This is both an incredible source of hope for Christians who are downtrodden, and a source of escalating heresy in many churches.
There are many false teachers on TV these days who peddle the word of God for profit.
They make promises of healing that do not come true by claiming if they are given a financial gift the person will receive healing and riches.
But as I further investigated this verse I found that Richardson even ignored the true meaning of the FIRST half of the verse in favor of a few translations that use the phrase "eternity in their hearts".
Jeremiah -11 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.
In a democracy we have the President at the top, the VP, the Sec. In business we have the CEO at the top, upper management, lower management, office workers and the janitors.
Unfortunately, sometime in the third century, the church started to have a top down structure. The church of Rome began to have a "top down" structure that started with the pope, then cardinals, then bishops, then priests, then the people. Eph It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, This all sounds like a "top down" structure. to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
This is called eisegesis or plugging your own ideas into the Scriptures instead of exegesis, gaining understanding and interpretation of the Bible by studying it in context and in the scope of the whole written Word.
In the introduction to Mike Oppenheimer's and my book "Idolatry In Thier Hearts" I exposed the fact that Don Richardson pulled the phrase "Eternity In Thier Hearts" to use as his book title from it's context in Ecc. He did this to support his thesis, which actually contradicts the second part of that verse, where it states that man cannot fathom what God has done.
But Judah prided itself in doing what God had commended as they had Jerusalem and the Temple.
They disdained Israel for setting up altars to Baal and Asherah poles on high hills. In the KJV it says they were not worshipping God with their whole heart but “feignedly”.
They were the ones who saw Jesus in the flesh and were taught by Him personally. Though the gifts of apostle and prophet are different today than in biblical times, the gift of evangelism, pastoring, teaching and others are still the same.