Daily Devotion Friday July 28, 2017
“Do not preach”—thus they preach—“one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us.”
(Micah 2:6 ESV)
It happened at prophet Micah’s time and apostle Paul has warned us against times when people would prefer to hear from preachers what their ears are itching to hear and shun sound doctrine and rebukes. Writing to his mentee—Timothy, the apostle Paul writes that;
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
As it were at the time of prophet Micah, so it is in our times now as foreseen by Paul that people have turned away from the truth, that people deny any claim to an absolute. Teachings on topics like hell and eternal suffering seem to be very old fashioned and dehumanising at a time when all players are doing their best to eliminate human suffering. “Do not preach”—thus they preach—“one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us” was the way the Jews were opposing preachers who warned them that if they continued in their wicked ways, disaster will override them and they will be disgraced.
And yet, the LORD God was not pleased with the way the people of Samaria and Jerusalem conducted themselves. He pronounced woes against the two cities saying;
“Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud people of their homes, they rob them of their inheritance” (Micha 2:1-2).
The Lord therefore declared “disaster against this people” saying that they won’t save themselves from it. But the false prophets went out saying all was well, that disaster won’t fall on Samaria and Jerusalem, in other words, the false prophets were saying Samaria and Jerusalem weren’t as that wicked to be destroyed. By stopping preachers from preaching destruction, they were equally stopping them from preaching against sin. What a generation!
There is a much departure from the truth in our time. In our so called “postmodern” age, people are willing to accommodate everything but cannot stand for one thing. Unfortunately, this has infiltrated the church too. The Gospel is being fast watered down, what was affirmed by church councils and synods and penned down as creeds and declarations few decades ago are now being torn apart, being challenged by the same councils and synods. The pulpit that stood high preaching salvation is in no other except in Christ Jesus (Acts 4:12) now begins to think this is an unacceptable claim that offends others. Many churchmen and women would rather choose to protect human dignity using secular philosophies than calling men and women to a relationship with Christ.
“The Gospel is being fast watered down, what was affirmed by church councils and synods and penned down as creeds and declarations few decades ago are now being torn apart, being challenged by the same councils and synods.”
Do not preach such things as sin, eternal hell and damnation is but being softly spoken out in our time. Yet “Over and over again, we are warned that church leaders must hold to the deep truths of the faith. Hell is one of those deep truths, albeit unpopular. Over and over again, we are warned not to be drawn away by unsound doctrine. With pain in his voice that came from years of heading off church train wrecks, Paul pleaded in his final words to Timothy to preach the Word, every last bit of it, regardless of how unpopular it became” (Brian Jones).
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17), welcome and endure sound doctrine and reprove; that you may not say: Do not preach such things. Amen! Rev. J
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