King Solomon’s Unfaithfulness and the Division of the Kingdom
King Solomon of Israel (970-930 BC), whom God blessed with great wisdom and was initially faithful in following the Lord, turned away from following him with a whole heart later in life. He had married many foreign women who, when he was old, turned his heart away to serving other gods.
God warned Solomon to repent and turn back to him, but Solomon did not, instead favoring the gods of his wives. Because of his role as king, his actions misled Israel to lapse in its faithfulness to the only true God and follow after the gods Ashtoreth, Chemosh and Molech, who promoted sexual immorality and child sacrifice.
Because of Solomon’s unfaithfulness, God promised to tear most of the kingdom away when his son became king (1 Kings 11:1-13). The means of this would come through one of his servants, a man named Jeroboam, whom he had appointed as manager over forced labor in Jerusalem.
The Split in the Kingdom
After the death of King Solomon, a split in the kingdom took place over the issue of forced labor.
King Rehoboam (930-913 BC), Solomon’s successor, heard the plea of the representatives of the northern tribes of Israel led by Jeroboam, who was recalled from Egypt where he had sought refuge from Solomon’s attempts to kill him. But he decided not to listen to the wise counsel of the elders who served his father to lighten the load of the people. Instead, Rehoboam promised to make their yoke heavier (1 Kings 12:1-16).
This caused a revolt among the people, and Jeroboam (930-909 BC) was made king of the 10 northern tribes of Israel.
Instead of reflecting on why God judged the nation with division, Jeroboam, seeking to protect himself and consolidate his rule, departed from the Lord and instituted idolatry among the people. He set up shrines in Bethel and Dan (southern and northern areas of the kingdom), making two golden calves and appointing priests who were not of the tribe of Levi. This was to be an alternative to worship at the temple in Jerusalem (1 Kings 12:25-33).
This development caused another division among the people of Israel:
“For the Levites left their common lands and their holdings and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons cast them out from serving as priests of the Lord, and he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat idols and for the calves that he had made. And those who had set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the Lord, the God of their fathers.” (2 Chronicles 11:14-16)
Those who migrated to the southern kingdom of Judah strengthened Rehoboam’s reign for a time because they were faithful and obedient to God (2 Chronicles 11:17).
A Modern-Day Division
A similar division is taking place in society today due to the promotion of the LGBTQ+ religion by activists, global organizations, major corporations and education and medical institutions. It is a cult, like those of the ancient Canaanite gods, that proudly insists on sexual immorality and child sacrifice.
This is particularly seen in church organizations, where fidelity to God’s word is challenged with greater intensity.
For many years, Christians in Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican and other denominations have watched as the LGBTQ+ religion has infiltrated and taken over many of their churches.
For example, the 38th German Protestant Church Congress took place in Nuremberg from June 7 to 11. More than 60,000 participants from Germany and other countries descended on the city for sermons, debates and Christian music performances.
Quinton Caesar, in a closing ceremony speech of this gathering, blasphemed God to promote the LGBTQ+ religion by declaring, “God is queer.” In saying this, he echoed the blasphemy of Jeroboam to the people of Israel when he set up the golden calves as objects of worship:
“Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.” (1 Kings 12:28)
Like those faithful to God in the northern kingdom of Israel who departed and went south to Jerusalem, many Christians in record numbers seeking to follow God’s word have departed from church organizations that have adopted the LGBTQ+ religion.
Choose Faithfulness to God
As we are increasingly pressured by institutions of society to bow and worship the LGBTQ+ religion, it will be tempting to compromise our faith in God and his word and go along with this satanic agenda. It is becoming a common occurrence that those who express any kind of disagreement or opposition to this religion face various kinds of sanctions, including violence.
We need to determine in our own minds the answer to this question, for like light and darkness, the two cannot have fellowship (2 Corinthians 6:14):
“Will I follow the Lord Jesus, or LGBTQ+?”
Stay faithful to Jesus. Speak and live the truth in love. God is still gathering people to himself (John 6:37-40).
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