not My word like fire, asks the Lord,
like hammer that breaks the rocks in pieces?" (Jer 23:29)
New revelations, visions, dreams — these are the fad in Christendom
today. Though superficially these appear good, these are nothing but
"wood, hay and straw." These cannot stand the test of the fire
of God's Word "The fire will test each one's work, of what sort it
is" (1 Cor 3:12,13). People are excited when preachers talk about
dreams and visions. Huge crowds rush to such meetings. But dreams and
visions are simply "chaff" before the "wheat" of God's
Word. Perhaps no other mortal man had had such an abundance of visions and
revelations like Paul. He even had a trip to Paradise. But he did not go
place to place talking about these experiences. Our preachers go crowing
about even a visit to Paris!
was reasonably thorough with the Scriptures even from the age of twelve (Lk
2:42,46,47). But He prepared Himself for another eighteen years before He
preached His first sermon. Many enter the pulpit too soon quoting Paul
that he started preaching "immediately" after his conversion.
Little do they realise that he had had many years of rigorous learning of
the Old Testament Scriptures under the exacting eye of Rabbi Gamaliel
(Acts 22:3). That's why Paul discouraged Timothy against installing a
novice in the ministry (1 Tim 3:6).
we are not able to embrace the truth of God's Word because of certain
traditions. Traditions are not to be summarily rejected. But whichever
contradicts the Scriptures must be abandoned however long it would have
been cherished. When we worship traditions we make the Word of God
ineffective (Mk 7:6-13).
time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine... and they will
turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to tales" (2
Tim 4:3,4). The prosperity doctrine invented by materialistic countries is
an example of myths. It is a plague that cannot be easily stopped. No
other doctrine in Church history had been so popular. This has prevented
most of our pulpits from sounding forth genuine messages from the Lord. "Smile!
Jesus loves you!" — Such slogans are good for stickers but not
good enough for sinners. It becomes a myth if the other side of the coin,
namely "Repent! Jesus loves you!" is not presented (Rev
must comfort the afflicted but afflict the comfortable.
should aim at pricking the heart, not stroking the skin!