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Recently I was told “It is obvious that someone has tricked you into believing what you think is true.” My fault is that I hold the Word of God to be literally true, inspired by the Holy Spirit and every word in His Word is literally true. And furthermore, I allow the Bible to guide how I live. The issue with this person is simple: he holds to the fallacy that time changes things and our interpretation of the Bible should change with the shifting sands of social change. Paul writes “ Remind people of these things and solemnly charge them before the Lord not to wrangle over words. This is of no benefit; it just brings ruin on those who listen. 15 Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately. 16 But avoid profane chatter, because those occupied with it will stray further and further into ungodliness, 17 and their message will spread its infection like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are in this group. 18 They have strayed from the truth by saying that the resurrection has already occurred, and they are undermining some people’s faith. 19 However, God’s solid foundation remains standing, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.” 2 Timothy 2:14-19.
Sometimes I do get ‘caught up in’ unending and useless conversation with some folks who believe and teach a lie. My personal struggle with folks like this is their foolishness that I, in my eagerness to help them to see, attempt to correct their spiritual blindness. What I do know all too well is these folks can only see when Jesus Christ becomes their Savior and Lord. Paul tells Timothy, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.” This is not difficult to understand, but impossible to do unless Jesus is their Lord.
“Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, 21 for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” 2 Peter 1:20-21. Indeed, as the Holy Spirit empowers me to utilize my gift of prophecy, I understand that revealing sinful characteristics in others is not of my doing, but of God alone. However, that which is not understood by the listener is his personal spiritual darkness. Some have asked me, “How do you know for sure if someone is lost or not?” My answer is simple: “I do not know in and of myself, but the Holy Spirit shows me the darkness surrounding a person who is lost.” Sadly, most people do not want to listen to what He shows me and they walk away angry.
“Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish, when you come into his presence. 15 And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, 16 speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures. 17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard that you do not get led astray by the error of these unprincipled men and fall from your firm grasp on the truth. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the honor both now and on that eternal day.” 2 Peter 3:14-18.
Inside the 4 walls of the building in which you and I worship are many that do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Sadly, these call themselves ‘Christian’ and are supported by those surrounding them because they are able to fool themselves and others. However, they cannot fool God. “Now the one who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with the one who teaches it. 7 Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, 8 because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.” Galatians 6:6-10. Those of us who are, indeed, Followers of Jesus Christ must continue to proclaim the truth of the infallible and incorruptible Word of God and, therefore, make application of it to our daily lives. We must not allow those who are unbelievers to speak untruths, but to correct them with Truth. They will not like it and will resist with the power of darkness at every turn. “Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh…” They think of themselves as wise, but are fools.
Jesus is Lord.