A Warning from Malachi

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“Well, ya see, all religions, like, they’re all true and it don’t matter what you believe or what you worship, as long as you’re sincere… so you can worship stuff like this!”

My daily Bible reading this morning brought me to this verse, Malachi 2:17–

Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied Him? when ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Through the prophet Malachi, God aimed this rebuke and warning at the church leaders of those days, the priests of the Temple in Jerusalem.

“Hmmm, let’s see, what can we do to get with the times? And win some worldly praise!  How about some gay marriages? We can say the Bible’s wrong about that. Ooh-ooh! How about this–bring an effigy of an Amazon river goddess into the holy place and have the clergy treat it as if it were really some kind of deity?”

Can today’s churchmen, who make it all up as they go along, honestly believe that God is pleased with them? And yet they ask, “Where is the God of judgment?” Which means, “See? We’re getting away with it! God won’t stop us!”

Yo, sunshine! Do you think God won’t judge you? Do you think he sees the things you do, and hears the things you say, and takes delight in you?

He’s talking to you, babe. And you’d better listen.

10 comments on “A Warning from Malachi

  1. Yes, exactly right. God is merciful, long-suffering, loving and forgiving, but there is a limit, and it is on its way. Unless we believe and do exactly what Scripture commands, it is not going to be good. Following man-made doctrines instead of Scriptural will bring horrible consequences. If you do not see it Scripture; run, do not walk to the nearest exit and never return.

  2. I don’t think God wants to stop them now. I think He’s left them to their own reprobate minds. Evil people used to hide their sins. Today they celebrate them. It’s their party and they’ll die if they want to…

  3. You ask: “Can today’s churchmen, who make it all up as they go along, honestly believe that God is pleased with them?” You’re assuming, of course that they believe in God in the first place. This may be a faulty assumption.

    The earliest temptation keeps repeating itself: “You shall be as gods.”

  4. What was Adam’s sin? It was the sin of wanting to have his own way rather than being obedient to God. The fruit of the tree of the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil allowed mankind to know and therefore to determine his response to those situations that arose. Before Adam and Eve were aware of what was in fact good and what evil, they didn’t need to consider the matter. They needed only to do as God their Father directed for the things that they did “on their own,” so to speak, did not violate any of His directions as they were totally innocent.

    What is going on today especially in Christian denominations is the demand that God in His Three Persons permit men to do what they WANT to do, what they think is the RIGHT thing to do even when it is contrary to what we KNOW God tells us is the right thing to do. We believe that SINCERITY can replace obedience. It can’t.

      1. No, but enthusiasm (meaning to be filled with the Spirit) is a necessary part of faith. Faith requires knowledge and sufficient intellect to make use of that knowledge. Enthusiasm makes that use worthy.

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