The Old Paths

Elder James W. Black

Portland, Oregon
Missionary of the
Middle-Oregon Baptist Association

    "Thus sayeth 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, But they said we will not walk therein." Jeremiah 6:16

    Israel had wandered from the path that God had made and in which He had directed them to walk. God called them, through the prophet Jeremiah, to come back and walk in the path that He had made for them, but they would not. So God sends affliction on them.

    Even so, it is in this day. God has marked out a plain path for His people to follow and He has given explicit directions in His word (the Bible), whereby they may know the path and how to walk therein, but many who claim to be followers of Christ, reject the directions of God, and choose to walk in a path of their own making. Many of those who are the children of God and who desire to follow His leading have been deceived by the "fair speeches" of those who do not care for the directions of God, and have not walked in the old paths that God has mapped out in His word.

    Are we any better than Israel? Do we think that we can disregard the plain directions and calling of God and go unpunished. Israel was oppressed severely by their enemies and suffered the spoiling of their loved ones. The people of God today, because of refusing to walk in the way of Gods order, have suffered depression in material things, but greater than these, have they suffered, even depression of soul, till their souls are lean and many have come to the verge of despair, and not only so, but their children have been swept away from them by their enemy, even Satan himself. Verily, I believe that many thousand of them who are lost eternally can truly say, "The path to God was hidden by His disobedient children and I was confused." O God, help thy people to repent and "stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths," and to walk therein when they have found them.

    Many today do not heed the voice of God, through His word, "this is the way, walk ye in it." But they heed instead the voice of man, as he "directs", even men who are usurping the authority of Christ, as the Head of the church, presuming to "direct the work of the church" through boards or other man made heads. No wonder God is displeased. The Lord Jesus Christ, the true Head of the church, has given directions for the work in the Bible, then we need none other to direct.

    If you believe that God is the all sufficient and only Head of the church, then you should walk in that path with others who have the same faith. Many leaders in this day tell us that the directions in the Bible were well enough for the peoples of that day in which they were written, but that they are not sufficient for the "ENLIGHTENED" people of this age. They say that "the writers made many mistakes, and were inaccurate in their statements." They have by "their teaching" subtracted many vital truths from the book and have substituted therefore their "wisdom of man." They have forgotten that "the wisdom of man is foolishness with God."

    If you believe that the Bible, as originally written, is true and that it is the all sufficient rule of faith and practice, then you should walk in that path with those who believe the same. Follow the path of Gods faithful word - not the misinterpretation of mere man. Many are trying today to win the lost and to interest worldly minded people in the service of God, by man made methods and worldly pleasures. They seem not to believe God when He said, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord.", and that "we are workers together with God.", and that, "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.", and that we are exhorted to "love not the world neither the things that are in the world." And that we are not to be filled with pleasures, but to "be filled with the Spirit." If you believe in Gods way of winning the lost, and interesting those whose love has grown cold, in the things of God, then you should walk in that path with those of like faith..

    God is calling His people to walk in the old paths today. If you are His child, wont you hear His voice today, and heed it, to walk with those of like faith and purpose? A people who believe in the absolute independence of the church from MAN RULE, in the truthfulness, and sufficiency of the word of God, to lead men to life in Christ through the Holy Spirit, and to furnish them for living a faithful life. A people who believe and teach ALL THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE FAITH as given in the word of God.

    They are a company of earnest, Bible believing, MISSIONARY BAPTISTS.

    They will not fellowship modernism at home or abroad in missions or otherwise. They bid you to come and worship with them in the old paths.

The Pacific Coast Baptist
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Leonard B. Sigle, Editor
August 7, 1933