The Dangers of a Convenient Religion
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1 Kings 12:25-33 NLT
26 Jeroboam thought to himself, “Unless I am careful, the kingdom will return to the dynasty of David.
27 When these people go to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices at the Temple of the Lord, they will again give their allegiance to King Rehoboam of Judah. They will kill me and make him their king instead.”
28 So on the advice of his counselors, the king made two gold calves. He said to the people, “It is too much trouble for you to worship in Jerusalem. Look, Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of Egypt!”
29 He placed these calf idols in Bethel and in Dan—at either end of his kingdom.
30 But this became a great sin, for the people worshiped the idols, traveling as far north as Dan to worship the one there.
31 Jeroboam also erected buildings at the pagan shrines and ordained priests from the common people—those who were not from the priestly tribe of Levi.
32 And Jeroboam instituted a religious festival in Bethel, held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, in imitation of the annual Festival of Shelters in Judah. There at Bethel he himself offered sacrifices to the calves he had made, and he appointed priests for the pagan shrines he had made.
33 So on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, a day that he himself had designated, Jeroboam offered sacrifices on the altar at Bethel. He instituted a religious festival for Israel, and he went up to the altar to burn incense.
Psalm 121 KJV
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Psalm 137:5-6 NLT
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget how to play the harp.
6 May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I fail to remember you, if I don’t make Jerusalem my greatest joy.
Isaiah 10:32 NLT – The enemy stops at Nob for the rest of that day. He shakes his fist at beautiful Mount Zion, the mountain of Jerusalem.
The Bible promotes paying taxes but not INTAXICATION.
Jeroboam did not REJECT the idea of religion.
Jeroboam did not REFASHION a new religion.
Jeroboam REDUCED the demands of religion.
Convenient religion seeks:
1. A convenient PLACE
2. A convenient PREACHER
3. A convenient PROGRAM
Mark 8:34 NLT – Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
When I LOOK UP to God, God LOOKS OUT for me.
God is my:
Psalm 122 MSG – A pilgrim song of David
1 When they said, “Let’s go to the house of God,” my heart leaped for joy.
2 And now we’re here, O Jerusalem, inside Jerusalem’s walls!
3 Jerusalem, well-built city, built as a place for worship!
4 The city to which the tribes ascend, all God’s tribes go up to worship, To give thanks to the name of God— this is what it means to be Israel.
5 Thrones for righteous judgment are set there, famous David-thrones.
6 Pray for Jerusalem’s peace! Prosperity to all you Jerusalem-lovers!
7 Friendly insiders, get along! Hostile outsiders, keep your distance!
8 For the sake of my family and friends, I say it again: live in peace!
9 For the sake of the house of our God, God, I’ll do my very best for you.
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