You may be the senior pastor, you may be an elder, an old person, you may call yourself a bishop or an apostle; however, even as we are all called to respect each other, we are not called to submit to unbiblical manmade mandates.
I am aware that we all know in part (First Corinthians 13:9), I am aware that there are things that are hard to understand in Scripture and, I am aware that we all make mistakes. I am talking about those who, even as Scripture is presented to them, they still insist in doing things their way.
Jesus stated, “…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” John 8:31 (KJV). This is the word Logos; the written word. To continue in His Word does not mean that we are perfect, but it means that we honor God’s Word as the fountain of truth, as the ruler of faith and as a compass that always point at what is truth.
The Apostle Paul encourages us to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV) Again, the word here is the word Logos. The word “Dividing” here means, “To handle correctly, skillfully; to correctly teach the word of truth.”
There is a liberalism that continues to manifest and gaining popularity in social media and in some of our pulpits. Is an irresponsible approach to Scripture that totally abandons sound doctrine, orthodoxy, theology and dogma. Is an approach to Scripture that laugh at the concept of the correct interpretation of Scripture; as if such thing is inexistence.
In the last couple of months I have seen a pastor connecting the original sin to tithing. I have seen ministers teaching a totally off the wall definition of grace as something that we absolutely deserve. I have seen an attempt to divorce the Scriptures from the Holy Spirit. So if you go too deep in the Scripture you are leaving the Holy Ghost behind.
I heard a man testifying of how he got saved, but somewhat believed later. A man actually argued with me and challenged me to find in Scripture where repentance is necessary in order for somebody to be saved; this is not any man; this is an elder in a church.
Another man told me that he saw an old lady praying to Allah, but he is convinced that even as that lady is praying to Allah, she is really praying to Jesus so she is also saved; again, this was not just another man, this was also an elder.
I heard a preacher, a senior pastor, from the pulpit, questioning Paul’s understanding of the blood of Jesus based on his statement on Romans 7:24 “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (NKJV). I saw a very popular minister who keep talking about the “New Thing” called Salomon a grumpy old man after I quoted the Scripture that clearly states that “there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) and the list goes on and on.
Beloved, we are not called to preach and teach an original message, we are called to preach and teach the same message God gave the apostles. We are not called to seek after the next new thing; we are call to learn what is already established in God’s Word. I am encouraging you to challenge these preachers; don’t be afraid. Especially if you are a family man; protect your family from all these foolishness and question that pastor, held him accountable, ask him where is the scripture to back up his teaching.
God’s judgment starts with us (First Peter 4:7), not with the world. That is because we have access to the truth and we will be held accountable by that truth. “…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” (Luke 12:48)
 Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).
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