“A plea for 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 find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein ,” Jeremiah 6:16.
The drift that takes place amongst the professing people of God from generation to generation is a matter of Biblical record. Who, as a serious student of God’s Word, has not read with trembling the words found in Judges chapter 2? “And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel. . . . . . And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel,” Judges 2:7, 10.
That sad occurrence has been repeated within the history of God’s people, right up to our own time when I fear we are seeing the very same malady breaking forth again amongst us.
Our rule of faith is, of course, not the actions and standards of past generations, no matter how honourable and upright we may consider them to have been. No, it is ever and always the Word of God alone which is our authority in what we are to believe and what we are to do.
However, before we cast aside the views and standards of our godly forebears, we had better have a very strong Bible-based argument for doing so!
Whenever spiritual, moral or social innovations are proposed, somewhere in the preface of such proposals you will find the phrase: “TIMES CHANGE!”
Yes, they do indeed but the changes promoted by, “CHANGING TIMES”, are invariably such that a God-fearing believer will utterly reject. The fact that human society is ever in a state of moral flux is no basis for the believer to keep step with the changes. The changes that “THE TIMES” bring are born of time whereas the Christian’s standards and principles of behaviour are born of God and eternity!
Whenever there is a departing from the behavioural norms of former generations and a lowering of Christian
standards it is down to one thing – a spirit of BACKSLIDING!….
A short extract from an article by Rev. Ivan Foster
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