One Sin Leads to the Next

Hos 2:4-5 Upon her children also I will have no mercy, because they are children of whoredom. For their mother has played the whore; she who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’

In Hos 2:2 God asked the people to rise up against its leadership to save it. The people, however, would face the fate of its government if the government could not be changed. The people would face this same fate because they defied their father and followed their mother’s ways. Although there were various reasons Israel’s kings fell into idolatry, the biggest reason was trade. To make business deals with its neighbors, Israel imported as well as exported goods. Idols were big business, entering Israel along with foreign foods, textiles, wine, and other resources. The foreigners brought their gods, established their cult temples, and sought to integrate with Israel’s society. Promoting religious tolerance in order to attract peaceful trade included leading by example that meant the kings of Israel actively promoted idolatry. In America today we see examples of this happening all around us as political correctness takes the place of traditional Christian values. We see it in Darwinian science philosophy, legalized abortion, gay rights, and every other form of moral relativism. We see it in the acceptance of mystic cults, eastern religions and philosophies, nature and animal worship, astrology, and every other form of new age spiritualism. Satan promotes these distractions because they turn people from the true God.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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2 Responses to One Sin Leads to the Next

  1. Todd Beal says:

    Lance,

    It is very interesting that when the spiritual health of the Church begins to sicken, so too does the spiritual health of its host nation. A spiritually sick Church is always the catalyst for a spiritually sick society. We Christians get so incensed with corrupt American politics, yet we bleat and protest about politicians’ disregard for God instead of getting our own hearts in order. What do we expect a non-Christian politician to do, make God-fearing policy? Of course not, his heart rejects God. We cannot idly sit by and let our flame go out, and then in good conscience excuse ourselves, the Church, from running America into the ground. If we don’t reignite Christ’s light in America, America will surely fall, and the blame will rest on our shoulders.

    The Church needs another Great Awakening!

    • Lance Ponder says:

      Very well put. You summed up a truth that I’ve only ever heard anything remotely similar articulated on TV by one other person – Glenn Beck. He’s never phrased it quite that way, but that’s the gist of a point he makes frequently. Until we the people turn to God, how are those who serve us in our government going to be turned? So say we all.

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