August 19, 2014 2 Comments
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
May I share my heart with you?
I am concerned that so much of what I read and see is the honoring and elevating celebrity teachers and writers over God and His word. Just scroll through Facebook and Twitter and see quotes like “amazing, powerful women together”, “you are a rock star”, ” God gave me this special revelation”,” I want to be like “…
Scripture is usually taken out of context and devotionals are read like it’s the Bible with emotional messages to make us feel good about ourselves, elevate us- not God.
Teachers who are vastly different in their theology getting together to reach others- that concerns me. What is being taught? Is it to exalt God and speak truth of His Word? Is it to unite and be powerful men and women that have many followers?
It’s scary to think that what appears to be helpful is actually dangerous. How can those with vastly different views of who Jesus is, grace and the gospel teach together?
Where and when is God and His word honored, glorified and lifted up? So much is the praising and honoring of men and women.
I have seen this trend grow over the years as I come into to contact with women’s ministry leaders and Bible study teachers who are frustrated because their women will only follow a certain teacher and have no desire to get into the Word for themselves. They want to read what God taught the teachers and then think they are truly learning. When trouble or discouragement comes, they wonder why there is no change or victory in their lives.
We have to be aware of what is happening.
But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:1-7
I need to not be afraid to stand up and speak truth. This is a very touchy subject and many will become angry. But we need to ask why- is it because your favorite teacher is questioned or because God and His word are not exalted?
I am truly thankful for the many teachers that teach His Word, taking us through the scripture, showing us God’s story. I’m thankful for what I have learned over the years from some of these other teachers that used to be more about staying to Scripture.
I do not want to start a debate, slam anyone or cause division. I first of all want to be discerning and encourage you to do the same.
Oh Lord please help us to stand up for truth. In all we do that your Name and Word is exalted!