Sunday Go To Meetin
Bible Facts Newspaper Article (Ian C. Kurylyk)
Sunday Go To Meetin’
“Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD” (Ezekiel 33:30).
This is one of those “so far so good” passages in the Bible. There is an appearance of concern about going to hear God’s Word preached. The counterpart today would be people who seem all in a stir to go to church - a church where the Bible is preached. So far so good.
“And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness” (Ezekiel 33:31).
Lots of religious forms, lots of church going, lots of pious talk, but no life being lived for God. Something is wrong. The Bible is studied, but not heeded. Religion captures interest, but not the heart. Hearts are still filled with wrong desires and lusts. (“Covetousness” is the Bible word for lust, the hottest item on the Internet and the entertainment industry.). So in reality, neither lives nor hearts have changed
God tells Ezekiel the whole religious exercise he sees is unreal, a show, an entertainment to the people rather than a meeting with God. “And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not” (Ezekiel 33:32).
When Jesus came He found the very same conditions in the Holy Land itself. Witness His woes to the religious leaders. The Bible tells us that in this present church age mankind will repeat the same patterns of religious ungodliness. This is prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (II Timothy 3:5). “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (II Timothy 3:7). It behooves each of us to examine ourselves with the Bible in hand.