The Best Safeguard Against False Teaching

What is the best safe-guard against false teaching? Beyond all doubt the regular study of the word of God, with prayer for the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Bible was given to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Psalm. 119:105.) The man who reads it aright will never be allowed greatly to err. It is neglect of the Bible which makes so many a prey to the first false teacher whom they hear. They would have us believe that “they are not learned, and do not pretend to have decided opinions.” The plain truth is that they are lazy and idle about reading the Bible, and do not like the trouble of thinking for themselves. Nothing supplies false prophets with followers so much as spiritual sloth under a cloak of humility.

 

~ J.C. Ryle



Christianity & Religion…Not Necessarily The Same

There is a great difference between dead, empty RELIGION and CHRISTIANITY. Religion may very well include attending a “Christian” church, but that does not equate Christianity.  For our purposes here, I am trying to communicate that a person may very well be religious, but may, in fact, “miss the boat” when it comes to salvation. While Christianity would certainly be considered a religion, it is to be distinguished as the religion of religions…the Chief of religions…because it is the true religion (James 1:26-27). Christianity is more than following a predetermined set of rules, more than attending a Church building on a given day of the week, and more than having your name on a church role.  You see, many are GOING TO CHURCH but few are GOING DOWN THE ROAD WHICH LEADS TO LIFE (Matt 7:13-14).  There are many that  name the Name of Christ (2 Tim. 2:19) and claim to be Christians, but few that understand what a Christian really is. Many are RELIGIOUS, but few are RIGHT WITH GOD.

The following distinctions may be helpful to you in distinguishing dead, empty Religion and Biblical Christianity: Read more…



We MUST COUNT THE COST OF BEING A DISCIPLE

We MUST COUNT THE COST OF BEING A DISCIPLE.

 

Here are several things to consider about being a disciple of Jesus:

To be a disciple means giving up comforts and earthy security.To be a disciple means a life of denying self so that Christ is exalted.
To be a disciple means the enmity and the ridicule of the world.
To be a disciple means forsaking ALL to follow the Lord Jesus!

The terms of being a disciple of Jesus Christ are given in the Scriptures…primarily in the Gospels. Read more…



What is the proper way to study the Bible?

Determining the meaning of Scripture is one of the most important tasks that a believer has in this life. God does not tell us that we must simply read the Bible. We must study it, handle it correctly, and studying is hard work. A brief scanning of Scripture can sometimes yield very wrong conclusions about what God means. Here is the first of several principles about how to determine the correct meaning of Scripture.

 

1. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding.

John 16:13 reads, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” Jesus in John 16 is speaking of the Holy Spirit and says that when He comes (the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, Acts 2), He would guide them into all truth. Just as the Holy Spirit guided the apostles in the writing of much of the New Testament, He also guides us in the understanding of Scripture. Remember, the Bible is God’s book, and we need to ask Him what it means.

more tomorrow…TKI



Six Tips to Help You Share Your Faith

share faithThere are many different articles out on the web dealing with Christian apologetics and how to defend your faith with others. Most deal with the technical nature of a specific claim or offer analogies for you to use when explaining your opinion.

However, there is another aspect of apologetics that is often ignored – how to talk appropriately to people. 1 Peter 3:15 (the “apologetics verse”) says that we “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence “(emphasis added). Read more…