When I hear some ministers speak, I really wonder who has poured into them.
John 7:16 – Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
At this writing, I have experienced more than four and one-half decades in the five-fold ministry, with 28 of those years as the pastor of one church. I can think of no higher honor than to be called by my Lord to serve Him and His church, and to be recognized in that service by those whom I have served, and especially to have been honored that the Lord has confirmed His Word in and through my years in ministry. I give my Lord all the glory. But in that almost one-half century of ministry, there have been numerous occasions while hearing the words one has spoken from the pulpit or in public setting that simply had NO basis in Scripture. That, my friend, works to trouble my spirit.
I have heard it declared that Father put sickness or disease upon someone to teach them something; that God wants some people poor as an example of how to live humbly; that the baptism in Holy Spirit and the operation of His gifts have passed away; that the ministry offices of apostle and prophet are not valid in today’s church; that we really don’t have to live according to the Word; and so much more. These things are troubling to my thinking. Something Jesus said ministers to me so strongly in those times. He said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me.” If Jesus said I should not allow my heart to be troubled, then I fight against any such troubling words, actions, or reports.
Still, such things are present. And while I fight the good fight of faith to keep my spirit man from being troubled, my heart still cries out to Father on behalf of the multitudes that are being deceived, led astray, and misinformed through such false teaching. My question today is simple. Whose doctrine do you declare? Do you declare the doctrine of tradition to which we have all been exposed? Jesus said that we, through our tradition, make the Word of God of none effect. Oh how powerfully corrupting tradition can be. Is your doctrine that of the current age? Jesus said heaven and earth would pass away, but His Word would never pass. Or are you using your theological pencil to add to the Word, or its eraser to take away from the Word? Remember the warning of Revelation to those who add to or take away from the Scriptures. Our times are growing ever darker. Never has it been more important for the true Light to shine. I urge you; go to the Word. Build your doctrine on that Word, weighing it diligently, keeping it in its proper context, building faith, sowing life, giving light, walking in love, being not only a spokesman FOR the Word, but one who LIVES the Word.
Manna for Today – John 7:1-24; Matthew 15:16; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33; Revelation 22:18-19