DRINKING POLLUTED WATER

DRINKING POLLUTED WATER

Jer. 2:13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

If we pay close attention, there are often spiritual lessons in our day to day experiences. On one of our infamous tree-planting trips, our whole team was afflicted with a horrible
case of diarrhea. We called it the Coos Bay quick step. On this particular trip, we were getting all of our water from a clear mountain stream. We found out too late that there was a herd of cows upstream using the same stream for whatever cows do. You get the picture, we were drinking from a beautiful stream that only had an appearance of beauty. It was actually full of bacteria that was was making us violently ill, absolutely disgusting. That brings us back to today’s scripture, the jews had forsaken the Lord, the fountain of Living waters and had replaced Him by drinking polluted water. In the same way, the modern day so called “relevant church” has done the same thing. They have cast away the ancient wells of foundational doctrine and are drinking from what appears to be clear waters of modern relevant teaching. One of these doctrines is the so called “grace message”. Don’t get me wrong, I preach the message of grace, the kind that frees us from the sinful passions of this world. This alternative “grace message” is just another polluted stream that is bringing poison into the church. These slickly packaged teachings are actually just a reworking of an ancient heretical teaching called antinomianism. Here is a quote from Wikipedia describing what has historically been called antinomianism.

“Antinomianism (a term coined by Martin Luther, from the Greek ἀντί, “against” + νόμος, “law” + -ism; compare antinomy) is defined as holding that, under the gospel dispensation of grace, moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation. Although the concept is related to the foundational Protestant belief of Sola Fide where justification is through faith alone in Christ, it is taken to an extreme in antinomianism. It is seen by some as the opposite of the notion that obedience to a code of religious law earns salvation…”

In other words, this so called message of grace frees the recipient from the responsibility of living a Christ-like life. The Christian, from this perspective, can live like the world, all you need is to understand “the message”. I think I hear the cows mooing upstream. The water may be looking good but it is polluted.You drink it and it will make you violently ill.
The true message of grace is sweet and brings healing to your soul. Not only does God’s grace wash us from the filthy stain of our past behavior, it liberates us from the chains of sin that have held us in its clutches. So today choose the right stream to drink from. We must drink of the ancient wells of the grace of God and not from the filthy modern streams of relevant heretical teaching.

3 Replies to “DRINKING POLLUTED WATER”

  1. Hallelujah! Thanks for the Word today, there is nothing I love more than breaking spiritual bread!

    Isa 1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

    It seems a shame that some would pervert the Master’s Word, but then that is the nature of fallen man. The door to lawless, ungodly living was opened by Adam’s rebellion; choosing his way over Gods. The door to real manifest righteousness was opened when the Holy Spirit indwelt man at Pentecost (the birth of the church) and the world had not met a Christian before that day.
    As the Holy Spirit leads, God’s Law is demonstrated in a life plain and simple for He is Righteousness revealed. outside of that you have either fleshly rebellion or man’s dead religion,- both very sad.
    Some simply do not know the Spirit’s power to lead us in a righteous life? Still others prefer to give excuses to their flesh.
    But, generally, the people I have met who really know the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God are the holiest people I know.
    Below is something the Lord put on my heart to write down quite a while back. It is completely Word base and if we (the believing ones) walk in it we will never violate a single tenet of the Word of God:

    The time is come for us to be a people who are filled with the Spirit,
    hear the Spirit, walk in the spirit, who fellowship with the Spirit, who
    are led of the Spirit, who are caught up in the Spirit, who have vision in the Spirit, who have purposed in the Spirit, who speak through the Spirit, who have life in the Spirit, who mind the things of the Spirit, who through the Spirit put to death the things of the flesh, who bear the fruit of the Spirit, who move in the gifts of the Spirit, who intercede in the Spirit, who know the will of God in the Spirit, who are mighty in the Spirit, who for the love of the Spirit strive together, who have revelation in the Spirit, who judge in the Spirit, who are justified and sanctified in the Spirit, who manifest the Spirit, who drink in the Spirit, who pray in the Spirit, who bless with
    the spirit, who receive life form the Spirit, who have freedom in the Spirit, who are changed from glory to glory by the Spirit, who minister by the Spirit, who wait thru he Spirit, who restore in the spirit, who sow to the Spirit, who are sealed with the Spirit, who are built up together by the Spirit, who are strengthened by the Spirit, who keep unity in the Spirit, who are renewed in the spirit of their minds, who take the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, who make pray and supplication in the Spirit, who stand fast in one spirit, who worship in the spirit, who have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit and love one with a pure heart fervently , who if reproached for the Name of Christ are happy for the spirit of glory and of God rest upon us, who has an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to His church, who rest in the Spirit, who are carried away in the spirit, who have the testimony of Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy, who cry out even so come Lord Jesus!Perhaps it is time we dare to believe God and enter into this deep fellowship that we are called to- we don’t need to look far for :
    Know ye not that you are the temple of the Holy Ghost- you are God’s holy of holies now- and He is our Paraclete –
    the one Jesus sent to walk beside us, teach us , lead us, guide us, draw us, fill us, sanctify us and fellowship with us-
    let us not grieve nor quench Him- even the great Apostle Paul wanted to go his own way but yielded his plans and changed the course of his apostolic journey at the Spirit’s direction- it is time we do the same.

    Much love His Name,
    your brother Larry

  2. We are all moving from faith to faith and glory to glory! It’s God who continues to change us that he might be more glorified! 1Peter2:1-9. 2Peter3:16-18. Ephesians 4:13-16. Keep fighting the good fight of faith in Jesus Christ my friends! Don’t every forget what he done on the cross of calvary fellow citizens of Zion!

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