Summary: There can be no coexistence of sin and a godly life. There are something's that need to die.
“It’s has to die”
Bishop M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
TEXT:- Exodus 20:13 is the sixth commandment it says "Thou shalt not kill." Deuteronomy 20:16-18 “But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee: That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God”.
OPENING:- Oftentimes in these last days of the church it is so hard to tell the difference from the church and the world. The church sounds like the world, looks like the world, acts like the world they have become ineffective in the world because they are infected by the world because of the spirit of assimilation. The church for some reason has decided that it’s o.k. to be like the world. They say well we need to reach this new generation and in order to be relevant we need to allow such-n-such, now we have pastors who are men married to men calling them the first husband because that is what the world does and accepts. Now there are those in the church that are preaching well you were born that way – the devil and you are a lie.
The church has lost is savour – Oh Zion what’s the matter now. Zion is at ease in the world, it’s comfortable; therefore we don’t pray like we use to pray we have become at ease in the world, we don’t sing like we used to sing, we are trying to sound like someone else, we don’t fast like we use to fast Oh Zion what’s the matter now.
When I look at the church I often ask the question why doesn’t the church grow like it did in the books of Acts. Why aren’t souls being saved and miracles happening, God hasn’t changed so what’s wrong. It’s because the church is at ease and is blinded by the spirit of assimilation. People aren’t calling wrong wrong anymore and right is not being called right. There use to be a time when if you weren’t living right you didn’t do things in the church, you didn’t play the instruments, you didn’t sing in the choir or anything else, but we have become weak in sound doctrine and allow everything to go on. We let people think they are o.k. because they came to church yet they are still holding onto the world. We need to go back to the old land mark. Lord I’m sorry for letting down your standards forgive me and please give me another chance.
The spirit of assimilation is working then and is working in the church. We find churches saying I wanna be I wanna be like that church, Preachers trying to be like the preachers of L.A. We want 1500 members, we want a 300 voice choir, we want the big new church, so many get caught up in assimilation trying to coexist with the world instead of drawing a line of distinction in the sand. It has to die. We need to stop trying to be like everyone else and be like Christ.
People want the grace of God but want to remain in and a part of the world. There needs to be a distinction between the church and the world.
If you were to read our text versus like the natural man does you would think like them. Atheists, agnostics, and people that just refuse to accept God often claim that God violated His own commandment, the 6th commandment, in ordering the destruction of entire cities, just to allow the Jews to have the Promised Land.
First of all the 10 commandments are God’s law to man. The first 5 are how man is to treat God, the second 5 are how man is to treat mankind, so the 10 commandments don’t apply to God they are from God.
The Bible confirms that God ordered the killing of thousands of people; however, there is a reason. If you were to go to any of the numerous websites, you will often find complaints that God ordered the destruction of entire cities, such as Jericho and the total destruction of Canaan, so Israel could inherit the Promised Land that is incorrect.
People say how could a loving God command the destruction of all those "innocent" people? The argument sounds good, but it is a lie breathed from the pits of hell, because the natural man is not able to understand the things of God, so they try to comprehend the incomprehensible.