Don't be a sponge

This post is the third so far in a series about loving God with your mind. You can read the first one here and the second here. As I have continued to pontificate on this matter there seems to be an interesting facet of loving God with your mind. We must use our mind to sort through what is true and what is false teaching.

There are so many things in our culture that are labeled Christian. Everything from best-sellers to television pastors are easily accessible to someone who take even a few seconds to look. And many of these things are extremely popular. Yet the question I have is this: how many believers actually take the time and think through what is being placed before them. Just because a book is being read by thousands of people, do we need to take it's message as authentic and godly? Just because there is a cross or a fish on the cover, does it mean the person who put it out holds to the truth of Scripture?

There are a few passages that come to mind:

Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:20-21

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1

For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Matthew 24:24

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
Acts 17:10-12

We as believers should seek those things which will edify us and draw us closer to Christ. Yet we must be careful to take everything and to examine it to ensure that it conforms to the words of Scripture. If it does, take it and treasure it. If it doesn't, don't swallow it and adopt it as your own. And don't simply disagree. Take the time to think why you don't agree and formulate some thoughts on paper.

Of do all of this we must really be soaking ourselves in the Word. If we aren't then how would we know that something is amiss. Just a thought...

Posted by Jack | at 1:28 PM


Anonymous said...

Convicting. I've been struggling with a simliliar issue in the last couple days. How often do I listen to preaching or "worship" music without fully listening and discerning whether or not the message is glorifying God?? Thanks for making me think :)