Some of the situations I read about today, both in religious and political articles take me back to my early years. In the few years just before we were married, I was flying to Bible conferences as far away as England. I felt an air of self-importance as I sat for three days with men I considered much more spiritual than myself.
Thinking back on those days, I remember reading Scripture and then wondering how things that were said at these conferences didn’t match up with the Bible. During this period of time, one or two would dare to question the inconsistency between the two. These men were quickly silenced.
As I recall those days, fifty years ago, I kick myself for not listening to the Holy Spirit and standing up to those who were distorting God’s Word. I admire Paul and have learned from him. He stood up to the Judaizers who wanted to keep the Church in bondage to the ceremonial law. “Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you” (Galatians 2:4–5).
How much do we prize the gospel? When “the truth of the gospel” in the souls of disciples was in danger of being hijacked, Paul did not hesitate to call out the false teachers. Let us not think for a moment that those days are only in the past. They are here. BE ALERT, BE AWARE!
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
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