This entry does diverge off of my normal conversation a bit, but I have to ask a question…
Why does it seem that so many Christians here in America seem to think it is okay to sit under a pastor or leadership team that consistently takes verse from the Word of God out of context?
Now that might be a broad sweeping statement and it certainly doesn’t mean every pastor/teacher is doing that by any means. It also is not to be reflective of an occasional mistake being made, which anyone can be made. I know I have done it and had to repent from those errors, but I have seen well meaning Christians sit and nod their heads like so many dashboard doggies on every word from the pulpit and apparently not studying the Word to ensure that it was divided correctly.
Is the Body of Christ in America that lazy that they do not search out the Word daily to see if what they are being told is true?
It maybe that these teachers are not even aware of what they are doing, but if they are shepherding their flock should they not be more diligent?
I am not writing this to cast a stone at these teachers as they may be well meaning teachers, but we should be praying for them that the Holy Spirit will work in their lives and help them to divide the Word clearly. If it takes longer to cover a topic then they should not rush the teaching of God’s Word.
If you know of a situation like this, begin praying for the Holy Spirit to work in their lives to help them divide the Word clearly and correctly, but also ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment when these things are happening. If something doesn’t fell right in your spirit, then check it out, dig into God’s Word, be a Berean and see if it is true. You will be amazed at the growth in your walk. Just as we pray for the Body of Christ, our nation, and of Israel.
May God our heavenly Father direct your path and may you listen carefully to that still small voice.