2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days. 3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. 1 Kings 3:2-4 (KJV)
11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. 12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. 14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. 1 Kings 15:11-14 (KJV)
Since we’re talking about repentance and revival, we need to move on to the next part.
Revival in the Old Testament usually occurred because the people began turning to other gods, and sacrificing to those gods.
In Christianity, it happens because the outside world begins creeping in and we forget the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sometimes, it gets to the point where we look almost no different from the world – pierced noses and a million tattoos – and that’s just the Deacons!
I see church planters who are involved in the third year of their church plant – willowy guys in blue jeans and Rooster Comb hairstyles. Uh… you’re in the ministry, buddy- at least try to look like it!
Some person’s going to come to your church – his life is in shambles. He may be facing jail, or losing his home, or just can’t seem to shake the addiction to crack.
And he walks in your church, a glimmer of hope in his eyes… which fades when he looks at you, because you look exactly like the crack dealer who just took all his food and rent money, and sold him a drug that’s all gone now, and he’s stuck with no home, no food, it’s cold and wet out, and has the craving. How you gonna help him when you look just like the crack dealer? Or the crack user himself?
I understand what some people are advocating – “you need to look like the world, because you’ll reach more that way.”
But deep down inside, kids know they’re rebelling. And when Pastor Walt looks like he’s rebelling too – he’s in many ways lost all credibility.
Reality. Let’s try facing this. You show someone a guy wearing a big yellow and black suit carrying an axe (or red and black) and they all say “fireman!”
You show someone a guy dressed in blue and wearing a badge, and they say, “Law Enforcement!”
A man in a white coat? “Doctor!”
So when your life is falling apart, and you walk into the church hoping for help and answers, and you see a guy with a rooster comb haircut and sneakers, you’re gonna say, “Where’s the Pastor?”
“I’m the pastor.”
“Uh… is there another pastor here?”
sorry, got off topic there. Or maybe, that should be the topic.
We need to start separating from the world.
If the Bible spoke so well of Solomon (at first), and mentions his love for the high places… and speaks so very highly of Asa, but mentions he did not get rid of the high places… shouldn’t we be thinking about that, at least a little bit?
Yes, all sin is forgiven us, and the penalty for it removed. But what ever happened to wanting to please God???
We WERE in the world before we were saved. The Bible says we were saved OUT of it. Should we as Christians be out clubbing, dancing on weekends? Out drinking? Smoking marijuana in places where it’s legal?
No. We’re held to a different standard. Haven’t you noticed when a Christian is publicly exposed as being in a sinful condition, the world immediately says, “Why, those hypocrites!!!”
They don’t seem to acknowledge that they’re in the middle of the same thing, and that if its bad for the Christian, it’s bad for the worldly person too. It’s okay for them, they rationalize, but when the Christian does it, they suddenly consider it bad.
Revival comes when we hew down the idols, burn the groves, kick out the pagan priests. Should we be having Superbowl parties at churches? Churches are the pillar and ground of the truth! When we allow worldly entertainment to it, we are implying there is an air of legitimacy there.
“Hey, buddy, don’t go picking on the Superbowl now!”
why? Can you tell me with an honest face that everything that will be shown on the tv at the church will be something pleasing to God? Really?
Then… should we have it in churches?
do you want it said about you…
But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. 1 Kings 15:14 (KJV)
I don’t know what’s happening in your life or your church right now that keeps you all sitting in your pews, smiling vacantly. Maybe it’s the attitude of some churches today… “Pastor, entertain me!!!”
Or maybe it’s the turning the blind eye to the suffering of the poor people in your church. You know, the ones who can barely sit there holding the bread and the cup and not wolf it down out of hunger? The ones who are coming in the middle of winter wearing light jackets because that’s all they have?
Hew down the groves. Smash the idols. And suffer not the high places.
Churches, we need to wake up. We’ve been given work to do, deadly serious work. People are dying in their sins all around you because you’re too complacent to pass out a tract. And people are dying in the pews because they’re starving to death, but too proud to ask for help.
“somebody should do something!!!”
I agree! Aren’t you “Somebody”?