Arguments lurk in the pews every Sunday. Some disagree with the pastors while others disagree among themselves. Who has the right interpretation of the Word of God?
We must be careful who we allow to explain the scriptures to us. So many people today don’t know which way to turn because they have been misled by false teachers who have given them wrong interpretations of the Word.
Some pastors and leaders have just been teaching what they feel a scripture means from off the top of their head without any spiritual insight. Some have used certain scriptures just to take advantage of their members for their own benefit. Still others use teaching of the scriptures as a get rich scheme or to portray themselves as gods.
Everyone who stands before you has not been called. How do we know? The Bible mentions numerous times of false prophets. These people make themselves prophets without ever hearing from God. They come dressed in sheep clothing but are actually ravenous wolves. They take on positions they know they are not truly fit nor called for, and lead many astray.
Is it really their fault? No. Careful … If not, whose fault is it?
I would say it’s yours. No one can take your place when you stand to meet Jesus on Judgment Day and there will be no excuses. You will not be able to blame your actions on the preacher or anyone else. The responsibility of knowing and living the truth is yours. The false teachers will not get away, they too have to give an account for their misuse of the scriptures and how they took advantage of others. The Word of God does tell us to bare the infirmities of the weak. However, some of us are weak only because we are too lazy to search and study the scriptures for ourselves to know what the Word is truly saying.
We must be spiritually educated. The bible tells us to study to show ourselves approval. Study the word for yourself. Let Christ show you the way. Lean not to your own understanding. Open your heart and eyes to see what the scriptures are really telling you! Don’t allow everyone to speak into your life and call themselves your leader. If they are not teaching truth and explaining what Christ is saying, don’t settle. Be prayerful and allow God to lead you.
Spiritual education comes from the Holy Spirit only. He’s the one who will lead and guide us into all truth. No man can guide your life with just their words. It needs to come from the Word of God. Jesus went away to prepare a place for us and He said He would not leave us comfortless. What words can any man give you that are more truthful and comforting than His? Jesus can speak to you through the Word and let you know that you can make it if you put your total trust in Him. So watch out for those so-called prophets. They mean you no good. Trust Jesus and Jesus only!
Jenkins is the founder of True Revelation Ministries, 323 S. Cotton St., Poulan.