I’ve often heard it told that history tends to repeat itself. We see this truth represented in so many areas of life yet we seldom take the time to learn from what or past seeks to teach us. We foolishly believe that things can be different with us!
As I’ve been blessed to be a part of the church in, what many would consider, the old days as well as the modern day church, I have realized a behavior that is destined to impact the church in a most negative of lights.
Allow me to share some scripture that I studied today along with what the Lord showed me in regards to how it relates to us today.
4. And Judah went up; and the Lord delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men.5. And they found Adoni–bezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites. Judges 1: 4, 5
I share this portion of scripture first to show you where the children of Israel were in regards to their obedience to God. It was made clear by God, on several occasions, that the enemy was not to be spared. Judah and Simeon followed this command and was blessed.
Let’s liken the church of the old days to these patriarchs who just followed God no matter what the world might have thought about their strong unapologetic stance against sin. I remember when sin was called what it is… Sin. Preachers, my father included, did not spare words as they assaulted the enemy as well as those who stood in his camp. Their focus was to keep the house of God clean of what would tarnish her. Sinners were loved but were met head on with a harsh word against the way they lived. They would either get right with the Lord or get out!
If a couple living together came to the church house and the preacher knew how they were living, no doubt they would hear how their living arrangements were sinful and offensive to Holy God. That is only one example. I have no one in mind as I write this. If it hit you, don’t bark at the messenger.
Now, let’s look on further in the text…
21. And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.Judges 1:21
Does the word “Coexist” come to mind? God said kill ’em but someone thought they could more godly than God Himself! Surely God would smile on them just accepting these other humans. Certainly the world would come flocking to these loving individuals because of the grace they’d shown the enemy. It didn’t stop there. Read on starting in verse 27 – 33. Coexisting with the enemy became the new normal.
I can’t help but read this and see a snapshot of where the church is today. That couple who lives together, in many churches, are not only allowed to join but are encouraged to do so. Behavior that used to be seen as the threat that it truly is to the church is now skimmed over so that no one is offended. Sinners should always be welcome to come in but they ought to always leave grieved by a spirit of conviction because their sin was targeted by the Holy Spirit as the preacher refused to pull any punches.
Let’s look quickly at where we are sadly headed unless there is a major awakening in the church…
10. 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. 11And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim: Judges 2:10, 11