From the Pastor's Desk

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 1 Tim. 4:1-5.
 

Have you noticed that we are increasingly living in an ‘upside-down’ world?  Crazy seems to be, becoming the norm. In the passage above, the Bible tells us that deception will be that what is o.k., becomes wrong and what is wrong, becomes o.k.  How does the believer maintain his or her spiritual sanity in such a world?  Only by anchoring our belief and relationship to the truth in God’s Word. 

John 17:17 says, “…your word is truth.” 

No experience can be accepted as valid if it violates the written Word of God.  No doctrine or teaching can be viewed as valid or a basis for living, if it violates or goes contrary to the Word of God.  Everything you see on television or social media, both secular and Christian, has to pass through the filter of God’s Word.  If it fails, it is cast aside. 
 

Some people unwittingly make YouTube, social media, and the Web, their Bible.  If its “out there,” (in their minds), it is truth.  We have more information at our fingertips than in human history and we have less ‘truth’ being transmitted by comparison.  Deception does not come knocking.  It comes camouflaged in small doses looking like something you would really want, that already has a million “likes” and ten million Instagram followers.
    

Beware and be safe!