Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
"If we are living by spirit, let us go on walking orderly also by spirit." (Galatians 5:25)
Walking by holy spirit prevents us from succumbing to apostasy. But only by remaining spiritually vigilant can we continue to enjoy Jehovah’s undeserved kindness and “go on walking in the truth.” (3 John 3, 4) Let us therefore be determined to reject all apostasy so that we can maintain a strong relationship with our heavenly Father. Paul listed apostate idolatry and sects among such “works of the flesh” as fornication and loose conduct. But he explained: “Those who belong to Christ Jesus impaled the flesh together with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:19-21, 24) What qualities does God’s active force produce in those who live and walk by spirit? “The fruitage of the spirit,” wrote Paul, “is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control.”—Galatians 5:22, 23.
(Watchtower issue: 07/15/07, 2:5, 6)
Now here's another aspect of apostasy which relates to actual worship itself. It really suprises me just how much the area of idolatry is continually overlooked in so many religions today, especially since this particular offense was a constant source of abandonment of true worship all throughout the Bible from start to finish ... And it tops the list of offenses mentioned in the 10 Commandments:
(1)"...You must not have any other gods against my face" (Exodus 20:2)
(2) "You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or that is on the earth underneath or that is in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them nor be induced to serve them, because I Jehovah your God am a God exacting exclusive devotion." (Exodus 20:4, 5)
Yet so many people continue to make excuses to practice it. Here's a good article from the website regarding:
Image and Idol Worship.
A person is only deceiving themselves if they believe they can obey 'some' of God's laws, while intentionally neglecting other aspects of it...which James states very plainly in this verse:
"For whoever observes all the Law but makes a false step in one point, he has become an offender against them all." (James 2:10)
Which is why it's so imperative to keep working at applying the 'fruitages of the spirit' (which were mentioned above) if we truly want to please God and be approved by him, instead of using religious icons & images to worship him. I'm gonna upload the rest of the Symposium parts from last year's district convention (about the different fruitages of the spirit) to my audio download page and also post some additional reference info for each one. I've heard brothers and sisters say that they like to pick one particular 'fruitage' on the list, and concentrate on applying it for a week or two, and then move onto the next one on the list, and so forth.