JUDGES 17:1-6


"Be ye not unequally yoked together
with unbelievers..."



Religious syncretism involves the blending together of different religious attitudes and ideas into one system. This trend was observed in the lives of Micah and his family as they were affected by the popular trends of their day. According to Judges 17:1, Micah was an Ephraimite. This fact is significant because the Tabernacle was set up at Shiloh which was in Ephraimite territory. He should have been one of those who were devoted and loyal to God because of his proximity to the Tabernacle, the place of worship. However, as we learn from the story of Micah, it becomes clear that Shiloh had lost its spiritual influence among many of the families in the tribe of Ephraim. If this were the case, how much less influence the sanctuary at Shiloh must have had among the other tribes located in more distant regions!

Religious syncretism was exemplified by what happened in the family of Micah (Judg 17:1-5). Their faith was so compromised that even the mother was ignorant of the laws of God. She ordered a graven image and a molten image for her family. Religious syncretism was the rule of life as they did what was right in their own eyes. Pagan practices and beliefs were strongly intertwined with their erroneous worship of the LORD their God.

Today, there are fundamental and evangelical protestant churches which are unequally yoked together with the Roman Catholic Church. The command to separate from them is unrestrainedly neglected. Even pastors and leaders of protestant churches are culprits of these spiritual maladies by approving the joining of hands with a church that anathematized the biblical teaching of salvation by free grace through faith alone. Patterned after Micah’s syncretism is the founding of the Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT). They have forgotten the Word of God, and have embraced paganism.

THOUGHT: Am I cooperating with those who are against God’s Word?
PRAYER: "Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies" (Ps 139:21-22).