Obedient life worships God; Rebellious life worships Satan.



2 Thessalonians 2:4 says: "… so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." Satan sits in all worship places, which are churches for Christians, shows himself as he is Jesus Christ, deceives Christians and so he is worshiped as God. Christians think and pronounce that God is in their churches. But our own Bible, which is the word of God, says that Satan is sitting in our worship places, and is worshiped. If Satan says it we can reject it. But the Bible says this. What shall we do?

The true God is the creator of everything. But people throughout the world create their own gods and worship them. There is Satan, a created angel called Lucifer, who desires to be worshiped, luring people, shows himself as god with different names to different people and is worshiped. God allows this and gives people the option to choose.

Christianity is one of the world’s largest religions. It has many denominations. Every denomination accepts the Bible as the inspired word of God, just for the saying. In fact they do not believe the word of God. Christians believe their preachers more than they trust the Bible. Preachers interpret (twist) the Bible in order to accommodate their own doctrinal beliefs as well as to attract the crowd to themselves. By doing this, churches stray away from the true God, Jesus Christ. Even though they are away from Christ, they put up a show as if they are worshiping Christ. Most churches modify and improve the method of worship, in order to attract more people. They got more people, have become successful and famous. But, Jesus Christ says in Matthew 15: "8) This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9) But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Since, their worship in vain, God left the place of worship. So, Satan took the place, and he is seated in the place of worship. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 says: "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

1. God became Man and He became God

'God the Word', who was God, came to the world as a man, who was Jesus of Nazareth. He lived as a man to show us how we should live and follow his footsteps in our life. It is mentioned in 1 Peter 2:21: "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:" Then he died as the Lamb of God. God raised him from death. He ascended to heaven, and became God as he was God before. If you desired to study them, here are the links. Link for God became a man: Jesus Man. Link for Jesus became God: Christ God.

God chose Israel as his people. The people worshiped God, God gave them the method to worship and he gave them the temple to worship. People were not worshiping God in the way they supposed to worship. When God became a man, he visited the temple. Matthew 21:12 says: "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." Jesus said that the house of God, which should be 'the house of prayer', was made into a den of thieves. Jesus told them in Matthew 24: "1) And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. 2) And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. " Accordingly, in A.D. 70, the temple was destroyed.

Israel or Jews, were the supposedly God’s people, who were waiting for the coming of Christ, for their own redemption. Even though they were regularly reading the Scriptures, they had no understanding of how God would come into the world. So when he came, the chief priests, captain of the temple, elders, and the high priest joined together and crucified the Son of man who was the Messiah. Of course they did it unknowingly. We like to think that such a mistake will not happen again. But it always happen. However, they crucified him. But God raised him, and Jesus Christ has become God as he was before.

2. Will History Repeat Itself?

At the first coming of the Messiah, the Jews made a mistake because their teachers were blind men leading the blind. They did not expect God to become a man who was the Lamb of God. They were expecting him to come as the Lion of Judah. Lack of understanding caused eternal death for many people. Now the same Jesus will come again, but not as a man, but as a Lion of Judah, as the Righteous Judge. Jesus Christ says in Revelation 22: "11) He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12) And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." His judgment will be based only on whether we obey his commandments to do the righteous works or not. It will not be based on whether we are Christians or Jews or Heathens. God is not a respecter of persons. Are we ready to receive him as a Righteous Judge? Jesus Christ says in Matthew 8: "11) And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12) But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Have we built our houses on the rock of obedience to the sayings of Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ says in Matthew 7: "24) Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:... 26) And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:" OR have we built our houses on the sand of Christian clichés which is the rhymes of our mouth, but not to the obedience of the sayings of Jesus Christ? Jews lost the temple and the favor of God, because they did not understand the scriptures. Why do we fail? Why do we lose the worship place to Satan? Does history repeats?

3. Christian Churches

Let us look inside the Churches, which should be the body of Christ. The Apostles planted Churches. However, even in the first century, the enemy was beginning to take over the churches. 3 John 1:9 says: "I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not." Even the very apostle, who found the church, was not received in the church.

The main thrust of evangelism is church growth. Every worker, including evangelists, are involved in this. In order to bring more members to the churches, all kinds of messages are preached. The purpose of evangelism should be to convert the souls and to teach them to follow the life of Jesus Christ. If we do not do that, it is not evangelism. False workers are turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, to help the people to live the way they desire, rather than to help them to live in obedience to the Lord. However, people are taught to call him Lord with their lips and to live their own way, in disobedience to God. The Holy Spirit says that these ungodly men are ordained to the condemnation of God. "Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." Since God is no more the Lord or master in churches, the presence of God has left churches. So, churches became religious organizations. However, they need to worship a God, even though God has left them. So, it was easy for Satan to sit in the place of worship, as 2 Thessalonians 2:4 says: "... or that is worshipped; so that he (Satan) as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." But, Christians continue to worship as if, Jesus Christ is in the Church. So, as the Bible says, Satan shows himself as Jesus Christ, and receives the worship of Christians.

There are pastors who love their monitory profit including pay checks and will not mind to be a part of unrighteousness to earn it. They speak swelling words of vanity and they themselves are servants of sin. 2 Peter 2 says: "15) Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;... 18) For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19) While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." Their latter end will be worse than the first. However, those who are clean will escape from them.

The ungodliness in Churches today is the same as that of the temple at the time of Jesus Christ. Most of the church leaders are the same as the temple leaders of that time. So, Jesus Christ says in Luke 18:8 "Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Will churches have faith?

4. Another Jesus

God tells us how to identify the true Jesus Christ, from the counterfeit Jesus. The simplicity of Jesus Christ, who is God, is to accept the chaste virgin ONLY for His bride. Chaste virgin is the one who will keep herself holy for the Lord Jesus Christ. The counterfeit Jesus says that he will accept any bride, who can be even filthy sinners like us. 2 Corinthians 11 says: "2) For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4) For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." The acceptance of any sinner as the bride will please many sinning Christians to accept this Jesus Christ, but this is deception. This counterfeit Jesus is the devil. He deceives God's people with subtilty. So, reject this "Another Jesus" and escape deception.

5. Sons of Perdition

Jesus Christ has called Judas Iscariot as the son of perdition after Satan has entered him. Perdition is the state of being in utter damnation of the soul. The son of perdition is one who is possessed or influenced by Satan to do the work of deception. This person will have no hope of redemption. "John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? John 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. John 17:12 --- those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled." So, sons of perdition are those who are under the influence of Satan.

Satan disguises as an angel of God. His workers also disguised themselves as workers of Jesus Christ in order to deceive people. Their deception is subtle. They are placed in the field of God and the field is the Churches. "2 Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." These people are also sons of perdition.

A group of religiously zealous people claimed to Jesus Christ that God was their father. John 8:41 says "--- Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God." Jesus Christ replied to them saying that their father was the devil and said that the devil is a liar and he came to kill. "John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." So, according to Jesus Christ, a religion which is based on lies and killing has accepted the devil as their god. They will call the devil as god and even they call him Jesus Christ. So, the Bible says it is "Another Jesus."

But the devil also deceives the people showing himself as an angel of light. Whoever do not have the love for the truth of God, will fall for the deception of the devil. Satan with his group of people are called in the Bible 'the son of perdition' and 'the man of sin'. And the devil is seated in the Churches (Temple was the Old Testament name). 2 Thessalonians 2 says: "3) that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." Satan shows himself as god, angel of light, in the churches and is worshiped. If there is no reverence for righteousness, holiness, fear of God, and godliness in a church, then the presence of God will not be there. Satan gets into those places in the form of an angel of light, even with lying wonders, shows himself as God and receives the worship of those people. If the people reverence God with fear and godliness in their life, the presence of God will be in their worship. Satan cannot enter into those places of worship.

If only, those people who followed Satan for lying wonders and signs, would love the truth of God, they could have been saved. Just because they don’t have the love for the truth, God has sent a strong delusion to them to make them believe a lie. 2 Thessalonians 2 says: "10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth," That is the reason for their worship of Satan in the churches. These people will have no hope.

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6. Form of Godliness

Every church is godly in its own sight, because they have a form of godliness. The true people of God will accept the power of God and will overcome sin. The false church will deny the power of God that deliver them from sins, but find the salvation and sin in one cup, and it will have a form of godliness. 2 Timothy 3:5 says: "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." False ministers will preach philosophy, politics, business, worldliness, world news, common sense and such things of interest. They will use Bible verses and religious clichés in the name of Jesus Christ. Collisions 2:8 says: "Beware lest any man, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." They attract people in so many ways except true holiness. They "spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit."

7. The Field of God

Matthew 13 says: "24) Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25) But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26) But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27) So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28) He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29) But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30) Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn." According to the above parable and the following explanation, whenever God plants his people (workers) in his field of work (church) the devil also plants his people along with them. Both groups of people, the wheat and the tares are allowed to grow side by side. Verse 41 says, the children of the devil (the tares) will do iniquity (sin), and will offend the kingdom of God (promote false gospel). Jesus Christ says that the tares will be thrown into the furnace of fire and those who do righteousness will shine in the Kingdom of God. Matthew 13 says: "36) Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37) He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38) The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39) The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40) As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41) The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42) And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43) Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

8. The True Worshipers

Jesus said that the true worshipers must worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. Unless they have the spirit, how can they worship God in the spirit? Unless they know the truth, how can they worship in truth? Whoever worships God without the spirit and without knowing the truth, is not a true worshiper. Jesus Christ says in John 4: "23) 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. 24) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

Those who are born of the Spirit are mysteriously led of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ says in John 3: "7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." 1 Cor 2:12 says: "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." The Holy Spirit will teach them, reveals the things of God to them, will bring the commandments of Jesus Christ into remembrance and will give them spiritual power to fulfill them. Jesus Christ says in John 14:26: "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."

Jesus Christ says that the only way to know 'the truth' is by continuing in the Word of God. As the Holy Spirit reveals the word, continue in the word, that is to study and obey his Word which will make them His disciples. Then only, they will know the truth. The Holy Spirit will teach and guide the believer with all the truth so that they may obey the whole truth in their life. They are the true worshipers of God. John 8 says: "31) Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 16 says: "12) I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."

9. Second Coming of Jesus

The Churches are expecting Jesus Christ to come at any moment. People are ready to be caught up now in the rapture. Most of the churches proclaim this often to show their religious fervency. These statements are nothing more than a cliché to kindle just an excitement among the people. According to the Bible, two definite incidents must happen before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 says: "3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

1. The first incident will be the falling away, which is the backsliding of the church. The spiritual church has to become worldly and materialistic. This has been fulfilled in almost all the churches all over the world. The churches have learned to talk very religiously for a facade without any godliness in their life. They have no knowledge of the truth of God. They read selected portions of the Bible, but study many books in order to know God. The lives of the Christians are empty without God. The falling away has happened.

2. The second incident will be that, the man of sin, the devil with his influenced followers, should be exposed (revealed) from their disguise. The Bible says that Satan is sitting in the churches (temple) and showing himself as God and exalting himself above all that is worshiped. For some reason God is allowing this deception to happen. The Scripture context refers the temple to the New Testament Churches and not to the temple at Jerusalem. Until Satan is exposed out in the open, that day, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the rapture of the church shall not come. The next great event in the church will be 'the exposing of Satan'.

10. Things have not changed

The very people of God, who were waiting for the coming of Messiah, crucified Him when He came because they did not believe the truth of God. Things have not changed even today. Even now, people don’t want to believe the Word of God. But they do believe whatever they want to believe. They will not hesitate to go out of the way to refer to commentaries, different translations etc., until they hear what they want to hear. The natural tendency of the flesh is to believe a lie. Jesus Christ says that the devil is a liar and the father of it. People will believe the devil because he is the father of them. Jesus Christ told the truth and people did not believe him. God forsook them and they worshiped their father, the devil. Jesus Christ says in John 8: "43) Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45) And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not."

The truth of God can be understood by his disciples only. We have to start obeying his word to become his disciples in order to understand his truth. If we love mammon, which is the things of this world, we will not understand his truth. God will send strong delusion to those who do not have the love for the truth so that they may believe a lie. At this point Satan will blind their minds and will show himself to them as God and deceives them. They worship Satan thinking that they are worshiping God. So, love the truth and escape deception. 2 Thessalonians 2 says: "4) --- he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 10) --- because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,--" 2 Corinthians 4:4 says: "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."

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I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

If we love God with reverential fear, we will obey God and We will stop sinning.

 

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Blessings of God

God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you,
in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Acts 3:26
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and
the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
2 Cor 13:14