Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, September 29, 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.
In all their killing, they've piled up guilt. In all their idol‑making, they have become filthy.
"you have brought your day near and have come to your years;" = they have forced a premature end to their your existence -- sin unto death.
Pro 1:25-26, "Since you laugh at my counsel and make a joke of my advice, How can I take you seriously? I'll turn the tables and joke about your troubles!
Pro 1:27-28, What if the roof falls in, and your whole life goes to pieces? What if catastrophe strikes and there's nothing to show for your life but rubble and ashes?
You'll need me then. You'll call for me, but don't expect an answer. No matter how hard you look, you won't find me.
Pro 1:29-30, "Because you hated Knowledge and had nothing to do with the Fear‑of‑GOD, Because you wouldn't take my advice and brushed aside all my offers to train you,
Pro 1:31-32, Well, you've made your bed‑‑now lie in it; you wanted your own way‑‑now, how do you like it? Don't you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots? Carelessness kills; complacency is murder.
Pro 1:33 First pay attention to me, and then relax. Now you can take it easy‑‑you're in good hands."
Message Bible - Eze 22:9 "You have people spreading lies and spilling blood, flocking to the hills to the sex shrines and fornicating unrestrained."
In verse 11, idolatry promotes sex which is now anarchy. Anyone is fair game: neighbor, daughter‑in‑law, sister.
In verse12, Murder is for hire, usury is rampant, extortion is commonplace. "'And you've forgotten me. Decree of GOD, the Master.
In Jer 9:14, "But they have walked after the stubbornness of their heart [the scar tissue of their hearts] and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them.
This bring us the relationship between idolatry and the Phallic Cult.
The Phallic cult came from the Phoenicians and includes immorality of all kinds, such as incest, fornication, homosexuality, bestiality, Lev 18:3‑25; Demonism, Lev 20:6; Human sacrifice, Lev 20:1‑5; Rejection of authority, Lev 20:9; And social degeneracy, Lev 20:10‑23.
The entire religious background of the Phoenician Phallic Cult is found in what is known as the "Epic of Ugarit"
In this Epic, God the Father is counterfeited by the god called "el." The son is counterfeited by Baal.
Baal has a struggle once a year with mot, the god of death, and he dies (the counterfeit of the cross).
Baal also had a wife‑sister, Anoth, who finds his body and brings it back to life (the counterfeit of the resurrection).
She then becomes the goddess of sex, murder, warfare, and love. In Phoenician she is Ashtarti; In Latin she becomes Venus.
The importance of idolatry as it relates to deception......because that is all an idol is ---- 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.
MAT 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you.
Any area that you do not have sound doctrine in, is an area open to deception.
Idolatry leads to deception which leads to is demonization of the soul and personality of the believer or unbeliever living in the cosmic system.
It leads to deception where "thought transference" of demon doctrines are taught to the believer or unbeliever in the cosmic system.
Col 2:4 I keep on communicating these things in order that no one may delude you or deceive you with persuasive arguments.
1Co 3:18 "Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish [realize that he is a fool] that he may become wise.
Even the woman in the garden, who was perfect and didn't have an OSN ended up deceived by the craftiness and subtlety of Satan.
2Co 11:3 But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray [deceived] from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
Notice that it is the "mind" which is led astray first, not the body!
Deception is the invasion of the soul, especially the mind, emotion, and self‑ consciousness of the soul. Result = the "invasion" of the human personality of the believer or unbeliever who lives in the cosmic system.
Deception is also 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, doing nice things for your fellow man, and supporting crusades.
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.
Point 5. Idolatry and the influence of the Phallic Cult. They have become apostate and have entered into either ritual reversionism, monetary reversionism, or Phallic reversionism.
Consider = to render impotent certain members of your body. It refers to the fact that 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.