Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Blind Bald Christians

What if we began drinking from polluted wells and began eating exotic foods that caused our eyesight to fail, hair to fall out and a host of other problems? What if it was brought to our attention that drinking from these wells and consuming these foods was causing us harm and could possibly lead to our deaths, if we did not make some immediate changes?  
   What if we simply could not or would not give these things up in spite of the warnings?
   We would eventually go blind and bald wouldn't we? We might even die.
  This is happening among Christians in alarming numbers. They are going blind (their discernment has become seriously distorted). They are going bald (their spiritual, and even physical, health is adversely affected). And some are even dying (departing from the faith), because after joyfully receiving the truth about the dangers of their various watering holes and favorite exotic foods, they make no significant changes in their drinking and eating habits.
   We have received a number of correspondences from those who thank us, profusely, for warning them about the unscriptural, dangerous, nature of certain beliefs and practices (they confide they picked up these erroneous ideas not only through churches they attend but also through television/radio ministries and online discussion groups as well). 
   They joyfully embrace the scriptural truth about these things and experience immediate improvements in their vision. Their hair begins to grow back. They loudly praise God for their deliverance and begin contending for the faith… for a time.
   We then watch helplessly as some slowly slip right back into the same mire they recently, loudly and publicly, praised God for pulling them out of.
   How does this happen?
   It happens because they refuse to stop drinking from polluted wells. They will not give up exotic foods. They stay in churches they know promote error. They continue tuning in to television and radio ministries and online discussion groups that subvert their faith. They continue reading authors who promote error.
   Before they know it, they seem to be given over completely to a lie—or at the very least remain in a state of confusion—constantly challenging us to prove--again and again--the things they publicly renounced just a short time before.
   What if Jesus told us something, and we then ran to Satan to hear his side of things? In addition to endangering ourselves, we would become seriously confused wouldn’t we? 
   Do the scriptures teach any such method for determining truth? Everything we say may not be truth. But God forbid anyone go to Satan to find out what he thinks about it—better go to the scriptures.
   The Bible says the double minded are unstable in all their ways. Instability is nothing to be taken lightly. 
   If the scriptures convince us we are drinking from polluted wells and eating poisonous exotic foods. Abandon those wells! Give up that food! Do not take another sip- not so much as another nibble!
   Immerse ourselves in the Word of God. Listen only to wholesome words. In the power of Jesus Christ (only do this if you know that you belong to Christ) bind, rebuke, and renounce spirits of rebellion, greed, covetousness and whoredom, anything that causes us to be dissatisfied with the simplicity of Christ, and seek after things He has not given. 
   Allow our hearts to become good ground where the Word of God can flourish, grow, and bear fruit—not rocky or thorny ground where the enemy can easily steal God's Word from us or bog us down with the cares of this world.
   The light of the body is the eye (spiritual/physical connection)--Let us keep our vision/discernment sharp and through having clear eyes. Walk in the light as he (Jesus) is in the light. Drink the sincere milk of the Word. Grown into healthy, mature, Christians who can handle the meat of the Word as well.