by Pastor Mark Downey
October 28, 2012 (Revised)
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 5:23-31
From Jer. 5:23 to the end of the chapter we read, "This people has a stubborn and rebellious heart. They do not say in their heart, 'let us now fear the Lord'. For wicked men are found among My people . They spread nets, they lay traps, they catch men… their houses are full of deceit… they have become great and rich. They are fat, they deal in false evidence… Shall I not punish these people? Declares the Lord… there is a shameful and horrible thing in the country! The preachers preach falsehood, and the priests trick with their hands, and My people love to have it so, what can be done viler than that?"
What can be viler than ministers who call themselves Christian, but whom God calls wicked men that spread nets and lay traps to catch men? It sounds like Jeremiah is describing predators for profit. It sounds like a church-sponsored Halloween with spider webs and bats. Or maybe you’ve seen the banner in front of some banks that say ‘Hallo-wee-ones’; wee ones suggesting little children. Aren’t these preachers and bankers thoughtful? We’ll see just what they are thinking.