Doctrinal Adultery, Cheating on God
February 28, 2009, 16:09
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adulteryWord usage, word meanings, morph over time.  The word ‘gay’ is the only example needed to prove that point, but there are many more.  Adultery today in our secular culture refers to ” cheating” or “having an affair”,  which of course means fornication, despite a vow to God not to do so,  but sounds better.  You might get a better feel for the true concept of adultery if you look at a definition of adulterate.

Main Entry:
1adul·ter·ate           Listen to the pronunciation of 1adulterate
transitive verb
Inflected Form(s):
adul·ter·at·ed; adul·ter·at·ing
Latin adulteratus, past participle of adulterare, from ad- + alter other — more at else

: to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element ; especially : to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients     /from     http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adulterate 

So many people with whom I communicate have thrown away the gospel of the bible due to adultery.  They have rejected the teaching of Jesus because of things the Savior never said .  The simplicity and beautiful mystery of  the message of the Messiah has been replaced with far less valuable ingredients. In some cases even where the entire Evangelical doctrine has been maintained , ingredients have been added to it that reduce the palatability , making the biblical expression:

Psalm 34:8
O taste and see that the LORD is good;How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

impossible in that setting, as the flavor of the original has been perverted with ingredients never meant to be in the recipe .  With Almighty God as the head chef, it takes an amazing spirit of rebellion for the sous chef to add even a pinch of seasoning to the original .  Would Emeril have a sense of humor if one of his assistants took it upon his/her self to redesign a signature dish?   Emeril’s in New Orleans offers this:

Oyster Crusted Atlantic Salmon
with Dill Preserved Yukon Gold Potatoes, Tuna Bacon Asparagus, Fennel, and Cauliflower Bernaise 

What would the career path be of the chef at this restaurant look like if they decided clams are better than oysters?  Or basil beat dill,  or should be added.  How long would a waitress last who took it upon herself to pour a can of spinach over the whole thing,” ’cause,  you know, its like healthy and all.”  If  Emeril has such control over his ‘kingdom’, why do we take control over God’s? 

I would like to lay out some of the additions that have done damage, some changes to the recipe that make the Gospel sicky sweet or bitter.

  • worship or veneration of anyone  or anything other than the triune  God  [God Himself made this a commandment]
  • rules like “no mixed bathing” or “no dancing”  
  • church membership as a requirement to worship
  • positions that elevate one sinner above another, we are all sinners
  • political positions, required voting
  • denominational distinctives , “factions” is a sin
  • cultural biases marketed as “religious” [clothing, hair, music styles]
  • extra-biblical doctrine,  66 books say it all, no more are needed
  • condemnation of other denominations,  watch your own mote
  • restrictions of intellectual material
  • forced acceptance of geological or biological histories
  • “second’ baptisms, concentration on the demonic

What if the warning at  the end of the bible applies to the whole book, not just to Revelations? Revelation 22:18  says

I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;

I do not have the guts or bravado to risk the wrath of God by amending His book.  Were the Words of Jesus and the writings in the Gospel,  the history and wisdom of the Old Testament, were these not enough, that mere man must add to the mix?  If there is enough for salvation and obedience and fellowship with God,  why add? 

Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Is it humble to tell God what He forgot? Please, you be the one to tell Him he left some stuff out, He was not clear enough.  I am going to stand over here while you have that talk with Him.  Lightning hurts.   

I would not mind so much,  if it were not the extras that drive people away.  It is like people who say, “I do not like pizza, anchovies are too salty for me, and they are gross!”.   Ask them if they ever tryed pizza without anchovies and you get a blank stare.  They never knew you could get it that way, never knew there was such a thing as anchovie-less pizza. 

We know what God feels about stmbling blocks.  Let us avoid the millstones and get the unadulterated Word out there.  Be humble, your add ons may be right, I am not arguing if they are morally correct, but they are yours!  Keep them to yourself.   The children of Israel kept worship of Yahweh God , but added to it.  Here is God’s opinion of such practices. 

Ezekiel 6:9
“Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations to which they will be carried captive, how I have been hurt by their adulterous hearts which turned away from Me, and by their eyes which played the harlot after their idols; and they will loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed, for all their abominations.

Mighty, wonderful , loving God we praise you and fall before you, worshiping only You, as taught by Jesus the Risen Messiah, the prophets, the Apostles, as brought to our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Forgive us for the errors in our understanding, or well intended but foolish attempts to improve the Perfect.  Help us to learn and teach Your Way, Your way, not ours.  we ask it in the name of our savior Yeshua Your Son, our Savior, light of the world, amen.


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Great post. It’s so true that when we focus on extraneous matters people get turned off. Most people I know who claim to have rejected Christ haven’t actually rejected him but have rejected a bizarre view of him that they got from the church. Love the anchovy pizza illustration!

Comment by Teresa

Amen and amen brother. I just put a post up last night and one of the quotes had these words, “I think that’s because God is a jealous God. And He will not share us even with our best ideas about Him.”

Comment by jeofurry

I wonder if it is possible for there to be a Christian denomination that does not add to or take away from the Bible. It seems there are no purists and even purists would most likely corrupt themselves with stringent rules of their own design. God created such a hole in the heart of people that not even his word fills it; people require more than the Bible offers. At least, they require more than they believe the Bible to offer. If there is a pure church, a pure denomination, then I hope it makes itself known. Of course, making itself known would invite people that would corrupt it…so it seems impossible. Oh well.

Comment by TabithaWynne

No, Tabitha, but there are Christians and churches who do their very best.

If one actually reads His Word and doesn’t just get their “smidgen of religion” twice a week, that hole is filled quiet nicely.

The pastor of the church I just left, just made a rule that there is to be no music other than out of the hymnal he brought in.
There aren’t enough tears in me.

Comment by Shawn W

Churches are filled with sinners. The only purity in church is the Word (which includes the sacraments).

It is pure because it comes to us ‘extra nos’, or from outside of ourselves, from God..to us.

Aside from that, there is No purity. But then again…His Word is enough.

Comment by theoldadam

Great comment, The old Adam!

Going along with the adultery theme, from Life of the World this morning:

James 4:1-10

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?” But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Comment by Amillennialist

so does this mean no more grape juice bc jesus used wine?

Comment by graceshaker

I wish it were something so simple, so easy to fix. It is not so much the practices that make us “cheaters” it is the attitudes. This is a problem of the heart. We have done a lot of damage by allowing holy roller personalities to move away from the message of Jesus. Love God, Love your Neighbor. We are all sinners.
I will stick to the Welches, too many people have sworn off any alcohol for their own very good, non biblical reasons.

Comment by willohroots

so sometimes its okay to have good non-biblical reasons for doing things?

Comment by graceshaker

I understand you are using his phraseology, but I would say that using Welch’s instead of wine can also have a biblical basis. If there are people who have sworn off of alcohol for their own well-being, forcing them to drink wine for the sake of “getting it right” would be a violation of Romans 14:1-4.

Comment by jeofurry

Graceshaker, you are majoring in the minors. I don’t care if we use beer or yoo-hoo, my point is to get our hearts right. The exact substance is not relevant, especially in the context of communion. It is to me, as a celebrant the blood of Christ. I am not suggesting becoming a Pharisee or biblical minimalist, I am trying to point out the gross additions we have placed on the message of Jesus.

Comment by willohroots

In the majority of evangelical churches in America….I see more of a gospel reductionism more so than anything. The church has become man-centered instead of God-centered, and the focus is on felt needs instead of God’s glory. Many “experts” would have us to believe that no one (from the most primitive tribe to the most technologically advanced society) is able to understand the Gospel unless we first repackage it to fit their particular need. Have we forgotten that the Bible itself testifies that no man can understand the Gospel apart from the supernatural working of the Holy Spirit.

Ultimately all that matters is the glory of God (Psalm 57:5). And God has ordained that He will recieve most glory through His bride, the church (Ephesians 3:21). Restoring sound doctrine concerning the nature of conversion is foundational to being a church that brings God the glory that He deserves!

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