This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder, is the 3rd in our series on The Coming Judgment of the Church – taught on 8th September 2019.
1 Peter 4:18 tells us that the session of judgment that is soon to come on the whole world will begin at the Church. Throughout the New Testament we have repeated warnings of apostasy in the church, and that God will one-day ‘root out’ and destroy the (tares) apostate church whilst the true Church (wheat) will be gathered into His barn – a beautiful picture of the Rapture
In the book of Jeremiah, we find an amazing parallel between the days in which Jeremiah lived and the church today.
Jeremiah lived at a time when most of the nation had fallen into apostasy and, although they still paid lip-service to God, had heaped up to themselves idols and false gods to worship. They had rejected God’s Word, embraced things that were an abomination to God, the priests no longer taught scripture, they had rejected God as their Creator and turned a blind eye to prophesy. Sounds a lot like the church today, doesn’t it!
Peter tells us that this is no coincidence. Just as there were false teachers among the Children of Israel, so there will be false teachers in the church. And just as Israel was judged for these things, so the apostate church will also be judged.
May you be blessed, challenged and encouraged by these studies!