Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear? We as believers have been dumbed down by many of our church leaders and TV Evangelists that we may not know the truth as it’s being taught in the Bible. Without a Relationship we may miss some valuable lessons because we relied too much on man to teach us what only God can in the Word of the Holy Bible.
On a search of Churches to attend over the past two years I have found that few churches teach all the doctrine of the bible. I have learned that so many of these churches with a denominational background have removed part or parts of the Bible to fit their beliefs and are being used in part to brainwash their congregation that this is the only way.
I follow a women on Facebook who has recently started a home church for this very reason. She posted a comment last night that really hit home for me on this very subject. One of the ladies who commented stated that there was a person she was visiting in the hospital. A Deacon from the Catholic Church came in to visit the patient and offer up communion. He explained his position with the Church and stated that he does not have the same connection with the Holy Spirit and can not bless the water or the food the same the Priest can. After reading this I was floored and it brought so many thoughts to my mind.
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
I am not here to debate or even argue whether one faith is right or wrong but I am going to encourage each of my followers to carefully examine the doctrine they are being taught. I wrote a blog recently on Religion or Relationship and this ties very closely to that post.
We as a body of believers must know that because of the New Covenant we have been given the same rights and powers that Jesus had when he walked the Earth but most people are not taught how to fully unleash that power through the Holy Spirit. Church leaders have a tendency I think sometimes to want to control their people to the point that they don’t want us to know we have that same ability to heal and pray the same way Christ did. We hear about it in public schools that they are dumbing down our kids by the new Core Values, is this what has happened to our Churches around the world? Of course many pastors around the globe are publicly healing and delivering people from disease, oppression, and many other things but are they teaching their followers that they have this ability or is it an act? I can’t say for certain but I do know that if a Priest that his Deacon does not have the same connection with the Holy Spirit that Priest is taking God’s authority and saving it all for his own glory and not sharing it with others. Is that happening everywhere? I don’t know but I encourage each and everyone to dig deeper and start asking questions.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
2 Timothy 2:16-18
But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.
For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.
Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.
2 Peter 3:17
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
2 Peter 2:1
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
1 Timothy 4
4 1-2 God’s Spirit specifically tells us that in later days there will be men who abandon the true faith and allow themselves to be spiritually seduced by teachings of the devil, teachings given by men who are lying hypocrites, whose consciences are as dead as seared flesh.
3-5 These men forbid marriage, command abstinence from food—good things which, in fact, God intends to be thankfully enjoyed by those who believe in him and know the truth. Everything God made is good, and is meant to be gratefully used, not despised. The holiness or otherwise of a certain food, for instance, depends not on its nature but on whether it is eaten thankfully or not, It is consecrated by the man who has accepted the message, and thanks God for food.
6-7 You will be doing your duty as Christ’s minister if you remind your church members of these things (false teaching), and you will show yourself as one who owes his strength to the truth of the faith he has absorbed and the sound teaching he has followed. But steer clear of all these stupid Godless fictions. Take time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit.
8-11 Bodily fitness has a certain value, but spiritual fitness is essential both for this present life and for the life to come. There is no doubt about this at all, and Christians should remember it. It is because we realize the paramount importance of the spiritual that we labor and struggle. We place our whole confidence in the living God, the Savior of all men, and particularly of those who believe in him. These convictions should be the basis of your instruction and teaching.
Many churches or denominations have removed several important pieces of doctrine because they/man said they didn’t like what the real word of God means or didn’t like the interpretations that were taught to them for years. This is why we have so many different churches/faiths in our Nation compared any other Nation in the world.
Lastly how do we prepare ourselves in a way that we know what we are being taught is of sound Doctrine? We must first be in the Word, study the Word, know the Word and ask the Holy Spirit to help us discern the Truth. We are in a generation that the Word has been twisted and taken out of context for so long that we need God to reveal the truth to us. Generation after Generation has become less and less reliant on the Bible. More and more Atheism and Agnostic faiths have emerged. We can also see more and more Satanic Cults emerging on State Capitals around the US openly expressing their belief. To combat these things is not to bury our heads in the sand and ignore them and it really isn’t about going on a crusade and fighting them in combat. We must arm ourselves with the Full Armor of God. To do that we must pray and strengthen our relationship with God.
Pastor Lisa Wilson