“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17-18 NKJV
I remember when I had just made my commitment to life change through Christ. I had volunteered to help with a benefit at our small Baptist church.
There were many women hustling and bustling about. I was trying to find my fit and where I could help. I always want to help but am fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing so I generally stand back and wait for instructions.
There was one lady there who was assuming the role of leadership that I had a problem with. My flesh wanted to tell her how wrong she was and take it over myself. But I kept quiet, until a new friend came over to me.
I immediately began to spout off about what all I thought was wrong with the situation. She lovingly but sternly looked me in the eyes and said you are trying to cause division among the brethren. Gulp.
I received the message loud and clear. My old way of speech and actions had no place in the church or anywhere else for that matter. Those few words spoken to me that day made me realize how much I was going to have to rely on Christ to make me into the person he created to begin with.
I wish I could say that was the only time I ran my mouth when I shouldn’t have after that day. But I will say that I didn’t do it with the intent of throwing somebody under the bus. Over the years I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut especially in the body of believers.
What could have happened that day is that my friend could’ve responded with the same zeal for under mining a fellow sister in Christ. This could have led to all sorts of trouble that day. But thank God for her stepping in and diffusing the situation. I welcome that in my life at anytime. That is someone who truly loves you and cares about you and more importantly loves God and seeks to serve Him in every capacity.
The second area to address is false teaching. There are so many teaching the Word, study materials, study Bibles and Bible commentaries it can overwhelm me. So what’s a girl to believe? I am a bit naive most of the time so I have been guilty to believe what I hear and read without doing the research on it myself. I publicly apologize if I have said in these posts anything contrary to how God intended for the Scripture to be interpreted.
One of our pastors was quoted as saying, “If you have a question, always go back to the Greek.” So I bought a Hebrew Greek Key Word KJV study Bible. Friends, it opened my eyes to what I believe that God is saying to me. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend it.
We can’t be found guilty of believing everything that comes our way. God is at work, it’s so true. But so is your enemy. How better to thwart God’s plans than to have you believe what isn’t true about His Word? Do the research yourself. God will speak to you through it and lead you to His heart on the matter. Don’t depend on what others say, depend on what God says.
The more you immerse yourself in the original meaning of the Word, the more likely you are to recognize heresies when you are presented with them. Just a few added/extracted words or innuendos can change the whole meaning. Be on guard!
I hope this helps someone out there as much as it has me. God loves us and is all about the truth. If you have found yourself believing everything you hear, He is waiting to for you to come to Him. He wants to help you understand his heart. If you feel you are causing division or have caused it, pray and ask God to redeem what has been lost or damaged. He will guide you onto the path of righteousness. My prayers are with you as always. May grace envelop your life today.