No Substitute For Surrender 

Matthew 21:12-14 “Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer’, but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”
My thoughts: In a place meant for prayer, the selling of animals diverted the attention of God’s people away from Him. Those who sold animals were providing sacrifices for God’s people, when Jesus Himself would become the ultimate sacrifice. The selling of animals became a substitute for prayer. It was the easy way out of what God was calling them to. The temple was a den of thieves, because the people were diverting the attention from God, and onto the sacrifice meant for Him. Today, in the American Church, Pastors are selling people a false Christianity that provides an easy way out of our relationship with God. They say “Just pray a salvation prayer and everything will work itself out”. “God’s grace will cover your sins! Keep coming back to Him for more forgiveness. You don’t have to change! He will change for you.” Religious leaders are robbing God of His glory by instilling their false doctrines into the minds of their congregations. Then, the people go forth as false representatives trying to defend a God they don’t even know personally! Where is the talk about repentance or holiness? Few pastors have the backbone to say “God’s grace is an enablement to overcome our sins, and salvation doesn’t come from saying a prayer, but from living a life of surrender to Jesus”? I pray that every false teacher and prophet is driven out of their position and replaced with men and women after the heart of God. I pray for leaders that will knock over the tables of compromise and purge the church of its sin. Wake up call, church: this isn’t about the American dream, but about carrying out the dreams of Christ. There is coming a day when our Lord and Savior will return at the sounding of a trumpet. Instead of worrying about His return, let’s return to Him before it’s too late. There is no substitute for surrender. If we aren’t going to give God everything, then we don’t need to bring Him anything.

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