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The Ezekiel 33 Church

December 29, 2009

Ezekiel 33:31-32

31 So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain. 32 Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them.

The context of Ezekiel 33 will show us that the text was speaking of Jewish exiles, but when looking at these last couple of verses of the chapter I can’t help but see todays church. Todays church is very similar in that they do exactly what verse 31 points out; they come, they sit, and they hear the words being spoken but do not do them. They show much love with their mouth, but their hearts pursue unjust gain. The second verse adds that the prophets words sound lovely but not lovely enough for them to do them. Todays church is what I would call the Ezekiel 33 Church, a church rife with hearers of the word but not doers of the word. A church that professes Christ but does not posses Christ, a church that says they love Christ but will not do what He says, a church whose reverance consists of tradition and not of Godly fear. Is this supposed to be the church triumphant? Is this the pure bride that longs for the appearing of the Bridegroom? Not hardly. The Ezekiel 33 church is simply goats amongst the sheep, false converts amongst the true converts. These pseudo-christians heap up for themselves false teachers who pervert the gospel, teaching that gain is godliness and that orthodoxy is heresy. They have abandoned the obejective truth for a subjective lie. This reckless abandonement of absolutism and dogmatic truth in the body of Christ will only result in their demise, because in the true gospel is where the power of God unto salvation lies. The defense and preservation of the gospel message must be paramount to the true church; there cannot be compromise or yield. The Master did not compromise the truth when He confronted the religious of His day, He did not compromise, He did not yield, and neither should we. The Ezekiel 33 church is a body of religious persons and religion has never saved anyone, nor will it suffice on the Day of Judgment.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2010 11:19 AM

    I’ve been reading over your blog. You got some great stuff here. I totally agree with the things you are saying about church. I’ve spent too many years in churches not willing to speak the truth of scripture. Thankfully God has directed us to a new church and the truth is spoken often. It really is something to sit under the preaching of a church where you can soak up the truth, not watered down stuff as not to offend certain people. Great stuff!

    • January 5, 2010 4:16 AM

      Thank you sister I appreciate your words. The church is losing its saltiness and is giving way to post-modern messages, we cannot compromise the truth of God’s Word to be ecumenical. That watered down stuff you spoke of is another gospel (Galatians 1), people come to church hungry and leave starving. We must pray. God bless.

  2. January 5, 2010 2:23 PM

    Well said! I totally agree. I added you to my blogroll and hope to hear more of what you have to say.

    • January 6, 2010 4:08 AM

      Thanks again sister, may the Lord keep you and make His countenance shine upon you. God bless.

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