This is a stake in the doctrinal sand: Ezra’s issue with Israel’s marriages — Pagans in the house!
“The Word of Faith” movement … receives quite a bit of bad publicity. And rightfully so!
Critics hail mostly from quarters I would paint as “Christian Confrontationalism.” Militant political activism is simply not biblical. But having one group of believers accusing others is something that was foretold.
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” Ro. 16:17
The vitriol and form of the pulpit message and content of prayers are repurposed and directed against apostasy (such as Word of Faith doctrines) … as much as government.
http://www.rationalskepticism.org/christianity/newsweek-christianity-in-crisis-t30739.html Andrew Sullivan’s public stance… Who debated Christopher Hitchens (Atheist) at length in public.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DD2ED5PMAA Frank Hanegraaff … who says of Thomas Jefferson:
“If Jefferson’s greatest political legacy was the Declaration of Independence, this pure, precious moral teaching was his religious legacy.”
Rebuttal (very much worth digesting) especially if you attend a CC church….
“At first glance, it seems that Sullivan is hitting the nail on the head. For who among us wouldn’t agree that the church needs to avoid the entanglements of power, corruption, and greed and focus on Jesus? But as the article continues, you quickly begin to realize that the Jesus Sullivan is calling people to focus on is not the Jesus of the Bible, but the Jesus of Jefferson, that is, Thomas Jefferson.”
As for us (here at LGLG) … Ezra’s method for dealing with the corruption of Israel by marrying secular neighbors (Ez 8, 9, 10.)
- Fasting from? (and reliance / alliance with?) Ez. 8:21-23
- Intermarriage with Pagans ch. 9
- Confession of Improper Marriages ch. 10 (and the pain of dealing with it)
It seems evident that this model applies directly to the “church” in our time… it’s time to put the pagans out of our spiritual “marriage.” The Bride of Christ needs to be pure.
If the metaphor seems hard to grasp, think of it this way — The Church is the Bride of Christ, right? Who has the church been drawing near to in recent decades — God, or “Secular Inclusiveness”?
These are dangerous words and dangerous times will follow. Humanism in it’s doctrine of rights presumes that none be denied the very things God teaches against. But here’s the point – if God let’s them have their way for now, since when is it in someone else’s authority to deny them free will. Patience.
“Justice (vengeance) is mine, says the Lord.” Ro. 12:19
Are you taking steps to “come out from among them” and cease … engaging the tumult?
Remember what Jesus says …
“So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Rev. 3:16