Hosea 4:12-19 (KJV)
12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.
15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.
16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.
18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
The people began to cast lots or to throw staffs to foretell the future. They still ran after false gods in the northern kingdom. God did not punish the daughters and wives who participated. God punished the husbands and the fathers. The northern kingdom was lost but Judah was admonished not to follow the same path. They were not to go to the main places of idol worship and to keep themselves separate and pure.
In today’s evangelical church we are to be true to our faith. To present a pure and uncompromised gospel, we must be careful who as a church we associate with. Everything that we do as a church as well individually will be scrutinized by the world. The church must stand firm and be a shining beacon in the darkness. The only thing that will save a lost and dying world is a belief in Jesus and him crucified.
Dear Lord: Allow me to be a good and faithful member of the local church so I can corporately worship you as part of the bride of Jesus. To help support the preaching of the gospel pure and unchanged by man. Allow me to represent you in a good and pleasing manner so people can see you in me.
In Jesus name I pray amen.