Devotional

Ask for the Old Paths

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“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.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

So called “progressive” Christians believe that the faith of their fathers needs to be reconfigured. The aim of political progressives is to transform society into their own utopian ideal where there is justice and liberty for all. But in order to do this, the old order must be torn down. What is it about the old order that is anathema to those of the new order, both in the world and the church? Anything that would stifle self-actualization. God forbid anyone, whether in heaven or in earth, would say “You can’t” to these who have been schooled by the notion that no limits should be placed upon individual liberty. Injustice is defined as the infringement of one’s “rights” to do as they please.

Paul saw that in the last days men would be lovers of themselves and their own pleasures, rather than lovers of God. They would have a “form of godliness” without power. The godly are always asking, “Lord, what do You want?” The ungodly only ask, “What do I want?” A godly life, holding to scriptural truth, will become the target of the fiercest animosity and persecution as the world prepares for their “messiah.” “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)

Rather than delighting in the law of the Lord, the “progressive” Christian movement walks in the counsel of an ungodly world. Increasingly, such false brethren show their true colors by scorning and discarding Biblical truth that has stood unquestioned for millennia. A plumbline has been set. The Word of God that centuries of saints adhered to is the same Word we must live by today. It has not become outdated and has no need for revision.

Be careful of the company you keep. The Lord’s winnowing fan is in His hand. Soon enough He will separate the chaff from the wheat.

“Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalm 1:5,6)


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.