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For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

- I Corinthians 3:4-7

 

 

And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

- Exodus 34:6-7

 

  • Secular - Non-religious; not devoted to God
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    Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

    - I Corinthians 10:31

     

      A Protestant believer idolizes her minister. Every word he says is "the Bible" to her. If this minister says something is true, that is "the truth" to her. She does not study and confirm her beliefs with Scripture as the Jews of Berea did. If this minister says things contrary to Scripture, it does not matter. If he said it, then it is true. He is her "infallible source of truth."

      How is this believer also guilty of idolization and of breaking God's first commandment?


    Religious persons can also transgress the first commandment by teaching and believing in a falsely presented God and Christ. If one proclaims a God who is only loving, gracious, and forgiving, but not righteous, holy, and punishing, he proclaims a false God, and denies the true God. This transgresses God's first commandment.

    Religious people can also deny the true God by denying His attributes of omniscience and omnipresence. This is done by separating life into imagined religious and secular compartments. The "religious" part of life is the devotional part -one's prayers, Bible readings, and Sunday worshippings. The secular compartment is one's school, work, family, and recreational life. This belief denies God as a God over all things, who is all knowing and everywhere present. God observes our attitudes, thoughts, words, and actions at school or work on Monday as well as in church on Sunday. All of life is religious, because all is to be done for God, conscious of His presence.


      Mr. Benson observes his Sundays very strictly. He never misses a church service, except for serious illness. He is upset if the church service is a few minutes short. He wants everything to be done precisely according to plan.

      But on Monday when meeting with his accountant, he tells him, "Cut whatever corners you can." When questioned about the legality of some of his business transactions, he angrily answers, "Don't bring religion into this! This is business!"

      How is Mr. Benson denying the true God, the one who reigns over all of life at all times, and worshipping a false, man-made god? Explain how he is transgressing the first commandment.


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