The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).


On the Avoidance of Heart Errors
By Al Stoner
“They do always err in their heart; and they have not known My
ways, so I sware in My wrath, They shall not enter into My rest” (Heb.

Always. This is not an exaggeration or an overstatement on the part of the Lord God here.  This is a truthful assessment of the peoples’ manner—always erring, always straying from Him in their heart.  Inwardly, they were continually thinking the wrong thoughts, purposing with “the carnal mind” (Rom. 8:7), and seeking after the wrong things. 
Erring in the Heart. Erring in the heart is rarely talked about today among “church” folk.  Such erring may seem quite innocent at first consideration, because it is thought that none but that person can see.  Who has access to the thoughts and intents of the heart, but the individual?  But that is a woefully disastrous conclusion.  The Lord looks not upon the outward appearance, but rather “on the heart” (I Sam. 16:7).  Those who are reconciled to God, however, regard the thoughts of their own heart in the same way that God does.  This is the sum of what Romans 7 is about.
After diligent searching, it will be found that there are not people on every corner who even think in these terms.  Myriads would rabidly object to us making an application such as this to the contemporary church, charging that it does not pertain.  But this is precisely the application that Paul is making, and we are content to side with the Holy Spirit in this matter, though a host should roar against us.  Some in the church today might speak of making mistakes in judgment, others of errors in family living, financial blunders, etc.  But God is here piercing into “the root of the matter” (Job 19:28).  He speaks here of  errors that are persistently made in, and by, the heart.
As the text above clearly indicates, men make mistakes in their hearts, simply because they have not known God’s ways.  And consequently, their ways are not His ways (cf. Isa. 55:8).  Wherever men and women are not acquainted with God’s ways and Person, they will, of a certainty, err in the sense spoken of here.  And the persistence in this kind of error will eventually prove to be disastrous to men’s souls.  Thus, we can readily see the curse of religion, where the focus is only upon externals, or on appearance, and not upon the engrafting of God’s Word into men’s hearts (cf. Jas. 1:21).
Known. This is knowledge that properly affects the reins and the heart (Jer. 11:20; 17:10; 20:12).  It is knowledge that produces thoughts and actions that are delightfully harmonious with God’s ways and purpose.
Not Known My Ways. That is, these individuals did not have an intimate familiarity with the Lord God Himself.  They did not feel comfortable in His Presence, they resisted His will, and His Word continually chafed against them. If any are tempted to think that this kind of error is not serious, let them think again.  When persisted in, it is sufficient to exclude people, for whom Christ tasted death (Heb. 2:8-9), from God’s rest.—Editor


"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).