As someone who has a cancer patient in the family I think this is very good advice.
The Internet is filled with religious, spiritual and Christian teaching of every conceivable quality and quality. Some of it is good and some not. I even follow them for daily downloads, wrong as they may be, just to keep up with the current stuff. No one’s nose gets longer. What are we to do?
False prophets are real, both religious and secular
First, there is no real problem regarding false teachers/prophets. They have been around since Genesis 2 when the snake deceived Eve and a continuing problem throughout history, all nations, all religions, all denominations and all congregations. The problem lies simply with the people who believe them! Or not.
When you are faced with information your mission is to examine it and on the basis of what you know to be true, weigh it and decide what is true and false. If the information you get is false, and the standard you set alongside it is false, you will end up with a false conclusion. If you lay alongside what is true, you can pick up what is true and pitch out the false.
Eat the fish spit out the bones
The late Derek Prince gave us this rule: “Eat the fish and spit out the bones.” If you eat a lot of fish, especially carp, perhaps you know much of the little beast is bones. Doing this properly results in truth. It is time-consuming requiring thought and research.
Every inch of life, not just the Church is plagued with falseness. If you have been taught falsely and have little or no access to truth, you simply cannot make a good decision about what you are learning. This is an information black hole. The light you may see occasionally in a flash could instead be misinterpreted as untruth from another level. A lifetime of wrong information leads to assumptions. You will have no ground for doing what is right. You only see the sorry results of doing wrong.
Some fish are almost all bones
Here are some examples. In China the rate of grown women that commit suicide is the highest in the world, about half a million a year. Even though China allows firearms only in rugged, dangerous areas farm women have access to fertilizer and little else; it is a hopeless existence. They can also drown themselves. Frequently they have only a meager education and no resources. There is no truth in their world.
Another example happened this past year. A group of about 11 girls were snatched from a Muslim nation and sent to Russia as sex slaves where they prayed to Allah daily for release. In exasperation they decided after a year in this prison that the next day they would commit mass suicide. One of the girls said, “My grandmother told me once there is a god in Europe called Jesus. Why don’t we pray to him?” So they did. The following day all the girls were rescued.
One piece of truth acted upon saved them all. This story comes from a sex trafficking action group in California which you can find on the internet at “The A21 Campaign.”.
Christians sometimes leave a church because they hear something false, then flee to another church which can be worse. The only ruler by which we measure truth as Christians is the Bible. In my present congregation there is a handful of teachers who are secular humanists, something I suspect they don’t know.
Don’t be an unbeliever
They say, on occasion. “I don’t believe this or that” referring to a Bible passage. This makes them “unbelievers” and means they are teaching their own opinion. That is the ultimate in self-will and is a damnable business according to Isaiah.
Usually they fail to see how hazardous this is. The scripture said that teachers, above all, must be spot on or they come under worse judgment – not from the congregation of course, but from the Lord.
What is your antidote? The private Christian citizen must know his Bible. That takes work, but we have universal education in this nation so access to scripture should not be too difficult. This means reading the ENTIRE book, not just those passages we like. If you meet God on level ground, that is with your opinions and your assumptions on hold, you’ll be surprised what you learn.
The Phillips translation of Romans 3:19-20 says “The straightedge of the law shows us how crooked we are.” That ruler if followed can also make us right!
Secular reasons or church membership
The non-learners are those who attend church to
- find contacts for business or social reasons
- show off their Biblical knowledge, frequently inadequate
- gain salvation through good works (Maybe God will accept me)
- find others who agree with them, right or wrong
- lonely and/or isolated
You can probably add your own reasons.
The Internet is awash with web sites listing the sins and errors of prominent teachers, and some not so well known. This is a waste of time. It does nothing to move the Kingdom forward and a great deal of people-bashing does not either get rid of wrong teachers or bring people to Christ, the focal point of our faith.
Hell is not about doctrine but attitude
In addition, some of the so-called errors are not errors at all, just a reflection of old opinion and practice. P-l-e-a-s-e let us focus on what God is doing and less on alleged doctrines. It is not all that hard to compare a man’s teaching with the Bible and leave the conclusion at that. But to say that a modem teacher is wrong because he does not agree with someone who spoke 200 years ago forgets that the faith improves, and expands over the ages. If it didn’t we would be forced to say that doctrine not faith saves us, and that is impossible. You are not going to be judged in heaven by what you believe but by whom you believe. Let’s leave accusations to the “accuser of the brethren.”
We do not condemn the lonely or those with problem motives. At least they can learn something. But the antidote to the false is always the truth. “Thy Word is truth.” John 17:17.
From The Message: Luke 16:1-13
The Story of the Crooked Manager
16 1-2 Jesus said to his disciples, “There was once a rich man who had a manager. He got reports that the manager had been taking advantage of his position by running up huge personal expenses. So he called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about you? You’re fired. And I want a complete audit of your books.’
3-4 “The manager said to himself, ‘What am I going to do? I’ve lost my job as manager. I’m not strong enough for a laboring job, and I’m too proud to beg. . . . Ah, I’ve got a plan. Here’s what I’ll do . . . then when I’m turned out into the street, people will take me into their houses.’
5 “Then he went at it. One after another, he called in the people who were in debt to his master. He said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 “He replied, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’
“The manager said, ‘Here, take your bill, sit down here—quick now—write fifty.’
7 “To the next he said, ‘And you, what do you owe?’
“He answered, ‘A hundred sacks of wheat.’
“He said, ‘Take your bill, write in eighty.’
8-9 “Now here’s a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits. I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.”
President Obama has waning popularity, his regime is coming to an end, and his policies and programs are failing from Obamacare to economic recovery. He has prepared a comfortable place for himself with his fellow Muslims. Jesus praised the craftiness of men who are smart for their own benefit.
We as Christians are to be as crafty and productive in terms of the Kingdom.
Christians have a responsibility to end the boycott of Israel and the Jews. Our savior is a Jew. Our Bible was largely written by Jews, New Testament included. The common law for the majority of the Western world is based on the Mosaic Law. Our US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are a reflection of the best of Judeo-Christian behavior, vision and goals.
People who are killing Jews, or trying to, are now publicly trying to kill or silence Christians, both in the public culture and from the White House and the culture of the administration of Barak H. Obama. Jews and Christians have been increasingly the enemy of the United States Democrat party. They do this by blaming them for all the economic ills and insisting that taxes and other rights and income belong only to them and their followers.
If you want to see what happens if you follow this theology (I use theology because it is a case where money is their god) look at the nation of Zimbabwe. They got rid of the farmers, either by killing them or forcing them to leave, and they took over the land because they all wanted land and all that money they would get by selling food.
They forgot something. Not one of the rioters knew how to farm. The result was no food, the farmers left the country and no one could eat. That poor nation became the trash can of Africa.
Yes, it can happen here; it can happen to your country too.
Jesus told us to battle the devil but you are supposed to go out 2 by 2, or at least have back-up!!! Click to view video.
Part Two. — Each day I take dozens of photos with my camera phone. I call these photos “hyperlinks”or “screenshots of the universe”. Main subjects: food, vodka, sunlight on the surface, abstraction…