As long as we have a Bible study before we do something that is not pleasing to God it is ok to do it, right?
Think about it: Yoga, Karate, gossip, etc.
It is know that Yoga has its base in a New Age belief, a teaching that is totally displeasing to God. Karate, has its roots in an ancient Chinese practice and did you know that the noises one makes while hitting during karate is invocation of demons to come and help and give that person powers? I have never taken Karate, but I know someone who was the head of this practice and business that can tell one who wants to know more how demonic this practice is. His name is Curry Blake ( www.jglm.org); if you write him an email he will respond to your question although I have heard him talk about it in public.
I meet people like that all the time that say: " Well, they do have a Bible study before it". So, as long as we have a Bible stuyd before something God disapproves of, we think it is ok and God approves. Are we really that deceived that we think that reading the Scripture and praying makes everything we are about to do right and ok?
Does a Christian pray before he steals and goes ahead and steals after prayer as to say that prayer makes the theft ok? Well, we did a Bible study before it. See how ridiculous this is? No one would do that? But if something is not as cut and dry like this one, does it make it ok to do? We pray before karate and we call demons to help us. We pray before Yoga and then we practice something that totally denies who God really is and exalts the human being. But the truth is we do it. Same way, we pray with our " new" spouse while our ex is still alive and we think that because we prayed it makes adultery not adultery anymore. " Well, things are going so well now". Believe me, you can find anytime someone else who is better, prettier, listens more, etc. etc more than your spouse. We are all different and things that your spouse cannot do someone else can do. And you are the same. There is always someone else who is better than you, too. But they are NOT your spouse! You are married now and you need to be committed and Christ-like towards yoru spouse. We need to stop thinking that the grass is greener on the other side. Sin will eventually kill you. There is a payment for sin.
What is next? The church is so worldly. We call Halloween-Hallelujah..not that I really have something against that. I am just trying to show how we copy the world to serve God. You cannot mix God and the world. The Bible says in James that they are enemies of one another.
What is next? We can divinate or call the dead or be Christian witches as logn as we pray before that? Prayer doesnt sanctify sin. Sin is sin. God makes the rules. See, if God says that what we do is wrong..and we sin against Him..then shouldnt we believe the person that says what bothers them? In this case God? Yet, we spit in God;s face and we say, "Nah...you cannot really mean that God. I do not think You are that cruel. That doesn't really bother you."
We know better than God? Remember sin is against Him not just sin by itself. It is not our opinion vs God's.
I know God is love. But God loves us so much that He has to tell us what we do wrong or else we will suffer the consequences of sin. We need to so grateful that He saved us. The fact that He got us out of sin should be making us grateful. We need to be appreciative of His love and His mercy. Yes, other probably have more material stuff and live in sin, but YOU are saved. Think about if you had no chance to ever be saved....
Let us thank Him and obey Him. Let us love Him. Let us believe that sin is sin and it cannot be doen away with with prayer.God set us free not to sin, He did not set us free so we can sin.