~Jeremiah 6:16 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.
Everything changes around us. Styles, interior decorating, moral standards – but our spiritual lives should not follow the ways of the world. Churches are changing their services to accommodate the new generation. The old hymns, which make us aware of our sinful nature, are replaced with contemporary worship music which take our minds off our sin and make us feel like we are ‘right with God,’ when in actuality we are sinners in need of hearing how to get our hearts right with Him. The bibles placed in the pews have been removed and you now read verses on the screen at the front of the auditorium – most of the time they are not even the King James Version. This discourages a person from looking up verses in the Bible to confirm what the preacher is saying! How can one make sure he’s not being fed man’s opinion instead of God’s holy word?
The old paths have been forsaken, reader! If these changes are for the better, why then are there so many ‘professing” Christians acting and living like the rest of the world? There is hardly a distinction between the saved and the unsaved today! Is it any wonder the negative feedback received when a lost person hears the word ‘Christian’? Hypocrisy in the church is alive and well because of all the lost people who have been allowed membership! The world has entered the church’s doors and brought with it every vile sin along with it!
We need to return to the old paths spoken of in Jeremiah! These old paths lead us to repentance of our sin and to a right relationship with God. Anything else is a road laid by the devil – and you can be sure that this path is smooth, appealing to the eye and the lusts of the flesh, and will lead you to think that you are “spiritually OK” in God’s eyes. God still requires repentance and salvation!
The Old Paths
I liked the old paths, when
Moms were at home.
Dads were at work.
Brothers went into the army.
And sisters got married BEFORE having children!
Crime did not pay;
Hard work did;
And people knew the difference.
Moms could cook;
Dads would work;
Children would behave.
Husbands were loving;
Wives were supportive;
And children were polite.
Women wore the jewelry;
And Men wore the pants.
Women looked like ladies;
Men looked like gentlemen;
And children looked decent.
People loved the truth,
And hated a lie;
They came to church to get IN,
Not to get OUT!
Hymns sounded Godly;
Sermons sounded helpful;
Rejoicing sounded normal;
And crying sounded sincere.
Cursing was wicked;
Drugs were for illness;
And divorce was unthinkable.
The flag was honored;
America was beautiful;
And God was welcome!
We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school;
And preached from house to house
To be called an American was worth dying for;
To be called a Christian was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!
Preachers preached because they had a message;
And Christians rejoiced because they had the VICTORY!
Preachers preached from the Bible;
Singers sang from the heart;
And sinners turned to the Lord to be SAVED!
A new birth meant a new life;
Salvation meant a changed life;
Following Christ led to eternal life.
Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God;
Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;
Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;
And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!
Laws were based on the Bible;
Homes read the Bible;
And churches taught the Bible.
God was worshiped;
Christ was exalted;
And the Holy Spirit was respected..
Church was where you found Christians
On the Lord’s day, rather than in the garden,
On the creek bank, on the golf course,
Or being entertained somewhere else.
I still like the old paths the best!
‘The Old Paths’ was written by a retired minister who lives in Tennessee.