1Kings 13:18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.
I read lots of books. I read from all types of sources. I read from the left to the right but there is a caution that this verse gives us that we should all heed. Sometimes we let our guard down too much. We think that they are men of God like we are or want to be. We read what they have to say. We use too little discernment. We begin to take in things without thoughtfully praying about it, examining it, and checking it out with the Scriptures. This leads to spiritual error even death!
In the story 1Kings 13:1-34 a man of God is sent to preach. He is told to go and come with some very direct instructions. He is very determined to obey God. He is full of zeal. As he goes many try to get him off the path he was instructed to take. He refuses.
Then a man says to him, an older man, a man of supposed success and experience, I am a man of God like you. He convinces him to go with him. By the end of the story the young man of God is dead.
It is a shocking story. How could he start out so well, be so well intentioned, and then get off track and be killed. The reason is that he wasn’t careful to listen to God and not obey man.
Today we are tempted to develop our church growth theories and doctrine from successful men. We want the success. We want it for the glory of God. We start to follow them hoping that some of what is happening to them will happen to us.
We become very pragmatic. We determine truth by what works not by what the Word of God says. We do not read the primary sources-The Bible, rather we read what the experienced, successful man of God says about the Bible.
I am all for reading and will continue to do so. I just want to caution all those that I love so much to stay in the Bible. Make sure what they say lines up. Do not love a man so much that you accept his error.
I can speak so plainly about this because I have been guilty. I have been a man follower. I have been burnt by it. I challenge you to get in the book. Study the Bible. Learn for yourself. Develop discernment.
Be careful who you listen to! Dig in the Word of God more than you read the books. I am afraid that you do your customary 15 minutes a day in the Bible and then a few hours listening to podcasts and reading books.
Now I know you are mad at me! But don’t trust me-check it out in the Bible.