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Devotionals    H3'ed 9/8/16

Poke'mon Praise and Worship Reveals the Church of Uzzah

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Perry Noble and New Spring Church played heavy metal's ACDC classic, "Highway to Hell."

New Sprin g also did the purposefully irreverent Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball."

Multiple churches did tributes to the deceased androgynous pop icon Prince.

The Gathering Church recently ran a sermon series expositing the lyrics of Taylor Swift

This is in less than one year and is only the tip of the iceberg beloved. The modern church cares so little about God and actually worshipping Him that they continue to lower the bar in more and more absurd fashions. Enter one of the most ridiculous false churches today, Church by the Glades. This place is a virtual cesspool of false teaching, false worship, and utter carnality disguised as a Christian church. They just finished a sermon series on Alice in Wonderland, complete with dressed up characters and now are boldly entering into an exposition of the Harry Potter films. You know; the one that promotes witchcraft and the occult and markets it to children? Recently during worship however they did a Poke'mon praise song. I kid you not. So imagine if you will people got up on a Sunday and drove to church. A place that is supposed to be reverent. A place that is supposed to be holy. A place where people should feel the presence of God during corporate worship focused on the Author and Finisher of our Faith. Instead they got to sing along to a song praising the worldly phenomenon known as Poke'mon. Oh preacher! Aren't you taking things too seriously? It is just a little harmless fun! No beloved it is not.

We have dumbed down God and made him our buddy and wingman instead of our Lord and Savior. The "friend of God theology" is crippling real relationships people are supposed to have with Him. You think the worship of Almighty God is a small matter? You think He doesn't care that we are singing songs from the 1990s about being turned on? In His House? From His bride? You think that Creator of the universe chuckles with a wink and nod when we are singing about Poke'mon instead of Him? Or when we repeat over and over again how special we are to be loved by Him? Or when we petulantly shout about the blessings we feel we are due? The Bible says the Lord is looking for people to worship Him in spirit and in truth but instead we worship the spirits of this age and ignore the truths contained in the Bible and we think because we made the effort we should be excused? Woe to the church today for thinking in such a manner! Remember the story of Uzzah! King David was returning the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. It was a time of celebration and great joy. The procession was singing praise to God and David was dancing with all his might. It was a time of worship. Beloved, all worship starts with obedience however. David assigned the transportation of the ark to a cart, which was guided by a man named Uzzah. When the cart hit a bump the ark was going to topple over and fall but Uzzah stepped in and steadied the ark with his hand. Crisis averted? Not quite:

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. -- 2Samuel 6: 7 (ESV)

Uzzah probably had the best of intentions. He was only following the orders of his king. He was trying to prevent the ark from spilling over. David probably had the best of intentions. He was bringing the ark back home. He was praising God with all of his might! Did God care about their intentions? God "knew their heart" and that did not help them that day. Why? Because David and Uzzah had violated the law God had outlined regarding the transportation of the ark. It was only to be carried by specific members of a specific tribe and Uzzah was not one of them. It was also to be carried on their shoulders by using poles, not on a cart.

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