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“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.’ But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not pay attention.’ Therefore hear, O nations, and know, O congregation, what will happen to them. Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people, the fruit of their devices, because they have not paid attention to my words; and as for my law, they have rejected it.””

(Jeremiah 6:16-19 ESV)

     So much time is spent running after “the next new thing”, and often to our harm. Solomon reminds us, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Eccl. 1:9) The Jews had much the same problem in Jeremiah’s day. While it was the hand of the Lord who had brought them into the Promised Land, and gave them rest from their enemies around them, with the generations that followed, memory of what the Lord had done began to fade, and they took pride in their own strength and might. Little by little, they began to disregard the law and the words of God.
     Throughout history God has had particular people in places to give warnings, to “hold the line”, and to protect or reform the direction of His church; that continues today. We continue to be plagued by those who “having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Tim. 4:3b-4) Our role, as given to Timothy by Paul, his spiritual father, is to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”
     It’s not a new thing that people would want a more appealing message, a less offensive theology, or a less exclusive way to God. That has been the church’s struggle from the days of the early church, as testified by the writers of the epistles. Jude writes in his brief letter, “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for the condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Jude 3-4)
     We see in the book of Jeremiah the fate of a nation that continued in their rebellion, even though there were men like Jeremiah who God had in place at the right time to warn them to turn from their adulterous and wicked ways. The church in our day is facing this age old threat of those who would water down or change the truth of God for a lie.
     The common factor in all of this is the work of the devil to tear down, pollute or at least cause as much damage as he can, and he will use anyone who will let him to bring division, apathy, or bitterness into the church. Those who belong to God need to “hold the line” to “contend for the faith, once for all delivered to the saints.” Peter closes his second letter with these words: “You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:17-18)

By His Grace Alone,

Pastor Bruce Jacobsen




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