Posted by: missionventureministries | December 4, 2010

MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FOR THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE – Hosea 4:6

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because you have rejected knowledge. I also will reject you from being My priest” – Hosea 4:6

This statement found in Hosea was spoken almost three thousand years ago; however, it reflects a principle that is just as applicable today as when it was written. People are destroyed for lack of knowledge because they have rejected the knowledge that God has made available to them through His Holy Scripture.

We need to make time to study the Bible so we can gain knowledge of the truth. In John 6:37 Jesus says: “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

Here are two statements from Jesus where we see that believers have been chosen by God, and then drawn to Christ. These are harmonizing truths, that are in agreement in the mind of God, but incapable of full understanding by the human mind. We can praise the Lord both for free salvation available to all who desire it, and also for the comforting assurance that those who come, have been “chosen . . . in him” (Ephesians 1:4) before the world began. Let us remember that God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

When people die without being saved, it is not that God did not want them to be saved, for He would “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” – 1 Timothy 2:4. The Lord is . . . not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9.

The problem is that when men and women lack the knowledge that would bring them to Christ for salvation, it is because they have already rejected knowledge that would have led them to the understanding they need to be saved. Paul writes that “in the last days” men and women would be always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth – 2 Timothy 3:7. And the next verse tells why. It is because they “oppose the truth” (v. 8). A chapter later we read in 4:4, that people “will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

We have seen equal amounts of men and women willingly led away from the truth of  God’s Holy, Inerrant Word; these men and women follow false teachers that have “wormed” their way into homes and destroyed entire families.

God has commanded men to be strong, godly leaders in their homes, churches and communities; most men have disobeyed God – they have refused to be a priest to their wives, children and in their community.

Because these men have embraced false teachers that are teaching “doctrines of  demons” their wives and children have no one to lead them in paths of righteousness.

Most men and women will not surrender their lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and humbly receive instruction from God’s Holy Word; the Holy Spirit defined this rebellious situation very clearly in the following scripture.

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3 NIV

Jesus tells us in John 3:16 that: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” God has given obtainable knowledge, and He has also given us free will, so that what ever choice we make, that is the one that we will have to live with for eternity.

 

 

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