TURN TO THE LIVING AND TRUE GOD FROM YOUR IDOLS ….

 

 

 

Men and women, you have made for yourselves all sorts of graven images and sculptures, you bow down before them and you plead with them to deliver you from your troubles, and you trust in them for your salvation.

I therefore exhort you to turn to the Living and True God from these vain things you are serving. He is the One who created heaven and earth and the sea and all the things which are in them; turn to Him from these vain things to serve Him and to wait for His Son from heaven. You worship these so called holy graven images and sculptures, which are not holy for they are idols, an abomination to God, and God one day in His anger and fury will destroy them and those who worship them as well. Yes, God hates those things you love and honour so much because they prevent you from worshipping Him in spirit and truth and because through them you are serving the creature rather than Him, who is the Creator who is blessed for ever. For this reason you cannot inherit the kingdom of God. You deserve to go to hell when you die; for that is the end awaiting all idolaters.

Those things you worship cannot help you at all, I say it again, they cannot help you, for they are vain things, the work of men’s hands. For the Holy Scripture says: “They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat” (Psalm 115:5-7) and also: “They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good” (Jeremiah 10:5). While the devil, which is the enemy of God and the one who deceives all the world, has deceived you into believing that they can help you. Your eyes have been blinded by this wicked spiritual being, who was a murderer from the beginning and is the father of lies.

Therefore, now, forsake your idols, upon which you are mad, and turn to the God who created all things through His wisdom and upholds all things by His endless power. Repent of your sin of idolatry, which God hates and because of which you deserve to be condemned to an eternal shame and torment, and forsake your idols and believe with all your heart in Jesus Christ, the Son of the living and true God and so you will receive the remission of your sins, as it is written: “All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name" (Acts 10:43 - NIV).

God sent His Son into the world, precisely into the land of the Jews, about two thousand years ago. He lived a blameless and sinless life, He went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him. But so that the words spoken by God through the prophets of old (according to which He had to die for our sins) might be fulfilled, Jesus was hated by His own countrymen, condemned to death by the Jewish Council, which was the Jewish jurisdictional authority at that time, and He was delivered to the Romans that they might kill Him. And thus Jesus Christ, the Just, was crucified. But God the third day raised Him from the dead, and He appeared to His disciples and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive; His resurrection took place for our justification. And so now, because of His death and His resurrection whoever believes in Him is fully forgiven by God and purified from all his sins. That’s the Good News of the kingdom of God. If you accept it, you will be saved from sin and eternal condemnation. Instead, if you reject it, it will judge you in the last day when you will appear before the throne of God to be judged by Him.

 

 

 

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