The Friendly Seekers | The Institute for Creation Research
The Friendly Seekers

“Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto Him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither” (Ezra 4:2).

When the small band of Jews came back to Jerusalem to rebuild their temple, it would seem they would have welcomed the help of these apparently friendly seekers of God. Instead, they specifically refused to accept them into their fellowship, saying: “Ye have nothing to do with us” (Ezra 4:3).

This policy would surely be adjudged impractical and unloving in some of today’s “seeker-friendly” mega-churches. One would think the Jews would even have sought the help of the people of the land, getting them to participate in their temple building, thus benefiting from their material assistance and also increasing the numbers of worshippers.

But the decision was right. The religion of the land was a mixture of some Biblical truth diluted with paganism. The trouble these “seekers” later caused as outside opponents of the project would have been much more serious if they had become insiders. Doctrinal integrity in a Christian ministry is more important in the long run than bigness achieved by pragmatic compromise. “What agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; . . . Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord” (II Corinthians 6:16,17).

We need to remember that an idol can be any commitment that draws us away from God’s word in order to achieve peer acceptance. Even a covetous spirit is called idolatry in Scripture (Ephesians 5:5). God promises an ongoing “open door” of witness, not to the rich and famous, but to those who have “little strength,” have “kept my word,” and have “not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8). HMM

The Latest
NEWS
Denisovan Epigenetics Reveals Human Anatomy
A recent study making the news involves the reconstruction of the facial features and anatomy of the enigmatic humans known as the Denisovan from genetic...

NEWS
New Estimate: Universe Two Billion Years Younger
Big Bang scientists recently used a new method to estimate the universe’s age. This method yields an age estimate that could be over two billion...

NEWS
Pain-Sensing Organ Shows Engineering Principles
New human organs are rarely discovered, but that’s what several astute scientists recently accomplished at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet’s...

NEWS
Inside October 2019 Acts & Facts
September 2, 2019, marked the grand opening of the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History. When will you plan your visit? Why did God...

ACTS & FACTS
The Best-Kept Secret in Texas
Have we told you lately how thankful we are for your prayers and financial support? ICR’s ministry happens because of the Lord’s blessing...