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Another excellent post from a dear brother, who seems to be on quite a roll these days! AMEN….we are commanded to examine ourselves to see if, indeed, we are in the faith. Examined against the word of God alone. If we do not do this one thing in obedience, we surely are not obeying His word (and thereby obeying HIM) in much else, and so the jury must come back with a sentence of guilty. Guilty of rebellion (which is as the sin of witchcraft). Guilty of creating a god in our own image to suit our vain profession resulting in lack of biblical fruit. Guilty of blaspheming GOD in determining ourselves to be better qualified, more expert, and of attempting to usurp God’s position of true Judge of the contents of one’s heart for Him. Knowing scripture is not enough. Agreeing with what God says is not enough. If you want to know if you show any genuine fruit of regeneration, take yourself harshly to the word of God, ask your family, ask your friends. If you dodge those things that God has placed in your life, if you find yourself trying to look like something you are not when around solid Christian brothers and sisters, if you put on a show for those around you in church, you already have your answer. You need to be born again.~AGM†

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1 Thus the Lord said to me: “Go and get yourself a linen sash, and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.”

2 So I got a sash according to the word of the Lord, and put it around my waist.

3 And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying,

4 “Take the sash that you acquired, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole in the rock.”

5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.

6 Now it came to pass after many days that the Lord said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the sash which I commanded you to hide there.”

7 Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the sash from the place where I had hidden it; and there was the sash, ruined. It was profitable for nothing.

8 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

9 “Thus says the Lord: ‘In this manner I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.

10 This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing.

11 For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,’ says the Lord, ‘that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.’

Sorry to hit so close to home…but as usual, these passages seem to parallel the “church”. The whole idea of a sash is best translated ‘underwear’ in our language. It’s a garment worn by a man close to his body. God told Jeremiah to go and get a sash and wear it and do not wash it. Poor Jeremiah…that would have been quite the challenge for a Jew back then.

Anyway, the “sash” is quite dirty now and God tells him to go and hide it by the Euphrates river. Over time, the sash becomes rotten and soiled beyond hope. God shows Jeremiah that the sash he hid, is now no good for use. It has become fit for nothing more than for burning.

This sash, as it was mentioned in Jeremiah was a symbol of Israel.

This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing.

This passage so represents the body of false converts called the church–it’s scary!

They are evil

They refuse to obey God’s voice

They listen to their wicked hearts

They walk after other gods besides Me

In doing so, they are rendered good for nothing and unprofitable.

Doesn’t this sound like the church of today?

Do they not follow after evil (homosexuality, christlam, theistic evolution, listening prayer…)?

Do they not disregard God’s voice (changing His word, removing passages from His word, positive confession…)

In refusing to listen to God’s voice, they will listen to the only alternative–their wicked hearts (various denominations, translations, versions…)

They serve other gods besides God (“Christian yoga/meditation”, christlam, “Christian horoscopes”, me-ism, “Christian” psychology and divorce, abortion…)

And this is all that comes to my mind at this moment. I’m sure if we thought real hard about this, we could come up with a whole lot more.

The church today is an embarrassment to Christ Jesus and is the harlot trying to disguise herself as the Bride. But God knows better. he knows who His own is, and cannot be fooled.

The church has become filthy, ruined and profitable for nothing. I dare say, these false converts playing their brand of church are good for something. An example to us as to what happens when one turns their backs on God and follows after their own ways.

Read and fear, lest this passage is talking about you.