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When the Church is Corrupted with Wickedness, Oppression of the Weak Always Occurs

Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations– I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:10-17)

We have here the Lord’s words to His own people, Israel, in the days of the Old Covenant. So corrupt had they become that He calls them Sodom and Gomorrah. They continued on with their multitudes of sacrifices, claiming to worship the Lord faithfully, but the Lord rejects it. He sees the reality of their hearts and motives and all that their “worship” is to him is a “trampling of His courts.” He commands it to cease. Their offerings are disgusting to Him. Rank iniquity and a supposed “solemn assembly” simply cannot co-exist. They stood in their worship services and spread out their hands to pray. Those same hands were covered with guilt — with the blood of the ones they had oppressed. They were doers of evil. Now notice very carefully in the Lord’s command to them to repent that the “good” they needed to learn involved seeking justice, correcting oppression, bringing justice to the fatherless, and pleading the widow’s cause. Isn’t that interesting? This tells us that one of the most wicked evils carried out by the “church” of that day was the oppression and abuse of widows and orphans. Therefore, as we have said in other posts on this blog, where there is injustice dealt out to abuse victims and where the abusers are allowed to remain in the assembly of the “church,” spreading out their hands in “worship” each Sunday, you can be sure what the Lord thinks of the entire mess. He calls for such a church to cease from its worship and repent. It would be better for the doors of such a place to be locked shut until everyone washes themselves from evil by true repentance. The oppression of the weak, of victims, even the abuse of children is quite widespread in today’s churches. Isaiah plainly tells us here what the Lord thinks of such places, AND what such “churches” truly are in reality.

3 Comments

  1. Still Reforming

    I left such a church. I wonder still if any true believers in the congregation really care about this issue. Because I never hear from any of them, I think not.

    I am glad for the Lord not being confined to the brick and mortar of any church building, because He is with His people – those who are truly His, and many of them aren’t those warming the pews.

  2. standsfortruth

    This current condition of todays church parallels with the description in Rev 3:14 – 3:22 of the Laodicean church.
    And includes a sobering warning from the Lord.
    “I know your works, that you are neither hot or cold, so then, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

    Rev 3:18 God tells them that they do not know their own spiritual condition because they say “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing” and do not know that they are wretched, poor, blind, and naked.
    He counsels them to buy gold refined in the fire, that they may be rich, and white garments that the shame of their nakedness not be seen, and to anoint their eyes with eyesalve that they may see.

    Biblically, “poor” does not mean the same as our normal English usage of the word.
    It indicates someone who is weak, with no consideration of how wealthy he may be. To God, the Laodicean is spiritually weak, when he thinks he is strong.

    Next, he is “blind.”
    Of course, this is not physical blindness but a lack of spiritual comprehension or judgment. Just as a blind person cannot use his eyes to judge a circumstance, the Laodicean is unaware, unknowing, unobservant, uncomprehending, and heedless.

    Christ also judges him as “naked.” Clothing—or its lack—illustrates a person’s state of righteousness, and here it shows converted people who are still carnal, as Paul called the Corinthians ( 1 Cor 3.3). The Laodicean is dominated by his fleshly attitudes. Physically oriented, he is governed by human nature, rather than by God.

    “Wretched and miserable” together provide further descriptions of “poor, blind, and naked.” Because they are poor, blind, and naked, they are wretched and miserable, even though they have not realized it. Miserable has been translated elsewhere as “pitiful” or “pitiable.” Wretched is especially interesting. In other places in the New Testament, it indicates destitution because of war. God means that while they may be wealthy, they are losing the spiritual war against  and their carnal nature.

  3. KayE

    I’ve been victimized by numerous churches who actively enable abusers and oppress their victims. I don’t think they qualify as Laodicean churches. They don’t qualify as churches at all. They worship a god they’ve made for themselves, a god who tells them the things they want to hear.A god who tolerates evil and who smiles on the rich and powerful. a god who says that if you are being oppressed it is your fault, or even that you are lying. They disguise who they really worship and they fool a lot of people with their pious talk.
    In my view,the Laodicean church is the church that doesn’t actually do those things, but refuses to do anything at all to stop the oppression of abuse victims.

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