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FORGET NOT THE OLD PATHS
Jeremiah 6:16


Jeremiah 6:16- "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".

I am amazed at how far we have strayed from "THE OLD PATHS" in the preaching of God’s word and the heeding of God's word! When I was first saved by The Lord's grace over 35 years ago, we saw large numbers that preached it like God revealed it and didn't apologize to any one for it! One old Deacon made a statement I shall never forget: "If I don’t get my toes stepped on, I don’t feel like I have been to church". We live in a day and an hour when Pastors seem to think that they have to preach a pampering message to a pacified audience who are sitting on padded pews!

My question is: Has God changed or have we drifted into apostasy?
Malachi 3:6- "God said I am the Lord; I change not".

Hebrews 13:8- "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever".

CHURCHES HAVE STRAYED FROM THEIR POSITION ON:

1- DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE.
(1)- God's word describes "One man for one woman for life".

2- THE CHRISTIAN HOME.
(1)- WIVES BEING IN SUBJECTION-
(2)- HUSBANDS LOVING WIVES-
(3)- CHILDREN OBEYING THEIR PARENTS.

3- GOD’S DRESS CODES.  
(1-) Ladies honoring the Lord with modest apparel. 
(2)- Men honoring the Lord with Christ honoring apparel.



POINT NUMBER 1
Divorce and Remarriage.

THERE SEEMS TO BE TWO PLANS IN THE CHURCH TODAY.
(1)- God’s plan is one man with one woman for life!

(2)- Man's plan is as many as he likes as often as he likes!

Mark 10:2- "And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him."
Mark 10:3- "And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?
Mark 10:4- "And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away."
Mark 10:5- "And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept."
Mark 10:6- "But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female."
Mak 10:7- "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;"
Mark 10:8- "And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh."
Mark 10:9- "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
Mark 10:10- "And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter."
Mark 10:11- "And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her."
Mark 10:12- "And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery."

JESUS WAS ASK TWO QUESTIONS ABOUT DIVORCE:
Please 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).

Jesus answered by saying that Moses granted it for the hardness of their hearts but from the beginning it was not so because 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 preacher told me that there were so many Divorces and remarriages in his congregation that he 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 still love those people and God expects them to go on and make the best of what remains of their Christian life but rules still apply and for that reason God can’t add His blessings to a group of people who practice disobedience to His rules.

You 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 life once they are married? I am glad you asked and I will try and reveal from scripture what God expects from each of us. After we read Mark chapter 10:2-12 we want to do a Greek word study in order that we do not miss the meaning on the subject.

Mark 10: 7- "For this 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".

Together is the Greek word- Sood-zyoog’-noo-mee- which means to fasten to one yolk as with a yolk of oxen to pull equally their individual load.

Asunder 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).

Mark 10:12- "And if a woman shall put away her husband, and marry another, she committeth adultery". The same Greek word for put away- (means- to divorce him).

From 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 dire circumstances where there is abuse or infidelity and in those cases God expects a Christian couple to remain unmarried as long as the divorced partner is alive and that doesn't give you the right to try and kill them either!
see
Romans 7:2 and 1-Corinthians 7:39 for the Lord's instructions.

1-Corinthians 7:2- "The wife -(or husband for that matter)- is bound by that law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she -(or he)- is at liberty to be married to whom she -(or he)- will; only in the Lord".
Notice that God gives permission for remarriage only after the death of a spouse but they are not to marry outside the faith even then!

Enough is said to get the point and any Christian who is disobedient to God’s plan will suffer the consequences for it. Any Pastor who remains silent on the subject and have no rules for the body of Christ will also suffer God’s judgment.

Point 2-
THE CHURCH HAS STRAYED FROM IT'S POSITION ON
THE CHRISTIAN HOME.

(1)- WITH WIVES BEING IN SUBJECTION.
(2)- HUSBANDS LOVING THEIR WIVES-.
(3)- CHILDREN OBEYING THEIR PARENTS. 
It the New Testament book of Titus and in Colossians, God gives us an outline for each member of the body of Christ. Disobedience brings judgment and the modern women's lib movement has just about destroyed the plan God has for the home! Here is where much rebellion is encountered from those who live like the rest of the world but remember that God never gave the unsaved world any 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 Christ!


(1)- WIVES SUBMIT YOURSELF.
Col. 3:18-

The word submit means subordinate yourselves.
And that will never work until husbands practice God’s plan for their role toward his wife.


(2)-   HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES.
Col. 3:19-
Don’t expect your wife to be in subjection until you love her as Christ loved the Church and gave himself for it!


(3)-   CHILDREN,OBEY YOUR PARENTS IN ALL THINGS.
Col. 3:20-
Don’t expect your children to obey you if you are shouting obscene things at them while being a role model that looks like it came from the devil.


(4)-   FATHERS PROVOKE NOT YOUR CHILDREN TO WRATH.
Col. 3:21-
You will never get your children to respect you if you are always screaming instructions at them and ignoring them when they need parental guidance.


(5)-   SERVANTS OBEY IN ALL THINGS.
Col. 3:22-
If you are employed by a Christian- act like you are a child of God and give them a good days work for an honest days pay.

The reason homes are on the rocks in the day and hour in which we live is because instructions from the Lord aren't obeyed! It isn't easy to live for Christ and to have your home in line with the scriptures but god will begin to bless you when all these things are pleasing to Him. God will also bring Pastors into account for not teaching his 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 FOR CHRISTIANS.
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 onset that God has no commandments for lost people. If you are not a Christian, you need to accept the Lord’s saving grace by repenting of your sin and asking Christ to forgive you and to make you a child of His. You can then start growing in grace and knowledge by becoming associated with a good bible preaching Congregation as 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 expected).
1 Timothy 2:8- "I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting".

(a)-   That they pray.

(b)-   Where should they pray? The answer is Everywhere.

(c)-   How should they express themselves? The answer is by Lifting up Holy Hands.

(d)-   What should attitude should they take? The answer is Without Wrath and Doubting.

I could spend time on each of these 4 subjects but I don’t have time to elaborate on them in this sermon.

(2)- EXHORTATIONS FOR THE WOMEN- (making their appearance glorify Christ).
1 Timothy 2:9- "In like manner also, 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 same process as the Men in attaining their goal:

(a)- Dress codes for women are identified and specified.
(b)- Men and Women are to follow God’s directions everywhere.
The men are to pray everywhere - The women are to dress properly everywhere.
(c)-   They are to maintain a token life style as a christian witness to others.
(d)-   Their Godly attitudes are very important in order to maintain a spiritual from God.

I want to do a Greek word study here in order that no one has any doubts as to what the Lord’s instructions are for Women professing Godliness.
ADORN is the Greek word Kos-meh’-o which means To prepare with honor.
MODEST is the Greek word Kos’-mee-os which means Well arranged showing good behavior.
APPAREL is the Greek word Kat-as-tol-ay’ which means: A garment let down- A letting down of one’s attire- A Dress.
SHAMEFACEDNESS is the Greek word A-hee-doce’ which means: A sense of modesty- Reverence- Respect for others.
SOBRIETY is the Greek word So-fros-oo’-nay which means: One who exhibits self control.

(3)- Four things She should not rely on.
1-Tim. 2:9.

(1)-   Not giving attention to uncommon hair treatment.
(2)-   Not with gold ornamentation to attract attention to herself.
(3)-   Not with pearls to make herself obvious to her audience.
(4)-   Not with expensive clothing for self-glorification.
The 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.

(4)-Three things christian women are not permitted to do.
1Tim. 2:12.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            
(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. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
(5)- Three things christian women are admonished to do.
1-Timothy 2:15.
(A)- Bear Children.
(B)- Continue in Faith and Charity.
(C)- Remain in holiness with sobriety.

CONCLUSION:
We have just completed a biblical study on things many Pastors have chosen to abandon the old paths on and God is not pleased with it. Unless we get back to preaching God’s word as it is to people as they are; we might as well hang it up and wait on judgment to fall from the hand of God!
If people don’t wake up and return to the old paths in their family lives- we can expect God to bring judgment shortly!
2- 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.