Are you naïve? I recently read the US Coastguard got letters in the 1960s about a group of people stranded on a deserted island. I guess folks thought Gilligan’s Island was real. When the drama-soap-opera Dallas was being aired on TV, Pastor AW Criswell, then pastor at First Baptist in Dallas, received a letter urging him to make a pastoral call on the Ewings – “this family has major problems, but just think, if JR got saved, what their tithe would be to the church!” Then there’s the individual who called a radio station complaining a deer crossing sign should be moved because of the potential accidents it could cause – as if the deer cross there after reading the sign. We laugh at such – and shake our heads. Can people really be that foolish? And yes, unfortunately some are.
But what is far worse is when believers are spiritually naïve. We live in an age of spiritual deception. The evil one misleads. He mixes truth with falsehood. Just because someone claims to be a Christian doesn’t mean they are. Throughout the NT we are warned to be careful – to examine all things.
With all this in mind, Tom Davis will begin an adult/teen series at 9:30, March 15, “Lessons on Discernment.” We must know how to decide if a ministry or someone is teaching the truth or is not. False teaching often uses our vocabulary but not always our dictionary. The Bereans were commended for taking Paul’s message and comparing it with Scripture. That’s our measuring line. The day in which we live is spiritually dangerous. I encourage you to come an hour earlier to our ABF class.