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The Old Paths

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths where is the good way and walk therein, and ye shall have rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16

Do you know how the ancient Israelites responded to this call? God offered them rest for their souls and they said, “No, thanks.” Well…they didn’t really say that, what they did say was, “We will not walk therein.” Jeremiah 6:16.

Why would anyone in their right mind not want rest for their souls?

Today’s Christians seem to be responding in the same manner as the ancient Israelites. So many don’t want the old path, they want new. Evidently the old path isn’t as appealing and exciting as the new.

Many today are following every new Christian trend that offers pretty words and exciting, emotional worship. They find the old paths to be a snooze-fest of antiquated scriptures full of warnings of sin and judgment. They desire the all-encompassing love that has no mention of sin or its dire consequences. God is love, after all. Isn’t He?

Yes, He is love and He wants everyone to come to the knowledge of the truth, turn in faith to Jesus Christ, repent from sin and determine their lives to following Him. But He is a God of judgment and sin will be judged accordingly and all those who fail the test will be cast into the lake of fire for all eternity. Don’t be a hater, I’m just quoting the Good Book. You know the Good Book, don’t you? Also called The Holy Bible. You will find it on the old path.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8

People I have known for years have become caught up in the new Christian movements that are sweeping this nation like wildfire. I hear them speak with such enthusiasm of movements with names like, “Emerging/Emergent Church,” “Modern Grace” also known as “Hyper Grace,” “New Apostolic Reformation Movement,” and “Acts 29 Movement” and they boast of the “seeker friendly” churches. Their leaders even give themselves such titles as “Prophet” and “Apostle” and they are selling their books by the boatload.

The wisest man who ever lived provides us with a little insight to all these new trends. These are the words of the great King Solomon:

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9.

So, all these new movements aren’t really new. They’ve just been recycled to fit a trend-hungry crowd desperately seeking for a new and improved gospel.

While I’m certainly no expert on the new movements, I am a “Berean,” inasmuch as I fashion myself after the manner of the Jews of Berea of which Paul spoke in Acts 17:11, Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

If you are tempted into a new and exciting movement, I would encourage you to be a Berean.  Examine the scriptures to see for yourself if what you are following is truth or is the new movement straying from the old path?

Loud music, pulsating drumbeats and emotional euphoria are often mistaken for the Holy Spirit. Know the difference.

As for me, I’m just a watchman. Like the ancient watchman on a wall who kept an eagle eye out for approaching dangers, I’m a watchman standing on the old path and here I will stay. I have blown the trumpet, the choice is up to you but the hands of this watchman are clean.

But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. Ezekiel 33:6

I will end today, not with a scripture, but with the final stanza of my favorite poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

May you be blessed today, my friends, and if I don’t meet you again here, I hope to meet you over there!



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