Hebrews 10:19-21 "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God;"
The House of God used to mean something to the local church.
(vs. 22) "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." Holiness is a forsaken subject in the local church. God is looking to His people to be a pure people.
(vs. 25) "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." The Lord's return is very near and it won't be long and He'll be here. God put an under shepherd before the local church. We should thank God for preaching and for the pastor. We need holy direction from God.
There needs to be respect for our man of God. There needs to be respect for other men of God that have helped us through the messages they have preached. You should never call your pastor by his first name. We should call him Pastor or Bro. __________ but never just by his first name. He was placed and appointed to a high-calling of God.
The man of God is to be followed. (Hebrews 13:17 & 24) "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Salute all them that have the rule over you," We need to give gratitude to the man of God. Many men of God have suffered much being in the position God has placed them in.
We need to respect the Lord of the House of God. We should never refer to Him as "J.C." or "The Man Upstairs". He's more than the "Good Lord".
There is no respect or little of it for the House of God. There is gum stuck under the bottom of the pews. Parents are letting their children make marks on the wood of the pews. Children run in the church without a word being said about it. They are banging on the piano and the organ and playing with the microphones. These are instruments used for the Lord in our worship toward Him. They are to be respected.
Why do people who are supposed to be members of our churches stay away from church? There are those that go fishing or hunting when they're supposed to be in the House of God. How about other activities? Some go to Nascar races or to football and baseball games.
The House of God is a house above all houses. It's where God's people meet. We need to respect it.
We need revival when there is no respect for the man of God...the Lord of the House of God or for the House of God itself.
We have made the House of God abominable. We've allowed things in the House of God that has no business being there. We need old-fashioned singing, preaching and worship. Old-fashioned was good enough in times past. Why do we need to change it to what some call to "improve" it? God never changes and we shouldn't either. People should conform to God's way....not to the world's way. We live in a modern day but we need to stick with the old-fashioned way. Jeremiah 6:16 "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
These are notes taken from a message preached by Bro. Marion Atkinson at Faith Baptist Camp August 7, 2007.