For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. (Hebrews 5:12-13 ESV)
My husband and I were concerned that my mother-in-law, Lila, who came to know the Lord personally in her eighties, was going to be watching ‘gospel’ TV shows that weren’t quite on track. So during one of our recent visits, we were relieved to hear her ask us to, ‘Switch that guy off – he never opens a Bible and never talks about Jesus!’ She was passionately dismayed with the man who consistently says good stuff, but nothing of substance and does not call people to repentance and to the cross.
Still, I found compelled to try and watch this teacher when I got home to see what he was all about. I was shocked with how sweet and enticing his words were and found myself nodding along in agreement until he finally said something so sideways it woke me out of my slumber. It wasn’t just that he was feeding people a soothing diet of warm milk instead of meat, but worse than that, the milk was compromised! It was spoiled!
I shudder to think how many in North America are only being fed this dangerous diet consisting of false, formula teaching. Sadly, there are dozens of online and TV personalities who are calling themselves ministers, drawing millions into their virtual fellowships where they do no shepherding or exalting Christ as the only way. We need to keep our own palates clean and take in the solid, meaty Word so that we will be able to discern and warn others of the dangers lurking behind the screens.
Father, oh how it must grieve You to see so many lead astray. Help us to be hungry for Your true Word and to grow and mature in our knowledge of You. Give us courage and wisdom to speak up and out, and to serve up meaty portions to others. Amen!
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