2 Peter 2:1-4,9-10

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment… if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.

As a christian, I find it hard to accept and reject teachings that are supposedly word-based but seem rather disconnected from what Jesus taught. Several scholars of the word have taken learnings from the word and created ideologies or given christian walk a new direction and I always worry that I will be directed off the path God would have me walk if I am not careful. Contorting wisdom to benefit our own desires is not an uncommon reality of humanity. How do we as christians know what’s right and what’s not? How is our faith safeguarded and is there something the Lord is saying to us today through His word?The word of God is God’s own words penned for our understanding, instruction, correction, revelation and blessing. It is God’s physical connection with us and following it increases the worth of the christian soul. One of the basics of our faith walk is to remember that our faith walk needs to be based on the word of God and not the word of man. Everyday, we need to spend time reading the word in a chronological fashion and that is the best way to draw God’s wisdom for us than to randomly flit about the Bible based on human wisdom and reading just a verse or two for convenience. When we follow God’s word, He teaches us what He would have us learn and even though we may not comprehend it, we can ask God for wisdom to discern it and God will help us. Sermons at church, Bible studies and other medium of christian instruction are wonderful support to our faith walk but the basis is the word and so that is what we need to draw from. When we follow God through His word, He will give us the wisdom to discern what is from Him and what is not. We need to measure everything by God’s word and therefore be led by the Lord alone. Are you confused, concerned or weary about new christian teaching? Have you measured it against God’s word?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Jude 1:4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
Comments
  1. I agree with you, Vineet, and have been confused by others interpretations and teachings at times. It leads me back to trusting Him to guide me and give me understanding if I read His word and seek Him. Thank you!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Deb,
      It is so challenging when we are faced with new teachings and interpretations of the word and like you previously mentioned, when we seek God through His word and measure everything by it, we know what we should follow and what not to. Poplularity is not the right gague of correctness and so I pray each day that God would graciously keep me on the straight and narrow and lead me with blinders to the devil’s taunts.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Vineet, About 8 years ago, I decided I wanted to read the entire Bible, and so I printed off a Bible-in-a-year schedule. It took me 2 1/2 years to get through the whole thing, checking off chapters on my schedule as I read them. It was the best thing I have ever done. Now when I read a passage I can understand in within the larger scope of the entire Bible. I can see the continuity of the story and the overall message of the Gospel that is throughout the Old and New Testaments. Thank you for encouraging others to open their Bibles to hear God speak. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda,
      What you did is commendable and is what every Christian should do. The foundation of our faith should be God’s word and then whatever we study beyond that is automatically weeded by the Holy Spirit. Thank you for showing us what God wants of us and for living out your faith!
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  3. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    Once again, your lesson is spot on. Many times I have heard folks quote scripture, taking a verse here and a verse there to support their own agenda. Many times, if you read just one verse, it can be taken to mean one thing, yet when read in chronological order has a completely different meaning. That is why when a scripture is quoted in church of from a brother, I will read the whole chapter looking for the complete message. One other thing, I am not a huge fan of interpretation unless going from one language to another. Interpreting the Bible means that I am causing it to mean what I want it to mean rather than what it says. I look at footnotes, commentaries, but in the end, for me reading it and taking it as it is written is what I feel called to do. “All scripture is God breathed” 2 Tim 3:16. Interpretation is why we have hundreds of different denominations in Christianity. Anyway, this is just my opinion. Great message brother. God Bless
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim,
      Thank you for sharing your valid opinion and I agree with you about both aspects of quoting partially without context and interpretations. However, I comfort in knowing that when we seek God with our all, God will meet us and lead us to Him in the best possible way. I don’t need to read an English Bible only to seek God or learn Greek or understand KJV style of writing but God gives each one the ability to hear, read and experience Him through His wonderful ways. I praise God for His simplicity even though what He teaches us is so complex.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  4. Elva Lisk says:

    Seen your internet site via google the other day and absolutely like it. Keep up the truly great work.

  5. Dr.Priya says:

    Vineet i am so thankful to God to have met a wonderful person like you, who reveals the Word of God in the most simple way, yet so touching the soul. Your messages are a great support to the soul who longs for true love and kindness and it gives me lot of strength.
    thanks for sharing the good news with us.
    God bless you and your family brother.

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