Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
June 3, 2018
Let's Talk About Sex, prt 16, The Conclusion.
Exo 20:14 "You shall not commit adultery" = fornication, prostitution, homosexuality, human sacrifice, group sex, demonism, rejection of authority, cultural degeneracy, bestiality, lesbianism, incest, masturbation, merchandising sex, etc.
Is the Phallic cult still around today?
Nehushtan = the Jews made an idol out of the means God used to deliver them and therefore rather than worshipping God they worshipped the means, the bronze serpent.
They were too much in bondage to the ways and the things that God operated in that they missed out on the Blessor because they were occupied with the blessings.
Here King Hezekiah got rid of the local fertility shrines, smashed the phallic stone monuments, and cut down the sex‑and‑religion Asherah groves.
He pulverized the ancient bronze serpent that Moses had made; at that time the Israelites had taken up the practice of sacrificing to it‑‑they had even dignified it with a name, Nehushtan (The Old Serpent).
The main problem here is that they worshipped the means rather than the person, TLJC.
We all have our little idols of God built right into our soul and if God does something to upset our little idol, or box, or concept, then our idol becomes the judge rather than the promises from God in the promise land.
Prin-Whether or not you enjoy victories over the giants in your promise land depends upon the type of information that you allow within your soul.
LUK 8:18 "Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him."
MAR 4:24 "Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it shall be measured to you; and more shall be given you besides.
ISA 11:3 "He will delight in reverence toward the Lord, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
ROM 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this cosmos or cosmic system of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."
Practically everything that goes on in the world, the cosmic system‑‑wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important‑‑has nothing to do with the Father.
The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out‑‑but whoever does what God wants is set for all eternity.
If they had been of us, they would have stuck it out with us, loyal to the end.
In leaving, they showed their true colors, showed they never did truly belong.
John says "I haven't been writing this to tell you something you don't know, but to confirm the truth you do know, and to remind you that the truth doesn't breed lies."
PSA 101:7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house [Satan dwells - human viewpoint and demonic influence]; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.
David said that he had his eyes on the "salt‑of‑the‑earth people,"‑‑ the faithful of the land, they're the ones David wants to work with.
MAT 17:20b "For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.
The merit is not in the faith you have but the merit depends upon the One you are having faith towards, and therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ.
MAT 19:26 Jesus said to His followers; "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
MAR 9:23 And Jesus said to him, "'If You can!' All things are possible to him who believes."
MAR 10:27 Looking upon them, Jesus said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God."
LUK 1:37 "For nothing will be impossible with God."
Who are we to say what will change and what will not?
Sometimes we need to go back to our child-like days as children for a moment; 2Co 11:3.
2Co 11:3 But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
We should never allow ourselves to have a border and say,*** "He works within here, but not out here."
NUM 11:23 And the Lord said to Moses, "Is the Lord's power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not."
In JOB 11:7, one of Job's close friends, Zophar the Naamathite said to Job , "Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? "
There is a little book of prayers that children have written God - "Dear God, who drew the lines around all the States?"
Who drew those lines around all your needs, your goals and your dreams?
Who limits God in your life?
Who limits the influence Bible doctrine?
Who limits the work of God in your life?
Have you drawn God out of what you are going through in the promise land?
Is your concept of God, Nehushtan?
The bronze serpent was the means, which God used to reveal His Son to the congregation of Israel.
JER 29:11 'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans for prosperity and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope [K.J.' says] "to bring you to an expected end.]
With the worship toward the bronze serpent, the Jews completely missed out on the whole point or the doctrine behind this phenomenon because they put God in their little box.
They began to elevate and worship the means that God used to reveal Himself rather than God Himself.
They elevated the bronze serpent so much so that later on the bronze serpent became an idol or a snare to the congregation of Israel, 2Ki 18:4.
They made an idol out of that which God used to deliver them and heal them.
They put God in their little box and their little box became the object of their worship.
The Lord has a way of smashing and humbling us just when we think we have arrived and we've got is all down pat and it's our way or no way, Heb 12:27-29.
"Is your God is too Small?"
"Do you have Him in a box?"
PRO 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Important principle: When arrogance becomes disenchanted with the idol it has created, then arrogance seeks to destroy the idol.
One of the most devastating forms of arrogance is to idolize someone who communicates doctrine then destroy him when he teaches something you disagree with.
This is very devastating because the person who does always confuses the communication with the communicator.
When the communicator says something or does something to let you down then you end up rejecting the communication of doctrine.
The smart believer accepts the doctrine and ignores the communicator.
1SA 8:7 And the Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.
LUK 10:16 "The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me."
Destruction of a pastor-idol who teaches doctrine means rejection of Bible doctrine.
Rejection of that doctrine means rejection of God's plan, God's purpose and God's will for your life.
Prin-Occasional disappointments with friends, loved ones, husbands, wives, children, bosses, pastors, coaches, etc. is normal but disenchantment or disillusion with a self manufactured idol is destructive.
This is when the individual becomes proud and over estimates what he ends up worshipping, whether it is a place, a person or a thing!
When the believer is losing in the PPOG and the PSD, he or she accumulates garbage in the soul.
This garbage in the subconscious is related to certain defense mechanisms such as suppression, repression, dissociation, and denial, and garbage in the stream of consciousness related to idealization, role model arrogance, and unrealistic expectation.
When faced with certain commands on how to deal with sexual sins and the giants in their promise land, they are mature enough to fulfill their very own personal sense of destiny.
Notice then that a cult reveals one's obsession with whatever type of power or influences that are controlling the individual.
When the writer talks about marriage and sex under the title of the "marriage bed being undefiled," that immediately in the next verse he talks about money.
HEB 13:5, that your "lifestyle is to be free from the love of money, not flee from money, but flee from being in love with money and instead being content with what you have;"
Money and sex --- just add power and you have the "Unholy trinity" what most people live for, money, sex and power, and end up worshipping and serving them as idols.
"What should your mental attitude be toward money be?"
It's alright to think of the different ways money can be your servant rather than you being its slave but you can't afford to fall in love with it.
MAT 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money].
1TI 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang.
Psa 73:3 For I was envious of the arrogant, As I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They are not in trouble as other men; Nor are they plagued like mankind.
PSA 73:16-17; When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.
Ecc 11:1 Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.
ISA 55:1 "Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost.
LUK 3:14 And some soldiers were questioning him, saying, "And what about us, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages."
LUK 16:14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things, and they were scoffing at Him.
JOH 12:6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.
2TI 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
Message Bible -- Job 31:24 "Did I set my heart on making big money or worship at the bank?
(MB) Pro 16:16 Get wisdom‑‑ it is worth more than money; choose insight over income every time.
Pro 22:1 A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.
Pro 23:23 Buy truth‑‑don't sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight.
A cult is not necessarily devotion to a "god" as such, but it can also be devotion to an idea, especially one set up by the "god" of this world, Satan himself.
Main key = define the invisible battles that take place within the believer as well as not letting anything control you to the extent that it hinders and takes the believer away from fulfill the PPOG and their very own P.S.D.
ROM 7:14 For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.
1CO 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.
The same power bestowed upon the humanity of Christ which allowed Him to endure the cross is the same power that is available to you and I today.
When our Lord was hanging on the cross, that same power would not allow Him to react to the crowd who said in MAT 27:40 "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
Everything that led up to the cross, all the terrible arrogance and torture that our Lord endured, He did so because He used the divine power made available to Him.
ISA 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
ISA 52:14 His appearance was disfigured more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.
PSA 22:14 I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me.
Mat 27:46 "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
HEB 9:14 Through the eternal Spirit, Christ offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
When it was all over, He had demonstrated the fact that under the power of God the Holy Spirit, you and I can bear anything in the entire world!