Be a Berean
“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”
We live in a time of great deception, where satan, who is the master deceiver, is running rampart. I believe that the Church itself greatly underestimates the ability of our enemy. If Lucifer was able to deceive 1/3rd of the angels in heaven, creatures who had seen God face to face, then who are we to think that he could never lead us astray?
We must be as the Bereans; we must, we must! It is imperative that we search the Scriptures daily to find whether the things we are taught are true. If Paul himself allowed the Bereans to scrutinize him, then we should not shun the scrutiny of others. Any leader should desire that people examine them, since a genuine believer wants to stay on tract and desires accountability. It is the false teacher that hates correction.
Ever since Christ there has been a spirit of anti Christ at work in the world. This spirit operates in our Churches, and even speaks through renowned preachers to influence the masses. Do I say this on my authority, or do the Scriptures verify my claim? Does Paul not warn that some would rise up from among believers and lead many astray (Acts 20:30, 31)? Did he not warn the Church night and day, even with tears, to be on guard from these things? Did not Jude find it necessary to write his entire epistle to exhort the Church to fight for the faith, because it was under attack from those who were among us, but were not of us (Jude 1:3, 4)? Or we can look at the letter of 1 John, written to the early Church to combat the spirit of Gnosticism that crept into the Church. Therefore, if Jesus (Matthew 7:15) and His apostles found it vital to warn about, should we not also take it very seriously?
Be alarmed whenever you hear a minister down play the importance of the Scriptures, telling you that it is not that important. For the word is a lamp, and the law a light (Proverbs 6:23); without His truth we are in darkness. Satan knows that we are easily deceived if we do not know the truth, and can then be lead into false teachings and doctrines of devils, which end in destruction (1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Peter 2:1).
Understand this one thing, my beloved brethren, that satan’s ministers are very persuasive and are capable of speaking many good truths; that is how they gain your trust. Once your heart is open to their teachings they slip in destructive heresies that can damn you to hell. They also speak with a split tongue, telling you the truth one minute but speaking contradiction the next. So please, examine the Scriptures daily and let the Holy Spirit lead you into all truth (1 John 2:27). Walk in the light as Jesus is in the light, and you will never falter.
Much love in Christ, Jonathan Ball
Be a Berean