“And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not harkened to receive instruction.”
How sad it is to see people who have been privileged to grow up in church turn their back on the Truth they have been taught. It may start with a change in the music they listen to, then dabbling in multiple versions of the Bible, and then a change in their entire belief in God and the Biblical Truths they had been taught since a child.
It is heart wrenching to see such blatant choices to dismiss the doctrines they once believed in. But how much more must God’s heart be grieved? Within the context of our text today that God was not pleased with the people of Jeremiah’s day. They turned their backs on the Truths they had been taught. We must take a stand for the Truth.
Stand for the Scriptures. Whether it is realized at the time or not, a change in Bibles is a change in doctrine. When modern versions change or remove verses from God’s Word, fundamental beliefs are changed or removed. Acts 8:37 is a prime example of this. In the previous verse, the eunuch asks Philip what hinders him from being baptized.
“And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
Most of the modern versions today remove this verse stating that it was not in “most of the original manuscripts.” Yet this verse is within the canon of Scripture within the King James Bible. Why is it removed from the modern texts? When removing this verse the text removes the need for believing in Christ for salvation. The context goes from asking what hinders the eunuch from being baptized to both him and Philip entering the water. When the belief in Jesus Christ before baptism is removed, there is no salvation.
Stand for Separation. We are seeing an ecumenical movement of massive proportions among today’s “Christians”. These days anything goes. The church is becoming more like the world everyday. God tells us to separate ourselves from the world. When we are friends with the world we make ourselves God’s enemy.
“…know ye not that friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
II Corinthians 6:16-17
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; for I will be there God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord…”
A wise man once said, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Take a stand today for Biblical Truth.
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