Amos 4:4 Leading Away from God

Amos 4:4 (KJV)
Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:

The construction of this text is irony. The people of Israel had created their own religion (or rather their king had) and they believed it. They had their own house of worship. They had their own holy places, they had their own sacrifices, they had their own seasons for tithes and offerings.

Somehow, they believed it was all as pleasing to the Lord as what God had given them in Judah.

We witness it over and again in our society. Men (and sometimes women) with leadership capabilities have established:

  • Their own places of worship,
  • Their own history of worship
  • Their own systems of worship
  • Their own ordinances of worship
  • Their own offerings for worship

They are fully committed to their religion, none seemingly concerned that their leaders have led them apart from the Word of God.

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Amos 4:4 Leading Away from God

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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