Wide Road of False Thinking

The letters of Peter, John, and Jude in the Bible all warn of deception and false leaders, false teachers, and false thinking…promoted in the world, but also infiltrating the church.  I am sorry to say the error and counterfeit “truth” is pervasive everywhere.  We must always be on guard of our minds and hearts.  We must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ who is the Truth.  
“We refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5.   
We must make sure that what we believe is truly in line with God’s Word and character.  This is a tough battle!  It requires time, effort, and discernment.  It would just be much easier to follow whoever sounds good or whatever message you like.   Counterfeit “truth” can sound so good and so right.
“For the time is coming when people will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching for something pleasing and gratifying, they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, and will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.”  2 Timothy 4: 3-4
In order to discern true from false, you must know truth very well and in detail.  For example, in order to recognize a counterfeit $20 bill, you need to know the detail of what a real true one looks like.  If you do not know the truth, you are easily fooled and that will lead to trouble.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because you the priestly nation have rejected knowledge.”  Hosea 4:6
“Awake from your drunken stupor and return to sober sense and your right minds, and sin no more.  For some of you have not the knowledge of God, you are utterly and willfully and disgracefully ignorant, and continue to be so, lacking the sense of God’s presence and all true knowledge of HIm.  I say this to your shame.”  1 Corinthians 16: 34
“Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.  But the gate is narrow, contracted by pressure, and the way is straightened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.  Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.  You will fully recognize them by their fruits………Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name:  And then I will say to them openly .publicly, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly, disregarding My commands.”  Matthew  7:  13-16, 22-23
Do you see how majorly important it is concerning who and what you listen to and follow.  All of your actions and decisions are based on what you believe to be true.  If you believe a college education will get you a high paying profession, then you will try to find a way to go to college.  If you believe the main goal in life is to be happy and have fun, then that is what you will pursue.  If you believe hard work brings good rewards, then you will discipline yourself to work hard.  What happens if you believe that saying the Catholic rosary multiple times will answer prayer or maybe you believe in “spiritual warfare” prayer or maybe you thing positive thinking (karma) or positive confession (even positive confession of God’s Word) or visualization will bring the results you desire?  Then, you will do these things you believe in.  But are these things really true?  Have you checked it out or are you just following an idea you were taught that sounds good.  Do you know if you are on the narrow road of Truth towards life or are you on the wide road that leads to destruction?
That is why it is essential that you read God’s Word for yourself….and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you Truth!  Do not just pick out a verse here and there, rather read whole chapters and whole books to be sure you are getting the whole concept of what is being taught so all the words can be taken in context.  And when you think on these words you are reading, determine the truth by looking to the character of God.  Does what you think you are learning fit the Father’s character?  I know that getting to know God mor4 and revelation of His Word will become more and more awesome in your life and you keep on keeping on…….

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