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 A Strong Warning From The Backsliding Of Solomon -poonen


[b]A Strong Warning From The Backsliding Of Solomon[/b]
[i]by Zac Poonen[/i]

Solomon took seven years to build the Lord's temple (1 Kings 6:38), and thirteen years to build his own house (1 Kings 7:1). So we know which he valued more!! That is a fairly good description of many people who are doing Christian work today. They do "Christian" work all right. But their primary interest is in their own house and the comfort of their own family. God's work and God's house are secondary. Preaching the gospel has made them rich. Solomon's backsliding was gradual – as all backsliding is. He started off his rule by killing people. He could have easily disagreed with his father David and refused to kill Shimei and Joab. He could have forgiven Adonijah and not killed him. Once he had started sliding down, the gradient became steeper. Next, he married Pharaoh's daughter – obviously for her wealth. Then he spent thirteen years building his own house. All this, in spite of the fact that God had given him such wisdom. Many a time, I have seen in Christian workers, a drift towards the world right from the beginning of their lives. They start seeking their own right from the time they begin their ministry. When you see them years later, they have become experts in seeking their own. But God still loved His people, in spite of the backsliding of their king. So He filled the temple with His glory when it was completed (1 Kings 8:10). It was just like the day when Moses had completed the tabernacle. The temple was built in the same pattern as the tabernacle, but on a much bigger and grander scale.

Solomon prayed a beautiful prayer of dedication (1 Kings 8:22-61). The Lord then appeared to him a second time and told him that He had heard his prayer and again urged him to walk in integrity of heart and uprightness, so that his kingdom would be established. He also warned Solomon that if he turned away from following the Lord, Israel would be removed from the land and the temple would become a heap of ruins (1 Kings 9:3-9). That was exactly what happened when the Babylonians came and captured Judah and destroyed the temple. God had warned them, "Don't think you can live as you like and that I will just keep on blessing you." The Lord warns us long before we start going astray. In 1 Kings 10 we read of the Queen of Sheba coming and meeting Solomon because she had heard of his wonderful wisdom. But despite all his worldwide reputation for wisdom, Solomon was a mixed-up man. He could pray beautiful prayers to the Lord in public, like most Christians. But in his private life, he was as godless as anyone – again like many Christians. He rivalled Samson in lust – for he married 700 wives and as if that were not enough, he kept 300 concubines as well – mostly from the heathen nations around him (1 Kings 11:1-3). He must have seen each of them just once in three years! Those wives finally turned him away from the Lord, to the worship of idols.

When you plan to get married, don't just look for a pretty face. See whether the girl has a desire to live a godly life. That is far more important in the long run. A woman who has only a pretty face can ruin your life and destroy it. A godly woman will however do you good all the days of your life. There are many warnings in Scripture. But I don't know whether you will take heed to them when the time comes. Many nod their heads when they hear such things in the meetings. But when the time comes for their marriage, they still choose a worldly girl, just because she is good- looking. And sisters, let me urge you also, pray that God will lead you to a godly man to be your husband. Don't yield to the suggestions of your parents, if they suggest an unconverted person. Your partner can lead you astray to the worship of idols - the idols of money, pleasure and godless entertainment etc.,

When Solomon went astray God was angry with him and told him that He would divide his kingdom into two (1 Kings 11:9). But because David was a godly man, God did not do it in Solomon's lifetime (1 Kings 11:12). We see there how much children are blessed, because of the godliness of their father! God raised up enemies to trouble Solomon, but he still did not repent (1 Kings 11:14). When Solomon feared that Jeroboam was going to rebel against him, he tried to put Jeroboam to death (1 Kings 11:26). Jeroboam later became king of the divided kingdom. Thus Solomon died (1 Kings 11:43).

Solomon wrote three books in Scripture in his lifetime – two of them - Proverbs and Song of Solomon - are like new covenant books in the Old Testament. Proverbs is the finest book in the Old Testament. All young people should read it regularly and frequently. It has 31 chapters. Read a chapter a day and it can preserve you from much evil. Song of Solomon is a wonderful picture of our devotion to Jesus Christ as His bride. Ecclesiastes was written after Solomon had drifted. In it, he warns us about the dangers of worldly wisdom. This man who wrote three wonderful books of the Bible finally went to hell! Don't imagine that everyone who stands up and preaches wonderful sermons will go to heaven.

How do we know that Solomon went to hell? Is it possible that the Holy Spirit would write two biographies of Solomon (1 Kings and 2 Chronicles), and not mention in either of them that he repented towards the end of his life, if he had actually done so. Such silence is very eloquent. It tells us that Solomon died unrepentant. Manasseh was a king who did much greater evil than Solomon, and for a much longer period of time. But at the end of his life he repented, and the Holy Spirit mentions it in Scripture. It is unthinkable that the Holy Spirit would not have mentioned it, if Solomon had repented.

Why are many Christians so keen on "sending Solomon to heaven"? It's because they imagine that anyone who serves the Lord will definitely go to heaven. No matter how they live. Jesus said that many would come to Him on the last day and say, "Lord, we prophesied in Your Name, we cast out demons in Your Name, we did miracles in Your Name." But the Lord will say to them, "Depart from me, you who lived in sin." Solomon will come before the Lord in that day too and say, "Lord, I wrote three books of Scripture that blessed millions of people." And the Lord will tell him also exactly what He tells the others, "Depart from me, you who lived in sin." Let Solomon's life be a warning to all of us. Paul said, "I can preach to others, but be disqualified myself finally" (1Cor.9:27).


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 Re: A Strong Warning From The Backsliding Of Solomon -poonen

A powerful, bold message. King Solomon went to [i]hell[/i]? Poonen is pulling out all the stops. I subscribe to Poonen's email ministry where these short messages come frequently, and I highly suggest anyone who isn't subscribed to get signed up. They are all made of pure meat as this fine example shows.

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Do you think Solomon went to hell Paul?

I think Zac is misusing Matt 7 when Jesus says "Depart from me". Zac did not mention the part where Jesus says "I never knew you". God knew Solomon.

I don't know if anyone can say for sure on Solomon. I guess it would depend on when Eccl. was written as the last verses in it could be taken as repentance. Either way seems like any conclusion is only speculation.

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 Re: A Strong Warning From The Backsliding Of Solomon -poonen

Wow this is an amazing teaching. Praise God!


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 Re: A Strong Warning From The Backsliding Of Solomon -poonen

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Why are many Christians so keen on "sending Solomon to heaven"? It's because they imagine that anyone who serves the Lord will definitely go to heaven. No matter how they live. Jesus said that many would come to Him on the last day and say, "Lord, we prophesied in Your Name, we cast out demons in Your Name, we did miracles in Your Name." But the Lord will say to them, "Depart from me, you who lived in sin." Solomon will come before the Lord in that day too and say, "Lord, I wrote three books of Scripture that blessed millions of people." And the Lord will tell him also exactly what He tells the others, "Depart from me, you who lived in sin." Let Solomon's life be a warning to all of us. Paul said, "I can preach to others, but be disqualified myself finally"




It is interesting how that folk who walk close to God at last have a hard time asking for mercy. Case in point- Judas. I think also of Eli that upon hearing his fate essentially said, "Let the Lord do what seems right to Him." Why did these men not repent? Solomon's words in Ecclesiastes read almost like a lamentation. I have to wonder- where was the 'Nathan' in Solomon's life? Where was the Prophet that would point his finger without fear or favor and declare, "Thou art the man!"

As for his salvation? Can we enter into behind the veil and answer this doubting question? Is there any hope? Many have not hesitated to debate that question. Some have even ventured themselves upon the Judgment Seat. Yet, I think it worth noting, and I admit to my surprise, Adam Clarke actually held out hope for Judas Iscariot. Why? He makes a good case. But who would dare to repeat it? Folk want to hate Judas and see him die the death. I admit I don't have the answers; but if God sees fit to save Judas and Solomon I will rejoice forever more. Maybe it's because I have looked in the mirror one too many times and went away strait way [i]remembering[/i] what manor of man I was. [i]Why are many Christians so keen on "sending Solomon to heaven"?[/i] Probably because they find no pleasure in sending him to Hell.

1 Cor 10:12

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

If God appeared to Solomon twice and he fell and if Judas can kiss the door of heaven and fall... how much more ought we to tread carefully and humbly.


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Do you think Solomon went to hell Paul?



Truthfully, I've never thought much about it. Whether he went or didn't has no bearing on my walk, but what Poonen says strikes a chord in me. It very well [i]could be[/i] that Solomon, unlike Mannaseh, never repented. Do you believe Saul is in hell? Here is another example of a man God knew but died in disgrace. I don't think Poonen misused Matt 7 if you take Saul into consideration.

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If God appeared to Solomon twice and he fell and if Judas can kiss the door of heaven and fall... how much more ought we to tread carefully and humbly.



Yes, brother. Yes indeed.


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How do we know that Solomon went to hell? Is it possible that the Holy Spirit would write two biographies of Solomon (1 Kings and 2 Chronicles), and not mention in either of them that he repented towards the end of his life, if he had actually done so. Such silence is very eloquent.



That same silence also makes it very difficult to state so emphaticaly what [i]could[/i] have happened as Paul points out here.

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As for his salvation? Can we enter into behind the veil and answer this doubting question? Is there any hope? Many have not hesitated to debate that question. Some have even ventured themselves upon the Judgment Seat. Yet, I think it worth noting, and I admit to my surprise, Adam Clarke actually held out hope for Judas Iscariot. Why? He makes a good case. But who would dare to repeat it? Folk want to hate Judas and see him die the death. I admit I don't have the answers; but if God sees fit to save Judas and Solomon I will rejoice forever more. Maybe it's because I have looked in the mirror one too many times and went away strait way remembering what manor of man I was.



Amen to this brother.

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Why are many Christians so keen on "sending Solomon to heaven"? Probably because they find no pleasure in sending him to Hell.



"[i]because they imagine that anyone who serves the Lord will definitely go to heaven. No matter how they live.[/i]"

Can see both sides of this certainly and think you succiently summed it up with one of those 'life verses' 1 Cor 10:12. But I don't know about the usage of Mat 7 either there in this context.

What really, strangely enough did dawn on me was;

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He rivalled Samson in lust – for he married 700 wives and as if that were not enough, he kept 300 concubines as well – mostly from the heathen nations around him (1 Kings 11:1-3). He must have seen each of them just once in three years! Those wives finally turned him away from the Lord, to the worship of idols.



For all the statements and discussions about this elsewhere ... I guess I am thinking along the lines of a "statement of fact" rather then one of "approval" [i]'because he is God's man'[/i] which alludes back to what Zac is stating. Again, for all this though there is something a bit more difficult in ... narrowing everything done in the course of the life of Solomon it seems into such clean shades of black and white. I do understand the premise that has been latched on to by and large in the realms of Christendom that thinks along these easy lines and discounts or pragmatises .. better, [i]explains[/i] away all the warts and lessens the [i]possibilites[/i]...

Maybe it is in just not knowing that ought to serve the warning and be enough in itself.


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If God appeared to Solomon twice and he fell and if Judas can kiss the door of heaven and fall... how much more ought we to tread carefully and humbly.



Amen. I learned a valuable lesson early on in my walk with Christ. I had read the account of Solomon asking God for wisdom in leading the nation of Israel and of how God blessed Solomon greatly and I began to pray for wisdom very earnestly. Solomon became a great Bible hero for me, someone to be emulated.

Then came the understanding of his slide and the book of Ecclesiastes. I was crushed and astounded. I remember being on my face before God crying out that if Solomon fell so badly with all that wisdom he had been given, what chance did I have? I knew I was no better than he. Suddenly I wasn't praying for wisdom any more, just crying out for mercy.

Definitely a crisis point in my life. Crucifixion is a long and painful process. After yielding mentally to the crucifixion of my old self with Christ and accepting the principles of the Christian life, there is a period of tortured, struggling life. God must bring it to an end by causing us to know ourselves as we truly are.

Don't know where Solomon is now but I do know his story was given to us as an example and written for our admonition.

In Christ,

Ron


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