Serving One Percent Poison

Knowing that we are held to a much greater accountability, make sure you know what you’re talking about before you go instructing others in their faith. James 3:1 says,

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.

Also, 1 Timothy 1:3-7 says,

As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

Another good scripture to read would be 2 Peter 2:1, which gives a good word concerning false teachers…

A lot of so-called “Pastors” and church leaders are continuing to make bold statements that do not come out of a contextual “break down” of the scriptures, but more-so out of a lot of deep philosophy and intellectual reasoning. If you are one of those Christians who do not spend much time in the Bible, then you could very well find yourself falling into the deception of these man-made philosophies. This often happens with many Christians as they blindly follow and believe every single word they hear their pastor/church leader speak. Furthermore, it is difficult to ignore such teachings, as they are often presented in such a logical and reasonable form. They are pleasing to the ear, but deceptive to the core.

This reminds me of what Paul wrote in Galatians 5:9 when he said “A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough“. The term “leaven” is often used throughout scripture as a representation of sin (or “evil”) because of its ability to spread like a disease (in the church) and bring about ruin. It often causes me to think about the popular analogy of how one drop of poison could corrupt or “ruin” an entire bottle of water. As you already may know, Satan’s devices are a mere fabrication of what God has already done. Satan has done his best to infiltrate the Body of Christ (the church) with false teachings and heretical doctrines . He has taken much of what is already from God and added the poison. Hence, 99% water, 1% poison………which makes the whole thing toxic. It may look like water and even taste like water, but it is clearly (no pun intended) NOT water. Let’s not forget how Satan tried to use scripture when tempting Jesus Christ himself! If Jesus didn’t have such a good knowledge of the Word, he would have possibly believed the deceptive, “Biblically-sounding” statements that Satan was trying to present to him.

One thing we must always remember and do our best to wrap our minds around is the fact that we CANNOT lean on our own understanding. As stated in Proverbs 3:5,

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

The Lord gave us His Word so that we could know His will. If you do not see His Word as a credible source, then there is no way for you to trust this statement. But I can promise you, from examining the scriptures, that the accuracy of the Bible is unmatched by any other literary historical documentation known to man. Despite the many false accusations against the validity of the Bible and all the bogus arguments about how the Bible has been enormously flawed in translation, there is irrefutable evidence concerning the preservation of the original texts and how every Biblical scripture has been handled with great delicacy and complete care down through the ages.

My friends, as time moves on in this lost and dying world, we will be confronted with more and more deceptive theologies and false teachings, increasing our struggle in understanding the TRUTH while overcoming the great confusion in which the enemy seeks to trap us. The world is getting darker, which is all the more reason for us to shine our lights brighter. This can only be done as we dig into the mysteries of God, submitting our will to His will, testing the spirits by the Spirit, while worshiping Him in Spirit and in Truth.

If we are not willing to draw closer to Him in such a manner, then be prepared to spend the rest of your life being tossed back and forth by every wind of doctrine that passes your way (Ephesians 4:14). We were never meant for a life of such uncertainty and it would be sad, as heirs to the Kingdom of God, to remain in such a poor spiritual condition.

With love,

m@tt “crucial”

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