Jeremiah 6:10 ESV
“To whom shall I speak and give warning,
that they may hear?
Behold, their ears are uncircumcised,
they cannot listen;
behold, the word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn;
they take no pleasure in it.”
Sadly this describes many people professing to be Christians in America. So many of them are still living for the flesh, still living for the pleasures this world has to offer, doing whatever they want to do, living their lives their way, not God’s way. And it doesn’t matter to them what the Scriptures teach. If they are determined to go a certain direction, they will go. And if it suits their purposes, they will just twist the Scriptures to give themselves permission to keep on in their sinful ways.
Jeremiah 6:13-14 ESV
“For from the least to the greatest of them,
everyone is greedy for unjust gain;
and from prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.
They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
when there is no peace.”
But most of them don’t have to twist the Scriptures, for other people have already done it for them. Somewhere in time a group of people in positions of power and authority within the institutional church and within the government got their heads together and they decided to alter the gospel message to make it more acceptable to human flesh and to the people of the world. And then they began to pass this down to Bible colleges and seminaries and to church leadership training classes, etc.
Now I don’t have facts to back up what I just said exactly, but how else did this “cheap grace” gospel end up permeating the institutional church across America and across church denominations? How did all these ICs, regardless of church denomination, all start following the same man’s books on how to grow their churches and on how to draw in large crowds of people from the world to their church gatherings? Listen to their dialogues. They are mostly all following the same script, with some variations.
Now I am not saying that every church congregation in America has bought into this cheap grace or that they were or are still following the same man’s marketing schemes on how to grow their churches. I believe we have a minority of gatherings of the church here in America where they are still holding fast to the truth of the Scriptures and to the truth of the gospel and where they have not compromised with the world in order to attract the world to their gatherings. But they are not the majority.
The majority appear to have turned the gatherings of what is called “church” into marketplaces (businesses) to be marketed to the world just like any other commodity. So, in order to win the world to their gatherings they are following books written by mere mortals which are telling them how to grow their businesses (called church) and how to make the church something the world will want to go to and come back to. And so they have diluted the gospel message, too, so as not to offend the people of the world.
Now let me say here that the church is the body of Christ and there is only ONE church, which is the body of Christ. And we who have trusted in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives, in truth and in righteousness, are that body. We the people of God are the church. So we are not something people go to. And we are not a brick and mortar building. And we are not a church denomination. And we are not incorporated under the state. We belong to Christ and we serve him and we follow His teachings.
So, what is being called “church,” in many cases, is not the true church, but they are businesses of men disguised as houses of worship of God. And their intention, in a lot of cases, is not to honor God and to follow Jesus Christ and to make him Lord of their lives, but it is to draw in large crowds of people of the world to their gatherings via marketing schemes and entertainment and a diluted gospel which offends no one. And the Holy Spirit is being halted, and repentance and obedience to the Lord are being discouraged.
Out of greed their shepherds are telling them, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace. For they are telling them that a mere profession of faith in Jesus Christ guarantees them forgiveness of sins and heaven as their eternal destiny regardless of how they live their lives on this earth. So they have indeed healed the sin wound of the people lightly when they make no demands for true repentance and for walks of obedience to the Lord, and to his commands (New Covenant).
Jeremiah 6:16 ESV
“Thus says the Lord:
‘Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.’”
So, the Lord says to everyone to stand at the crossroads and look and ask for the ancient paths, i.e. the ways of holiness, righteousness, godliness, uprightness, integrity, faithfulness, moral purity, and honesty, where the good way is, then walk in it. Deny self, daily die with Christ to sin, and walk in obedience to his ways, and do what he says, in practice. And we will find rest for our souls. And only here will we find true salvation from sin and the hope of eternal life with God, for all other ways lead to hell, not to heaven.
[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]
A Believer’s Prayer
An Original Work / July 31, 2012
With my whole heart, Lord, I pray
To be Yours, and Yours always.
Lead me in Your truth today.
May I love You, and obey.
Lead me in Your righteousness.
When I sin, may I confess;
Bow before You when I pray;
Live for You and You always.
Love You, Jesus, You’re my friend.
Life with You will never end.
You are with me through each day,
Giving love and peace always.
You will ne’er abandon me.
From my sin You set me free.
You died on that cruel tree,
So I’d live eternally.
Soon You’re coming back for me;
From this world to set me free;
Live with You eternally.
Oh, what joy that brings to me.
I will walk with You in white;
A pure bride, I’ve been made right
By the blood of Jesus Christ;
Pardoned by His sacrifice.