Self-Idolatry

To be a disciple of Jesus Christ one must be willing to deny Self, take up his cross, and follow Jesus. Luke 9:23. Self-denial is the cross we bear. The old man of flesh and sin has to be rendered dead. The laid-down life defines the New Testament concept of agape (love).

When we live according to the flesh, we are living for Self. Conversely, when we are living for Self, we are living according to the flesh. When we live according the Spirit, we will bear the fruit of agape. We have not been called to live unto ourselves. We have been called to surrender our lives to Christ that He might live His life of agape through us. We cannot be the bride of Christ and at the same time live selfishly in this world. We are either the bride or we are living the life of the harlot. Self-centred living is making ourselves out to be god; therefore, it is idolatry.

Idolatrous, fallen man is self-centred by nature. To be any different, we have to be transformed into a new creature. We need a new nature that gives us the desire to surrender Self for a higher good, namely, the life of Christ in us. Only Christ through His Spirit can implant that new nature within us. Paul had already established in Galatians 5:17 that “the flesh lusts [sets its desire] against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” Romans 8:7 attests that “the carnal mind is at enmity [hostile] against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”

Whatever appeals to Self is not of God. Self is in love with Self. It seeks its own. It is vain, prideful, arrogant, self-exalting, self-indulging, self-absorbed, power-hungry, and lustful. It strives for independence, self-reliance, and self-management. It uses and abuses others, if necessary, to achieve its own ambitions. It lies, steals, cheats, murders, covets, blames, justifies, and does whatever seems necessary to save itself. It goes to any end to protect itself. It is addicted to more. It can never be satisfied.

The flesh nature of Self generally looks to its own inventions–science, government, military, religion, education, sports, and other human institutions and inventions–to save us, feed us, protect us, make us happy, give us our identity, and provide us with a better lifestyle. We create institutions to serve us, and we get angry when they fail us.

The idolatry of Self is seen in our drivenness to accomplish things in our own strength. We see things to do, and we must do them. We are constantly distracted by the busyness we create for ourselves. Busyness is a distraction from intimacy with God. We would rather be doing something for God than spending time with Him. Yet, He did not create us to do for Him, but to be as He is that we might have fellowship with Him and with one another in Him.

We enslave ourselves to the works we require of ourselves. Moreover, we enslave others to our works when others allow us to do so. We adore our accomplishments. Consequently, we have even made idols out of our quiet time, Bible study, intercessory prayer, street witnessing, and other works that seem “good” to us. These are not wrong. They are wonderful when they are inspired by the Holy Spirit. They become idolatrous to us when we use them to make ourselves feel like we have done something for God.

 

Excerpts from a book by Charles E. Newbold, Jr. titled The Harlot Church System.

What is the Church?

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When we can properly define “The Church,” then we can separate the criticism of the institution from the saints. One deserves the criticism the other deserves encouragement. I believe that a great part of the problem lies in the fact that after countless centuries of indoctrination by the traditions of men, we have come to identify ” The Church,” as an inanimate object. We call the building church, but can we find that anywhere in the Scriptures? In every single instance in the New Testament when the word ” church,” was mentioned it was referring to people. Yet most often the very first question we want to know when we talk to someone is ” what church do you belong to?” The very nature of that question underlies the problem. Don’t you belong to Christ? The actual Church, whether…

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What is church?

A Call To The Remnant

A long time ago the “Church,” was redefined by men as something separate from the people. They created a building and a system and they called it their own. This is always the folly of men. Consider this, consider what men would do with this. Say, we had in our possession , the bush that burned and the sand that surrounded it when Moses encountered the Lord.It would be venerated and visited by the masses of people and it would be worshiped. Yet all it would be would be a bush and some sand. It is the presence of God that makes the ground Holy, whether it is a bush, some sand, a building , a living room, a basement. God dwells within His people. They are the Church. They are living stones, built upon the chief stone, the cornerstone. When two or three of them gather together, then He…

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The path that leads to glory

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Suffering is the path that leads to glory!

A wise man once wrote ” Friction is the polish that shines our graces.” Another way of saying that could be ” suffering is the path that leads to glory.” Now, this is never a popular teaching, but suffering is a gift from God in the sense that it helps to sanctify us and shape us and teach us. The flesh screams out against ever going down that path. As mere humans we would never personally choose to go down such a path. Yet do you know what that path is called? It’s called the narrow path and it leads to life. One might ask ” how can trials and humiliations , pain and suffering and even sometimes death lead to life?”

As Christians, do we really need to ask that question? This was the life of Christ. He was acquainted with…

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Power Hungry Leaders

It was never the intention of the Yahweh for mankind to be ruled over by a fellow man; what we call King, which in the modern term is President.

Up until the days of Samuel, the people of Israel had no man-king ruling over them but the Most High Himself. The people of Israel were willing to surrender their will to a man and thus be ruled over by him; a willing slave.

And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” (1 Samuel 8:5 KJV)

Which means with the exception of the Israelites, other nations had a king ruling over them; Yahweh was their King. Of course they were warned of the consequences, 1 Samuel 8:11-18, but they refused to listen and still demanded for a king. They rejected Yahweh as King over them.

But it has never been, in any age, God’s intention for His people to act like the people of the world, to be governed or controlled like the people of the world. God’s people is, always has been, a peculiar people, a different people, a called-out, a separated, an altogether different in their ways, in their manner of living, than what the people of the world has. Their appetites for things and all that their makeup is, has been always contrary to the things that the people of the world desire.

And that has never been the will of Yahweh. It was never the will of Yahweh, or never will be His will for man to rule over one another. Yahweh rules over man, He is our Ruler, our King. And it’s very much of a parallel of today, because man seems to have that same idea. We don’t seem to be able to grasp that Yahweh still rules man, instead of man ruling man. We elect leaders into office with the confidence that they would fight our wars for us and make decisions with our best interest at heart. Do they?

Yahweh wants to rule His people, to govern each individual but man wants to rule, and rule over man; and man wants man to rule over him. Just as in politics today, we have voted man in there under promises of falsehood.

Yahweh never gave us a Pope or a Bishop or anybody to be a judge. The Holy Spirit is our judge and our guide. If we think we need a ruler we are not conscious, period. Being conscious means that we are capable of thinking independently and don’t need to be ruled. Conscious people don’t need to be told what to believe because their logic and reason allow them the ability to use their minds.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. – Thomas Sowell

There is a madness.

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There is a madness in the air. It is so lunatic that it beggars description. All around the world there is delusional thinking. Can you imagine that you are right there, watching the pied piper play his tune and the whole world is intoxicated with it and are dancing. They are winding their way out-of-town and heading towards a mighty cliff and are falling of the edge. The people behind cannot see that the ones in front are falling off because they are so intoxicated by the music and the piper plays on. You run up and down the winding crowd and scream out that they are being led over a cliff. As you do that they begin to mock and jeer. Yet you don’t quit. This begins to infuriate the crowd because your noise is interrupting their enjoyment of the intoxicating music. Their fury begins to turn violent because…

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Will you step into the arena?

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. (Teddy Roosevelt)

How easy to be the critic of others…

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