STRANGE FIRE – M.E. Townsend

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness… Romans 1:18
By: M.E. Townsend
“Truth must be spoken, however it be taken.”—John Trapp
“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.” Leviticus 10:1-2
In the name of tolerance and diversity, churches across the nation, and around the world, have embraced centering prayer, soaking prayer, contemplative worship, and “Christian” yoga. Incorporating Buddhist mysticism calling it Christian Meditation, using repetitive phrases both in song and prayer intending to focus the mind on the sacred while bringing one into a deeper spiritual experience, with Hindu Occultism masquerading as Christian Yoga, and with the new-man centered view of God we have driven worship from the sacred to the insane.
“Strange Fire, Strange Fire!” Says the LORD.
With lights dimmed and candles lit, regardless of denomination, we are invited to be still and quiet before the LORD. It has been stated that ‘the quiet repetition of a single word can help us to descend with the mind into the heart…This way of simple prayer …opens us to God’s active presence.’ [The Way of the Heart p.62] Should we not recognize that with this divergence in worship styles a deviation from what God ordained in His Holy Scripture to what man has set as the order of worship has occurred?
“Strange Fire, Strange Fire!”
When we make common the holiness of God, refusing to honor Him or His Word, choosing instead to follow the teachings of man rather than the Truths of God, we fall from adoration into ambiguity, no longer honoring or revering the King of Kings and LORD of Lords. Transformed by New Age meditations we become New Spirituality mimes, no longer offering God our petitions and prayers, our intercessions and thanksgiving.
Sadly, all that remains is ~ ‘Strange Fire.’
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” I John 4:1
“For a time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables. II Timothy 4:3-4


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