From Paganism to Christianity
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy father’s house unto a land that I will show thee – Genesis 12:1.
Abraham was called out of paganism. He wasn’t serving God, but he served the gods his father and relatives were serving. This is why God instructed him to leave the country, his relatives, and his father’s house and God were going to show him where He wanted him to go. Paganism is serving a god other than the true God, or according to Scripture, its idolatry.
In order for Abraham to serve God according to His standards, Abraham had to leave his father and relatives beliefs and live according to God’s Word. When we come into Christianity, we have been called of God to go into another country (kingdom of God) a country we’re not familiar with the rules and regulations. Being born of the Spirit we’ve been given citizenship to the kingdom of God, and as citizens, we must submit ourselves to the Ruler of the kingdom.
Many people call themselves worshiping God, but in reality, they are worshiping a god when they haven’t submitted themselves to the instructions of the Bible. No way one can serve God and continue to live opposite of God’s instructions. When Abraham was called to serve God, Abraham had to live according to God’s instructions, not what he believed in or what he had been taught by his father and relatives. So many Christians are living a double life. They worship God on Sunday, and Monday through Saturday they commit idolatry, by serving the god of sin: fornication, adultery, hatred, sorcery, contention, jealousy, selfishness, envy, disobedient, smoking, drinking, clubbing and attending ungodly concerts. Whatever actions we’re committing, if it’s against what God has instructed us not to do, then it’s sin and it’s idolatry.
Because many Christians are living according to what they have been taught by their parents and relatives many are trying to live for God and serve Satan as well. Either we’re going to live according to the instructions of God or we’re going to live according to Satan’s instructions, we can’t live for both (Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you – 2nd Corinthians 6:17). Christians should separate themselves from actions, influences, and people who will contaminate their mind, heart and spirit to do the opposite of what the Bible instructs Christians to live. To enter heaven, it will take more than just believing Jesus is the Son of God. We must also submit to the instructions of the Bible which is God’s written Word for the believer.
When He instructs us to do something, that’s what He wants. When He instructs us not to do something, that’s what He wants. It’s not about what we think, it’s about obeying His instructions. Don’t be fooled! Take the time to read and study the Word of God, then commit yourself to His word (But be you doers of the word and not hearers only; deceiving your own selves – James 1:22). We can’t have two masters, either it’s God’s way or no way. The Bible is the instructions for every believer whose professing to be a Christian, who profess to be a child of God. God does not have adopted children, either we’re going to live according to His Word or we will live according to our will.