Errors We Hold On To

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 (2 Tim 4:3 AMP). Today in christendom there are a lot of errors we hold on to either in ignorance or willfully.
A few of such errors are: 1)      Name it and claim it Some of us, children of God think and believe that we can just name it-and-claim-it and get whatever we want, or that because God did it for so-and-so therefore He must do the same for us. This kind of thinking is based on thinking that our faith is to control God. The Almighty is not our errand boy or a genie granting our 3-wishes or our every wish. The Israelites named-it-and-claimed-it and got what they wanted but God sent leanness into their souls (Psa 106:15). Find out what God has said in His word about your situation, because for faith to be faith it must be anchored on the word of God (Rom 10:17).   2)      Get rich quick schemes We’re in church only because we want our businesses to prosper. Our library is limited to titles such as 7 Steps To Success, How To Sack Your Boss and other such folly. An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end (Prov 20:21). But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Tim 6:9-10). Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom (Pro 23:4).   3)      Microwave services We can’t sit through sermons longer than 30minutes but can attend business seminars that run for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. We can spend time hours watching Season 1 through Season 5 of our favorite TV shows but don’t have time for God. Our prayer time in the morning is a mad dash for the finish line and then we’re off to a busy schedule that drains us of our energy. God is just another item to check on our to-do-list and sadly, He’s a tiny footnote at the bottom of the list, way done on our list of priorities Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best (Prov 3:9 MSG). Endure good doctrine, spend time at the foot of Jesus like Mary did (Luke 10:38-42).   4)      Entertainment services We invite comedians, who poke fun at the gifts and workings of the Holy Spirit to the altar of God, to be MCs at our church services.   5)      Not confirming if what we hear in church is what God has said Just because the pastor said it does not mean it’s a thus-saith-the-Lord. Be like the Bereans who checked, according to the Scriptures, daily if what Paul said was true (Acts 17:11). Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1). And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Cor 11:13-15). Test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast. Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be. (1 Thess 5:20-22 AMP). But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Gal 1:8-9). Some men of God are quick to quote that 70% of Jesus’ sermons was about money, especially when they want to fleece people. Sadly, too many people believe that because Jesus spoke about riches, treasures and sometimes used financial terms in His parables therefore He meant that they should spend 70% of their lives getting money. Why don’t you find out exactly what Jesus said about money? But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt 6:33).   6)      Sowing a seed We’re quick to open our wallets to sow a seed into a man of God’s life we are meeting for the first time without understanding the principle of seed time and harvest. Sometimes people are quick to give and sow to appease their guilty consciences. What harvest are we expecting from such seeding or sowing? Yes, Jesus said whoever gives a drink of water to a prophet would not lose a prophet’s reward but ask yourself, Am I fulfilling this scripture? Some people are quick to give and sow to appease their guilty consciences. These are the kind of people who smooth-talk themselves into the homes of unstable and needy women and take advantage of them; women who, depressed by their sinfulness, take up with every new religious fad that calls itself “truth.” They get exploited every time and never really learn (2 Tim 3:6-7 MSG).   7)      Me-I-no-go-suffer mentality We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (Acts 14:22). all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (2 Tim 3:12). if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us (2 Tim 2:12).   8)      Fall-and-die prayers. Jesus said pray for your enemies. Love your enemies. You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matt 5:43-48).   9)      Wanting to be like the world On more than one occasion Jesus said that we will be rejected because we belong to Him and that the world would hate us because we are His followers. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15). And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake (Matthew 10:22; Matthew 24:9; Luke 21:17; John 15:18). See also (James 4:4; Rom 9:7-8; Rom 12:1; 1Cor 15:33).   10)   Not waking our talk and giving the excuse that God sees the heart. Jesus said your actions come out of the heart and “by their fruit you shall know them.” For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: (Matt 15:19). And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man (Mark 7:20-23). Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9-10 NIV).   11)   Giving the excuse “God will understand.” “Na me kill Jesus? Your own too much.” We play this card when we give in to our lusts and fall into temptation. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them (James 4:17 NIV) No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Cor 10:13 NIV) Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matt 7:21 NIV). Once the sermon is too close for comfort, we roll our eyes and our response is “Them don come again. Here we go again…old school message.” We say this when we are not ready to let go of dark corners in our lives where the spotlight of the word of God has shined. People correct us and we retort, “Na me kill Jesus? Your own too much.” See Prov 29:1; John 16:8-10; John 16:13   12)   Not being dependent on the Holy Spirit. God does not give us gifts that we don’t need or require. To think a gift of God is not necessary is folly. God gave us the Holy Spirit for guidance, comfort, teaching and revealing the will of God to us. If you are not led of the Holy Spirit you are not a child of God (Rom 8:16).   13)   Equating being active-in-church to being in a relationship with God or knowing God. Going to a strong, bible-believing church does not make you a strong Christian. As long as all you do is church attendance then you’re like the foolish man who heard the words of God and did not obey it (Matt 7:26-27). Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matt 7:22-23 NIV) Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her (Luk 10:38-42) 14) Man of God pray for me Are we like Pharaoh or Jerobaom (1Kings 13:6) who said, “pray to the Lord your God?” Is he not your God too? There is no mediator between you and God but Jesus (1 Tim 2:5). What is keeping you from talking to God? Jesus says come boldly to the throne of grace (Heb 4:16). Hannah, Samuel’s mother, spoke to God in prayer (1 Sam 1:10).   15) Prayer Contractor Are you quick to lay hands on people to make a quick buck? eager to pronounce blessings on people who do not fear God? Have you customised your sermons so sinners can continue in sins, just as long as they keep bringing in their tithes and offerings? Phil 3:18-19 says that destruction is the end of such people whose god is their belly. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure (1 Tim 5:22) In conclusion, our prayers should be: Lord, keep me from presumptuous sins, Clear me from hidden and unconscious faults” (Psa 19:12-13).

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One thought on “Errors We Hold On To

  1. We as Christians really need to hear this truth. This is beautiful and timely. May God keep us firmly rooted in His word.

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