Does This Twenty Dollar Bill Look Real?
“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” - I Timothy 6:3-5
I was walking on the streets of Seattle, and we saw a group of people with various posters out. They were speaking to a group of people who were intently listening. I stopped for a brief second and immediately knew this was not biblical street preaching. The speech and material they presented were not biblical and they spoke not the words of Jesus Christ. Nate and I shook our heads and we pressed on towards our destination. I thought of those who stood and listened to the false doctrine that had just enough truth to be dangerous. We must always give the truth and not speak of another gospel or another way. Freedom That Lasts is built on scriptural truths and is not anchored on man’s philosophy.
Freedom That Lasts works because it is Bible-based. The program has been proven and has been in place at the flagship church for several years. At our program, we do things a little differently, but we adhere to the fundamental concept and program guidelines. As a charter program, there are certain changes we can make and others we cannot. We must be careful in what we change and always be mindful to adhere to the core standard and values of Freedom That Lasts.
In life, I have across people who try to entice me to change my thinking and beliefs to their own. They mix their own philosophy in with Bible verses to promote their own agenda or to puff themselves up. They create their own doctrines that are close to the truth, but not really the truth. I have even heard some ascribe to themselves terms such as “prophet”. I must guard my heart against false teaching because it is contrary to the truth. I must compare everything I hear to the truth of God’s Word and judge it based on that alone. The more I entertain the false doctrine, the better chance it has to becoming truth to me.
Have you ever heard something that sounded really good but there were parts where you were not sure? Have you ever heard someone say something that you shook your heard because you knew it was false? Are you withdrawing yourself from those who speak contrary to the words of Lord Jesus Christ? We have so many sources of information, and “experts” that come from the internet and television must be checked and proven by the truth of the scriptures. Be careful to whom you listen, and always check with what the Bible says. I want to believe that I will grow to be six feet tall but no matter who tells me that, it simply is not true. Stay in God’s Word and withdraw yourself from those who tickle your ears but speak a doctrine contrary to the Word of God. People who work in a bank learn the feel of real money, so they can quickly spot a counterfeit. They spend their time focused on real money, and not time on various counterfeit bills. What are you spending your time on today? Are you saturating yourself on wholesome words or are you giving ear to counterfeit doctrine?
Stay in the fight! Saso