The other day one of my close friends shared his daily devotional with me. When he finished reading, he paused waiting for my response which was, “Who is the publisher?” because I immediately knew that what I had just heard was not biblical. As a matter of fact, the devotional book is published by a pantheistic, New Age cult that has Christian in its name and has over 1,000,000 readers worldwide. But, the thing that bothers me the most is the fact that today’s Christians gravitate toward literature/activities/music/churches that have Christian labels but no Christian foundation.
We prefer the emotionalized services that make a mockery of the grace of God by pacifying our consciences in order to make our sins seem benign or irrelevant. Or, we rely too heavily on the views of family members, friends, or someone we admire to determine truth or error for us. Unfortunately, we have become too indolent to examine whether content aligns with biblical truth.
I have even discovered that some of us are too afraid to study God’s Word for ourselves because we inaccurately believe that we are not spiritual/knowledgeable enough to discern what God is communicating. Yet, the Bible clearly teaches “that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3). But, we are unable to learn the “true knowledge of Him” if we never open our Bibles.
In my Sunday School class for 9-11 year olds, I attempted to convince my students that cat is spelled K-A-T. In spite of all my efforts, the class remained unconvinced. The point I was making is this: “Why is it when it comes to the Word of God we accept without question whatever the ‘expert’ teaches regardless of what we know to be true in God’s Word?” The class concluded that it is because we do not know enough about the Bible to confidently stand firm on what we believe. Now, if children understand this, why is it so difficult for adults to get it?
Adults have trouble understanding the need for the pure Word because we know too much (Matthew 18:3). We are too educated, too experienced, too in control of our own lives, and too impressed with catchy phrases and anthropological wisdom. The Truth does not make sense to us because it is too simple – we need “more”. So, we turn to daily devotionals laced in Christian sounding lingo, television that makes worship “pop,” and music that makes us move but has no doctrinal truth in it.
The message and preaching of Christ as revealed in the Bible is “not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5). Everyone would agree that replacing the “c” with a “k” in cat is an error. When are we going to agree that adding to or replacing Christ with anything else in Christianity is also error?