If you have not yet read Parts 1 – 3, I will leave a link to each one down at the bottom of this page.
A few months ago, there was a story covering a young woman in Sweden. It was a very interesting story, since the woman believes she is a cat. She believes she was born as a cat inside a human body. Now this is just absurd on so many levels.
And yet the church is rampant with this sort of behaviour. No I don’t mean people pretending to be cats. I mean people pretending to be what they aren’t. People believing they are followers of Jesus, but living their lives as though the opposite is true, and the churches are accepting of it.
Paul encountered a teaching much like this going through the Colossian church, and so he addressed it.
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.” Colossians 3:1 – 4
A person who has come to know the love of God and has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, is dead to themselves, and alive in Christ. They do not have the desire to live in sin as they once did. They focus on the things of God and what He wants, and not on the things of this world and their fleeting pleasures that bring no lasting joy or contentment.
But many in the church today are the complete opposite. They live immoral lives, focusing on having as much earthly pleasure as is possible and only pretending to love God on Sunday when they decide to bring their selfish desires as requests to God, and not stopping to listen to Him when He wants to speak to them.
We need to remember and keep reminding ourselves that we are dead to sin, and dead to the things of this world. Our life is in Christ and ONLY in Him.
We in western society have been deceived. Society is always telling us to not be content, to desire more and more physical pleasure and material wealth. Sin has been made to look desirable and fulfilling.
You have problems? Drink them away!
You’re longing for companionship? Find it in having sex with a random stranger!
You’re feeling slightly depressed or having a bad day? Watch pornography or find a “recreational” drug to get high on! They’re both just as addictive as each other after all.
The world never seems to advertise the bitterness, emptiness or destruction that comes after the high.
We see things like this being pushed all the time and the church has started to succumb. We’re giving a pass to people in our congregations who do these things instead of showing them the way back to Jesus through repentance. Paul was firmly against teachings like this back at the founding of the church, so why aren’t we against it today?
Paul goes on to give a warning in verse 6:
“Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming”. Colossians 3:6
God will not hesitate to discipline His church and bring them back by force if need be. I’ve heard it said that the Holy Spirit is as the hound of heaven, and He will chase us to the very gates of hell if need be.
God loves you and I more than we can ever begin to fathom, and His grace is everlasting and boundless, but He will not be mocked (Galations 6:7), and He will not allow His grace to be abused.
So if there are any who are reading this and you can feel the Holy Spirit convicting you because you know that the lure of the world has taken hold, then praise God. Because He disciplines the ones He loves. He is calling you back into His love and presence. Do as Paul taught and take your eyes off of the temporary, unfulfilling things of this world and fix your eyes on Jesus. He is the one who came to give you life, and life more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Author : Justin Berrisford
Part 1: http://theinternetchurch.com/the-colossian-heresies-part-1/
Part 2: http://theinternetchurch.com/the-colossian-heresies-part-2/
Part 3: http://theinternetchurch.com/the-colossian-heresies-part-3/