I’m continuing the series on True or False teaching. For a little bit of background, you may want to read the 1st two posts I wrote…or if you’ve been following along, let’s get to the next bit the Lord has laid on my heart.
Can’t remember where, but I once read that when a person becomes a Christian, she should consider reading the Bible from beginning to end at least a few times before she picks up any other book about Christian living. That is wise advice. But I would go on to say that even after years of being a Christian, we should have our head in our Bibles way more than any other book or source. For me, that includes Facebook or blogs or YouTube sermons.
Of course some seasons of life are busier than others, and we can’t read the Bible 24/7, but all of us can make more time if we’re honest. And all of us as Christians have access to God all day & night long through prayer (1 Thess 5:17) and by the indwelling Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 1:13-15) I’m going to introduce a few Scriptures that I hope and pray you will research and pray over. I’m also going to link to a few sites and other bloggers that give really great insight into this topic.
“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:11-12
“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor. 6:2b
Now, even more than ever before, we need to know God, His character, His Truths. We need to know Jesus, His character, His gospel of grace. We need to know the Word, what it says, what it means, as best as we can this side of Heaven. And we need to willfully surrender to the Holy Spirit as He leads us through prayer and through application of scripture. Because the message of Christianity in the world today is smoggy, and it ain’t from air pollution. It’s because some have tried to make the Truth relative and relevant by changing it. It’s not Faith-colored anymore, it’s feel-good gray. Heck, I’ve unknowingly tripped into some of the gray puddles myself. And it breaks my heart.
All of this rambling to make one central point in this post: When distinguishing between Truth or falsehood, it’s important that we’re in our Bibles, prayerful and surrendered to the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” (1 Cor. 2:10b) Ask yourself, Am I in the Truth? Am I spending time with the Living Truth? Am I walking in the Truth? Do my own words reflect the Truth? Why ask these questions? Because of 1 Timothy 4:16:
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
And because of 3 John 1:4:
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
I’d like you to prayerfully consider studying the verses above, as well as their context in the verses that surround them. See what the Holy Spirit reveals to you as you do. After you’ve done that, I’d encourage you to visit the articles I’ve linked to at the end of this post to learn more about false teachers, heresies and a few other current books and theologies to be careful about and why. But don’t do so believing every one because I led you there…do so prayerfully with your open Bible in hand.
I have to share these things because I love you too much not to. Next post, I will share some other insights the Lord has taught me as I lay awake in bed for hours at night, praying, sometimes even weeping over how false doctrine must break our Father’s heart. He has good news for us, news to rejoice in, because it is authentic and real and relevant in the right way, the way of Truth.
Guide us in Your Truth and teach us, for you are God our Savior, and our hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5
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