[This is the eighth post in a series about the Blessed Hope–the return of Jesus Christ. (False prophets)]
Sifting the Haystack
Recently, our AT&T guy made a house call to hook up our new television to cable. He asked if I understood everything on the remote.
I glanced down at the black controller. The white, blue, yellow, and red buttons were neon signs taunting me. I had no idea how to use most of them.
Not long ago, televisions had an on/off button and a dial that let you choose from three channels.
The only complication was adjusting the V-shaped antenna to tune in to our favorite shows. We’d quickly adjust the “rabbit ears” trying to get a clear picture.
Things are more complicated now.
Our spiritual lives can also become complicated. The flood of Christian media overwhelms us with books, songs, oversize screens, podcasts, tweets, Youtube broadcasts, preachers, teachers, and personalities.
An overload of information.
I’ve noticed two ways the Enemy tries to hide truth. First is by outlawing it and making it rare.
The second is by hiding it in a mound of misinformation.
Although there is sound teaching to be found, you have to search for it. False teachers are having a heyday, or maybe a hay day.
Recently, my heart ached when I heard a preacher say, “There’s only one time when God spoke and it didn’t come to pass.”
Huh? My spiritual antennae sparked. I listened carefully, trying to adjust my antenna.
The speaker actually said that God had spoken and His Word had not come to pass.
I knew from Isaiah 55:11 that when God speaks, His words always come to pass.
The preacher continued, “It’s when Jesus prayed, ‘Let this cup pass from Me.’”
The speaker had omitted the last and very important part of that prayer, “nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42 nkjv).
Was this man a false teacher? Maybe he’d misspoken or thought the omission was okay to emphasize some point he was trying to make. Did he understand how the last part of the verse was vital to its meaning?
God taught me to listen carefully. I shouldn’t assume that the person behind a pulpit, on a platform, or projected on a screen is teaching the Word of God fully and accurately.
If we have an uneasy feeling about what is preached or taught, do we take the time to look it up in the Bible?