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When Men Love Sin and Error

“An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule on their own authority; and my people love to have it so” (Jer. 5:30, 31).

Unfortunately, this was not the last time that the Lord’s people loved error more than truth. It has happened in these “last days,” too (2 Tim. 3:1-5; 4:3, 4). We are not shocked or surprised when ungodly men love fables more than the faith, but we often are stunned to learn that the people of God also “love to have it so.”

Note that men do not cease to preach; they do not quit serving and ruling. No, they continue to teach religious principles and to offer sacrifices. This is part of the deceit. None have become atheists; none have said they are rejecting God. On the contrary, they present a form of godliness. They assure us of their honesty and integrity in things divine. However, their words are not from God. Their works and worship are based upon human authority. They mix the holy with the human, the faith with fables, the sacred with the secular. Their amalgamated religion appeals to the flesh. Its allurement is that it melds and welds the spiritual and the sensual, allowing men to “have it both ways.”

This spirit is the essence of all human religion. It permeates the traditions of Catholicism and dominates the additions of denominationalism. That does not come as a revelation to children of God, but that such a spirit should infiltrate and penetrate the kingdom of God is indeed “an appalling and horrible thing.” It is made worse when “my people love to have it so.”

Is it so among us? Are we feeding on the word of God, being led and fed by it? Are we worshipping “in spirit and in truth,” serving God “acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (Jn. 4:24; Heb. 12:28)?

Or, are we flirting with a gospel of convenience, one that winks at “borderline” sins and excuses “slight” departures and changes in our service to God? Do we demand that preaching be conformed to our life style, rather than conforming our lives to the truth? Do we chafe and develop a rash on our hearts when purity and holiness demanded by the word of God contradicts our manner of life? Are we offended by calls for modesty in our attitudes and actions and in our dress and demeanor before the watching world?

Do preachers blunt and dull the edge of the Spirit’s sword? Do elders “back off” from directly and decisively confronting error? Do preachers and pastors seek peace at the expense of purity? Do they seek harmony at the expense of holiness? If they do, do we tolerate and condone it? If so, “an appalling and horrible thing has happened,” and we cannot escape the judgment of God!