Syncretism’s New View…

Posted: August 22, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Syncretism is the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion.

In the Old Testament we find the Israelites attempting to blend their worship of Jehovah with practices that involved worship and sacrifices to idols.  To make a long story short…it ticked God off.  He burned with righteous anger toward He people.  He held them accountable for their actions and punished them.

In the New Testament we find people that have been referred to as Judaizers trying to promote law and Christ at the same time.  They would say on one hand that Christ was sufficient yet on the other hand that you must be circumcised and fulfill Jewish dietary laws.  In essence, they were declaring to a watching world that Christ is not sufficient.

In modern day American churches we find a different type of syncretism.  Baal worship is not prevalent and neither is dietary laws.  What is prevalent is the worship of me.  I am not talking about people worshiping Jon Goodwin but I am talking about people being so focused on themselves that they will go to any means necessary to please themselves and all the while gladly proclaim “I am a Christian.”

The selfish nature of the modern day church is what I believe has contributed to shrinking congregations all across America.  If my focus becomes me, then is sure isn’t on reaching a lost and dying world for Christ.  If my focus becomes me, my family will take a back burner.  If my focus becomes me, then church becomes optional.  If my focus becomes me, then Christ is not my focus.

I am curious what your thoughts are on this subject.  Share your thoughts.  What are specific examples in the modern church where you belief syncretism exists?

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  1. I was just reading Isaiah chapter 40 and it brings me to the GREATNESS OF GOD and who he is.
    V10, God comes with power and rewards
    V11. He tends His flock like a shepard, gather His sheep in His arms.
    V12. He can measure the universe with his hands.
    V13-14. Who taught God the right way? God knew from the day of creation
    V15-17. Nations are like a drop in the bucket, who do we think we are?
    V18. Who can we campare God to? He is the creator of ann things.
    V19-20. For God created the world, His eternal power and divine nature have been seen.
    V21-24. We are like grasshopers, God can reduce the rulers of the world to nothing.,
    V25-26. Who can be equal to God, Lift our eyes to the heavens to see our creator.
    V27-28. The Lord is the everlasting God , creator of all things.
    V29-31. God gives stregnth to the weary, increases power of the weak, The Hope of the Lord will renew our stregnth.
    Let us not focus on “ME” as we are as a grasshoper in the field. Let us focus on God and do all things for HIS GLORY. “Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we are to do to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) God is not glorified when I evidence a lack of self control in my life.Let us focus on Christ and His shed blood at the cross.
    We as Christians should be in God’s Word daily,reading, meditating and memorizing it so we have it in our heart. We must be equiped to resist satin and his sinful schemes. When we look into the new testament and see how Jesus responded when He was tempted, he answered with God’s Word. This is why we should be into God’s word constantly. When we spend only a couple of hours on sunday in church, we are going to starve to death spiritually.

    Let us not focus on things of the world, but focus on Christ.

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