When it boils down to it, do you believe things simply because someone told you so? We have been told so many things about what we believe, but it’s our job to dive into our Bible and determine whether it’s true or not.
Lately, I have been bothered by how easily I have accepted the things that have been taught to me. For most of my life I believed in such doctrines as the pre-trib rapture, “once saved always saved”, and cessation of gifts just because the pastor at my old Baptist church in the south said so.
But that’s not the correct way to go about it. No pastor is the ultimate authority on doctrines. God is. Therefore, we must always take what is said by any preacher, teacher, or evangelist and weigh it against Scriptures, much like the Bereans did:
The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
–Acts 17:10-11 (ESV)
This has been the case for me lately with such things as the proper means of evangelism and the use of the gift of tongues. Instead of just swallowing whatever is said by a pastor from the south or a teacher at BCOM, I will chew on it for awhile, breaking it down and comparing it with the Word of God. Whether or not I swallow it will depend on whether or not it is consistent with what God says.
Oh, I pray that I will be filled with the fear of the Lord. I do not want to be lured away into false doctrines! Rather, I want to have “love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Tim 1:3-5). May I be constantly searching the Scriptures for the truth. Amen!
This post was written by Adam Hunter (Making Thanksgiving a Lifestyle), who understands the importance of knowing God’s word. Thanks Adam. Never be afraid to ask questions.