7 Fear the Lord and judge with integrity, for the Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.” — 2 Chronicles 19:7 NLT
Jehoshaphat had always been a king who served the Lord. He obeyed God and tore down all the places of idol worship. Then he arranged for his son to marry Ahab’s daughter. In those days and sitll today in some countries, when members of the royal families married, it was seen as a type of political contract between the countries. The kings could depend on each other to help in times of troubles and wars. So, Jehoshaphat had gotten himself and Judah entangled with evil Ahab and Israel. God sent a prophet to warn Jehsoshaphat not to go to war with Ahab, but Jehsoshaphat joined with Ahab anyway. Because of this, God became very angry with Jehoshaphat. God sent Jehu, the seer, to deliver the message about His anger and to tell Jehoshaphat that God still saw some good in him. When he heard this message, Jehoshaphat obviously repented and started, once again, to teach the people of Judah the correct ways of obeying and worshipping the true God of Judah. He had learned the lesson that God does not tolerate impurities in any form or fashion. God expects and deserves 100% commitment in our worship and in our lifestyles. We should not become entangled with the world or we will make bad decisions based on our commitments to the world instead of being free to worhsip God with holy hands lifted high.
2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. — 2 Cor. 11:2-4 NIV
Paul continues to warn the Corinthians about impurities in the church. These warnings apply to us in today’s society as well. In the first century, the people had gods of every description. They built temples in honor of them and offered sacrifices to them. Everyone did what was right in their own minds. We have the same thing happening In our society. We are conditioned to be tolerant of the beliefs of others. While this is good from a worldly viewpoint, it leaves us open to hearing false teachings and to being bullied by those who don’t believe this. But the down side of tolerance is that we get used to whatever we are being tolerant toward. Once we do that, we lose the ability to see it as the enemy of Jesus. Then we are open to accepting a “new” revelation, a “new: gospel and yes, a “new” Jesus. The deceptions blind us to the truth. There is only one way to heaven. That has always been true, is true today and will be true forever.
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. — John 14:6
We must be alert and diligent to keep those teachers and teachings from being taught in our congregations. These people who sneak in and try to pervert the pure Gospel have a place reserved for them in eternity.
12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. — Jude 12, 13