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Friday, December 13, 2013

The Shocking Truth about Christian Media

Not everything you read in “Christian” literature, hear on “Christian” radio or television programs, or even hear on Sundays in your church from your pastor or Sunday school teachers is true.  Shocking perhaps but true.  Printing or speaking from a position of authority does not equal true.
If it is in print or if it is said by a noted teacher, does that make it true?  Thoughts at DTTB.

The Bible clearly warns us of this.  I was reminded this morning in Mark 4:24, “…take care what you listen too…”  That started me on a journey through several passages:
  • 1 John 4:1
  • 2 Peter 1:19 – 2:3
  • Matthew 24:4 – 5; 23 – 24
  • Acts 17:11
  • Isaiah 8:20
Truth is not measured by what is printed, broadcast in “Christian” media, or taught in “Christian” venues.  Truth is measured by the Word of God.  If what is printed or taught does not align with the Word of God, or takes liberties with or picks and chooses which part of Scripture to apply, well, it is not true.  If someone claims to have “truth” from God that is direct from God and cannot be found in the Word, they are liars, false teachers, and we do well to ignore them.  We are promised in Scripture that these false teachers will increase.

As those hard in pursuit of Christ, we must know the Word.  We must continually check what we are hearing and reading against the Word.  That means we have to be in the Word as our primary source of truth.  We cannot depend on others to tell us what that truth is supposed to be.  We have to dig ourselves.  Yes, we need each other.  We need each other’s gifts and insight into that Word.  But it is the Word on which we need to lean.

We will be held accountable for what we do with the Word not what the authors or teachers we have read or sat under have done with it.  That includes this Blog.

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