“For a long time Israel had no true God, or priest to instruct them, or law.”
2 Chronicles 15.3
This was a perennial problem in Israel. The people followed idolatry, neglected the teachings, and ignored the law. The prophet Azariah urged King Asa to inaugurate reforms.
Congregations can abandon the true God, also. They may lack faithful men to teach. The may ignore God’s commandments. Then it is time for repentance and obedience.