1 Corinthians 2-3 Do you not know that you are the TEMPLE OF GOD and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone DEFILES the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
On the surface, we may regard this as advice to look after our physical bodies by exercising and not smoking, etc. Although there is some truth in this, this is not what Apostle Paul was bringing to light in these chapters.
The context is ministry.
Ministries can defile the temple of God when they are off-balance and soulish.
Very few ministries are sound today. The spiritual condition is much worse than many realize because of our blindness and lack of discernment.
Some preach all the right things; yet in a predominantly intellectual manner with little power. This soulish ministry results in defiled fruit. Some appear regularly on Christian television. They are born-again, baptized in the Holy Spirit - preachers - yet their ministry is predominantly soulish and comes from the natural man.
Let us consider how Apostle Paul ministered.
1 Corinthians 2: 2-5 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Let not our will, mind or emotions - our soul - dominate. Let us not be guilty of ministering from the natural or soulish man. The Lord desires us to be spiritual which comes from a lifestyle of intimacy with Jesus and waiting on Him constantly. A few words from the Lord is worth much more than ten thousand words from the natural man. Remember - no flesh shall glory in His Presence (1 Corinthians 1:29). Let us no longer minister from the soul. Let us rather spend more time in prayer and less time in study and commentaries.
Man is a tripartite being - spirit, soul and body. Our soul consists of the mind, will and emotions. One moves from living in the soulish realm to becoming spritual by 'waiting on the Lord' continually. As prayer becomes ones lifestyle, one becomes more spiritual. Jeanne Guyon's book 'Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ' is the definative work as to this shift from soulish to spiritual. Watchman Nee's book 'The Spiritual Man' is the definative work as to the differences between spirit, soul and body.
Our dreams mean nothing. Our plans amount to nothing. Let us seek His plan and destiny for our lives. We have no business seeking our own things. Period. Let us not justify this by saying that we are coworkers with God! Love towards others must come from the anointing of God in our lives. Love of others apart from the love of God being shed in our hearts by the Spirit is merely religeon! Religeon must go. The will (soul) needs to be surrendered to Him. The cross needs to be deeply engraved in our lives and ministries.
The faith movement (major branch of charismatic movement over the past few decades) defiles the temple of God by distorting the foundation given in
1 Corinthians 3:11:
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Our faith is firstly in Him and waiting upon Him. The faith movement places the emphasis backwards. Faith in the written word - often the logos 'promises of God'. Then the rhema. Lip-service is then paid to faith in Jesus Christ. This is clearly evident in the faith doctrine taught in many Bible Schools! All the doctrine and teachings are twisted and manifest a different spirit to that of Christ-centred teaching. The sovereignity of God is also minimised and the will of man predominates in the teachings such as the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The doctrine affects all aspects of your character as a Christian - a defiled character.
I once was a follower of the faith movement. I know what I am writing about.
Irreverence is the root of defiling the temple of God. Haggai gives us this insight:
Where is My reverence?
Says the Lord of hosts
To you priests who despise My name.
Yet you say, 'In what way have we
despised Your name?'
You offer DEFILED ...
But now entreat God's favour,
That He may be gracious to us.
While this is being done by your hands,
Will He accept you favorably?
Says the Lord of hosts.
Who is there even among you who
would SHUT THE DOORS,
So that you would not kindle fire on My
altar in vain?
I have no pleasure in you,
Says the Lord of hosts,
Nor will I accept an offering from your
For from the rising of the sun, even to
its going down,
My name shall be great among the
In every place incense shall be offered
to My name,
And a PURE offering;
For My name shall be great among the
Says the Lord of hosts.
God is judging and closing churches in this last hour. Judgement often comes when a church will not receive a significant prophetic word to repent and change its ways. The prophets from the wilderness have had a part in this work.
We need to guard our spirits in these last days. All roads do not lead to God! The wise need to be discerning in this final hour.
Let us be holy in this last hour. Do not allow your temple to be defiled especially by wrong teaching from men and women of the cloth!
Judgement often comes as prophetic silence. MIXTURE is the key word coming from Malachi. Mixture in WORSHIP. A 400 YEARS PERIOD OF PROPHETIC SILENCE follows Malachi until John the Baptist arises.
The mixture is not acceptable to God.
Malachi 3: 2-3 But who can endure the day of His coming?
And who can stand when He appears?
For He is like a refiner's fire
And like fullers' soap.
He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver;
He will purify the sons of Levi,
And purge them as gold and silver,
That they may offer to the LORD
An offering in righteousness.
Jesus Christ's eyes are like a flame of fire and are thoroughly discerning at the Judgement Seat of Christ. All that which is of the flesh will not stand. Let us take heed to the prophets of the wilderness who come like John the Baptist in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the bride for what is to come.
The message of Malachi often centers on those in ministry.
And now, O PRIESTS, this commandment is for you.
And this is the judgement on the ministries of MIXTURE:
I will send a curse upon you,
And I will curse your blessings.
This is the prophetic word for the charismatic church. We have seen the Pentecostal, Charismatic and the Third Wave in recent times. As the Charismatic move declined, more and more MIXTURE surfaced. Judgement has come on the Charismatic church.