Most Christians readily acknowledge the sinister threat of mixing ungodly aspects of popular culture into our beliefs and practices.
Lying, for example, is considered a protected aspect of free speech in the United States, but that does not justify its employ by Christians. Celebrating the unclad human figure beyond the confines of marriage may be condoned as art, but believers easily recognize such distractions as incompatible with Christian practice. However, from the nascent moments of the early Church, a more deceptive infection has perpetually threatened Christianity. One of the first church councils in Christian history convened to consider teachings perpetuating the idea that believers “must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses” (Act 15).
Just as God restricted cross-breeding between unintended “kinds” of animals, so he requires separation between different systems of worship (Heb 10:9). God never changes in his character, but what he expects from his people often does change.
In spite of the biblical evidence, however, syncretistic co-mingling between different systems of godly worship often continues unabated within the Church.
It renders participants incapable of rightly living according to the New Covenant and subjects them to what Paul called no gospel at all. Cults who excel at such blending tend to stand out, but churches that promote biblical promises for their worldly gain or who enjoin legal expectations upon members beyond that which Jesus conveys through his blood render the gospel void of grace even when the outside appears attractive.
Under such interplay, the profession turns into prostitution.
As our family reviewed in our study through Wineskins, it can even blind Christians at the highest levels of ministry.
How would you describe the Christian system of worship established by Jesus?