THE OLD PATHS
6:16- "Thus saith the
stand ye in
and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk
and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk
amazed at how far we have strayed from "THE OLD PATHS"
in the preaching of God’s
and the heeding of God's word! When
I was first saved by
35 years ago, we saw large
numbers that preached it like God revealed
didn't apologize to any one for it! One old Deacon made a statement I
never forget: "If I don’t get my toes stepped on, I don’t
feel like I
been to church". We live in a day and an hour when Pastors seem to
they have to preach a pampering
to a pacified audience who are sitting on padded pews!
question is: Has God changed or have we drifted into
3:6- "God said I am the
Lord; I change not".
Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever".
CHURCHES HAVE STRAYED FROM THEIR POSITION
DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE.
(1)- God's word describes "One man for one woman for life".
THE CHRISTIAN HOME.
(1)- WIVES BEING IN SUBJECTION-
(2)- HUSBANDS LOVING WIVES-
(3)- CHILDREN OBEYING
3- GOD’S DRESS CODES.
(1-) Ladies honoring the Lord with modest apparel.
(2)- Men honoring the Lord with Christ honoring apparel.
Divorce and Remarriage.
THERE SEEMS TO
BE TWO PLANS IN THE CHURCH TODAY.
plan is one man with one woman for life!
Man's plan is as many as he likes as often as he likes!
10:2- "And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it
man to put away his wife? tempting him."
10:3- "And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses
10:4- "And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of
to put her away."
10:5- "And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness
heart he wrote you this precept."
10:6- "But from the beginning of the creation God made them
10:7- "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother,
to his wife;"
10:8- "And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no
but one flesh."
10:9- "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put
10:10- "And in the house his disciples asked him again of the
10:11- "And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his
marry another, committeth adultery against her."
10:12- "And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be
another, she committeth adultery."
JESUS WAS ASK TWO
QUESTIONS ABOUT DIVORCE:
keep in mind that God only gives instructions for believers.
The only admonition for lost people is that they need to be born again.
(1)- IS A
DIVORCE LAWFUL? (Mark 10:2).
(2)- WHY DID
THE LAW OF MOSES PERMIT A DIVORCE? (Mark 10:4).
by saying that Moses
for the hardness of their hearts but from the beginning it was not so
God made a Male and a Female with a lifetime Commitment.
Preachers now days; for the most part excuse sins
like Divorce and remarriage in order to keep people coming. One
me that there were so many Divorces and remarriages in his congregation
was having difficulty finding anyone who was qualified for an office or
teaching position in the church. That doesn't mean that God doesn't
those people and God expects them to go on and make the best of what
their Christian life but rules still apply and for that reason God
His blessings to a group of people who practice disobedience to His
might say Preacher what makes you think God expects a
Man and a Woman- A Husband and a Wife to remain together for all their
once they are married? I am glad you asked and I will try and reveal
scripture what God expects from each of us. After we read Mark chapter
we want to do a Greek word study in order that we do not miss the
on the subject.
Mark 10: 7-
cause a man shall leave his father and
his mother and cleave to his wife". Cleave
is the Greek word- Pros-kol-lah’-o - which
means to glue together.
Mark 10:9- "What
therefore God hath joined together, let not
man put asunder".
is the Greek word- Sood-zyoog’-noo-mee-
to fasten to one yolk as with a yolk of oxen to pull equally their
is the Greek word- Kho-rid’-zo-
which means to
separate from or divorce.
Mark 10:11- "Whosoever
shall put AWAY his wife, and marry
another, committeth adultery against
her". The Greek word for away
is Ap-ol-oo’-o – which means to
send away, let
depart, to set at liberty. (metaphor is, to divorce her).
woman shall put away her husband, and
marry another, she committeth adultery". The same Greek word for
put away- (means- to divorce him).
these verses we can honestly see what God has to say
about marriage and divorce. It doesn't matter what our opinion might
be! God is
against divorce and a marriage should be maintained except in the most
circumstances where there is abuse or infidelity and in those cases God
a Christian couple to remain unmarried as long as the divorced partner
and that doesn't give you the right to try and kill them either!
see Romans 7:2 and
1-Corinthians 7:39 for
wife -(or husband for that matter)- is
that law as long as her husband
liveth; but if her husband be dead, she -(or he)- is at liberty to be
whom she -(or he)- will;
only in the Lord".
that God gives permission for
remarriage only after
the death of a spouse but they
are not to marry outside the faith even then!
is said to get the point and any Christian who is
disobedient to God’s plan will suffer the consequences for it.
remains silent on the subject and have no rules for the body
of Christ will also suffer God’s judgment.
THE CHURCH HAS STRAYED FROM IT'S
POSITION ON THE
(1)- WITH WIVES
BEING IN SUBJECTION.
(2)- HUSBANDS LOVING THEIR WIVES-.
(3)- CHILDREN OBEYING
the New Testament book of Titus and in Colossians, God
gives us an outline for each member of the body of Christ. Disobedience
judgment and the modern women's lib movement has just about destroyed
God has for the home! Here is where much rebellion is encountered from
who live like the rest of the world but remember that God never gave
instructions about living in obedience to his word. Their only
instructions are to become a born again child of God! After they have
the Spirit of Christ living in their bodies; then and only then can the
Lord begin to speak to them! It is ludicrous for some lost person to
say that God told them to do something other than to be converted so
check up and see if rebellion in your life is caused by your
unregenerate nature kicking in or if you just need to surrender all to
(1)- WIVES SUBMIT YOURSELF.
The word submit means
never work until
husbands practice God’s plan for their role toward his wife.
HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR
wife to be in
subjection until you love her as Christ loved the Church and gave
PARENTS IN ALL THINGS.
children to obey
you if you are shouting obscene things at them while being a role
that looks like it came from the devil.
FATHERS PROVOKE NOT
YOUR CHILDREN TO WRATH.
get your children to
respect you if you are always screaming instructions at them and
when they need parental guidance.
SERVANTS OBEY IN
employed by a Christian-
act like you are a child of God and give them a good days work for an
are on the rocks
in the day and hour in which we live is because instructions from the
aren't obeyed! It isn't easy to live for Christ and to have your home
with the scriptures but god will begin to bless you when all these
pleasing to Him. God will also bring Pastors into account for not
congregation these principals as we see them diminishing more and more
which only indicates that the
coming of our Lord draws near.
Point 3- THE CHURCH HAS
STRAYED ON PRAYER AND DRESS CODES
The old paths have been abandoned on Men
being a prayer warrior and women dressing properly! A man wearing a
dress is just as bad as a woman wearing a man's apparel!
Here is a
subject that causes
rebellion more often than any other in my opinion. Let me say from the
that God has no commandments for lost people. If you are not a
need to accept the Lord’s saving grace by repenting of your sin
to forgive you and to make you a child of His. You can then start
grace and knowledge by becoming associated with a good bible preaching
you follow the
Lord in believers baptism while professing Christ as Lord. Then and
only then can you gain the spiritual insight to honor the Lord with you
life as you serve him!
(1)- EXHORTATIONS FOR THE MEN. (Public Prayer is
1 Timothy 2:8- "I will therefore
that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and
That they pray.
Where should they pray?
The answer is Everywhere.
How should they express
themselves? The answer is by Lifting
What should attitude
should they take? The answer is Without
time on each of
these 4 subjects but I don’t have time to
on them in this sermon.
WOMEN- (making their appearance glorify Christ).
1 Timothy 2:9- "In like manner
that Women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and
sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array";
In like manner- The Greek word for Manner is Ho-sou’-toce
which means after the same process as the men. So Women are to follow
the Men in attaining their goal:
(a)- Dress codes for women are identified
(b)- Men and Women
are to follow
God’s directions everywhere.
The men are to pray everywhere - The women are to dress properly
They are to maintain a
life style as a christian witness to
Their Godly attitudes are very important in order to
maintain a spiritual from God.
want to do a
Greek word study
here in order that no one has any doubts as to what the Lord’s
for Women professing Godliness.
Greek word Kos-meh’-o
To prepare with honor.
MODEST is the
Greek word Kos’-mee-os which means Well arranged
showing good behavior.
Greek word Kat-as-tol-ay’
which means: A garment let down- A letting down of one’s
SHAMEFACEDNESS is the Greek word A-hee-doce’ which means: A sense of
modesty- Reverence- Respect
Greek word So-fros-oo’-nay
which means: One who
exhibits self control.
(3)- Four things She should not rely on.
Not giving attention to
uncommon hair treatment.
Not with gold
ornamentation to attract attention to
Not with pearls to make
herself obvious to her
Not with expensive
clothing for self-glorification.
key verse to this chapter is 1 Tim. 2:10:- "But
which becometh Women professing
Godliness with good works".
If you are one of those
who are determined to do it your way reguardless of what scripture
tells us, you are very carnal and gos will judge you for rebellion.
things christian women are not permitted
(A)- Women are not
permitted to teach men in spiritual matters.
(B)- Women are not to be in any leadership role over men. Neither from
a pulpit or serving on the Deacon board.
The airways are loaded with women who think they are preachers but God
will not accept it!
(C)- Women are not to disrupt the church service in any manner.
They are instructed to remain silent while church services are in
progress while some pentecoastal churches
have women stand up and speak out making a spectacle of themselves.
This is not proper and God is not pleased with it.
christian women are admonished to do.
Continue in Faith and Charity.
(C)- Remain in holiness with sobriety.
have just completed a biblical study on things many Pastors
chosen to abandon the old paths on and God is not pleased with it.
we get back to
God’s word as it is to people as they are; we might as well hang
on judgment to fall from the hand of God!
people don’t wake up and return to the old paths in their
family lives- we can expect God to bring judgment shortly!
Chronicles 7:14- "If my people, which
are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my
face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
By James T. Tyson Sr.