Friday, August 13, 2021

Pastor's Ponderings, August 13, 2021

Let Us Choose To Serve God

Michelle Boorstein wrote an article in the July 8, 2021, Huffington Post, entitled, “New study shows dramatic gap in religious diversity between the Southeast and much of the country.”   One of the conclusions of the article were that those who had no religious affiliation in the U.S. had increased significantly. She wrote, “The PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute) survey found the unaffiliated are becoming a much larger part of both parties, the Democrats in particular. Between 2006 and 2020, the percent of Republicans who say they are unaffiliated went from 4 to 13 percent. The percent of Democrats went from 9 to 23 percent.”      

 

Many are choosing not to choose.  They do not want to be affiliated with any organized religion.  But not to choose God is to choose the world’s system.  Joshua warned the children of Israel that they must choose God or idols (Joshua 24:15).  Not to choose to align themselves with God is a valid choice but the Bible says that there is a way that seems right, but it ends in death (Proverbs 14:12).  The book of Revelation demonstrates that God does not prefer the middle ground.  He says that because some are neither hot nor cold, He would reject them with disgust (Revelation 3:15, 16).

 

At some point in our lives, we will have to decide whether we are believers or non-believers.  Those who reject the chance to serve God in this life risk the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8).  God suggests that we should not stop assembling ourselves (Hebrews 10:25) and He promised that if two or three are gathered in His Name, even virtually, He would be there in their midst (Matthew 18:20). Let us choose to serve God as we assemble for Him.

 

Joshua 24:15

New International Version

15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

 

Proverbs 14:12

New International Version

12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

                  

Revelation 3:15, 16

Amplified Bible

15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are [a]neither cold (invigorating, refreshing) nor hot (healing, therapeutic); I wish that you were cold or hot
16 So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust].

 

Revelation 21:8

New International Version

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”


Hebrews 10:25

New International Version

25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

Matthew 18:20

New International Version

20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

 


 

 

 

 

 

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