Today’s Devotional – January 5th (The City of Morality)

By admin On January 4th, 2014

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – January 5th

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The City of Morality

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In John Bunyan’s earth-shaking tale, Pilgrim’s Progress, the main character, Christian, was on his way to the Celestial City, to get that great Burden off his back (the burden of sin).

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WORLDLY WISEMAN

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But on the way, the pilgrim met a fellow named Worldly Wiseman, who informed Christian that such an arduous journey was not necessary.

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He told Christian that all he needed was to go to the Village of Morality, to see a man there, named, Mr. Legality, or his son named, Civility. 

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Worldly Wiseman says to Christian: “Why in yonder Village (the village is named Morality) there dwells a gentleman, whose name is Legality, a very judicious man (and a man of a very good name) that has skill to help men off with such Burdens as thine is (the burden of sin & guilt), from their shoulders…

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VILLAGE OF MORALITY

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And so, Christian was duped and deceived by Worldly Wiseman into going to the Village of Morality, instead of continuing on his way to the Celestial City.

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There Christian could simply live a life of morality (including church-going).

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And in so-doing, Christian could live in “peace and safety”, and in a look-alike lifestyle, very similar to true Christianity, yet without having to battle daily against sin and self.

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Just living a moral life was all he needed!

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Worldly Wiseman – Pilgrim’s Progress, p34 – Mr Worldly Wiseman – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE VILLAGE IS NOW A HUGE CITY!

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And so it is today. Only that Village called Morality is now a full-grown city!

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Yes, a great portion of today’s Christendom has become just that, the City of Morality!

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And there are many Christians who, like Bunyan’s pilgrim, have been duped by that old deceiver, Worldly Wiseman!

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And the City of Morality is now a thriving metropolis, embracing all the good things of this deceitful world!

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And there’s a whole lot of seemingly harmless, even good things in the world for all such deceived ones to enjoy!

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WORLDLY WISEMAN STILL AROUND!

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And wouldn’t you know it! Worldly Wiseman is still around!

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And he’s still busily misdirecting simple-minded Christians into going to the City of Morality instead of continuing onward and upward to Zion, the City of God!

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They have been told they could merely live a very moral lifestyle, instead of dying-to-self, allowing Christ to live out His holy life through them: a life of self-sacrificing love.

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TRYING TO HOLD ON TO THIS WORLD…

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AND HAVE HEAVEN TOO!

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But such a religion of living a legalistic lifestyle will never, never, truly save a soul!

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It only masks the burdens of sin, in a cloak of morality and civility.

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And there are so many today, who try to maintain such a counterfeit Christianity, going to church, studying their Bible and trying to obey the best they can!

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“YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON!”

Matthew 6:24 & Luke 16:9-14

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And yet, these pretenders still enjoy the pleasures and pursuits of the world: television, secular radio & Internet, time-consuming-energy-sapping-careers, sports, entertainment, hobbies, travel, parties, social events, banquets, empire-building, novel-reading, social events, amassing-material-possessions, politics, intriguing mysteries, and even various “itching-ear” ministries, are just some of the earthly Mammon which absorb the thoughts of their hearts.

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Oh perhaps, just a little of a few of these things might be just fine!

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The problem comes in when these things begin to grow and multiply (and they always do!), and eventually they begin to crowd out the Gospel until these earthly pursuits become the greater concern of that church-goer.

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Listen… “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24.

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AS AN ANGEL of LIGHT

False Prophet

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Yes, very simply put, the City of Morality is the attempt to have Jesus’ Salvation, while still holding on to this selfish world at the same time.

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And just like this picture, Satan comes as an angel of light, with all his ministers of righteousness (Worldly Wisemen), bringing this look-alike gospel, offering the world and Heaven too!

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And today, you can go into just about any church, large or small, and hear some form of this false-gospel of morality being preached. Oh yes, you may also hear much Bible truth, mingled in.

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But the world-loving lifestyles and encouragements of those parishioners within, preach the loudest sermons by far!

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ABOVE PICTURE: The False Prophet – signsofheaven.org – not for commercial uses

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TOTAL APOSTASY FORETOLD

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And the Bible foretold of this very time in the history of the Church… “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” 2nd Timothy 4;3.

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We have pretty much reached that day, haven’t we? Even the so-called conservatives in Christendom are pursuing the riches, cares, and pleasures of this cornucopian super-society, while maintaining a certain degree of morality.

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But they don’t call it the “Name-It-And-Claim-It” gospel. Oh no, the conservative churches rather call their prosperity-driven gospel, “The Entrepreneurial Spirit”, or perhaps, “The American Dream”!

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But whatever one wishes to call their prosperity-driven gospel, it all comes out the same: the desire for the pleasures and treasures of this selfish world, while attempting to please God!

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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HEAVENLY ZION AWAITS…JUST BEYOND THAT RIVER

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Dear Stranger and Pilgrim of the Cross, don’t buy into this counterfeit Christianity.

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Oh yes, it comes packaged in many forms! Oh yes, it is so close to the true, that it will “deceive, if possible even the very Elect!” Mark 13:22

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But each and every one of us must choose this world or choose the world to come. You just can’t serve both!

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And by choosing to follow Jesus, the Christian will be walking that Pilgrim’s way, just as Bunyan’s character, Christian.

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And those who persevere on that pilgrimage, will one day soon cross that Black River (just like Bunyan’s pilgrim finally did), to enter into the blessed Promised Land, and literally enter into that everlasting Heavenly Beulah Land!

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Imagine! Forever in the Paradise of God!

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And what earthly pleasure or treasure is too precious to trade away for everlasting life!?

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To read Part 2, click here… “MARCH 21 (The City of Morality, Part 2: Raising Children) “

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THE READER IS ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THIS 20 MINUTE AUDIO BIBLE STUDY ON JEREMIAH, CHAPTER 8, CONCERNING THE ALLEGORICAL NATURE OF THE BIBLE, CONDUCTED BY HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO, STUDY #188…

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Keep me from going to a moralistic, itching-ears gospel. Chastise me, so that I continue to fight the Good Fight of overcoming sin and self…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…“Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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The ‘Valley of Decision’ Constellation

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SECOND MOUNTAIN…CHOICE “B”…

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“They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:9

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Now there are two mountains in this constellation group. One mountain is symbolic of Zion, but also of the Mount of Blessing. So what is the second mountain? It is the mount of cursing…the law. Scripture refers to the law as the “ministration of death and condemnation” 2nd Corinthians 3:7, 9. The law is that which shows the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Listen to Romans… “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified…for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20. This reminds us of those two mountains: Gerzim and Ebal…the Mount of Blessing and the Mount of Cursing.

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MOUNT OF CURSING: AN IMPOSSIBLE CLIMB…

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“Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no [such] commandment: Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” Acts 15:24, 10, 11

 

Valley of Decision Constellation

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Notice that the Mount of Blessing begins rather steep…but then begins to become less steep as you ascend. But the Mount of Cursing begins a rather gentle slope but gets impossibly steep the higher you ascend. This is exactly like the law. At first it looks like just ten little rules to follow. But just try to keep those ten little rules! For instance, just try to keep the first commandment. At first it seems simple. But before long, one begins to realize that his or her life is literally teeming with idols: perhaps a car, or a TV show, or a certain foods, or money, or shopping, recreation, career, sports, or… whatever! We all have idols that we don’t even realize are idols! These are what Scripture calls “Mammon”. And this law against idolatry, is just the first commandment!

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YE ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE…

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“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” Galatians 5:3, 4

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There are two oblong-shaped galaxies in this sketch, which appear to be falling down, down, down, to the Dragon Constellation. These seem to represent all those multitudes that attempt to gain Salvation by law-keeping and good works. Of course, most have been educated to claim Salvation by grace. Nevertheless there are many who try to get by only trying to be good…while still clinging to the world and its pleasures and pursuits. Such will ultimately become slaves of the Dragon (Satan) , and slaves to “self”.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The ‘Valley of Decision’ Constellation” or you can also read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet”

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TOMORROW:

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(January 6th (Baptism By Full Immersion!)

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

 

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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