I have a confession to make. I yell at the television. I mostly scream at television preachers who aren’t teaching the Word correctly. It angers me when preachers, which are being watched by the nations, teach the Gospel in a distorted way. They make people believe they have to work for salvation, healing and miracles. I’ve heard them essentially say to just send them money, and they will fulfill your destiny for you.
All the preachers say that they have a Word directly from God. Those “words” seem to contradict each other.
One minister says that God is telling us to be content living below our inheritance, which is clearly laid out in the Bible. He advises us to be content living in poverty and sickness. Then another contradicts that by preaching that God wants to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think.
Another preacher charges that we must go back to our Jewish roots and live under the law. He insists God is commanding us to go back to the traditions of the Hebrew people. Yet another contradicts that by teaching that we are to live under grace and not under the law, to focus on what Jesus did for us rather than what we can do for ourselves.
Obviously some of these teachings are Biblically sound and others aren’t.
Imagine, though, for a moment, that you are an immature or a brand—new Believer. You are listening to all these preachers and becoming very confused. It seems that God changes His mind like the wind changes direction. If God tells preachers different things, God must be schizophrenic, you reason. He must have a split personality disorder.
But He doesn’t. God is still the same yesterday, today and forever. He changes not.
Then why did He smite people in the Old Testament and not in the New? God obviously changed His mind, you might say.
Grace is not just a New Testament concept. We see it prevalent in the Old Testament as well as the New.
Especially with the children of Israel. They disobeyed God and worshipped idols, then they suffered the consequences for their actions. They ended up in sickness and captivity. God made a way of escape for them every time, but they refused to change their ways.
One prime example of grace is Joseph’s brothers. They sold Joseph into slavery and yet God still orchestrated the events of Joseph’s life to save theirs and the lives of their families during a great famine that should have taken them out.
God is still merciful today toward those of us who are His children. He shows us grace and mercy especially when we don’t deserve it and haven’t earned it.
God is still the same. His Word is still the same. Instead of adapting our message to the world, we should speak the Truth——the pure, unadulterated Word of God. We need to let the world adapt to the Word, not vice versa.
We are conforming to the world. We are teaching what my Dad used to call “soup,” which means we are teaching a watered—down, user—friendly version of the Bible.
No, we must teach God’s Word, God’s way. Otherwise the Word is not going to change the lives of others. It will make them feel good, but they will not change. We need to make life—time changes in the lives of people, not make them have warm fuzzy feelings.
Stick to the Truth of the Word, and leave the consequences to God.