John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
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Leviticus 10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.
So, then, the same divine fire, which had graciously signified God’s acceptance of the appointed sacrifice, now flashed out with lightning-like power of destruction, and killed the two rebel priests. There is dormant potency of destruction in the God who reveals Himself as gracious. The ‘wrath of the Lamb’ is as real as His gentleness. The Gospel is ‘the savour of life unto life’ and ‘of death unto death.’
Nadab and Abihu had been consecrated for the purpose of enforcing the truth of God’s holiness. They had done the very opposite, by breaking down the distinction between sacred and common.
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AND AARON HELD HIS PEACE, By Mr G. D. Buss
Leviticus 10:3 … And Aaron held his peace.
“It was a lesson for all who would worship God aright: it must be done soberly and according to His Word alone.”
“The honour and glory of God had to come before the honour of his family when their actions were contrary to His revealed will and purpose.”
“We need to seek grace that, if necessary, we may be prepared to sacrifice the peace of our family rather than let God’s honour be impugned.” [Fair use]
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2 Kings 17:34 Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;
2 Kings 17:40 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former manner.
This worship of Jehovah was, however, blended by them with their own national idolatry.
This was the beginning of the Samaritan people, whom we find through the rest of Scripture even down to the Acts of the Apostles, retaining some trace of their heathen origin.
Now I venture to take this verse as indicative of a tendency which belongs to a great many more people than the confused mass of settlers that were shot down on the hills of Israel by the king of Assyria. It is really a description of a great deal of what goes by the name of religion amongst us.
This syncretism, this mixed religion, is so surprising to the writer, and so abhorrent to his religious sentiments, that he cannot but dwell upon it, not shrinking from repeating himself (see vers. 32, 33, 41), in order to arrest the reader’s attention, and point out to him the folly and absurdity of such conduct.
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Dear beloved brethren, here are some things for us to consider…
Why do we, as born again Christians, celebrate the Roman Catholic Christmas?
Christmas is a pagan celebration that has been “Christianized” and added to Rome’s counterfeit Christianity.
Is it ever right to add to God’s Word?
Would we defend celebrating Christmas as much as we do if it were a season of fasting instead of feasting?
Does Gospel grace and freedom ever give us the freedom to go against Scripture?
The very fact that the name of Jesus is connected to the pagan Christmas celebration should be enough to make us recoil. Why aren’t we?
Are we “retaining some trace of our heathen origin”?
Are we counting the cost of following Jesus?