Ezekiel says these words:
“For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into My sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of Mine house.” Ezek 23:39 (KJV)
One of my ex-wives exclaimed when our first “Christmas season” rolled around, “You’re just like my father!” In his house, there was no Christmas for the six children who resided there. Therefore, it became my ex’s purpose to have Christmas in her home when and if children should come. When we separated ways, I visited my former home and there it was, the first time ever, a “Christmas tree”, with all the trimming and trappings and gifts, along with her daughter playing underneath. This answers Ezekiel’s words in the aforementioned text, “For when they had slain their children to their idols…”
I like Ezekiel for his distinction between the sacred and the profane. His message would be one which strongly suggested God’s people needed to learn what it meant to honor and please God when having to unlearn those things which did not. Too easily are we caught up in the traditions and customs of our father and mother’s beliefs, pass them onto our children, in effect making their walk more difficult than it will already be. None of us would willingly expose our children to situations which might cause their death, so why is it we have no regret or natural feelings when we endanger their eternal salvation?
When I read Pope Francis encyclical about the “Family” using it as the “ultimate” excuse for the travesty of breaking God’s Law, he will get the full support of those who honor such death-traps like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Valentine days among many others which go unheeded and unnoticed. Someone said to me, “Bro. Roy had you had children you would be more inclined to do the same.” I beg to differ. I think I would have been like my former father-in-law, who stood against the times and decided to raise his children in following God in all things—perfectly, and without blemish. What they then do after the teaching is on them, but like Joshua, he stood and said, “As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.”
How many homes are serving God part-time? How many of you have no understanding between the “sacred” and the “profane”? How many of you will continue “slaying” their children on the altar of custom and tradition, not teaching them as children how to stand, when standing will be most paramount as time goes forward, especially in their lives. Will their excuse be, too, “Mother and Father did this when I was growing up, so it is alright for me to do it since my parents loved the Lord.” Did they? How many God-fearing parents bring their family’s into the churches on the highest pagan form of worship, Sunday morning? Most do it out of ignorance, but there are others who know better but they are caught up in the traditions and customs of how they were instructed. I can tell you this, they will not have to concern themselves with being “caught up” in the clouds when Christ soon makes His appearance.
The Bible is clear. He that knows what to do and does not do it, is sin. It is also clear, those who sin ignorantly is not excused. There’s no exemption for sin, for if it were, I would have found it and used it to my benefit. God is planning to pare down His vineyard, sorting through the wheat and tares, to which only He can do because they look so much like each other, but He is not confused or confounded. However, we are called to do the work—first, in our own lives and then in our children to prepare them to be able to do the same when they reach adulthood. NO ONE having done these things will be fit to be in the number God will make up to go through the Time of Trouble. We will have to have a religion which is pure, undefiled and sure. Can you say this about your faith today?
January 2, 2016