Sermon by Ebenezer W. Appiah – Walk 2 live
“Let them, therefore, give us two bullocks and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under; and I will dress the other bullock and lay it on wood, and put no fire under. And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God that amswereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, it is well spoken” 1 Kings 18:23-24.
Baal is defined as a deity whose worship was characterized by the SEXUAL ACTS of his followers during periodic rituals, along with occasional HUMAN SACRIFICE and frequent TEMPLE PROSTITUTION.
It is one of the fallen angels from heaven, so as we can see their powers were not taken from them but, let it be known, there is only one OMNIPOTENT, EL-OLAM, ADONAI and ELOHIM GOD.
” For the Lord is great and cannot worthily be praised; He is more to be feared than all gods. As for all the gods of the heathen, they are but idols; but it is the Lord that made the heavens” Psalms 96:4-5.
Why then must we fear and adore things that are created and not the Creator Himself? I have heard stories, where people have gone to other shrines for consultations and they have been told the god or goddess had travelled, forgetting that we have a mighty God who is ever-present, eternal and ever ready to be our refuge and fortress. If man who has been created in the image of the Almighty God, with blood, bones, eyes, ears and wonderfully designed internal organs, a mouth to speak, and a nose to breath, can fade away suddenly like a grass, then what shall befall on these lifeless idols without internal organs, no mouth to speak, nor eyes to see nor ears to hear? If we should read the complete chapter of 1 Kings 18, we shall attest to the fact of how prophet Elijah even mocked them and asked them to cry aloud, peradventure their gods had travelled, were asleep or busily talking to another. They cried from morning till evening, cutting themselves with knives and lancets and yet they achieved no results.
This is a testimony of a true prophet of a living and a mighty God against 450 idol worshippers. Obviously, these 450 Baalists would individually possess an additional class of divinities to make them more powerful. No doubt we have black power, red or white power, marine spirits or powers from dwarves, moon god, sun god etc. But none can equal the power of the most High. Historians have it that Baalism was practised during the Old Testament era but, in the epoch of the New Testament Zeus took over Baal. In Matthew 12:27, Jesus Christ describes Beelzebub as the chief devil (Satan).
Baalism then consisted of 3 fundamental activities: SEXUAL ACTS: HUMAN SACRIFICES and frequent TEMPLE PROSTITUTION. And these are equally translated into our modern day Christendom where we have predominant SEXUAL IMMORALITY right in our Churches, workplaces, corridors of academia, in several diverse forms- Pornography, Masturbation, Incest, Homosexualism, (CULTS OF GAY RIGHTS), and several others. We have HUMAN SACRIFICES reloaded and rebranded-Blood money rituals and other occultists sacrifices, Abortion and Reproductive Choices or Rights (this include usage of contraceptives and family planning). Some experts would have you believe “Reproductive Choice” is the best way to move nations out of poverty. Modernization indeed!!
Then we have the TEMPLE PROSTITUTION which has metamorphosed into REBELLION UNBELIEF and DISOBEDIENCE; Our Reverence of Creation over the Mighty Creator; Perversion of the true Gospel of Christ with so many false teachers and teachings encouraging and defending what is wrong and immoral to be good and acceptable.
Currently, we have many Christians running to many fetish shrines to sanction, curse and demand instant justice. Some pastors even prefer swearing an oath or settling a dispute with these idols over the Almighty Creator and God.
Why give glory and worship some god of rain, thunder, river, half dog or moon god? I hear some even worship deaf and blind god!
Examples in the Holy Bible admonishing man that, God is a jealous, Holy and Righteous God and that we should not have “any other god” are more than sufficient but are we heeding?
God’s disciplinary response requires absolute repentance and obedience to warrant His forgiveness and salvation.
In summary; ” Now, therefore, fear the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served… And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve…” Joshua 24:14-15
O Holy and Righteous God. We can never do it alone unless we totally submit to your commands. Kindly save us from our sinful ways and guide our going out and our coming in. Through Jesus Christ our saviour, we ask. Amen.