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We Worship God As You Do Ezra 4:1-5. Adversaries Have Always Existed Satan - your adversary the devil (1 Peter 5:8) Opponents and enemies of truth – there.

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1 We Worship God As You Do Ezra 4:1-5

2 Adversaries Have Always Existed Satan - your adversary the devil (1 Peter 5:8) Opponents and enemies of truth – there are many adversaries (1 Cor. 16:9; see also Phil. 1:28) There were adversaries in the days of Ezra (4:1; Zech. 3:1)

3 We seek your God as you do How can good and religious people like this be a hindrance? They just want to help! Their religion was in fact one of compromise (2 K. 17:24-41) Any such inter-faith project (ecumenism, syncretism) together would have resulted in compromise

4 We seek your God as you do Promise Keepers, etc. Inter-denominational (ecumenical) projects Inter-denominational worship services including churches of Christ (Easter, Christmas, etc.) - Great communion on Oct. 4, Abilene churches (Methodist, Baptist, Church of Christ) welcome back college students

5 We seek your God as you do Was the response of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, unnecessarily severe, uncharitable, bigoted, and narrow toward the locals? Did it lack a loving, ecumenical spirit? -Compromise with the locals is what started Israels downfall (Judges 2:11ff; 2 Kings 17:7ff) -The leaders used the locals for business, but not for religion (Ezra 3:7) -Why had the locals not rebuilt the temple already?

6 Compromise is An Adversary Truth is hindered (Gal. 2:5) Error is advanced and the faithful are misled (2 Tim. 2:15-18; Rev. 2:20-24) Error is not converted by compromise (2 K. 17:28-29) Error continues to develop into a full-blown religious system (Jn. 4:20)

7 Compromise is An Adversary What we need today is a spirit of… Discrimination (1 Thess. 5:21-22; Rev. 3:9) Scrutiny in Gods work (1 Cor. 5:9-13) Firmness in Gods work (Jn. 4:22-22) Endurance in Gods work (1 Cor. 16:9) Refusal (2 Cor. 6:14ff)

8 Compromise is An Adversary Zerubbabel and Jeshua understood this: You have nothing to do with us But do we?


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