Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 46)
Head: Headless Horsemen
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV)
They tell the prophets, 'Don't tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies...'
Isaiah 30:10 (NLT)
For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
Romans 16:18 (NIV)
If we're Christ's body and He is our Head, what are we without Jesus at the top? Charging around town like headless horsemen? Living The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?* Or are some of us like Ichabod Crane? Teaching facts without getting to the Heart? Pursuing a Spouse for financial gain?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: With great zeal, I urge every Christian toward careful examination of their teachers, elders and pastors. Examine me and these devotions. Examine your goals as disciples. But most of all, examine Jesus. Because He is the Measuring Rod: revealing Truth, exposing fiction.
Without first hand knowledge of God's Word, believers are fishing in the dark--which describes Peter before Jesus.** Please forgive these painfully blunt words about the dangers of false teachers. They're not politically correct, but they are correct in the Bible: Cover to Cover, time and again.***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Since you're called to be modern leaders, consider a few ancient guidelines:
1) Almighty God's before-Christ prophets were given unpleasant things to say. Often, their prophesies were warnings, detailing terrible times ahead for God's disobedient children.
2) The brightest spots in their prophesies featured the Messiah's arrival, the realized Hope of the faithful, the rewards for the obedient and the Lord's future kingdom on earth.
3) Don't believe lovey-dovey prophets, affirming idolatrous cultures, exampling extravagant lifestyles, speaking words sinning saints want to hear... even if they smile very sweetly.
We're in the age of headless horsemen, and media has quickened its pace. Maybe that's why Christ traveled by foot. Maybe that's why you're called to step up.
To Be Continued...
* See the plot synopsis for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Sleepy_Hollow
** ' 'Master,' Simon replied, 'we worked hard all last night and didn't catch a thing. But if You say so, I'll let the nets down again' ' (Luke 5:5, NLT).
*** Article: False Teachers: https://bible.org/seriespage/6-false-teachers-2-peter-21-3
*** Bible Verses about False Teachers: http://www.openbible.info/topics/false_teachers
*** Bible Verses about False Prophets: http://www.openbible.info/topics/false_prophets
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.