August 18, 2017
READ: Titus 1:5-16
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me…
2 Timothy 1:13
You are supposed to check on what pastors preach to you from the pulpit (Acts 17:11). Is it accurate? Is it the Word? This will help you to know whether to remain loyal to them or not.
You are also supposed to compare what they are preaching now to what they used to preach. This is because some start out with Bible-based preaching and end up with all sorts of weird doctrines. When it is not the Word of God anymore, you are supposed to "defect from the defector".
Some ministers have drifted off from the mainstream of Bible doctrines into extreme versions of some fundamental truths. There are great truths about the Holy Spirit, prayer, prosperity, etc. But all of these can be perverted and misinterpreted. Let's stay with the mainstream.
We have to analyze the type of messages that our man of God gives us. We are supposed to preach the Word of God and not our opinions. You see, there is a difference between your opinion and the Word of God. Do not just accept what anybody says because of who he is. Some preachers are clever with words. The Bible says they sway the hearts of the simple with their nice-sounding maxims. Anything that you say must balance up with the written Word, or else it is unacceptable.
Analyze the form of words you are receiving - somebody's opinion or the Word?