Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Thursday October 3, 2019
Pastor Rick Bettez.
Apostasy begins with distractions and apathy toward the word of God.
Mal 3:7 “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’
Mal 3:7 — “the days of your fathers” is a reference to the Jews who had returned from Babylon under Zechariah (516 BC). 516 B.C. to about 420 B.C. we had some semblance of peace & positive volition.
This type of decline concerning Bible Doctrine and evangelism and the standards that had been long respected appears to happen overnight yet the reality is several factors are silently at play for months or years before the collapse.
The majority of the time the Bel who ends up in apostasy does so because they have slowly, slipped away from the plan of God. It begins with distractions & apathy toward learning Bible Doctrine.
Mat 23:2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;
Mat 23:4“They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.
Mat 23:5 “But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.
Today we have huge ministries with bright buildings, star-studded stages and music shows. We also have denominations who have rank and file, dress codes for their bishops & priests and they elevate some over others.
The priests in the time of Malachi had no interest in the truth of Bible Doctrine but they enjoyed the ritual and authority that came with their title. Corruption of leadership begins when truth & tradition are replaced with emotions & rituals (without the reality).
Rev 3:15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.
1Pet 2:1 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,
Nothing will destroy unity and distract a Bel like the OSN left unchecked.
1Pe 2:2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word , so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
1Pe 2:3 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:8 and, “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”;
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
1Pe 2:11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
The solution is not being sin-minded its being Savior-minded….knowing your position is a permanent stature.
1Pe 2:16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bond slaves of God.
Grace is not a license to sin, Bels who bounce in and out of fellowship like a game of hopscotch end up in misery.
1Pe 2:19 For this finds favor (charis), if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.
This is divine influence of grace in action, a benefit or reward that will keep growing. It reaches outward to touch more than one area or person.
1Pe 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,
Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you!
Bels who peel away from Bible Doctrine end up disoriented spiritually at some point and this touches them mentally. They begin to resemble Unbels. They become disconcerted toward what they once knew as truth, this will infiltrate everything around them, including nationally.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse” – Pay your taxes. Tithing has nothing to do with the Church Age. At this historic point tithing was mandated to maintain the temple and the Levitical order. The nation of Israel needed to realign their priorities back into the Mosaic Law.
Tithing is a system of income tax — Num 18:21,24, Lev 27:30-33; there is a ten per cent income tax for the maintenance of the tribe of Levi — Deu 14:22-24; there is an income tax to pay for the feasts & sacrifices connected with the holy days, and every third year there was an additional income tax for the poor of the land — Deu 14:28,29.
Offerings – is spiritual giving for Bels only and the percentage is never stated. No percentage is ever stated by the scripture (CA).
1 Cor 16:2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.
The distractions and apathy that send Bels in the opposite direction of Bible Doctrine will eventually lead to time, talent and treasured wasted in the cosmic system. A positive Bel will not waste their time, talent or treasure promoting Satan’s agenda.