13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
Take a look at the churches today. Are they honestly addressing the hurt of the daughters and sons of their people? Or are they too much dedicated to keeping the merry-go-round of program going. All must be smiles and positive comment. The worldly pre-occupations of the people (covetousness) must be given appropriate “teaching”. So-called sermons on prosperity and fulfilling lifestyle take up precious time from the pulpit.
Jesus said that he came to act as physician for the sick and heavy laden. We won’t even acknowledge that we are sick. Envious. Gossiping. Posturing. Haughty. Insincere. Prayer-less. Cowardly in testimony. Unsympathetic. Unfamiliar with the real Jesus of the Gospels.
I remember Steve Brown of the Key Life radio broadcast saying something to the following effect:
‘Find a church of messed up people who know that they are messed up and not reluctant to admit it, but are honestly in love with the righteous Elder Brother Jesus, and seeking more each day to understand and walk in His footsteps and to seize opportunities to pass on His promises and warnings.’
The prophet Jeremiah, in addressing the religion of his day saw a frail papier mache edifice about to crumble, although many of the right words and religious forms continued to issue forth. Our churches sound the part, but are departing from the heart, honesty and healing of the Gospel. Similarly they are not checked, convicted or found blushing.
Doug Blair, Waterloo, ON