In the passage in Acts 7:39, we get a clue. Stephen is preaching to God’s people and reminds them of what happened on Mt. Sinai. Moses was on the mountain standing in the glory of God and receiving His commandments to His people.
At the same time, the church is lamenting the loss of all the pleasures of Egypt. They feel abandoned by God and Moses and decide to turn back to the gods they had served back in Egypt.
Out of a need for comfort and security they made an idol, brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars and the tabernacle of Molek and the star of the god Rephan.
I believe these gods refer to the worship of creation and bowing down to evolution, abortion, perversion, witchcraft and antichrist. I also believe that there are four very powerful Golden Calves or Sacred Cows in the church today that want to keep us out of God’s promised destiny in this season.
Convenience, Comfortability and Entertainment
In the last days, people will have itching ears to hear what they want and not endure sound doctrine. They will instead seek out teachers to tell them what they want to hear. God cares about your comfort, but not at the expense of your destiny. He will offend your flesh, put you in a wilderness experience, crucify your self-life and put you in a trial, all to perfect you and make you more like Him.
Unfortunately, too many in the church have decided that they would rather be comfortable back in Egypt than to become an army called to possess the promised land. Convenience has replaced commitment and comfortability has replaced being conformed to the image of Christ. Entertainment has replaced Worship and sacrifice. tolerance, being non-offensive and all-encompassing has replaced preaching the truth with conviction and repentance. Let’s not bow down to the idol of convenience or go back to Egypt and captivity, only to face God’s judgment.
Compromise to the Current Culture
Some have bowed down, becoming more like the world, in the name of being relevant. Grace is an amazing thing, but Jude warns not to allow men to ”turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As a Christian, can you deny that Jesus is the only true God and way to Heaven? How could that happen–that people would use grace as an excuse to sin or live like the world? Paul says, God forbid, that would happen. The law of grace is not a lower standard but a higher one in God.
It not only deals with your actions but your heart motivation as well. Don’t just, “not commit adultery, but don’t even lust with your eyes.” Jude and 2 Peter warns believers saying, remember what happened to the angels who were in heaven and then fell and are being held in chains of darkness in hell?
Remember the Children of Israel who God destroyed? Remember Sodom and Gomorrah, destroyed because of their immorality, sexual sin and perversion? Remember Noah’s generation and the judgment that happened to them?
We are warned of false teaching and false teachers, “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20).
So many are preaching liberty in their foul language, their promiscuity, their partying, their perversion and their lifestyle but God’s warnings are clear. Don’t compromise with the world. Don’t become a friend of the world and compromise your faith, your godly standards and your relationship with God. Let’s not bow down to the golden calf of compromise.
What was the problem with the children of Israel? They lost their courage and retreated, deciding to play it safe. God was saying, “Just believe me, be strong and of good courage. Fight, and I’ll fight with you and for you.”
A passive, fearful, unbelieving mentality had gripped the people of God. They decided and declared that they were not able to possess the land that God had promised. In contrast, God was looking for champions and those who would fight for His cause and His Kingdom. He was looking for those who would face the giants and shout at the walled cities until they fell.
He was looking for a fearless generation that would not be afraid, intimidated, disheartened or dismayed but courageously take the battle to the enemy to accomplish God’s vision on the earth. The enemy, through a spirit of intimidation, wants to make cowards of the church. It’s not time to back down. It is time to turn around, attack back and possess the land of promise!
Complacency and the Cares of this Life
God once said to me, “A man with passion will overcome any obstacle to achieve his goals but a man without passion will allow any obstacle to overcome him and stop him in the journey toward his destiny.” Matthew 24:12, tells us, “the love of many will wax cold… they will lose their first love.”
God said to me that “apathy leads to atrophy and will ultimately lead to apostasy. That’s a big part of the enemy’s strategy against the church today. If he can’t stop us, then he’ll just distract us with all the concerns of life.
He’ll get us so caught up in the mundane day to day that we stop dreaming and discovering. He’ll try to cause the hard things to harden our heart and dominate our passion.
He’ll try and turn our eyes to escapism and entertainment or deaden our dreams with the drudgery of everyday pressure to just survive. Dead religion and ritual will want to supplant a passionate pursuant of God’s plan for our lives. This can become a golden calf that diverts or depresses our energy for heaven’s purposes.
Lastly, God is saying, do whatever it takes to get yourself back on track with your destiny and God’s purpose for the church. Don’t bow down to any idols that will take you back to the captivity of Egypt and keep you out of your prophetic promise!