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Summary: A Gradual Decrease in the Sensitivity of our worship of God...

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1st Free Will Baptist Date 2-26-06

"THE CAUSE OF DECLINE" PASTOR Gene Cullum

I Kings 22:51-53, II Kings 1:1-4 & 17

Notice how far Israel has drifted, and how there is a gradual decrease in the sensitivity of their worship of God...

Ahaziah’s name means "JEHOVAH HATH GRASPED" he was the son of King Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel... He was the 8th King of Israel... Ahaziah was a worshipper of Jeroboam’s calves, his Mother’s Idols...

Now, Remember, Ahaziah is a King of Israel, YET, He Lost The SENSITIVITY of the Worship of the Great God Jehovah. He COMPROMISED, and EXCHANGED It For the Worship of Idols!!!

So Now Elijah is sending him a "Wake-Up Call!" "Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron..." (v3)

I’m afraid what we see happening in the world today is exactly what happened in the world of Ahaziah, and that is, A Gradual Decrease in the Sensitivity of our worship of God...

Let Me Ask You This. Where Will Your Children Be In Their Worship of God A Generation or Two From Now, Based On The Way You Worship Him... LISTEN: Whether We Like It Or Not, We Are Setting The Pace For How Our Children Feel Toward God, and How They Worship Him...

What Could Cause A Group of People, God’s People To Drift To That Place Where They Lose Their Sensitivity of Worship??? Let’s Look at Ahaziah’s Example and Learn From Him What Caused This Decline in the Worship of God!!! Notice FIRST of All, It Was:

I. INITIATED IN THE HOME: "He walked in the way of his father." (I Kgs. 22:52)

To Most Children, their Dad is their hero... (There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, Children Admire, and Imitate their Father, especially the Sons...)

Dad, How You feel about Spiritual Things will Determine How Your Child Feels... (Again there are exceptions, but they are slight...)

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A) It Begins When We Lose The Sense of Worship of God...

We no longer see Him High & Lifted Up, we have tried to Drag Him Down To Our Level, He No Longer Reigns Supreme...

We Don’t Sing "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY Lord God Almighty! Early In The Morning Our Song Shall Rise To Thee; We Sing "GOD IS GOOD, GOD IS THE MAN, And We’ll Get To You Whenever We Can!"

The World Is Losing What Little Sensitivity They Had Toward God, and the Church is not far behind...

What is the secret of idolatry, which down through the ages has taken such a hold upon the human heart??? Such people as the Hebrew People, who Descended from Abraham, who lived so entirely under the power of the invisible God!!!

They had the Passover as a constant reminder of God’s Existence and Power, and the Ten Commandments as a constant reminder of God’s Mind & Will... Why Is It That They So Soon Forgot God and Sunk into the Degrading Worship of Heathen Idols???

Now before you judge the Hebrews too harshly, Let’s Look At Ourselves more closely...

B) We Must Ask OURSELVES WHY???

WHY Is It, that men & women Who Know that Christ died for them, and therefore Know the priceless value of their immortal souls will still says No to His Forgiveness and Mercy???


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