SEEK CLARIFICATION FROM THE SCRIPTURES


The Gospel or the Good News of Christ since the day of Pentecost has been spreading across cultural boundaries. Today, the Gospel is moving at a faster pace than it did in the earlier days of Christianity, all thanks to the Holy Spirit at work in the media.


It is no longer unusual to hear the Gospel from the pulpit in our various churches; someone knocks on our doors to share the Good News with us; in the bus or on a train, someone is always there, reaching out to us with a Christian tract; when we turn on our television and radio set, there is always a Christian preacher on air or an advertorial inviting us to a spiritual program, like never before since the history of mankind; the internet and social media platforms are flooded with evangelists-known and unknown, reputable and unpopular, they are always there to say something about the Good News.


Beloved, it is the will of God that the message of salvation should reach the ends of the earth. Indeed, this was the primary mission He entrusted to the first Apostles during the Great Commission. (See Matthew 28:16-20).
Today, across the globe there are countless preachers and teachers of the Good News of Christ. Some were genuinely called like the first Apostles while others are not. Some are genuinely confirmed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, as teachers and preachers (See 1 Corinthians 12), they disseminate the true Gospel of Christ without the intention of pleasing or deceiving the hearers while others are only out there for themselves – to sustain their selfish interest, they are willing to twist the gospel in order to gain support and recognition from their congregation or audience.


We must all know that not everyone who preaches or teaches the Gospel of Christ has our salvation at heart. Today, there are false preachers and teachers across the world. Their messages are not in line with the true Gospel of Christ. Many have become tools in satan’s hands to create confusion, doubts in the minds of men and women, young and old, and sway them away from the path that leads to salvation.

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Apostle John in his epistle warned us to beware of these false ministers of the gospel (See 1 John 4:1). Capitalizing on our weaknesses, they manipulate scriptures to control our minds. Beloved, Scriptures urged us to test every spirit but hold fast to what is good.


At a time like this, we must all pray for the spirit of discernment so that our minds may be equipped to identify falsehood. When we allow ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit, we would not be gullible to our emotions and no matter how beautiful or mind-blowing a false preacher packages his/her message, we would be able to discern if that message is true or false.


It is our duty to study the Scriptures daily and to seek the Holy Spirit to grant us understanding of each verse and chapter of the Holy Bible. Even if it is just a chapter, read and meditate on it daily. You may also start by reading a group of verses in chapter daily.


Beloved, through the Scriptures you will understand the true purpose of your life; you will understand Christ’s expectation from us as we sojourn through life. Be eager to hear the Good News but respond to what you hear according to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and in accordance with the Scriptures.


Do not be quick to consume every verse of the Scripture you hear from hook, line and seeker as this could be hazardous to your faith. Verify every Scriptural verse(s) from a contextual point of view. Kindly emulate the Beroeans:


These Jews (in Beroea) were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcome the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things (Spoken by Apostle Paul and Silas) were so (true). (Acts 17:11 NRSV)

Prayer
“Walk with me, good and loving God, as I journey through life. May I take Your hand and be led by Your Holy Spirit. Fill me, inspire me, free me to respond generously to Your call. For I believe You desire my deepest joy and it is only in Your company that my soul will be satisfied, and my life will find its meaning and purpose.” Amen.

About denewcommandment

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. (John 13:34 NRSV) Home Everyone yearns for love and everyone deserves to be loved. Love is an inherent feature of every human being since we are created in the image and likeness of God who is the quintessence of Love itself. Love is the soul of our being; it is enclosed in our hearts. Love makes us human; love makes us Christians; love makes the world acknowledge that we are Christ’s followers - the redeemed children of God. It is incumbent on us to reawaken this consciousness and expression of genuine love in a world overflooded with egocentric minds.
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