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The Christian church is in grave danger and the majority of the faithful are unaware of the fact. With many of its leaders abandoning the fundamentals of the faith, a diminishing membership and a chronic shortage of funds, the once vibrant Christian church is now in serious danger. In ancient days the church was the respected leader of the community. Alas! that has changed. Many church leaders have become an irrelevance. They are cannon fodder for radio and TV comedy and are an embarrassment to the faithful. To be sure on the surface the church looks well; its ornate buildings are visited by thousands of admirers every day: its clergy parade in the most gorgeous robes and its services echo with the finest music.
But this is merely outward show. It masks a creeping malady which is bringing death to multiplied millions of precious souls. That deadly malady is iniquity, an age-old spiritual disease, rarely diagnosed and always denied. The aim of this article is to identify this malady and point to the only remedy available. I can assure the reader that failure to apply this Bible-backed cure will be catastrophic to say the least. The Savior's assessment of the Laodicean church, the ancient icon of an apathetic church, is as follows:
|Revelation 3:||14: And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of YaHuWaH ;
15: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.
17: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.
21: To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.
22: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Before we take a close look at the spiritual malady called 'iniquity' let me first list three fundamentals which believers ignore at their peril. They are:
|1 John 3:||4: Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the Torah:
for sin is the transgression of the Torah.
|Jeremiah 9:||12: Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of YaHuWaH hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?
13: And YaHuWaH saith, BECAUSE they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, neither walked therein;
14: But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:
15: Therefore thus saith YaHuWaH Tsa'va'ot, the Elohim of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.
|Jeremiah 16:||10: And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath YaHuWaH pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against YaHuWaH our Elohim?
11: Then shalt thou say unto them, BECAUSE your fathers have forsaken Me, saith YaHuWaH, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshiped them, and have forsaken Me, and have not kept My law.
The dictionary defines the word 'idol' as the image of a god: and 'idolatry' as the worship of idols. In the second of the Ten Commandments this matter of making and worshiping images is forbidden in these words:
|Exodus 20:||4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in Heaven above, or that is in the Earth beneath, or that is in the water under the Earth:
5: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I YaHuWaH thy Elohim am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me;
6: And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.
This commandment is being blatantly broken today. Millions of church-goers bow down to idols every week. They kiss images and statues of the virgin Mary and various other saints, and honor relics and man-made objects of worship in churches around the world. The publishers of some Bible translations have even deleted this commandment from the Bible, so that their readers will not know they are guilty of idolatry. Go into the great churches of Europe and look about you and you will see idols, pictures, statues, images and trappings too numerous to mention. All these graven images, paintings, icons, representations, crucifixes and idols of things in heaven above and the earth below are a violation of the Almighty's law.
Illicit sexual activity is another area where iniquity is taking over the churches. Never a week passes but news of some church minister, pastor or priest caught committing illegal sex hits the headlines. Instead of being removed from office, these clerics are simply moved on another parish, where they continue their sexual sins amidst another flock. adultery, fornication, and homosexuality are rife in the Christian church and are being silently condoned. Millions of priests are forbidden to marry: yet another man-made restriction which contradicts Bible teaching.
Perhaps the most blatant of all sins committed in the Christian church is the breaking of the fourth commandment, which requires mankind to observe the seventh day Shabbat - (Saturday)! The Ten Commandments are a transcript of the Almighty's character. They tell us how the Almighty wants us to live. They define righteousness and sin. They form the constitution of the mighty universe. They were given for all mankind, not just the nation of Israel. The Bible tells us over and over again that YaHuWaH 's Torah is eternal, perfect, holy, just and true. YAHUSHUA the Messiah stated in His famous Sermon on the Mount that the present universe would pass away before a single letter of His Father's law could be changed.
|Matthew 5:1||17: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18: For verily I say unto you, Till Heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Torah, till all be fulfilled.
19: Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven.
And yet, wonder of wonders, puny men - posing as the Vicars of Christ! - have foolishly attempted to change the Shabbat commandment which the Savior clearly stated would outlast the present universe. They have instituted a bogus Sabbath - Sunday - and with self-deluding confidence continue to teach that it is in order to ignore the True Shabbat of the Almighty Elohim! Pause awhile dear reader and try to imagine the enormity of this sin! Do you suppose that the Almighty YaHuWaH will remain silent for long? For the reader's benefit let me quote the Shabbat commandment:
|Exodus 20:||8: Remember the Shabbat day, to keep it holy.
9: Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:
10: But the seventh day is the Shabbat of YaHuWaH thy Elohim: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11: For in six days YaHuWaH made Heaven and Earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore YaHuWaH blessed the Shabbat day, and hallowed it.
Let me remind the reader that the seventh day of the week is Saturday - not Sunday.
Yet multiplied millions of Christians are breaking the Almighty's Shabbat commandment every week! many without even knowing it. But now that you know, bear in mind that YaHuWaH wrote the ten commandments with His own finger on tablets of stone: an act which signifies their eternal importance.
Pagan Festivals in Disguise
Another iniquitous practice the Almighty is going to weed out of Christian worship is the celebration of man-made religious festivals: Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Easter, The Feast of the Nativity of St John, Whitsun, Hallowe'en, Lady Day, The Feast of the Assumption etc. All these religious festivals have absolutely no scriptural authority whatsoever. They are all pagan festivals in disguise! A visit to your local reference library will confirm this astonishing claim.
Many reading this article will ask: "But hasn't the law been fulfilled and done away with by Jesus Christ?" The answer is: No it hasn't. One doesn't do away with a law by fulfilling it. The word 'fulfill' means to accomplish, to carry out, to obey. A prophecy may become obsolete once it is fulfilled: but not a law: and most certainly not one of the Ten Commandments. The seventh day Sabbath was instituted at the creation of the world for all mankind. (Genesis 2:2-3) It is an eternal covenant between the Creator and His followers and it will be observed throughout eternity by the redeemed host. (Exodus 31:13-15, Isaiah 66:22-23) Obedience doesn't do away with any command. If anything it establishes it. Ask any solicitor if you have any doubts about these fundamental facts about law.
The Savior fulfilled every one of the ten commandments: which means he obeyed them all. Dare we suggest that in doing so he did away with the other nine as well as the Sabbath command? The very idea is absurd and a sad reflection on how deceived many Christian leaders are. The Bible tells us that the human heart (mind) is carnal and desperately wicked. Beware you do not deceive yourself.
|Jeremiah 17:||9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
The Bible tells us that the Almighty is going to break His silence and punish the world for the flagrant violation of His Torah and the rejection of His mercy. When He does that the world is going to witness scenes of great distress.
|Isaiah 13:||11: And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
|Isaiah 26:||21: For, behold, YaHuWaH cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity: the Earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.|
The time has come for you to repent and to give up violating the Almighty's commandments. It may well be that in days gone by you knew little or nothing of the serious sins (iniquity) mentioned in this article. But now you know. You can no longer plead ignorance. Idolatry, sexual sin and Sabbath-breaking are all serious sins in the eyes of the Almighty YaHuWaH. Doubtless they are popular and multiplied millions of Christians engage in them every week. But they are still iniquitous and far more serious than any believer can remotely imagine. Failure to give them up, especially when one is aware of their nature will be catastrophic.
What should you do, now that you know about these things? The answer is simple. If you find that you have been - albeit inadvertently - caught up in these sins, then you must repent and forsake them. The Most High is a Being of great love and compassion. He is more willing to forgive sin than we humans are to confess them. He has absolutely no desire whatsoever that His children perish in the plagues of wrath which are about to fall on mankind.
|2 Peter 3:||9: YaHuWaH is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.|
My advice to you is to break off your sins before it is eternally too late. Sin is a pleasurable but dangerous pastime which has awesome consequences - too terrible to imagine, let alone describe. You must forsake sin if you want to live - eternally. It can be done. It is being done, by millions of folk all over the world who are having their eyes opened to truth. Never a day passes but someone somewhere becomes aware that they have been breaking the holy commandments of God on a regular basis. The Spirit of the Most High is opening the eyes of people all over the world. Tens of thousands are now giving up idolatry, sexual sin and Sabbath-violation.
Are you willing to be one of them? Do you have the courage to stand up for truth in an age when millions are more scared of their fellows than the opinion of Elohim? It could well be that you have the courage it takes to stand up for truth. I do not know: but I hope so. YaHuWaH the Almighty Elohim of Israel offers mercy to all through His Son YAHUSHUA the Messiah. Accept His offer today. You will find articles in our Gospel Library explaining the process of salvation. Study them.
Very briefly your course of action should be as follows:
|Isaiah 1:||YaHuWaH: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.|
|Mark 1:||15: And saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of YaHuWaH is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.'
|Psalm 51:||2: Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.|
|Matthew 19:||17: And He (YAHUSHUA) said unto him, 'Why callest thou Me good? there is none good but One, that is, YaHuWaH : but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.'|
May the Almighty bless you as you seek to do His will.