malachi’s ministry- Part IV ‘plenty of blame to go around’

Malachi’s Ministry- Part IV ‘Plenty Of Blame To Go Around’

 

“he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” John 8:7

Rightfully, the priest (pastors) received the first rebuke from God’s Messenger, but the people (church) were not without fault. If you remember, they had made four promises to God, approximately 14 years earlier at a revival meeting and had failed miserably in each of the four commitments.  

It began with their inability to remain a separate and holy people cf. Deut. 14:2 “for thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. God did not want them to worship the false gods of the people of the land and to intermarry would certainly result in them turning from the True and Living God to worship another god. cf. Deuteronomy 7:3-4

[3]neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughters thou shalt no five unto his sons, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. [4] for they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods:

God knew that their only hope to remain true and committed to Him would to abstain from intermarrying. They failed miserably and intermarried the daughters of a strange god and forsook the God of their fathers.

They not only had found themselves in spiritually mixed marriages but to compound the sin, they had dealt treacherously with the wife of thy youth, the wife of thy covenant. Divorce was rampant in the church and there was no conviction concerning the principles from God’s Word; therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife, and they both shall be one flesh- let none deal treacherously against the wife of thy youth. It may have been that they were divorcing their Jewish wives to marry the women from the heathen land. Concerning divorce in the church, the believer must consider his/her own relationship with the God of their salvation the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a great mystery but it is spoken concerning Christ and the church.  cf. Ephesians 5:22-33. Surly we would not want our Beloved to turn us away?

The Spiritual Adultery of the Church

It is true in the church today. As the church dabbles (intermarries) in the doctrine and the philosophies of the world, it will always result in drawing the believer away from Truth and will cause one to forsake his/her allegiance to the Word of God. As the believer begins to give place to false doctrine the results are seen in the strong warnings of…..        2 Timothy 4:1 “the believer will depart from the faith (truth) giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrine of devils.  The believer must understand the main objective of the enemy of God- Satan wants to thwart the truth of God’s Word and supplant it with lies and deception, which he is the father of.

The crumbling foundation of God’s Word is only the beginning of a nations spiritual demise. Once Satan had the nation in a compromising union with the heathen nations, he began to influence the desires of their flesh. They began to focus their time and attention on things other than God, ultimately forgetting the promises and vows they had made unto the Lord. Do you see any similarities in the church in America?

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