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October 4, 2020
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  • Tony Evans: This seriesis on American idols.
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  • One of the things that the Biblemakes clear is that when we
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  • choose competing gods,we jeopardize ourselves,
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  • our families,and even our nation.
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  • America was foundedon the premise
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  • that faith in Godwould have to be a key component
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  • to the wellbeingof the nation.
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  • And only to the degree that weworshipped the God of the Bible
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  • could we experience the freedomthat this nation
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  • so passionately desired.
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  • But we have wandered farfrom that commitment.
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  • We have wanderedfrom that faith.
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  • We have chosen competing godsto our detriment.
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  • It's our hope that this serieswill draw all of us back
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  • to the one true Godso that we can have the peace
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  • and unity that our countrydesperately needs at this time.
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  • Tony: Paul is writingto a Christian church,
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  • the church at Corinth.
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  • He calls them,when he opens up
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  • the book of 1 Corinthians,saints.
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  • They're believers.
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  • Even in verse 14, he says,"My beloved,
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  • my fellow men and womenin the family of God."
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  • So, he's writing to Christians,not non-Christians.
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  • But he's writingabout a concern.
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  • His concern is thatthey get rid of idols.
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  • So evidently, you can bea Christian
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  • and in a Christian church,and still
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  • be hanging out with idols.
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  • Notice the word he usesrepetitively in this passage.
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  • He uses it twice in verse 16,sharers, sharing.
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  • In verse 18, sharers.In verse 20, sharers.
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  • The word "to share"means to participate with,
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  • to partner with,to hold in common with.
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  • His concern was that even thoughthey were Christians
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  • on their way to heaven,they were hanging out
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  • with demons.
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  • They were hanging outwith demons
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  • and they were doing itin church.
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  • When he says they were partakersof the bread and the cup,
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  • he's talkingabout the communion,
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  • one of the church ordinances.
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  • He goes on to say,"Don't you know when people
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  • sacrificed things at the altar,when did they do that?
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  • They did thatas part of their worship."
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  • So, they were worshipping,going to church.
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  • And yet, he says idolsaren't real,
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  • but the demonsthat flow through them are.
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  • I don't want you to besharers of demons, why?
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  • Because idolatryinvites the demonic realm.
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  • So, many of the issueswe are facing,
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  • we are facing because the demonswon't let us go.
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  • Because we have worshippedan idol,
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  • and that idol can be sittingat the wrong table.
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  • Now, he makes it clearyou can't sit at God's table
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  • and the demon's tableand still have God.
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  • You have to choose.
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  • But when you try to have both,you will only have demons
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  • and you won't have Godbecause Paul says
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  • you can't sit at both tables.
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  • That is, you can'tworship simultaneously
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  • in both environments.
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  • So, his concern is about an idolthat shows up in worship
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  • that demons usein order to infiltrate it.
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  • And so, I'm calling itthe idol of religion.
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  • Religion is man's attemptto convince God through activity
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  • in order to get himto be favorable to you.
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  • Religious peoplewant God's favor,
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  • want God's blessing.
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  • And so, they do religious thingsin order to motivate God
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  • to give them favoror blessing.
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  • Religion, church attendance,saying grace,
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  • reading your Bible,
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  • praying, all of thoseare legitimate,
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  • but all of thosecan be demon infected
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  • because all of thosecan simply mean
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  • you're carrying outa religious duty
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  • rather than pursuinga divine person.
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  • Religion, as in this case,can be a context
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  • where demons converge.
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  • He says in 2 Timothy 3:5,"Having a form of godliness,
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  • but no power attached to it."
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  • Because whenGod shows up,
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  • his power shows up.
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  • So, if you aren't changing andGod's power is not working
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  • and being manifested,you may be religious,
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  • but you may be demon infected.
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  • Because the religionhas not accomplished what true,
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  • authentic relationshipis designed to accomplish.
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  • And so, he's warning them
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  • that they could be hanging outwith demons.
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  • A lot of people who jump highon Sunday
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  • don't know how to walk righton Monday
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  • because they hada religious injection
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  • for the time they werein the service that didn't stick
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  • because they were satisfiedwith religion.
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  • My goal is to make youdissatisfied with religion
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  • as we have defined it,where you come
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  • because you're supposed to,
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  • where you worshipbecause it's Sunday,
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  • where you say gracebecause you were taught to.
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  • Because all of thatreligious routine
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  • won't get you to the true God,as legitimate as they are,
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  • becausethey can actually camouflage
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  • what God is all aboutin your life and in my life.
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  • So, 2 Timothy chapter 4,Paul again writing to Timothy,
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  • warns themof demonic doctrine.
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  • He says in chapter 4,beginning with verse 1,
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  • "But the Spirit expressly saysthat in the latter times,
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  • some will fall awayfrom the faith,
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  • paying attentionto deceitful spirits
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  • and doctrines of demons,by means of hypocrisy of liars
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  • seared in their own conscienceas with a branding iron,
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  • men who forbid marriage,advocate abstaining from foods
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  • which God has createdto be gratefully shared in
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  • by those who believeand know the truth.
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  • For everything God createdis good,
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  • and nothing is to be rejectedif it's received with gratitude,
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  • for it is sanctified by meansof the Word of God and prayer."
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  • He says demons teach,doctrine is teaching.
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  • He saysthere is a doctrinal teaching
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  • that the demonics realmproliferates
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  • to the mind of Christians.
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  • He's writing a Christian pastorpastoring a Christian church,
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  • and he's warning himto warn the congregation
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  • about demonic doctrinesthat will take you from God,
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  • but will be religious sounding.
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  • So, let me tell youabout some isms.
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  • Going to tell youabout some isms,
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  • that is teachingsthat are demonically inspired,
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  • but religiously camouflagedso that you think it's God,
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  • but it's really not God,so the demons can interject it,
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  • he calls it a doctrineof demons,
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  • and steer you awayfrom the faith.
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  • These isms can be describedas traditionalism, externalism,
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  • ritualism, narcissism,and legalism.
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  • Those are ismsthat the Bible talks about
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  • that demons use to steer peoplefrom the faith
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  • in order that the demonic realmcan take over,
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  • but they can all bereligiously camouflaged
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  • so that you think you're okay,when actually
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  • you're being drawn from Godby the idol of religion
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  • that has been taught by demonsor their surrogates.
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  • For example, ritualism.
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  • Ritualism is external activitythat makes you think
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  • because you're doing the ritual,it brings spiritual benefit.
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  • But 1 Timothy says when you prayover your food,
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  • you're not just saying grace,you are to sanctify it, why?
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  • 'Cause there are thingsin that food that can hurt you.
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  • So, because there are thingsin those foods
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  • that potentially hurt you,you want to get God
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  • to intervene himself.
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  • As you chew on the bacon,as you eat the eggs,
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  • you want supernaturalintervention
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  • when you put that foodin your mouth.
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  • So, don't just be saying that
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  • 'cause you'resupposed to say grace.
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  • You better getsome supernatural activity
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  • over that meal.
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  • See, that's a whole differentmindset in saying grace.
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  • Tony: Thenthere is traditionalism,
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  • because we've always done itthat way.
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  • Colossians 2:8 says, "Bewareof the traditions of men."
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  • Matthew chapter 15:1-14,he goes in, he says,
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  • "Your traditionsare keeping God's Word
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  • from working."
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  • Did you know you can keepGod's Word from working
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  • by doing somethingbecause you've always done it?
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  • Mark chapter 7:1-13, he says,"Watch out for your traditions
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  • because they negatethe commandment of God."
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  • What tradition doesis get you into a rut.
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  • And when the demons seeyou're in a rut
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  • and it can't be substantiatedby the Word of God,
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  • they can steer you awayfrom God 'cause you mad
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  • about the tradition,when the tradition
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  • wasn't from Godin the first place.
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  • And then there is legalism,another ism.
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  • One day, as we grow,all these isms will be wasms.
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  • Another here, legalism.
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  • Legalism is the misapplicationof God's rules.
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  • Let me say that again.Let me put it another way.
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  • Legalism is pursuing rulesat the expense
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  • of a relationship.
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  • Legalism saysI've got to do these things,
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  • which are legitimate.
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  • And let's take it,the Ten Commandments.
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  • The Ten Commandmentsare called the law.
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  • The Bible saysthe Ten Commandments are good.
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  • So, when a person says,"I'm trying to keep
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  • the Ten Commandments," that'sa good statement,
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  • but the problemis trying to keep
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  • the Ten Commandmentscan't help you
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  • keep the Ten Commandments'cause there's no power
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  • in the commandment.
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  • The law can give youthe standard,
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  • but what the law can't dois give you the power
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  • to keep the standard.
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  • Or even when you're keepingthe standard,
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  • if you're doing it on a leash,you're not happy
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  • that you have to keep it,and you keep it
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  • because you don't wantthe consequences
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  • for not keeping it, okay?
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  • So, it's a whole differentmindset,
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  • religious mindset and motivationthat is restricting you,
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  • but doesn't necessarilychange you.
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  • And you wind--you wind upbeing in this mountain of misery
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  • while trying all you canto obey God.
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  • "I have so much joy as I keepthe Ten Commandments."
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  • Why?
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  • Because you feellike you're on a leash
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  • because you religiouslyexpected the--
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  • just like the Ten Commandmentscan't get you to heaven
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  • by keeping them,the Ten Commandments
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  • can't change you on earth'cause there's no power
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  • in the commandments.
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  • That is why Paul says inGalatians chapter 3,
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  • verses 23 and 24,that the law was a tutor
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  • to drive you to Christ.
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  • He says because inand of itself,
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  • it does not give you the powerto do what it tells you
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  • you better do.
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  • It just tells youwhat you better do
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  • and the negative consequencesfor not doing it.
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  • So, it can tell you the problem,it can't fix the problem.
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  • So, what he's talking aboutis this concept of religion
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  • that does not change you.
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  • And so many of us go weekafter week, month after month,
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  • year after year,and we would never miss church
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  • if we didn't have to,but we haven't been changed.
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  • We're thinking the same way,acting the same way,
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  • walking the same way.
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  • James says in James 1:27,he says true religion,
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  • when it's operating,people don't talk
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  • like they used to talk.
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  • If there is no change, demonshave infected your religion,
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  • in spite of how much you goto church, read the Bible,
  • 00:15:00.115 --> 00:15:02.618
  • say grace, pray,and all the religious things.
  • 00:15:02.651 --> 00:15:05.454
  • Why?
  • 00:15:05.487 --> 00:15:06.989
  • Because the demonshave infected.
  • 00:15:07.022 --> 00:15:08.457
  • You're at two tables.
  • 00:15:08.490 --> 00:15:10.326
  • Something about me or you or us,individually or collectively
  • 00:15:10.359 --> 00:15:14.730
  • as a family, has walked awayfrom authentic Christianity.
  • 00:15:14.763 --> 00:15:19.501
  • And either we walkedtotally away,
  • 00:15:19.535 --> 00:15:21.337
  • or we're trying to dotwo tables,
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  • which is the sameas walking away from God.
  • 00:15:23.105 --> 00:15:29.478
  • So, where do we go with this,where do we--
  • 00:15:29.511 --> 00:15:31.647
  • where do we gowith this?
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  • I wanted to establishat this point
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  • that religion can be an idol
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  • because you're going throughthe motions.
  • 00:15:38.587 --> 00:15:40.689
  • You're going throughlegitimate activity,
  • 00:15:40.723 --> 00:15:45.127
  • but withoutthe right motivation,
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  • and thereforeyou have invited demons
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  • into your situation.
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  • You can't have both tables.
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  • James 4:1-10, he says,"Draw near unto me."
  • 00:15:53.302 --> 00:15:56.638
  • He says, "'Cause as longas you're hanging out
  • 00:15:56.672 --> 00:15:58.540
  • over there," he says,"you can't have me.
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  • As long as--long as, you know,you just doing
  • 00:16:01.110 --> 00:16:02.978
  • this religious thing,you cannot have me."
  • 00:16:03.012 --> 00:16:05.014
  • They were praying,but he says,
  • 00:16:05.047 --> 00:16:06.482
  • "You can't have me.
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  • You can't have meunless it's about me.
  • 00:16:08.250 --> 00:16:11.420
  • And if it's not abouta relationship with me,
  • 00:16:11.453 --> 00:16:15.224
  • then it's faulty religion.
  • 00:16:15.257 --> 00:16:16.792
  • And once it's faulty religion,demons can seep in
  • 00:16:16.825 --> 00:16:19.762
  • while you're praising God.
  • 00:16:19.795 --> 00:16:22.064
  • It's got to be about me."
  • 00:16:22.097 --> 00:16:24.600
  • And what will make Oak Cliffgreat has nothing to do
  • 00:16:24.633 --> 00:16:28.037
  • with buildings and programs,
  • 00:16:28.070 --> 00:16:29.938
  • but there arethousands of people
  • 00:16:29.972 --> 00:16:31.907
  • who want to make itabout him.
  • 00:16:31.940 --> 00:16:34.009
  • 'Cause once you make itabout him, things change.
  • 00:16:34.043 --> 00:16:37.513
  • He draws near 'causehe sees it's about him.
  • 00:16:37.546 --> 00:16:40.416
  • God says, "Is it about me?
  • 00:16:40.449 --> 00:16:44.086
  • Or do you just want to show up'cause you want something?"
  • 00:16:44.119 --> 00:16:49.558
  • Because what a lot of peoplein church want to do
  • 00:16:49.591 --> 00:16:52.227
  • is use God.
  • 00:16:52.261 --> 00:16:55.064
  • They don't want a relationshipwith him,
  • 00:16:55.097 --> 00:16:57.099
  • and they sure enough don't wantto be changed by him.
  • 00:16:57.132 --> 00:17:01.503
  • So, the Word says,Philippians 3:1-3,
  • 00:17:01.537 --> 00:17:05.407
  • Paul tells the Philippians,he says,
  • 00:17:05.441 --> 00:17:06.809
  • "Watch out for false religion."
  • 00:17:06.842 --> 00:17:09.011
  • He says, "Watch outfor the false circumcision."
  • 00:17:09.044 --> 00:17:11.847
  • Because he says if you're goingto be serious about this,
  • 00:17:11.880 --> 00:17:14.783
  • he says, "You must worship Godin spirit,
  • 00:17:14.817 --> 00:17:17.653
  • not just with your body."
  • 00:17:17.686 --> 00:17:19.154
  • Suffering is an invitationto intimacy.
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  • God is inviting you'cause he know
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  • when you suffering, he going toget more time with you.
  • 00:17:25.561 --> 00:17:29.364
  • Because things are not good,so you need him more.
  • 00:17:29.398 --> 00:17:32.468
  • So, Paul saysit is the fellowship
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  • of his suffering.
  • 00:17:34.069 --> 00:17:35.370
  • So, when I'm goingthrough this--
  • 00:17:35.404 --> 00:17:37.005
  • we're going through our timeof suffering,
  • 00:17:37.039 --> 00:17:38.807
  • or you're going throughyour time of suffering,
  • 00:17:38.841 --> 00:17:40.976
  • that is the timeto draw near
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  • because the situationdemands it.
  • 00:17:44.613 --> 00:17:49.685
  • And so, he's calling on youand me not to sit at two tables,
  • 00:17:49.718 --> 00:17:53.755
  • not to go through thisreligious thing,
  • 00:17:53.789 --> 00:17:57.359
  • but he's after something deeper,
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  • where you are nowlooking at things
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  • from God's perspective.
  • 00:18:02.865 --> 00:18:04.766
  • Religious activitywithout the goal
  • 00:18:04.800 --> 00:18:07.102
  • of spiritual intimacy is likeputting Bengay on a broken leg.
  • 00:18:07.136 --> 00:18:13.408
  • You will feel better,but nothing has changed.
  • 00:18:13.442 --> 00:18:17.779
  • You can come to churchand feel better.
  • 00:18:17.813 --> 00:18:20.182
  • You can be inspired, encouraged,and all of that,
  • 00:18:20.215 --> 00:18:23.485
  • but if there is no change,there is no growth,
  • 00:18:23.519 --> 00:18:27.956
  • meaning God is not operating.
  • 00:18:27.990 --> 00:18:30.993
  • No matter how good the sermon,or the service,
  • 00:18:31.026 --> 00:18:32.728
  • or the singing was,and all of that has its place,
  • 00:18:32.761 --> 00:18:35.931
  • all of that is important,
  • 00:18:35.964 --> 00:18:37.633
  • but it is importanttoward a bigger goal.
  • 00:18:37.666 --> 00:18:40.802
  • And the goalis spiritual intimacy,
  • 00:18:40.836 --> 00:18:42.971
  • which always leads tospiritual transformation.
  • 00:18:43.005 --> 00:18:45.807
  • One of the reasons why wecan't get things straight
  • 00:18:45.841 --> 00:18:48.310
  • in our lives, where we can'tovercome addictions,
  • 00:18:48.343 --> 00:18:50.646
  • why we can'trestore relationships,
  • 00:18:50.679 --> 00:18:52.447
  • why we can't dealwith all the pressure
  • 00:18:52.481 --> 00:18:54.583
  • is because we are religiouswithout relationship,
  • 00:18:54.616 --> 00:18:57.953
  • therefore there is no power.
  • 00:18:57.986 --> 00:19:00.656
  • There is no change.
  • 00:19:00.689 --> 00:19:03.292
  • Everything you domust be driven now by my goal,
  • 00:19:03.325 --> 00:19:08.830
  • that I might know him.
  • 00:19:08.864 --> 00:19:10.866
  • So, you start with the Word.
  • 00:19:10.899 --> 00:19:12.868
  • Okay, God, this is whatyou've said.
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  • Then you go to prayer.
  • 00:19:16.205 --> 00:19:19.041
  • Prayer invitesthe Holy Spirit in
  • 00:19:19.074 --> 00:19:22.511
  • to apply the Wordthat you just agreed with.
  • 00:19:22.544 --> 00:19:25.981
  • Now, let me explain something.
  • 00:19:26.014 --> 00:19:27.716
  • If you don't agreewith the Word,
  • 00:19:27.749 --> 00:19:29.484
  • you can pray all you want,the Holy Spirit
  • 00:19:29.518 --> 00:19:30.919
  • is not going to help.
  • 00:19:30.953 --> 00:19:32.521
  • 'Cause the Holy Spiritis the Spirit of truth,
  • 00:19:32.554 --> 00:19:34.456
  • so he only agreeswith what the Word says.
  • 00:19:34.489 --> 00:19:37.526
  • So, when you talk aboutI think and it disagrees
  • 00:19:37.559 --> 00:19:40.295
  • with this Wordand you pray,
  • 00:19:40.329 --> 00:19:43.065
  • you just hit the ceilingwith your words.
  • 00:19:43.098 --> 00:19:45.334
  • Then you take a stepof faith.
  • 00:19:45.367 --> 00:19:47.903
  • That is, you act on the truthyou said you agree with.
  • 00:19:47.936 --> 00:19:52.307
  • You read it, you agree with it.
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  • You prayfor supernatural strength
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  • to implement it.
  • 00:19:56.311 --> 00:19:57.646
  • Then you take a step,walk by faith, of faith.
  • 00:19:57.679 --> 00:20:00.582
  • Once you do that,you have activated
  • 00:20:00.616 --> 00:20:03.518
  • the trinitarian God to interveneinto your situation.
  • 00:20:03.552 --> 00:20:07.422
  • The Word calling downthe Holy Spirit in prayer,
  • 00:20:07.456 --> 00:20:10.425
  • then taking a step of faith,which shows you are serious
  • 00:20:10.459 --> 00:20:13.462
  • about what you saidyou agreed with.
  • 00:20:13.495 --> 00:20:15.497
  • Now, you have invited Godinto your situation.
  • 00:20:15.530 --> 00:20:18.900
  • The Bible says when yougo to the Word,
  • 00:20:18.934 --> 00:20:21.403
  • don't go like a man.
  • 00:20:21.436 --> 00:20:24.172
  • Don't go like a man.
  • 00:20:24.206 --> 00:20:25.507
  • In the Bible days,they didn't have mirrors.
  • 00:20:25.540 --> 00:20:28.910
  • Didn't have mirrors,that is glass mirrors.
  • 00:20:28.944 --> 00:20:31.046
  • They had brass mirrors.
  • 00:20:31.079 --> 00:20:32.781
  • Whenever you see movies,you will see them
  • 00:20:32.814 --> 00:20:34.349
  • use a brass mirrorif it's back in biblical days
  • 00:20:34.383 --> 00:20:37.653
  • 'cause they didn't have--hadn't been invented yet,
  • 00:20:37.686 --> 00:20:39.755
  • glass mirrors.
  • 00:20:39.788 --> 00:20:41.223
  • So, what they would do
  • 00:20:41.256 --> 00:20:43.692
  • is they would take a pieceof brass and keep moving it
  • 00:20:43.725 --> 00:20:48.864
  • until the light hit it rightso they could see themselves
  • 00:20:48.897 --> 00:20:51.400
  • through the brass.
  • 00:20:51.433 --> 00:20:52.768
  • So, they had to keep moving it.
  • 00:20:52.801 --> 00:20:54.836
  • He says don't be like a manwho looks in a mirror
  • 00:20:54.870 --> 00:20:58.040
  • and doesn't workwith the mirror.
  • 00:20:58.073 --> 00:21:00.208
  • He just looks there,boom, go.
  • 00:21:00.242 --> 00:21:03.879
  • No, he says when you goto my Word, be like a woman,
  • 00:21:03.912 --> 00:21:09.351
  • not a man.
  • 00:21:09.384 --> 00:21:10.786
  • James 1 saysdon't be like a man.
  • 00:21:10.819 --> 00:21:13.322
  • In other words, be like a woman.
  • 00:21:13.355 --> 00:21:14.990
  • He says you don't goto God's Word like that.
  • 00:21:15.023 --> 00:21:17.292
  • No, you got to God's Wordand twist it a little bit,
  • 00:21:17.326 --> 00:21:19.561
  • turn it a little bit,and play with it a little bit
  • 00:21:19.594 --> 00:21:22.297
  • so that the Spirit of Godcan emerge out of the Word,
  • 00:21:22.331 --> 00:21:25.367
  • and begin to sink downin your heart,
  • 00:21:25.400 --> 00:21:27.269
  • and begin to sink downin your soul
  • 00:21:27.302 --> 00:21:29.071
  • so that you are affectedby the Word
  • 00:21:29.104 --> 00:21:31.873
  • and infectedwith the Word.
  • 00:21:31.907 --> 00:21:35.444
  • And he says when that happens,you will be transformed.
  • 00:21:35.477 --> 00:21:40.082
  • He's no longer a theologyor a thought or a concept.
  • 00:21:40.115 --> 00:21:43.685
  • He's now the livingGod that you can testify
  • 00:21:43.719 --> 00:21:46.688
  • for yourself.
  • 00:21:46.722 --> 00:21:49.491
  • So, I challenge you and meand us, all of us,
  • 00:21:49.524 --> 00:21:53.962
  • to kick religion to the curb.
  • 00:21:53.995 --> 00:21:56.765
  • I'm talking aboutillegitimate religion.
  • 00:21:56.798 --> 00:21:58.934
  • I'm talking about the religionthat doesn't change you,
  • 00:21:58.967 --> 00:22:01.703
  • the religionthat makes you narcissistic
  • 00:22:01.737 --> 00:22:03.438
  • so you don't serve peoplewho can't do anything
  • 00:22:03.472 --> 00:22:06.174
  • for you in return,James 1:27 says.
  • 00:22:06.208 --> 00:22:09.077
  • You come to worship selfishinstead of worship service.
  • 00:22:09.111 --> 00:22:12.814
  • It's a whole differentframework.
  • 00:22:12.848 --> 00:22:16.852
  • And if we could get hundredsand thousands of people
  • 00:22:16.885 --> 00:22:19.187
  • thinking like thisand operating like this,
  • 00:22:19.221 --> 00:22:22.190
  • God will be free to blowour minds collectively
  • 00:22:22.224 --> 00:22:26.128
  • as he blows your mindindividually.
  • 00:22:26.161 --> 00:22:30.098
  • There was a man who was driving,train engineer,
  • 00:22:30.132 --> 00:22:34.569
  • and he was comingto a drawbridge.
  • 00:22:34.603 --> 00:22:36.805
  • And he looked at the flag.
  • 00:22:36.838 --> 00:22:38.774
  • This is years agobecause the flag
  • 00:22:38.807 --> 00:22:40.542
  • would tell himwhether it's safe
  • 00:22:40.575 --> 00:22:42.043
  • to keep goingor whether he had to stop.
  • 00:22:42.077 --> 00:22:45.480
  • The bridge engineerwas waving the flag.
  • 00:22:45.514 --> 00:22:49.251
  • The train wentand fell off into the river.
  • 00:22:49.284 --> 00:22:55.991
  • 18 people died,true story.
  • 00:22:56.024 --> 00:23:01.763
  • But the conductor lived.
  • 00:23:01.797 --> 00:23:04.599
  • The conductor and the engineerconnected with each other,
  • 00:23:04.633 --> 00:23:09.905
  • and he said,"Why didn't you stop?
  • 00:23:09.938 --> 00:23:13.875
  • I was waving the red flag,that means stop.
  • 00:23:13.909 --> 00:23:17.145
  • I kept waving the red flag,stop, but you wouldn't stop."
  • 00:23:17.179 --> 00:23:22.384
  • The train engineer said,"No, you waved the white flag.
  • 00:23:22.417 --> 00:23:27.255
  • You waved the white flag."
  • 00:23:27.289 --> 00:23:29.991
  • He said, "No,I waved the red flag.
  • 00:23:30.025 --> 00:23:33.195
  • It says stop, stop."
  • 00:23:33.228 --> 00:23:34.663
  • He says, "No,I saw the white flag,
  • 00:23:34.696 --> 00:23:37.699
  • which means to keep going."
  • 00:23:37.732 --> 00:23:41.102
  • So, they went and got the flag.
  • 00:23:41.136 --> 00:23:45.040
  • The flag was red,but faded.
  • 00:23:45.073 --> 00:23:50.979
  • So, from a distance,it looked white.
  • 00:23:51.012 --> 00:23:53.849
  • Now, it was red,but the red had faded.
  • 00:23:53.882 --> 00:23:57.486
  • So, when the train driversaw it,
  • 00:23:57.519 --> 00:24:00.121
  • he thoughthe was looking at white
  • 00:24:00.155 --> 00:24:01.857
  • and kept going.
  • 00:24:01.890 --> 00:24:06.795
  • Don't let religion fadethe red blood of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:06.828 --> 00:24:12.834
  • Don't be faded.Don't just settle for religion.
  • 00:24:12.868 --> 00:24:16.905
  • You wave the red flag.
  • 00:24:16.938 --> 00:24:19.074
  • He was woundedfor your transgressions,
  • 00:24:19.107 --> 00:24:21.376
  • bruised for your iniquities.
  • 00:24:21.409 --> 00:24:23.144
  • The chastisementof his peace was upon him.
  • 00:24:23.178 --> 00:24:25.680
  • By his stripes were you healed.
  • 00:24:25.714 --> 00:24:27.449
  • The blood of Jesus Christour Savior
  • 00:24:27.482 --> 00:24:30.352
  • and his almighty Father God,that's your focus.
  • 00:24:30.385 --> 00:24:33.788
  • I want to know him.
  • 00:24:33.822 --> 00:24:35.757
  • Don't let folk go into disasterbecause you got a faded faith,
  • 00:24:35.790 --> 00:24:40.662
  • 'cause you talking red,but you looking white,
  • 00:24:40.695 --> 00:24:44.266
  • so people don't knowwhere you coming from
  • 00:24:44.299 --> 00:24:46.468
  • 'cause you haven't stood strongfor your faith.
  • 00:24:46.501 --> 00:24:49.838
  • I challenge us collectively,me and you individually,
  • 00:24:49.871 --> 00:24:54.109
  • let's kick religion to the curb,and let's make it
  • 00:24:54.142 --> 00:24:57.112
  • about a relationshipwith the true and living God.
  • 00:24:57.145 --> 00:25:01.516
  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: This messagein our series
  • 00:25:19.868 --> 00:25:22.437
  • on "American Idols" of religion,of using God
  • 00:25:22.470 --> 00:25:29.044
  • to create another Godby leaving him out,
  • 00:25:29.077 --> 00:25:33.949
  • his perspective out,his desires out,
  • 00:25:33.982 --> 00:25:36.985
  • his standards out,but still inculcating his name
  • 00:25:37.018 --> 00:25:41.523
  • and inculcatinghis rituals.
  • 00:25:41.556 --> 00:25:43.825
  • God does not want to be definedby who we say he is
  • 00:25:43.858 --> 00:25:50.098
  • or what we say he wants.
  • 00:25:50.131 --> 00:25:52.400
  • He wants to be definedby who he says he is
  • 00:25:52.434 --> 00:25:56.404
  • and by what he sayshe wants.
  • 00:25:56.438 --> 00:25:59.941
  • We must always watchand keep ourselves
  • 00:25:59.975 --> 00:26:03.612
  • from being tricked thatjust because
  • 00:26:03.645 --> 00:26:06.815
  • we are engagedin religious ritual
  • 00:26:06.848 --> 00:26:09.651
  • that we're worshippingthe true God.
  • 00:26:09.684 --> 00:26:12.120
  • We could be worshippinga false god
  • 00:26:12.153 --> 00:26:14.923
  • and using religionto camouflage our idolatry.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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