I can’t believe I have not posted in a month. It is not because I have not thought about it, but rather because I have been weighed down with this and other things. Life has been a stress for me like it has been for others. When I get stressed thinking can come hard. Knowing what to write, how to write it and having time when I am awake enough to think it through have been limited.
Last post I was talking about what is going on in our churches today. This is a real burden to me as I see people walking away from the Bible and not even knowing it. Pastor’s are not teaching the Word of God. There is a big difference between teaching about the Word and teaching the WORD.
One Sunday I was sitting in a service at the church we left last year. I was so amazed. People are sitting on the edge of their seat listening to a so called preacher who was proclaiming the word over the church. He used a verse from Job, pulled out of context. He said this was what “God” had told him for the church.
Let me back track, first, he began with a whole bunch of references, not much Scripture, no time to look up the references, just references that he said was saying such and such. Then he quoted a verse from Job. He paused long enough on that one that I could look it up while he was speaking. Oh the verse from his mouth sounded great, good verse to latch on to… till you read it in context. Knowing the rules of interpreting reading, you know to take things in context, be it the Bible or the Newspaper. I asked the questions: Who is saying this? (Answer, Job’s so called comforters, friends, what have you) What else did they say? (Job sinned, that was what brought all this on him) Was this truth that his sin brought this on? (NO) So, this man is not speaking truth in the context, so how can I take this verse that the preacher is proclaiming as truth? I need to see what else God says about it. I know the book to some degree, so I check at the end of the book of Job where God is speaking and find that God says in Job, that all that the comforters said about God was a lie and they needed to go repent and make sacrifices. WHAT? The pastor and congregation are all “wowing” and Amenning this man and his teaching and proclaiming “the Word” as if it was some deep exciting truth? and God is saying it is a lie.
I sat there in unbelief. Why don’t people, and especially the pastor, realize that this is not Biblical teaching? It sounded good, the verse taken out of context sounded like a wonderful passage, yet no one knew enough Scripture to realize it was all unbiblical garbage? This man then went on spouting off references again, so fast you can’t look them up or even write them down to check later. I was praying that people would not be deceived, the pastor would open his eyes. I was also asking the Lord how people can know so little of Scripture to fall for verses not even being read in context or compared to other Scripture and yipeeing and yahooing over untruth. Oh, it sounded so wonderful if you did not know how to study the Bible properly. It really made for great and exciting blessings, if it were truth. As I prayed and pondered I caught a reference he through out and passed on. I was praying “Lord, how can they all sit here, the pastor and his wife and no one see that they are not being taught THE WORD but were being taught false teaching?” The answer actually came in the reference I heard him say: (Now, I was praying, I did not go back and listen to whether this reference was actually what he said or if I only heard what God let me hear.)
2 Timothy 4:2-4
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Folks, the time has come, pastors now teach apart from the truth, to please itching ears. Church people take it in and are too lazy, don’t care, don’t know doctrine, or whatever to study what is being taught and make sure they are getting the pure Word of God.
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
These Christians even questioned Paul’s teaching and found it truth. They were commended for it. Do you come home from church and search the Scriptures to find out if you were told the truth? Do you know how to?
Does your pastor preach the WORD? or about it? Preaching the Word is going through the Scriptures, verse by verse. Working your way through one book of the Bible and then another. Comparing Scripture to Scripture, in context. Preaching about the Word is taking some topic, other book (Like I heard a whole series of sermons on “If you want to walk on water you need to get out of the boat”) with a verse splashed in here and there.
Many pastors have devotionals, get on a topic and pull verses here and there, but that is not teaching the Word.
A few years ago I taught a series in a class on How to Study the Bible. I was absolutely shocked that not one person knew the principles.
It is no wonder that todays church people, Christians, are thinking that books like “The Shack” “The Secret” ,”A Course In Miracles” and other such books are Biblically based, good books. There is no discernment because we have pastors who do not teach, are deceived themselves and the Word of God is not longer what we live by.
People want Barney sermons, not The word of God :
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
When we leave church we should have been pierced somewhere. We should have our thoughts discerned, opened and see the changes we need to ask God to make. It will not feel good. Yes, there will be things that will, at times feel good. We can see progress in us as well, but the whole idea of church is not to feel good, it is be be changed when we face the Word compared to what is in us.
What did your pastor teach today? Do you know how to dig into the Word and find out if it is truth? Did he teach in context? or pull verses here and there to “prove”his point?
We are in the last days. Dig in to the Word, see all God has there and be ready for what is next.