Travelling the Right Path (and remaining on it).


It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.*

The most visited article on this blog is this one: Is David Pawson a False Teacher?  In that article I express concern that so many people are clearly looking for someone else to answer that question for them instead of following the example of the Bereans, searching the scriptures to find out whether the teacher and his teachings are true. (My own experience with Pawson has led me to believe he’s more trustworthy than most – but others need to test what he says for themselves)

Over the years I’ve seen more and more examples of how unwise it is to put our confidence in man. While there is a clear legitimacy in receiving teaching and instruction from others, we have an equally clear personal accountability. No teaching or instruction should be accepted without adequate, persistent, ongoing scrutiny.

It is far too easy for personal admiration and even friendship to lead to short cuts; bypassing necessary checks and balances, and as a result start to accept things that ought to be pushed aside. And it’s also very easy to allow our personal desires to lead to similar short cuts: we want something to be true so we find ways of supporting what we want to believe, often through finding isolated, seemingly favourable bible verses (regardless of their intended context).

I’ve previously given examples of my own experience related to “Word of Faith” teaching, and how I ignored my own reservations about aspects of the teaching, a choice that made it easier for me to swallow falsehoods that I may have otherwise have recognised for what they really were.
Apart form personal experiences like that, I’ve also seen far too many friends taking dangerous paths.

I’ve seen some lose their faith altogether.
I’ve seen some heading more and more into mysticism.
I’ve seen others getting caught up in partisan politics, confusing their nation’s agenda with that of God’s Kingdom.

Several of those people were “leaders” of a kind, maintaining or moderating popular, well-visited Christian forums. They had an influence over people and their beliefs.

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things.**

Whether we are teachers or not.
Whether we are in a position to influence others or not.
We need to be sure, for our own sake if not the sake of others, that we remain sound and that the path we’re on is leading in the right direction, that we’re not straying from the truth.

As a simple guide I’ve come to recognise the following;

The gospel is simple, not convoluted needing great intellect or learning to understand.
The gospel is practical, not airy fairy and esoteric.
The gospel is about God and His Kingdom, not about man and mankind’s political kingdoms.
The gospel puts God and His agenda first, not man and mankind’s desires and ambitions.

 

 

_____________________

* Psalm 118
** James 3

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15 thoughts on “Travelling the Right Path (and remaining on it).

  1. Part of your October tenth was our October ninth.

    TYT – 10.09.17: Jemele Hill, Bob Corker, Columbus Day, Richard Spencer
    I wish I could clip this to 23:35 through to the end and
    leave off the first half or so, on Jemele Hill, Bob Corker, etc.

  2. That’s really interesting to hear, that it’s the most visited article

    That single article alone has had 17,786 views up to the time of this comment.
    The next most viewed article drops to 2,871 views.

  3. Thanks Roger,
    You would be familiar with an example of someone we both know drifting off into a kind of mysticism, as exhibited in recent posts on her forum.

  4. Sadly, yes Tim. I have again (recently) tried logging in to comment, to no avail. 😦

    I’ve recently been made aware of a book ‘Christianity and Anti-Christianity in their final conflict’, apparently it reads as though written today. The original was written in 1898, happily (and thankfully) it has been reprinted,… a flick through here reveals some of the content – which I believe is relevant to this topic of yours.

    https://www.amazon.com/Christianity-Antichristianity-their-Final-Conflict/dp/1681380188/ref=pd_sbs_14_2/142-5445542-5565050?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=X0W0JQDE1JM35BFFC7Z6

  5. Sounds interesting Roger.
    I had a quick look to see if I could source a second hand copy through bookfinder.com

    There was one second hand copy shown as available – for $1298.00 !!!!
    Surely that must be a mistake with the position of the decimal point, considering a new copy from Amazon is less than $20 US.

    A new edition was released only a couple of months ago – so I’ve now put it on my wish list until I can check it out further.

  6. Thanks, Tim: the points of your “simple guide” are absolutely right on. A perfect corrective to today’s departure from “the SIMPLICITY and purity of devotion to Christ” (II Cor. 11:3, my emphasis).

    Thanks, Roger, for that book-recommendation. I see the new edition is listed on Amazon for $19.99 US.

    blessing to all, Steve

  7. That price may well be accurate – Amazon have a new 1937 edition for US$3,408.54..!

    This is a 2 part article, reviewing the book: https://www.thebereancall.org/content/anti-christianity-ascending-part-1 and https://www.thebereancall.org/content/anti-christianity-ascending-part-2

    The copy I ordered (US $19.99 🙂 ) arrived after my post here yesterday, so I haven’t had an opportunity to read as yet.

    The good news is that both article and book stress the necessity to search scripture for the truth, and base our belief on all scripture.

    As you say: “Travelling the Right Path (and remaining on it).”

  8. Thanks Roger, The Book Depository have copies available for $29.85 (Aussie Dollars) with free delivery. That’s probably more or less the same as the Amazon price. When I get the opportunity I’ll have a close look at the review at your link.
    I’ve added the book to my Book Depository wish-list so I don’t forget to follow it up.

  9. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/google-top-stories-featured-false-news-rumored-antifa-civil-war/
    BY CAMERON HICKEY AND MILES O’BRIEN October 10, 2017 at 7:09 PM EDT
    A false rumor is currently circulating on conservative junk news web sites and social media warning that the loose knit movement of anti-fascist activists known as “Antifa” is planning to launch a civil war in the United States on Nov. 4.

    As seen in the screenshots below, the Google search results show a “Top stories” widget … The “Top Stories” presentation, which includes article thumbnails and recent timestamps, lend the links an air of credibility, as though they are news stories from reputable outlets.

    …..

    Google and its algorithm became the focus of a lot of criticism last week when those same “Top stories” boxes offered up a story with misinformation about the identity of the Las Vegas shooter from the website 4chan, an online community known to purposefully generate many false stories.

    We took a deeper dive into Google’s “Top news” algorithm and how, in the case of [a] planned [.. ] protest, it may have helped spread misinformation.

    How do “Top stories” boxes work?

    After the false Las Vegas shooter story, a Google spokesperson told several news outlets that “within hours, the 4chan story was algorithmically replaced by relevant results. This should not have appeared for any queries, and we’ll continue to make algorithmic improvements to prevent this from happening in the future.”

    In fact, this is what happened with the “Antifa civil war” search query [too].

    ………..

  10. I’ve been sharing, at another site, quotations from a very major NRA leader who is horrible. It crossed my mind that you can find Jesus saying not to use a sword. Are there people so ludicrous that they can’t conceive of that having anything to do with guns? I didn’t say that part. I also shared a news article of a man being put in jail for having had a knife that wasn’t quite long enough in his state (a state that is gung-ho about guns without regulations, in favor of guns, Texas). He hadn’t done anything with the knife, as far as I saw. But he was homeless. Anyway, it struck me that the leader called people without a gun to protect themselves (an assumption or sales pitch, that it would be protection, even if sometimes it is protective) soulless. I thought of Jesus. I didn’t share the image below either. I thought the quotations I shared should make it obvious enough. (And other images of Jesus come to mind.) The person who made the statements isn’t someone I’d see as thinking clearly, but so many of his followers should be able to see through him… but don’t. It might be okay to have (even use) a gun or knife or sword.

    But not having one is not “soulless.”

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=1IcjE3u8&id=AA4EABE3F2823FFD37C1E53C22399BBE4E46301B&thid=OIP.1IcjE3u8WcbxeJfTAqqK-gDTEa&q=put+away+your+sword&simid=607988502709601335&mode=overlay&first=1

    Then, later I found and shared that the same leader had called victims of the Holocaust soulless.

  11. It seems to me, further, that a person who comes up with this soulnessness as something to say to the public (and presumably something he thinks enough of that he’s comfortable with it) likely has some other measure that he is calling a soul but isn’t a soul. So, is what is “missing” demon possession (or at least major influence)? And what is the deal with people glad to be a co-member with said leader?

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