Read: 2 Chronicles 35-36
Marked: 2 Chronicles 36:14, Moreover all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, [according] to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the LORD which He had consecrated in Jerusalem.
We are hearing more and more of well known Christian leaders who are “deconstructing” their faith. Some mean this to be a loss of faith, a rejection of what they once believed. Others that they still believe in Jesus but that they’re struggling with evangelicalism and all that pertains to it
Whatever the case one thing is certain, what they once espoused or believed, they are no longer certain is the truth.
In verse 14 the leaders of the priests, the teachers and models of worship and service in the temple turned away more and more and became worldly, even defiling the house of the Lord.
Duty and responsibility are no substitutes for faith. We don’t do what we do to have a relationship with God, rather, because we have a relationship with God, we do what we do. We are convinced our faith is true and are committed to the One we have faith in
In Hebrews 11:6 it says that without faith it is impossible to please Him because when we come to God we must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Works and duty, without faith, is simply going through the motions and will never sustain you through the doubts and questions that will surely arise.