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“Strange Fire”
by Art Sadlier   
July 18th, 2010

"And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.
And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD."
Lev. 10:1

Moses had twice been alone with the Lord in the mountain, each time for 40 days and 40 nights. During that time God had given Moses detailed instructions as to how Israel should worship Him. The scripture says, “Moses was admonished of God when he was about  to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”

The Word of God is filled with a careful pattern as to how we are to worship God. The Old Testament gives us principles as to how we are to worship God, the principles apply to us today but the pattern applies only to those under the law. 1 COR 10:11 “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

In the New Testament we have the principles of worship for the Church. Those principles teach us that our worship is to be carried out separate from the world, the world has no place in our worship. 

Acts 5:13 says, “And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.”

 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”  2 Cor. 6:17

 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Cor. 6:14

The Laodicean Church of our day is offering strange fire on the altar of their worship. They program the world into the church to worship God with them. They preach easy-believism to bring the unsaved into their midst, then they entertain them to keep them coming back. They bring in the world’s music, the world’s methods, and they change the worship from being Christ centred to being man centred.

I suggest that God is no less angry with the Laodicean church today than He was with Nadab and Abihu 3500 years ago. In fact we read about that anger in Revelation 3:16, “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."  A study of these verses reveals  the Laodicean church to be thoroughly man centred instead of Christ centred, God hates that and will judge it severely.

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