Who Says So!?

There are many Christians today who do more “emoting” than thinking. It’s far easier to respond to our “feelings” than to really engage our minds. “Feelings” require little effort; we are emotional without much effort! Someone we trust speaks enthusiastically of a preacher or writer and we “feel” that this individual must be well worth listening to or worth reading what he or she wrote. Another scenario: On the radio, TV, CD or DVD, there is a dynamic speaker and/or a lot of excitement. We see and/or hear about the crowds and assume that this is great. Who says so? We need to check it out! Do we ever make a conscientious investigation of the worker and his or her work? At what school did the person train? Is the school solid? What do we know about the one who endorsed this person? Far more important is if his or her work harmonizes with Scripture? We can’t do this unless we are deeply involved with God’s Word ourselves. Does this person who speaks and/or writes mix a subtle amount of error in with Truth? When a legitimate leader is maligned, do we do a critical evaluation of the critic? God gave us minds to use, aids to help us evaluate and the Bible to measure false teaching up against. The more intensely we are involved with the Word of God, the less opportunity error and deception will have to succeed. If you have any doubt as to how vulnerable we can be, just consider how clever advertising can generate emotional desire to buy something overpriced and/or harmful, or outlandish, and often a waste of time and money. In Hebrews 5:13-14, the inspired writer, in Verse  13, contrasts those who know little of Scripture with those in Verse 14 who know the Word of God. He wrote, “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” As we are able to digest the meat of Scripture, we mature to the point of recognizing error quickly and being able to know God’s Truth. Haldor Lillenas wrote of the strength of God’s True Word in his hymn, “The Bible Stands:”  “The Bible stands like a rock undaunted ‘mid the raging storms of time; its pages burn with the Truth eternal, and they glow with a light sublime. The Bible stands tho’ the hills may tumble, It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble; I will plant my feet on its firm foundation, for the Bible stands, the Bible stands.” Selah! One of the most drastic and dangerous problems today is being Biblically illiterate!  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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