“I listen respectfully, but…”

“Though these strangers feared Jehovah, and were willing to learn the way of his worship, yet they stuck to their old gods. ‘Ah,’ said the Babylonian, ‘I listen respectfully to what you have to say of this God, of the land; but Succoth-benoth for me; when I go home I shall offer sacrifice to him.’ The men of Cuthah said, ‘Verily this is good doctrine concerning the God of Israel; but the god of our fathers was Nergal, and to him will we cleave’; and the Sepharvites, though they wished to hear of the pure and holy Jehovah, and therefore learned from his law the command, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ yet still they passed their children through the fire to Moloch, and did not cease from that most cruel of all religious rites. Thus you see that this mingle-mangle religion left the people practically where they were: whatever their fear might be, their customs and practices remained the same.” Charles Spurgeon 

2 Kings 17:41 So these nations feared the Lord, yet served their carved images; also their children and their children’s children have continued doing as their fathers did, even to this day.

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