I'll reserve a discussion on whether or not I lived as a false convert for another time. Regardless of how genuine my salvation may or may not have been, I can testify that I now read the Bible much more honestly, making logical connections between history and doctrine. (Having majored in English Literature, I should have known better.)
Anyway, I've been reading Jeremiah this week. I've only gotten through the first three chapters because I've taken so many notes. This book has captured my attention! And, as I read, I believe the Holy Spirit shows me more appropriate applications that I made in my cherry-picking days.
For example, this morning I worked through Chapter 3, in which the Lord lamented Israel and Judah's unfaithfulness to Him. In addition to applying the verses to my personal walk with Him by understanding the dangers of falling into false doctrine and idolatry, I also thought about how the professing church keeps flirting with other spiritual disciplines, sinful practices and quirky teachings, expecting the Lord to take them back without demanding repentance.
“If a man divorces his wifeJeremiah's immediate purpose, of course, was to indict Judah and therefore establish God's justice in punishing them through the Babylonian Captivity. But since His dealings with Israel and Judah serve as examples to the Church (1 Corinthians 10:6), we need to consider the ways that we commit spiritual adultery.
and she goes from him
and becomes another man's wife,
will he return to her?
Would not that land be greatly polluted?
You have played the whore with many lovers;
and would you return to me?
declares the Lord.
2 Lift up your eyes to the bare heights, and see!
Where have you not been ravished?
By the waysides you have sat awaiting lovers
like an Arab in the wilderness.
You have polluted the land
with your vile whoredom.
3 Therefore the showers have been withheld,
and the spring rain has not come;
yet you have the forehead of a whore;
you refuse to be ashamed.
4 Have you not just now called to me,
‘My father, you are the friend of my youth—
5 will he be angry forever,
will he be indignant to the end?’
Behold, you have spoken,
but you have done all the evil that you could.” ~~Jeremiah 3:1-5 (ESV)
Tomorrow and Monday, I plan to revisit the topic of "Holy Yoga" as an example of spiritual adultery in the 21st Century professing church. Certainly, other pollutions also plague the church, and I hope to address them as best I can. Yoga among those who claim to belong to Christ sure ties in with Jeremiah 3! Like faithless Judah, today's church stubbornly dabbles with false spirituality, making careful study of Jeremiah both relevant and essential.