Loyalty to the Truth, by Louis A. Dole

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“(Israel) defiled the lands and committed adultery with stones and with stocks” – Jeremiah 3:9

Readings

Jeremiah 3:1-14 · Matthew 13:1-12, 18-23 · Psalm 78:1-28

Sermon

There are many passages in the Scriptures, particularly in the Old Testament, in which adultery is mentioned, but ministers usually shun reading them from the pulpit and some people wish they were not in the Word.

There is, of course, the necessity for the prohibition of the literal sin, but there is a deeper meaning in these passages. In its inmost sense the Word does not treat of the relation of men with each other but of the relation of men with the Lord. We are guilty of the sin of adultery whenever we adulterate, corrupt, mingle with our own natural and rational considerations, or in any way turn aside from the plain precepts of life which the Lord has laid down in the Word for our guidance. This is the sin that is everywhere meant by adultery in the spiritual sense of the Word. It is the only kind of adultery that can be committed with “idols” or “with stocks and with stones,” or by the church in any composite sense.

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“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” by Louis A. Dole

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“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1

Readings

Jeremiah 17:1-14 · Revelation 12 · Psalm 147

Sermon

Externally the world is becoming more and more a single community. There are, of course, national allegiances, yet the thought that the peoples of this earth can live and prosper independently of each other is seen to be an idle dream. Common dangers confront all nations. There is the danger of exploitation and the exhausting of natural resources, and there is the danger of the misuse of science and technology. All men need a permanent and stable peace. An increasing number of people everywhere are becoming aware of the fact that fear cannot be banished nor their aspirations satisfied unless all work together. The Scriptures throughout teach that men were created to live together and to work together in mutual love and service.

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