Whenever saints of God thrive with their godly message, right on their heels are enemies of God looking for opportunities to water down that message and system of beliefs. One of the earliest examples we have of this in the Bible is in the book of Judges with a young Israelite named Micah–
And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my son. …I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image… his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah. And the man Micah had an house of gods…and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. In those days…every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
And there was a young man out of Bethlehem-judah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. … And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to [be] my priest. Judges 17:1-13 excerpts.
Micah and his mom were typical of that day. While they claimed they worshiped the Lord on the one hand, they actually practiced paganism on the other. Notice how his mother had the audacity to say her silver was dedicated to Jehovah to make a graven image, a false god, and how Micah had a house of gods but assumed Jehovah would bless him just because he recruited a Levite to be his personal priest. The author of this chapter sums up their mentality and the root of their problem by mentioning everyone did what was right in his own eyes–pushing aside God’s commandments for their own opinions and feelings. This took place shortly after the Lord blessed Israel with the Promised Land so they could be the house of God, but like Micah, they wanted to be a house of gods.
Fast forward to today, and we see the same thing happens in the church. People claim Christianity as they promote the paganism of religious pluralism. Many Pentecostal or charismatic churches, for instance, do what they call laying on of hands where hands are placed on the head, forehead, chest area, or abdomen so the person can be “slain in the spirit.” As I’ve stated before, these are practices taken from the Hindu teachings of Kundalini yoga where it is believed there are certain points on the body that when touched by an “ascended master” (guru or swami) awaken the dormant “serpent power” of the individual. Although the churches defend the practice, being slain in the spirit is a paganized version of real laying on of hands.
Then we have prominent leaders across the various denominations of churches who are devoted to Freemasonry (see the warm & fuzzy lies in the YouTube video below). Though God has spoken against necromancy (Deut. 18:10-12), or praying to dead people, many churchgoers have no problem with the Church that promotes praying to dead “saints” in addition to their host of other pagan practices. We also have individuals in our midst who have to read their horoscopes every day instead of asking God what his will is for them and trusting him to reveal it.
Whether “Protestant,” Orthodox, or Catholic, some people who attend and are active in church will unapologetically participate in sins Paul said would keep people out of heaven (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21), yet they will swear up and down that they will still get to heaven. All too often, we have church folk like Micah and his mother who do what’s right in their own eyes. God help us not to be unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is, to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but reprove them instead.