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The Good Old Path


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"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways Of death" (Proverbs 14:12).

 

In the course of this teaching, we would be exposed to two ways and at the end of the day, we have to make a choice. The passage states, "There is a way," that seems so pleasant and beautiful, but in the light of God's Word, it is a wrong way and the end thereof is death. God has brought about camp meeting so that people can come out from their wrong way and enter the right way. The Word of God gives us light so that you and I may not err in our choices. Thank God the Gospel is not obscure. Whatsoever God wants you to do or know, He will present to you in a- very simple way.

 

"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" (Jeremiah 6:16).

 

That is what God wants you to do. You have a work to do. You have to enquire. Enquire for what? Enquire for the Good and the Old Way. That is the topic of our teaching for this morning: The Good Old Path.

 

Naturally, the tendency for us is to do away with old things. But no matter how old the Word of God is, we still must treasure it. The old way is good for us. The Choir sang a while ago — Give me The Old Time Religion. Those who walk in the old way are blessed. The old way is good enough for us. A verse of the song states: 'It was good for Paul and Silas.' Is the old way good enough for you? Prophet Jeremiah says you should stand in the old way. As we have come for camp meeting, we are, as it were, standing in the way. Do you want to line up with the Word of God? Your questions should be, "Where is the good way that Paul and Silas walked? Where is the good way that our dear fathers in the Lord walked? Where is the good way that the Prophets and the Apostles walked?" When you find it, "Walk therein." The result is that "You shall find rest for your souls." We want rest for our souls. If you come here and you fail to achieve that end, you are of all men most miserable.

 

God exposed the good old way to our foreparents in the Garden of Eden and as long as they walked in that good old way, they found rest for their souls. Beware, the devil, that old enemy, is around. He is wiser than every one of us. He wants to introduce a new thing to you. That is why the Word of God says, "There is a way that see- meth right unto a man." He would bring it and then present it to you and make you think that the old one is useless. But the Bible warns that the end thereof is the way of death, spiritual death. When one is dead spiritually, one is cut off from God and His people; one is doomed.

 

"And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Genesis 2:15-17).

 

That was the Word of God that provided the way. You cannot go to God by your own way. Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth and the life." John also tells us that Jesus is the Word and the Word is God. If we then ask the question, "How many of us would want to see God? How many of us would want to go to Heaven?" I know all of us would raise our hands, because we want to go to Heaven, we want to see God. But by what means are we going to see God? By what means are you going to please God? It is by taking heed to "Thus saith the Lord." Consider Adam and Eve. God loved them, He made a very nice world for them and a beautiful home called the Garden of Eden. He also made provision for their living. But he gave them a commandment - the Word of God. He told them what to do and what not to do. He gave them the Light. So, it was left for them to walk in the Light. As you have come to the camp meeting, you will be, exposed to the Word of God, which will provide light for your spiritual life. As 'long as you obey the Word of God and walk in the light of God's Word, you are on the right path.

 

"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not  surely die" (Genesis 3:4).

 

`A new way, a new life, a new revelation' as they call it, is what people are looking for. They say the Gospel is old-fashioned. They want to discover new grounds. But thank God, this old-time religion is good enough for us. We are satisfied with the Word of God. The purpose of this teaching is that God wants to establish you and me on the Word of God so that we would not be shaken or moved. Paul said, "I know whom I have believed." Do you know whom you be­lieve? Very many people do Snot know whom they believe. Any little bit of suggestion, any new thing would take them off guard. That shouldn't be our lot. In the Garden, Adam and Eve were faced with a new preacher. What did they do? They cast aside the Word of God. When one casts aside the Word of God, one is in trouble. This is because God honours His Word above His name.

 

"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die" (Genesis 3:4).

 

What a contrast! God had told them earlier that if they ate of that forbidden fruit, they would die. A new preacher showed them a new way; a new revelation. Somebody stood before them in the place of God, telling them, 'Eat of this fruit, you will not die!' If it were you, which one would you take? You know the story. They dis­obeyed by eating the forbidden fruit and went the wrong way. The Bible states, "And when the woman saw that the fruit was pleasant to the eyes." There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end is spiritual and physical death. The Word told them, 'In the day ye shall eat it, ye shall die.' When they ate of that forbidden fruit, they entered the wrong way. Afterwards, God pronounced on them, "Dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return."

 

The Bible further warns:

 

"Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless" (Proverbs 23:10).

 

The old landmark! God has landmarks for His people. He keeps them there for our good. God instituted these spiritual landmarks for our growth and edification. God put the landmark to differentiate us from the children of darkness. The instruction is that you should never tamper with the landmarks. If you do, you have removed yourself from the good old way. We glorify God for our elders, pas­tors, ministers and overseers who have by God's grace paid the great price to keep the landmarks for us.

 

What is a landmark? It is the sound doctrine. Every Word of God is a doctrine and it is a landmark. The instruction is that you should not remove it. If God says, "Stop!" you should stop. If He says, "Go!" you should go. If He says, "Keep quiet!" you should not talk. When God says, "Don't talk" and you do, you have removed the landmark. By God's grace, we shall not remove it.

 

What does the Word of God say about the hair of a Christian? Do you see that as a doctrine? Do you value that as you value your salvation, sanctification and the baptism of the Holy Ghost? These are things you think are minor, but they are landmarks.

 

"Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man has long hair, it is a shame unto him?" (1 Corinthians 11:14).

 

The Word of God does not allow for Christian gentlemen to carry bushy hair. If your life or comportment does not conform strictly to the Word of God, before you know it, you are on the wrong way. Apostle Paul told the Corinthian brethren that if nature could teach them that it was not good for a man to carry a long hair, how much more the Spirit of God in them?

 

"But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering" (1 Corinthians 11:15).

 

If shame and glory are presented to you, which will you take? As Christians, we will choose glory, because Jesus is the King of glory. The Word of God states, "But if a woman have long hair, it is a Glory to her." But what do we find? We see people derailing from the old path, ladies cutting low their hair. When you ask them what is wrong, they say they have discovered a new life. We want God to establish us on the Word of God, because the Word of God is a sure foundation. No matter who is trying to convince you, you should know where you stand. A woman's long hair is a glory to her; it is for her covering.

 

"But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the church of God" (1 Corinthians 11:16).

 

That is the standard! Go to any Apostolic Faith Church, you will not find contrary customs.

 

"THAT which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life;

"(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

"That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ" (1 John 1:1-3).

 

Apostle John told the people that what he and the other Apostles heard, what they knew, what they saw and what they received from the Lord Jesus Christ was what he was passing to them. There is a mighty blessing in that chapter, which the people of the world are looking for. The blessing is Christian fellowship. Wherever you come from, when you allow the Word of God to have its way in your life, and you come together with another person who loves the Word of God, automatically, you will have fellowship. The language may differ, the tribe may differ, the cultural background may differ, but the Spirit of God will unite you. We thank God for this. John told the Christians that when they take to the Word of God, they have fellow­ship with God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us." By the grace of God, we are not boasting, through the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have fellowship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. You may call me "Brother", but it means nothing, if the fellowship is not there! What brings true fellowship is adherence to the Word of God.

 

Listen to what Paul told Timothy:

 

"Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example to the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12).

 

If you tell people that they should not remove the old landmark, be sure you do not remove it yourself. That is our stand. God is not a respecter of persons.

 

"Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

"Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the pres­bytery.

"Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

"Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; con­tinue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee" (1 Timothy 4:13-16).

 

This is a serious warning. After Paul had told Timothy to teach the congregation the doctrine of the Bible, he warned him that evil men shall wax worse and worse. You may think Paul was referring to .the highway robbers only, NO. He was telling us in this context that there would be people who would not take to the "thus saith the Lord" among the believers. Is that true? It is! Those who say, "It's not so serious, don't mind them. You do it like this or divert it like that. You can do it in a modern way, you can modify it. I have dis­covered some light somewhere there; it is almost what you are doing in that church." Almost is not the same. Those who say that are evil men. They may be around but by the grace of God, we are for Chris­tians whose feet are on the good old path. The congregational song states, 'We are moving on the path the saints have trod.' Our fathers have trodden in that path and it was good for them. Why then do you want to get out of such a path? You may say, "Those people do not want anybody to get out of .their church."I am not talking about church. The Word of God can never change because God says, "I am the Lord, I change not." You say, "I have discovered something." You have not discovered anything; you are only being deceived. The Bible says, deceivers who don't want to pay attention to the sound doctrine, Will wax worse and worse. So, beware.

 

"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of" (2Timothy 3:14).

 

When you were not saved, you did not understand the Scrip­tures. It was at the feet of Jesus, after you had confessed your sins and prayed to Him and He forgave you, that He opened your eyes and started to teach you about the good way. He said, "This is the way, walk ye in it." The Bible says you should not stop. It is the way of holiness.

 

Paul told the Corinthians that he was desirous of knowing noth­ing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. If you know Him, there is no amount of falsehood in the world or in hell that can take you out of the way of Truth.

 

"IF there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

"And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

"Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul(Deutronomy13:1-3).

 

The Word of God tells us that there must be a testing time. Whether we like it or not, sooner or later, every one of us who wants to make Heaven must be tested to prove our worth. The Lord says He will prove you. Our God does not tempt us to fall, God proves us because He wants tested and tried people. He wants to know whether we value the Gospel. Passing that examination will depend upon your knowing and putting the Word of God into action. It is not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of God. If you love the Word of God, there is no test that God will not see you through.

 

`Continue thou in the things which you have learnt!' At school, kids learn by constant repetition until the concept is established in them. In the same way, the Word of God is established in a Christian by continuing in the Scriptures. When temptation and tests come, quote the Scriptures right, anthby the grace of God, you will stand your ground. In 1Kings 13, a record was made of a prophet of God whom God commanded to go to Bethel and pronounce judgment upon the altar of the wicked king Jeroboam. He did and signs and wonders accompanied his mission. Oh, what a success! When you teach, preach, sing, or do anything for the Lord, whatever successes and miracles that accompany your mission, the Word of God is still higher than your achievements. Don't put the Word of God under, and your so-called successes higher. Go

By Rev D. Ikono
 

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