Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, makes an appropriate application for our generation in this New Year from the 2 Kings 17 text. May this wake us up to the realities of ministry and self-examination—all of our hearts can be so divided. Spurgeon stated:
“We have people around us unto this day who are glad to hear the gospel, and sit with pleasure under our ministry, and if the word be fully preached they commend the preacher and give a gratified attention to the things that proceed out of his mouth; and yet they are living in known sin. Albeit they do not practically turn from sin and renounce the service of Satan, yet are they willing to bow with the righteous, to sing their psalms and assent to their prayers, and to accept their confession of faith. They are a teachable sort of people, so far as mere hearing goes but there they stop” (“Mongrel Religion” preached October 2, 1881 and accessed at http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/1622.htm).