How Did It Get That Way?

  The spiritual condition of Israel was abominable in the sight of God. Some went through the motions of worshipping God but in secret because of fear. There was the dominance of idol worship and doing whatever one wanted. There was outright paganism and heathenism like we see around us today with all of the inevitable evils that accompany such a disposition.

  How had Israel come to such a deplorable state? Elijah knew why and God had warned of it. They had brought in the ways of foreign and pagan religions and corrupted the minds of people with the philosophies of "wise" men above the way of God like we have in our schools, entertainment, media, government and just about everywhere, even churches. Riding the wave of popularity and void of commitment to divine principle the nation plummeted from God's favor. It always turns out that way.