Many churchgoers in this day and age walk in the same fraudulent and deceptive spirits as the house of Israel from days of old. How could that be, you might say.
They go to church and praise the Lord with their lips. Perhaps lifting hands to heaven, singing great songs of praise, and crying tears of joy and celebration all in His name.
They listen intently to the word spoken from the pulpit. Praising the preacher and teacher for the good words of inspiration, instruction, and even warning.
They listen to worship music in their car, sermons, gospel messages, and even talk about all kinds of doctrinal statements, biblical principles, and Greek and Hebrew word translations. But their hearts are far from Him.
And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, Isaiah 29:13
Yet they walk in the way of lawlessness, rebellion, and disobedience. Leaving the four walls of the sanctuary and the company of other Christians, they dive headlong into sinful practices, evil thoughts, and vial behaviors in the secrecy of their own homes or minds.
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:10-18
Even now if they read this, if they hear this message of warning spoken, they will not listen. They will not turn from their deceptive and wicked ways. It goes in one ear and out the other.
After the message of repentance and God’s forgiveness, they will turn and continue on as before. They love their sin too much to give it up for some farcical righteous Godly living. No, they will not budge from their determinant course, no matter the consequences, they will do as they please.
But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the Lord Almighty. Isaiah 9:13
This is a truly sad truth! Those of us who know the truth, follow, and obey the Lord Jesus Christ know their fate, their final destination. It is Hell, and it is no joke or trivial argument!
They have been deceived by their great leaders, writers of doctrine, and modern teachings in some cases. Others believe their great knowledge of Scripture, their church attendance and earthly works, and higher biblical scholastics have gained their entry into heaven. It has given them a seat at God’s banqueting table.
It’s a lie from the devil himself!
But the reality of their position before God could not be further from the truth. They have not been converted, they have not been changed in heart, mind, and soul. They are destined for destruction if the Lord God does not intervene.
Truly the word was given by the prophet Ezekiel has come to pass in this time. The falsehood of their ways is so plain to see.
Yet they can not see past the tip of their nose. They have fallen headlong into the deception of the devil. The flashing lure of sin has deceived them into running full force toward a trap. The sharp hook of the devil’s snare has been fastened securely in their jaw.
“As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, ‘Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.’
And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain. And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it.
When this comes—and come it will!—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” Ezekiel 33:30-33
Only God can save them now, only God can sheer the wicked steel cable holding them down. Only God can break off the malicious hook that holds them in deception. He is their only hope for salvation.
Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ Matthew 13:14-15
Are you listening? Is this you? Have you been deceived and continue to ignore the warnings and signs that you have been trapped in the devil’s deception? Or do you know those you love who have been?
Pray that the Lord opens eyes to see and ears to hear in these tumultuous times. Pray that if it is you God will have mercy on your soul. He rushes His Holy Spirit on the dead and dry bones of the rebellious and disobedient. Upon the blind, deaf, and dump of heart.
But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, He thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets long ago. Acts 3:18-21
Turn to the Lord that He may change your heart and desires. Repent of your sins and fall before Him crying out for forgiveness. Seek Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
He will listen, He will hear, and He will do as He promised to cleanse you of all your sins and establish you in the place He has prepared for you.
But you must do it. You must forsake your sin and evil ways. You must give up on your life and give it all to Jesus. Yes, you must give Him everything.
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when He delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24