrace.

Soldiers were branded as a mark of their allegiance to their generals, just as, at one time, soldiers would have the crest of their favorite general tattooed upon their arm.

The "brand-marks" identified him as the slave of Christ (Philemon 1:1); they were the marks of shame and reproach in the eyes of the world (1Co 9:22); they were the brand-marks of the soldier (2Ti 4:7); and they were marks of devotion and fidelity (2Co 5:14).

For the apostle Paul, they were the bodily scars and blemishes which he had received as the result of the persecution he suffered because of his faithfulness to the Lord Jesus.

  1. A cluster of fruit (Galatians 5:22 and 23). These are the marks of the Lord Jesus, for He personified them all, and as we are united with Him by faith, these marks will characterize our life also.
  2. A spirit of meekness (Gal 6:1).
  3. A willingness to share the burdens of others (Gal 6:2).
  4. A willingness to help support those who minister (Gal 6:6). Compare 1Co 9:7-15 and 1Ti 5:18.
  5. A life made up of doing good” (Gal 6:9-10).
  6. A complete separation from the world (Galatians 6:14.
  7. A glorying in the Cross (Galatians 6:14).

The will of God was the consuming passion of His life (Luke 22:42), and it should be the consuming passion of your life and mine.

2TI 4:6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.

2TI 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;

2TI 4:8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

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