Wouldn’t it be great if there really was a “herescope” which could be brought into your local Christian Bookstore? You could walk around and hold up the device; point it at a book or DVD, and if they contained heretical teaching, the herescope would beep beep beep. Actually, that would not be so great.
What IS great is when a Christian has spiritual discernment. This is God’s will for His children. When we are born again, we are indwelled with the Holy Spirit. He is part of the Triune Godhead. Imagine – the Holy Spirit actually lives inside of believers! Then why do so many who claim to be born again, have no clue that something is false or evil? I don’t know the answer to that question.
Buying my son a Bible
Today, hubby and I went to our local Christian bookstore. I believe that if the Lord had not calmed me down, there was a good chance that I would have been physically removed from the store.
A worker (I believe she was the manager) attempted to help me pick out the right Bible for my son. She immediately suggested an NIV Bible. I told her that we didn’t use the NIV, and asked her if she had ever compared the verbiage in the NiV to the NASB or the NKJV or the KJV. She said that she knew it was a bit different, but that this Bible had cross references to other versions. I was thinking “Why not just buy another version?” But I didn’t say that to her.
Then she began to talk about Catholic Bibles. I looked at her and said “Why would I buy a Catholic Bible?” She gave me the deer in the headlights look. I told her that I was a Jewish Christian – another deer in the headlights look, and she said “Oh, that’s nice.” At that point hubby and I just walked around the store. I had chosen a beautiful KJV Bible with the Crown of Thorns embossed into the leather cover.
At the cash register
We were standing in line to pay and I noticed that on the counter was a large glossy poster with several pastors and Bible teachers on it. The woman began to rave about all of the pastors. I saw Charles Stanley among the pictures, and I said that I always loved Dr. Stanley. The manager began to name the pastors pictured and she raved over all of them. She said “And look – Andy Stanley.”
I told her that recently Andy Stanley had preached that we need to get away from the Bible and from saying “The Bible says.” At this point the woman glared at me. She said (with many customers listening) “I have NEVER heard Andy Stanley say such a thing!” I told her that he really did and that she could go to Youtube to hear it for herself. We paid for the Bible and then walked around the store.
We passed these as we walked:
“The Message” – Bible translation by Eugene Peterson (New Age Mystic)
“The Shack” by William P. Young (New Age Mystic)
“Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (Mystical)
“Jesus Always” by Sarah Young (Mystical)
“Whispers of Hope” (devotional by Beth Moore who recently came out for abortion)
Rick Warren (A whole section devoted to this man’s heresies) Books on returning to Rome and Warren’s “Pope.”
Turning over tables
I chuckled to myself that if I began to overturn some tables, they would probably have called the police. At the same time I thought “Jesus would have these tables flying in all directions!” But of course, I didn’t want to spend the afternoon in a jail cell, so I left the tables alone. And after all – I wasn’t in a Church. But somehow I do not think that would have mattered to Jesus. He would have been angry at the devil’s lies scattered among the sound teaching.
A Genuine Believer
I overheard a man speaking with a lady about the “Alleluias” a singing group which I had been part of for a short time. When they were finished talking, I asked the man when he sang in the group. Hubby and I began to chat with this man. We could both see the love of Jesus shining from him.
In the course of the conversation, I told “Rick” that I was a Christian Jew. Well, you should have seen his face – he got so excited! He said “You are a fulfilled Jew!” He was smiling and obviously so happy. He said to my husband “You really found yourself a special one!” I thought that was so sweet. I love getting this reaction from a fellow Christian – instead of the deer in the headlights look!
I gave Rick the web address of my Word Press and he said he would like to read some of my writings. Since 1983, when I was saved, anyone who found out that I grew up Jewish and was born again, and would get excited about that – well, they turned out to be deeply committed to the Lord and had a love for Israel too. I can’t tell you how much it means to me when people are happy that I am a Messianic Jew!
Brethren – Really pray for discernment
The evil one is doing everything in his power to confuse Christians and get them mixed up in mystical practices like Contemplative prayer. He is also trying to get Christians to return to Rome. He is telling them that it’s time we were reunited. To that I say NO NO NO! We have nothing in common with the Catholic Church! They are a works based cult. We know that the Lord saves us by His Grace through faith – not by works. There are many lovely born again people who (for whatever reason) have stayed in the Catholic Church. They will be with us in heaven. But the institution of Catholicism is NOT Christianity.
Ask the Lord for the gift of discernment! Check everything against the Word of God. No matter who says something, if it goes against God’s Holy Word – it is wrong and you should not believe it. God loves giving His children good gifts – so ask!!
Merry Christmas, brethren. I pray that you have a joyous time with your families, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank You Lord for sending us Your only begotten Son so that we could be reconciled to You!