How long halt thee between two opinions?

“How long halt ye between two opinions?” (I Kings 18:21).


These are the words of the prophet Elijah. They were spoken to a large group of people on Mount Carmel. They had departed from God. But to quiet their consciences they had begun to worship false gods. Yet their consciences still bothered them. They wondered if they were right. Thus they were undecided. They “halted” between two opinions. The Hebrew word means “danced.” They were dancing between false religion and the worship of God. And the prophet drew a sharp contrast between false religion and true. He said, “How long will you waver? How long will you dance back and forth? If the Lord be God, follow Him! If your false religion is true, follow it.” You have to stop dancing and wavering between two opinions. “And the people answered him not a word” (I Kings 18:21). How could they? What he said was obvious. It is insane to waver back and forth on such an important subject! The salvation of your eternal soul is at stake. Heaven and Hell are at stake! Wake up and come over to one side or the other.

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