Jeremiah 7:4 says, “Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these.'” What is meant my these words? What is the warning?
Observe the first words, “Do not trust in these lying words” (Jeremiah 7:4). Now watch the fact that Jeremiah 7:8-11 begins the same way saying: “Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’? Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,’ says the LORD.” See how the nearly same words begins both Jeremiah 7:4 and Jeremiah 7:8-11?
What, therefore is meant by the words, “The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD…?” Simply this, God’s people during that time thought that as long as the temple stood, all was okay. They thought that as long as they came before God at the appointed times to make sacrifice, then all their sins would be ignored.
Let’s fast forward to modern times. God wants us to be, “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). Pure and undefiled religion before God includes more than church attendance, and partaking on the Lord’s Supper each fist day. It includes visiting the “orphans and widows in their trouble” and keeping oneself “unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). Let us not be deceived thinking that being at worship services on Sundays, listening to the sermons, partaking of communion, praying, singing, and giving unto the work of the church will cause God to overlook an habitual life of sin. Worship was never designed for such!