Reading through the Bible, one similar phase occurs over 49 times, particularly in the Old Testament. It is a phrase that indicates someone, or a people, was doing “evil in the sight of the Lord” or “evil in the eyes of the Lord”.
Perhaps, the people committing the sin did not recognize their transgressions as wrong or angering God. Maybe it was the farthest thing from their minds; but while they were doing wrong, God was watching, and His hammer of judgment would shortly pound down and shatter their plans and intents, and others also would suffer. Perhaps they even thought, as they do today, “Oh, everyone is doing it, too”, or “I’ve done this before and nothing ever happened, so why should it now?”
What was it that was so wicked in God’s eyes? Their offenses included complaining, idolatry, not giving God the attention and respect He deserved, casting spells, lying, cheating, uncleanliness, debauchery, witchcraft, killing innocent people (including children), observing of the times (similar to what we would call astrology), and not obeying God’s commandments. Gulp! Reading through that list does not sound any different than what is happening today.
Discontentment is shown by what is uttered from many lips today. Not many are happy with what they have, or who they are. They had hopes that “things” would fill the empty spots in their lives, but their lives were even more empty.
God is certainly not getting the respect He should be getting, as many mock Him and live contrary to how His Word instructs us. Sin is on the rise, but it never is a time when the people, as a whole are happy. Current statistics indicate many are suffering from depression, and many had so little hope that they took their own lives.
Practicing witchcraft and occult practices are also increasing, even in churches. Many of today’s popular movies have these practices in the movie’s theme, and are even watched by Christians.
Life has less meaning to many, which explains the rise in murders and even the taking of unborn babies’ lives through abortion. Too many are ignorant of what God’s commands are. It is quite evident evil, by God’s standards, is rampant today.
Many more are affected in the 49 uses of the phrase than just the committers of sin. Examinations of the phrase show that:
- 12 of the usages of the phrase were remarks about individuals that were not leaders.
- 16 of the usages referred to national sin; usually the nation of Israel.
- 33 of the usages referred to a leader, such as a king. They are the ones we remember as doing “evil in the sight of the Lord.”
- 23 of the usages indicated that the person committing the sin was following someone else’s example, as: “as did his father”, or “walked in the way of his father”.
- Six of the usages made it clear that the one doing evil was forcing others to do likewise.
Interestingly, we see that only 12 of those seen by God as doing wicked were common folk, like you and me. All sin, and God sees everyone’s sin. This wickedness rated serious attention by God to be stopped, and to teach others not to continue committing the wickedness.
The highest offenders against God were the leaders of the country. 33 times the leader was recalled as doing “… evil in the eyes of the Lord ….” Their influence, quite often, turned the entire nation to sin against God.
If our leaders today would only see this! If they would only see how their laws and leadership are no different than those that God judged in the Bible, and change their leadership to one that God would bless rather than discipline all of us for. Many kings in the Bible have a testimony recorded forever in the Word of God as one of those that did “evil in the sight of the Lord”. What a terrible epitaph on one’s life to be remembered for doing wrong! Unfortunately, many of today’s leaders will also be remembered for an evil leadership.
In many of the phrases, another frightful reality is apparent. Much of the parents’ wickedness was copied by their children. Over 23 times, those that did evil were doing just like their parents did. “… walked in the way of his father …” explains where the wicked-doer got their instruction. A parent’s sin cannot only ruin their own life and their children’s, but the wages of their sin can affect future generations (Ex. 20:5, Ex. 34:7, Num. 14:18).
In a time when it is not important to many what God thinks about them, we need to realize that our feelings and opinions have nothing to do with how God deals with our sin. No one gets away with sin. There is always a price tag on wickedness (Romans 6:23). In most of the verses talking about doing evil, God’s judgment and punishment on the people was not far behind. In many of the cases God allowed wars, famines, loss of freedom, and captivity to teach that there is always a price for doing wrong. No one gets away with sin! Payday is always someday!
What a chilling thought it would be to be remembered as doing “evil in the sight of the Lord.” If God were to write something to describe you right now, what would He write?
By doing right, according to God’s commands in His Word, one can have a completely different testimony. It does not have to be he “did evil in the sight of the Lord.” It could be the God-approved testimony of “… Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things …” Matthew 25:23.
“Sin’s wages = Death
God’s wages = Peace and everlasting life!”
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
I remember going to the City Mall the other day. In usual manner, the shops in the Mall were well stocked up with amazing (seemingly) beautiful items begging to be bought off the shelf. Attractions and distractions kept both children and adult busy all day long as they move from one store to another, wanting all, desiring all, coveting all. Children were begging to stay longer, and those ones who could not curtail emotions burst out crying after their parents if they were denied certain indulgience, I guess there were lots of adults also who were bemoaning silently without letting out. At the end of the day, shop attendants closed their stores for the evening, music dies off and everyone heads home.
Visiting the Mall could be comparatively describes living in the world because we are only visiting. The world we live in is full of ephemerals and things that has no lasting values, unfortunately above all, it keeps people from taking cognizance to notice the time as it ticks on all. The world is full of attractions of sinful things that can lead to death and eventually Hellfire. Before some of us met with the Lord, like those little kids at the Mall, we have “Desires” in us to want it all, attracted to it all and cannot say No to any.
The scripture says, we are in the World but we do not belong to the world. Apostle John counselled us:
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:15-16
Sin has its pleasures and consequences. The problem of man is “Desire” within. The five senses; taste, touch, smell, hearing, and seeing, all report to the carnal mind – which is the enemy of God. These senses are what Satan uses to tempt us! The lust of the flesh includes tasting, feeling, touching, smelling, and hearing. The lust of the eyes is seeing. The pride of life is thinking you are special because of who you are, what you have, what you know, or what you look like.
The enemy uses these three things, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, to entice us to sin. Scripture shows this process at work in both the Garden of Eden and on the Mount of Temptation.
In the Garden of Eden: «The woman, Eve, saw that «the tree was good for food» – the lust of the flesh, «it was pleasant to the eyes» – the lust of the eyes, and «a tree to be desired to make one wise» – the pride of life (Genesis 3:6). Of course you know the rest of the story! Eve was deceived, Adam disobeyed, sin came into the world, and death passed upon all men by sin, for that ALL have sinned…
On the Mount of Temptation: When the tempter came to Jesus, he said, «If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.» Matthew 4:3 – the lust of the flesh. «The devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, ‹All these things will I give thee.›» Matthew 4:8-9 – the lust of the eyes. «Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, ‹If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.›» Matthew 4:5-6 – the pride of life. Through the power of the Spirit, with the Sword of the Spirit, Christ successfully resisted the temptations of the Devil and now we can too! If we are to live succesfully in the world, we must emulates the life of Jesus Christ.
For to be carnally minded (minding the things of the flesh) is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind (minding the things of the flesh) is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God…
The greatest battle we all face in our lives is the battle within, the battle between the flesh and the spirit.The Lord said, “But you shall receive Power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NKJV
It was this Power the Apostles of old received that caused them to be called Christians (Christlikes) in Antioch (Acts 11:26). The Power made them to turned the world of sin upside down for Christ (Acts. 17:6).
In the time I had not known Christ I had my fair share of the world’s attractions, I drank iniquity as one drinks water, I walloped in my degradation and degenerated mind until Christ have Mercy on me.
The Cult “church” which I stumbled into made things worse, but when I received the Light of Christ into my heart through His infallible Word, and The Spirit of God took resident in my heart, uprooting the old man (desire for sin) that usually open the door of my heart to the gang of robbers (lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life), I became a new creature, a royal priest, a holy nation. No more desire for sinful indulgence. Whenever my former friends sees me and ask why I stopped doing some things we used to do together, I am quick to let them know that Sin does not live here anymore, it has relocated to another address. This is my greatest Testimony.
Are you still indulging the flesh?
Do you still go back to your vomit?
A change is easy if the heart is ready, allow Holy Spirit to brood over your heart, allow Him to take full control of your thoughts and reasoning. Begin to walk with like minds friends (Brethren), feed hungrily in His Word. Stop playing Church, and in no time your desires for sins will be dead, and as 2Cor.5:17 says “All things become new.” Remember all these will end one day. As the stores owners closed up, and music in the Mall dies off, so also we will all go home one day.
Goodbye the passions of sins, goodbye the desires to sin, goodbye world. I no longer stay with you, I made up my mind to go God’s way for the rest of my life. I have got my mind made up, and I will not turn back because I want to see my Jesus, my Lord, someday.
THE DEAD CHURCH AND SATANIC PASTORS
Originally, the church is not a four wall building but a local congregation of Christians Acts 2:42-44; these Christ followers have Christ-like qualities, and His characters are embedded in them. To be part of the Church, there must be a genuine conversion and confession of Christ according to Romans 10:10. A believer must be in a state of innocence Genesis 2:25, and a state of being right with God. The Church is a place where her leader is a genuine example for others to follow, who truly represents God; meaning that, he must have Christ-like qualities, which must be obvious to all, and his calling must never be in doubt. If there is need, he is ready to die for the sheep, just as Christ did, John 21:15-18. He has to be a man, which God has placed a demand upon, who has been created for that purpose. His mind will centre on the purpose of leading the lost back to God; he must be someone who has at no time, has negotiation with the Devil and its agents.
However, today, what do we see? We see a dead church everywhere at the nooks and crannies of our society. We see where some leaders are not called by God but by their stomach (economic challenge). After running through lots of evil thoughts within himself, on how to make it in a godless society, he concluded by calling a friend or two together (his co-tricksters), and they put together some amount of money for a place of worship (location) and immediately share positions among themselves: Senior Pastor, Bishop, Pastor and Assistant Pastor. A business church kicks off, after agreeing/conniving to pick only a selected portions of the Bible to preach. The one on tithes and offerings tops the list; ‘Give, they will say and it shall be given unto you becomes a mantra and a deafening monotonous song’ for them. This group of pastors, evangelists, etc, cares for money and titles than the souls of men. These are the people Jesus called ‘hirelings.’ If you are not a giver in their church, you are in for a hard time, they will frustrate you out immediately. Mind you, they are not givers themselves; they only preach it with tears in their eyes to play on emotions of people. They will sound very emotional, they can tell you to borrow and bring to church, which is not rooted in the Bible. Their target from the beginning was to be billionaires at the expense of the gullible. If anyone in need shows up, their bank accounts are out of the question, they will pass the bulk to the members- if such helpless person is favoured at all. The tithes and offerings are always misused. They build uncountable mansions, buy very expensive cars, jets, and have many secret wives and concubines. Hell is waiting for these people; it would be good for you to repent NOW! The most dangerous thing a man can do is to attract God’s anger through deception. It is only in a dead church that the same way the pastor is not in tune with the Spirit of God, the members equally are out of tune; this is the reason you will see people during worship hour answering telephone calls, or chatting with friends while church service is going on. It is in a dead church that a pastor plays God and members dribble each other. About a year and half ago, I had cause to visit a church, somewhere in Ajangbadi area of Lagos; what I observed saddened me greatly. As the service started, I saw church members including the Assistant Pastor, ran out of the church en-mass in the middle of the service. The sudden way it happened caused me to panic inside the church; after inquiries, I was told that the Pastor and his wife just arrived, and that was how they receive them. Just imagine it! It is only in a dead church, you will see a pastor demands compulsory donations for number of cars for his carnal use, rather than using it for God’s work. I know a pastor in Festac, who was fond of doing that, until a member of his church got him arrested. Anytime such men runs out of mobility, all they do is to compel their members to donate compulsorily. Since such men are not called, little wonder they do not preach salvation, they are not interested in repentance, so they do not bother to preach it. The day a guest minister centers his message on repentance and holiness; that would be the end of their relationship. This group of pastors has chains of girl friends, all over town. They believe they are free to embrace even married women to transfer anointing as they call it. Their God is their belly, and since they know that soon their nakedness will be exposed, they preach against other churches so that they will not lose their brainwashed followers. They discourage their members from giving to outsiders. Preaching against fornication and adultery is a taboo in their churches; they are guilty of all these vices, so needless preaching it. They exhibit pride; they look down on the poor ones that have nothing for them; in fact, they preach against them and most times such members backslide or leave for other churches. They get richer and their members get poorer, prosperity preachers or robbers in the house of God, are everywhere; look around you. The judgment of God is starting in His house – just wait and see! Since they lack the Spirit of God, they see no vision but false prophetic lies; every day they display before their members, “thus says the Lord.” . . . Lies, lies . . . and lies. They are deceiver and most people that are foolishly attracted to them– are not ready to serve God, so they easily believe lies. The spirit of error has set into the Church, and it is spreading fast like a malignant growth. These satanic pastors introduce strange deliverance, which includes breast touching and hugging. I attended a vigil, where a female pastor uses her breasts for deliverance. I was amazed as she pressed her breasts on the chest of men during deliverance service. Many are still practicing deliverance like Occult practitioner. One day, a woman brought her baby for dedication; despite all the gifts she brought to the church as thanksgiving, the prophet still told her in front of everyone that she need to bring a generator to the church by the end of the month. He said, the generator will represent the light of the baby’s life and, if she did not have money, she should try to borrow. He did not stop there, he went further to say that, those who were waiting to see him should hold money before coming into his presence. I was shocked beyond words. Most times ungodly levies are introduced in the church, for example ‘battle-fighting offering’. Which chapter and verse can we get this in the Bible? These evil leaders smile to the bank daily, forgetting that they will surely reap their evil soon . . . miserable leaders indeed! They claim the anointing they do not have. Most members too, are not interested in serving God in Spirit and in Truth; that is why you see a lots of eye service, gossip, seductive dressing, fornication, and adultery inside these kind of churches. Many women go to dead churches to lure their unserious pastors to bed: they are partners in sin in the dead church. Please do not forget, we shall all sleep one day, no evil doer shall go unpunished, but you can choose to turn around today and receive life. (HEBREWS. 9:27) During testimony time, if you are testifying about God’s goodness in your life and you do not mention their names, they will stop your testimony abruptly, but for those that will refer to them, they will be given adequate time to entertain them. This type of pastors produces back-to-senders creams, apron, oil, soap, sponge, brooms, handkerchiefs, and perfumes for their members to buy. Maybe one day, they might be able to produce a cream for those who will like to enter heaven without works, and of course, many blind followers will buy it – May God helps us! When it is offering time, they would tell their members to bring fat offerings and ask them to wave the offerings in the air for all to see in order to discourage those that have little offerings to give; and the pastor would keenly watch, to see those who will wave a lower denomination banknote so that he can mark them. We must repent because the night is far spent! It is only in a dead church that bodyguards always surround pastors, because he has so many enemies, which he has created on his way to the top ladder of life. He has cheated so many people, especially on his way up and so, he needs so many human guards to protect himself. In the dead church, they over-task their members financially in other to open uncountable branches; they expand unlimited branches without true worshippers, even if an armed robber comes to the church in an expensive dress and car without repentant heart, these pastors would roll out red carpet to give him an undeserved attention without telling the guest the truth of the gospel. They serve money, not God. Today, we have forgotten that we are the church, we are God’s temple. When you defile your bodies, the Holy Spirit cannot live in you. In a dead church, a female pastor comes out half-naked to minister to an audience, who are busy staring at her open body and excess makeup; having the appearance of a showbiz personality than being a pastor. GALATIANS 5:19 says: “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious . . . sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy, drunkenness, orgies and the like, I warn you as I did in time before, that they who live like this, will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Fellow believers, Ezekiel 34:8 and 9 says, “As I live, saith the Lord, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and fed not my flock. I will require my flock at their hand; I will deliver my flock from their hands.” In JEREMIAH 23:1- 2, the message is: “Woe be unto the pastors that destroys and scatter the sheep of my pasture saith the Lord God of Israel, against the pastors that feed my sheep, ye have scattered my flock., and driven them away and have not visited them. Behold I will visit upon you the evil of your doings.” 12 “Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness, they shall be driven on, and fall therein, for I will bring evil upon them.” 32 “Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies and by their lightness, yet sent them not, nor commanded them. Therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.” Verse 40: “I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgiven.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 says “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter, fear God, and keep His commandments, for that is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.” Please join me to pray for the resurrection of our churches. Some are alive but very few.
May the mercy of God abide in us as we repent from our sins in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.