Presentation on theme: "Our Glorious, Intolerant God. Is God Tolerant? Ex. 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.” Deut. 20:18 “Otherwise, they will teach you to follow."— Presentation transcript:
Our Glorious, Intolerant God
Is God Tolerant? Ex. 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.” Deut. 20:18 “Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the LORD your God. Deut. 28 – List of curses that sound very similar to the things that happened to the Canaanites who were captured. John 2:15 “So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” God will not be mocked!
But what about love? Luke 6:37,42 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.” “…take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” When it comes to the Sermon on the Mount, we often forget the later parts of every topic. After all, even the Pharisees followed some of Jesus’ first points, but failed to grasp the intention behind them. Hebrews 12:6 “..because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.
And for those who don’t believe? Rom. 1:21-22 “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking was futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” Rom. 1:25 “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.” Sexual impurity, shameful lusts, sexual perversion, wickedness, evil, greed, depravity, envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventing evil, disobedience, senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless, approve of those who do the same thing.
Are we to tolerate such behavior? Rom. 2:1 “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” The following verses do not talk about how we shouldn’t judge people, rather shows that all people will be judged by the truth of God, including us and “them”. Are we not to be beacons of hope and light? Are we not guardians to the Truth? Then why do we tolerate sinful behavior? Israel tolerated pagan rituals while still “worshiping” Yahweh and look at what happened to them. There is a difference between pointing out wrong and being “intolerant” according to today’s standards. Rev. 21:8 “But the cowardly,….their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
Benediction Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. 1 Timothy 1:17