1) I don’t read blogs (or many books for that matter) because: my passion and desire is to live for Christ in the purest form possible.
When it comes to growing in our walk with Christ, why is important to read books and be taught by those God has gifted His church with to serve in that manner and to avoid books and teachings by unbelievers? Or to pose the question in a more direct manner as in my last post; why can it be dangerous and stifling to be taught (book or sermon) by anyone not Spirit led?
Many reasons exist but we’ll focus on two. First, the simple answer is deception. If we desire to know and do truth (CBC core value #1), if we really want to pursue after truth and find freedom in Christ….drum roll please…..then stick with truth. Right? Simple, isn’t it?
Listen now brothers and sisters, walking with Christ is NOT complicated. Yes, the unreachable and unknowable depth of God’s word is profound. And the riches found by digging deep in the Word are worth much more than silver or gold. However, get this and get this good; The Gospel of Christ is as simple as it is deep.
Here’s how we walk with God. Know truth (Christ), by grace and in faith walk in truth (Christ). Nothing more, nothing less; truth and faith, know God and believe God. Religions complicate things, God simplifies them.
And so here is why it can be dangerous and stifling to our walk to read anything not Spirit led: because the ONLY way to complicate this simplicity is with deception. Whether the deception we are exposed to is intentional as it was by Satan in the garden and as he still deceives today or unintentional as delivered to us by well-meaning teachers and authors doesn’t really matter; deception is dangerous and stifling.
Deception places doubt in our minds regarding the truthfulness and trustworthiness of God. The only Book ever written in which we can be absolutely certain that there isn’t a single shred of deception, intentional or otherwise, is the Bible. That is why I tend to stick to the Word, there is NO deception in the Word of Christ, it is pure truth.
Lord willing in my next post we’ll look at reason number 2.
In His Peace,