What A Man Says
Over this past weekend my wife and I watched a documentary series about the crusades of the 11th and 12th century. During this time there were three separate crusades launched by the Catholic church and various nations in western Europe with the intent of recapturing the Holy Land of Jerusalem from Islamic rule. As we watched these events and saw the horrible atrocities that took place we began to wonder how so many people could be convinced to perform these acts in the name of Christianity.
At that time, there were very few people who actually had access to the bible and the majority of those who did, which were mainly the clergy, were free to teach whatever they desired from the text without any fear of being challenged by those who they were teaching. Unfortunately, this created an environment in which people could be easily manipulated. When you think about this, it is very easy to see how people could be led astray because the only way that they could learn about the Word of God was through the teachers and what they said about it.
In today’s world, there is no doubt that there are still many people around the world that do not have access to the Word of God. But at the same time, because of the printing technology and digital technology, there is more access available to the Word of God than at any other time in the history of the world. Because of that, it would seem that there should be fewer people who can be led astray by improper teaching and doctrine. Yet, just as has always been true, people are constantly led astray and follow very dangerous and negative paths in their pursuit of the Lord. Far too many people hear a word from a preacher or teacher and make the assumption that, because that person quoted scripture or spoke eloquently, then that must of the truth. Rather than read the Bible themselves and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to them and teach them, they rely on the teachings of others. Because of that, they are unable to discern when teaching is Biblical. This leaves the door wide open for false teaching and manipulation.
We as believers should be going into His Word daily. We should also not simply be reading it, but we should also be asking the Holy Spirit to teach of the truth of what it says. As we go to His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to do this we will begin to grow in our understanding and will be able to recognize when something that is being spoken is in alignment with God’s Word and also when it is not. Having this discernment is critical in today’s world. There is so much being taught and shared but we must never lose sight of the truth that we ourselves must be constantly seeking God’s Word and Spirit. I pray that today that you will not simply read what I say or what anyone else says and assume it must be true. I pray that you will dive into God’s Word and test it and learn from the Holy Spirit yourself.