Eyes wide open

When we know and love Jesus Christ, we want to spend time with Him in prayer and in His Word. It's amazing what you can learn about Jesus by hearing and reading the Bible from the very first pages to the final chapter.

In Revelation, Christ rebuked the church in Pergamos for their indifference toward the false teachers in their midst: "But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam . . . you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate" (Rev. 2:14,15).

Many post-modern thinkers hold to the concept that "truth" is totally subjective, and that the more mature a person is, the less dogmatic he will be about anything. But the New Testament view of maturity is different. Solid, stable truth is held up as a worthy goal, and Christians are urged to get past the stage as quickly as possible where they're apt to be blown back and forth by "every wind of doctrine." We're not to be stubborn, of course. But neither are we to be gullible. Although we're to hold our convictions gently and humbly, the fact remains that we are to hold them. And as time goes by, we're to become more skilled at seeing through deception. We can't acquire perfect knowledge, but we certainly can grow to "full age" and be among those "who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil" (Hb. 5:14). In short, we can learn to discern -- and we're in danger if we don't.

Most Christians sincerely want to follow Jesus in a way that glorifies Him and honors what He did for us. But with so many deceptive teachings weaving their way into our churches, it’s often hard to sort out Truth from deceptively-spun “almost-truths.”