Let us stop with the rules. Let us stop with the judging. Let us bring back Christ's face to the broken and hurting. Church is not school, nor a courthouse of judges. Church is a hospital to give sinners crutches. So they can continue to walk and to run- following Christ's footsteps and reflecting His son.
We must LOVE.
This is so powerful. You can say you don't serve a god- but everyone serves someone. Who do you live for? What would you die for? And what can't you let go of? Because if you can't let go of it, it's holding on to you, and you are captive. *selfishness *lust *boyfriend * beauty * money *fame * sports * career *success * friendships * pornography * greed * music *video games *theology ... You are serving someone- even if it is yourself.
If you can't give it up, it owns you.
Exodus 20:4 You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
James 4:3-4 You don't get what you want because you don't ask God for it. And when you do ask he doesn't give it to you, for you ask in quite the wrong spirit--you only want to satisfy your own desires. You are like unfaithful wives, never realizing that to be the world's lover means becoming the enemy of God! Anyone who chooses to be the world's friend is thereby making himself God's enemy.
Col 3:5-6 That is why you must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion, evil desires and especially greed, which is the same thing as worshipping a false god. All this sort of behavior makes God angry. Eze 6:8-9 ..How I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices."
May we be honest with ourselves about what gods we are serving- and pray fervently to God for His deliverance. Because He is waiting to save you.