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Rev. Dr. Howard McFarland Administrator – Lead Bishop
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This Month, I want to Share in my Blog,
The Leaven of ….... Desensitization To Sin
Read, Study & Ponder
As a culture, we’ve become desensitized to sin
and its consequences. Even within the church,
outright sin has become acceptable and simple
obedience to God has morphed into legalism.
The Godly reaction to sin is to recognize it from
Scripture, to mourn over it, and to confess it without excuse to the God of mercy.
Matthew 16:5-12 (AMP) 5 When the disciples reached the other side of the sea,
they realized that they had forgotten to bring bread. 6 Jesus said to them, “Watch out and be on your guard
against the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
” 7 They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, “He said that because we did not bring bread.” 8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, You men of little faith,
why are you discussing among yourselves that you have
no bread? 9 Do you still not understand or remember the five loaves
for the five thousand, and how many baskets you picked
up? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how
many large baskets you picked up? 11 How is it that you fail to understand that I was not
talking to you about bread? But beware of the leaven of
the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to
beware of the leaven of bread, but of the [false] teaching
of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
In this passage, Jesus issued a warning that was never
to go unheeded. He instructed His disciples above all
things to always be on guard and cautious about something that was in their midst that was extremely deadly
What was it?
It was the doctrine, way, or example of the religious
leaders of His day. He referred to it as "leaven."
The Pharisees were superstitious and ceremonious, full
of hypocrisy, pride, and envy.
The Sadducees denied the existence of the spirit world
yet pretended to search after truth.
Because these groups were leaders, the people had a
tendency to adhere to their teachings and follow their
example. As with today, We Lead by Example, by are
words we say, the life we live, & the things we do.
As the people would sit under the teachings of these
religious leaders, their doctrine and example would
slowly but surely effect the minds, emotions, wills, and
spirits of the multitudes - producing followers after their
own kind. At first, the work of corruption would seemingly go undetected. However, after a period, the people
would soon bear the image and likeness of these pretenders and hypocrites.
Galatians 5:9, "A little leaven leaveneth the
whole lump." 1 Corinthians 5:6, “Your glorying is
not good. Know ye not that a little leaven
leaveneth the whole lump?" I believe that there is
a present-day "leaven" that is filtering from the
world through the church doors, It is the
"Leaven" of Desensitization to Sin. You may ask -
"What exactly is that?"
Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines desensitize as - "to make emotionally insensitive or callous."
laughing matter. If God says it’s a Sin, it still is a Sin.
I believe the Holy Spirit is calling for Repentance from
His People - the Church.
He is calling them back to a Greater Sensitivity to the
Horrors of Sin than ever before.
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 - "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.
For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither
with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the
unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
Basically, what Paul was saying here was - "Put away all
Sin in your lives, families, homes, and churches. Free
yourself from any and all corrupting principles."
J. C. Ryle said, “Christ is never fully valued, until sin is
Therefore, our first reaction to sin must be to see it clearly from the Scriptures. Then, realizing that it put our
Savior on the cross, we should mourn over it. Finally, we
should confess it without excuse to the God of mercy,
appropriating His cleansing for our consciences, that we
might be renewed to serve Him in purity.
C. S. Lewis observed, “When a man is getting better, he
understands more and more clearly the evil that is still in
him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his
own badness less and less”
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As we look about our world - on TV, videos, movies,
and billboards; in magazines and books; and listen to
the latest songs playing over the radio or being promoted through the music industry - we would all have
to agree that there is a "mad push" for the Desensitization of Sin. Everywhere that we turn - whether it be
the latest sitcom, movie, talk show, or the top tune of
the year - Sin is being presented as being a joke or
something that is not to be taken seriously. The world
is desperately screaming out to the Church - "Loosen
up! You don't have to be so extreme! Welcome us
into your pulpits and pews. We can get along together.
Don't be so legalistic. Change with the times. Be more
tolerant and accepting. Go with the flow. Have fun.
Laugh with us. Enjoy the ride." Slowly but surely, the
"Leaven" of Desensitization does its work. It starts off
with one small justification or excuse for compromise
or worldliness which leads to another and another and
another. Silently, steadily, irresistibly, speedily, and
secretly, the Desensitization process goes on and on.
It sours, swells, and spreads throughout the soul of the
Christian, changing every faculty of his being after the
image of the world. Before long, the believer wakes up
to realize that Sin is no longer Sin in his mind. It has
become a complete joke. Every preacher who "blasts"
it from the pulpit appears to be legalistic, and God is
now pictured as a God who loves everybody, winks at
Sin, and would never send anyone to Hell.
The "Leaven" of Desensitization has accomplished its
task. It has succeeded in pervading the whole.
We now have Churches that is filled - from the pulpits
to the pews - with abortion, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, divorce, hatred, bitterness, murder, violence, thievery, covetousness, greed, and every other
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